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Ode to Autumn: Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard

Ode to Autumn: Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard

It’s taken me a few days to get back into the groove – somewhat… after returning from a week visiting family in Boston before jettisoning off to Paris. All business for The Don when in Paris, but we did manage to celebrate his birthday in true Parisienne fashion with a night at the Opera Bastille followed by dinner at the très chic hour of 11:00 p.m. at L’encrier, an über popular, charming…

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Kisses! Hope your week is off to an auspicious beginning :) Mae West sofa by Salvador Dali. # Paris #popart

Kisses! Hope your week is off to an auspicious beginning :) Mae West sofa by Salvador Dali. # Paris #popart

Dank wheels, dude! #jeep #surfcity #huntingtonbeach  (at Downtown Huntington Beach)

Dank wheels, dude! #jeep #surfcity #huntingtonbeach (at Downtown Huntington Beach)

I ❤️Huevos Rancheros! Everything made in-house, even the chips. #brunch #Sunday  (at Catalyst Restaurant)

I ❤️Huevos Rancheros! Everything made in-house, even the chips. #brunch #Sunday (at Catalyst Restaurant)

Les Berges - wonderful outdoor space along the Seine. #travel #Paris #kids  (at BERGES DE SEINE)

Les Berges - wonderful outdoor space along the Seine. #travel #Paris #kids (at BERGES DE SEINE)

The underbelly. #travel #Paris #Seine #river #walk (at BERGES DE SEINE)

The underbelly. #travel #Paris #Seine #river #walk (at BERGES DE SEINE)

Light + Easy Bison Lasagna #SlowCookerMeals


Slow Cooker Bison Lasagna

I’ll admit that this luscious lasagna doesn’t look that light – but it truly is! How is that possible with all that cheese on top, you ask. And the answer is: fresh mozzarella is very low in calories and sodium, and so is ricotta cheese, plus, grass-fed bison is leaner than ground beef or sausage, which makes it possible for all of us to (insert my mantra) to cut calories and sodium without…

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Amazing exhibit of artist Niki Saint   Phalle’s extraordinary creativity and vision at the Grand Palais! #Paris #travel #art

Amazing exhibit of artist Niki Saint Phalle’s extraordinary creativity and vision at the Grand Palais! #Paris #travel #art

Holy profiteroles! #Paris #frenchfood #dessert #chocolate (at L’encrier)

Holy profiteroles! #Paris #frenchfood #dessert #chocolate (at L’encrier)

Waterline Rising and a Classic Sazerac

Waterline Rising and a Classic Sazerac

Classic Sazerac Cocktail

With Executive Chef Vincent Lesage at the helm of Balboa Bay Resort’s refined waterfront restaurant, Waterline Newport Beach (formerly the  First Cabin), continues to offer residents and visiting Newport Beach guests stunning scenic harbor views while they savor new menus of fresh seafood, savory steaks, and delicious complements.

Lobster Roll, yuzu wasabi vinaigrete

The House Roll (above) as served at Riviera’s Live & Dine event…

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