Destination Monroe, Louisiana by Tara Ambrose

Trio’s (Where Friends Go to Meet Friends!) Destination: Monroe, Louisiana By: Tara Ambrose – Tara’s Taste of the Town Conveniently located in the heart of Monroe, between the comforts of the historic Garden District and the elegance of River Oaks Subdivision, Trio’s is a lovely restaurant is where comfort-convenience and class all collide! Jennifer Johnson and her family have had a long legacy in this … Continue reading Destination Monroe, Louisiana by Tara Ambrose

Annual Washington State Wine Awards Recognizes Industry Champions

The 12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards yesterday honored the restaurants, retailers, hotels, tourism professionals and distributors whose work has played a vital role in shaping Washington State as both a favored home and destination for those who enjoy outstanding wines. More than 100 nominations were received, and winners were selected for their impressive menus, innovative educational programs and marketing efforts, as well as their … Continue reading Annual Washington State Wine Awards Recognizes Industry Champions

Visiting Chef Series Dinner; Decadent Cuisine, Exquisite Wines

I had been tossing around the idea of a monthly Visiting Chef’s Series Dinner for quite a few months. Finding the time to plan/create just didn’t seem to be in the schedule and the final push came from a friend of mine who simply said, let’s throw a dinner party, we’ll do it together and it will be fabulous. Past entertaining has been limited to Friday … Continue reading Visiting Chef Series Dinner; Decadent Cuisine, Exquisite Wines

Splendid Gift Baskets, Secret Ingredient: Beer! By Ginger Johnson

“Oh Crap!!”  How many times have you been wondering or even scrambling last minute to muster up or buy a gift for a host as you’re just on your way out the door? Hmmm? Well, if you’ve found yourself in that position, it’s a great season to think ahead and prepare yourself to be caught at the ready. Here’s a plan to help you be … Continue reading Splendid Gift Baskets, Secret Ingredient: Beer! By Ginger Johnson

Holiday Gifts Made with Love

Storefronts, sidewalks, street signs and aisles at the local markets are brimming with holiday gift ideas and I am entranced by the sights and smells that Christmas brings.  It’s so simple to choose a gift from the shelf or to browse catalogs and have an item dropped to a friend’s front porch.  Simple yes, personalized?  No. When I was a child, one of my favorite … Continue reading Holiday Gifts Made with Love

Elegance, Grace and Good Manners Never Go Out of Style, Or Do They?

This morning I read an article, and then watched the video of Martha Stewart’s interview.  I am truly disappointed in what I saw, heard and read. I have always thought of Martha as a gleaming icon, a beacon in our Wal-Mart world, a shining light of great taste and good manners. I am still shaking my head.  I am well aware that Martha’s conglomeration uses … Continue reading Elegance, Grace and Good Manners Never Go Out of Style, Or Do They?

Russell’s will host Chef Rick Bayless in Exclusive Collaborative Dinner

Two celebrated Chefs, one exquisite menu. The evening of October 27th, Russell’s in Bothell will host Chef Rick Bayless for an exclusive collaboration dinner with Chef Russell Lowell, benefiting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Host of the critically acclaimed Public Television series, Mexico-One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, Chef Rick Bayless will join Chef Russell Lowell in preparing what Chef Russell describes in one … Continue reading Russell’s will host Chef Rick Bayless in Exclusive Collaborative Dinner