New England’s Finest- My first time to Cape Cod!

img_1126-1I am so excited to be sharing my very first blog of the year with you today! Losing my job through the pandemic momentarily, you would think I had all the time in the world to start writing again, and honestly I came up with 4 separate blog taglines I wanted to write about. I didn’t end up starting or finishing even one. I think I wanted to the first one to come from a place of love and not just “My top 5 places to eat during quarantine” like a lot of others suggested. I feel that writing about something I feel so passionate about like traveling was a perfect fit.

I know many of you have not traveled as yet so I wanted to give my honest opinion on my experiences traveling during the pandemic and what to expect if you go to Massachusetts. As many of you have been following me for quite some time, you know I typically travel all over the US for business and out of the country at least once or twice throughout the year. In California, I have always done weekend road trips but I feel since I moved to CT, I didn’t really get the chance to explore this new area. Turning a negative situation into a positive, I felt that the pandemic was a perfect way to explore New England, especially with my boo by my side who was so excited to show me all the different places!

For those west coast followers of mine who are not familiar, Cape Cod is like the Hamptons of Massachusetts. During the summer, New Yorkers flee to the Hamptons, and Bostonians head to the Cape. I feel lucky to live in Connecticut, which is pretty much in between both of them! I had already been to southern beaches in New York and Jersey, so Walt wanted to take me North to places I had never been.  The Cape is famous for many reasons including their amazing seafood, beautiful beaches, prestigious houses, sports fishing, and landmarks like the Kennedy Compound. It is also host to one of the many ferries that get you to the two beautiful nearby islands you may or may not have heard of: Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Walt and I are going to a wedding in October in Martha’s Vineyard so maybe I will do a blog on that as well!

Looking for a place to stay was a bit stressful as the one downside to going to the Cape is it is very expensive. I felt that prices for food and gifts were relatively the same as anywhere else, but an AirBnB or VRBO vacation type rental can cost upwards around $500+ per night and most rentals require a 1 weeks stay. Up until Covid, I know my best friend and her family would rent their place months and months in advance and some guests even years in advance to make sure they get a spot at their favorite house. Since Walt and I took this trip very last minute (we booked for leaving in 3 days), we decided to go the hotel route and stay at the Hyannis Harbor Hotel which was still pricey at around $300 per night. See below for a mini video clip of our stay!


When Walt and I arrived around 1pm into Hyannis after the 3 hour drive, My initial thought was “Wow this is place is literally in the middle of town, how convenient.” The grounds and restaurant were also upgraded so I thought it was super cute and definitely the nicest hotel we went past in Hyannis. However, they were a bit backed up due to the lack of housekeeping staff so we were not able to check in until 6pm, and the normal check in time was 4pm. Being a hotelier, 2 hours is a LONG time to wait after a normal check in procedure. During our wait we went to the open air restaurant, and they rewarded us with shots of tequila that must have been at least 3 shots in each (I swear I’m not complaining just stating). So needless to say, we started out with a BANG. When we finally did get into our room, I felt it was very clean, on the larger side, and had the cutest patio ever! I didn’t take pictures of the room only because the lighting in there was horrible but I’ve linked the hotel above if you are interested. Like most hotels right now, housekeepers only clean rooms once guests are gone, so you had to take out your own trash. Walt was not a fan of Hyannis because he likes to be closer to Provincetown at the point, but I did love the area because everything was literally walking distance to the hotel. Even if we wanted to take a day trip to Nantucket, the ferry was right across the street!

Below are some of the highlights of where we went:

47d6ee1e-e6e6-4378-954f-1f8e29617fb7-1Chatham- Wow! I do not know any other words to describe this town other than serene and picturesque. Almost feels like a fake town it’s so pretty! Every house is superbly exquisite and all have that classic beach “cottage” look. By the way west coasters, if someone in the Northeast says they have a “cottage”, that could mean a small house, or am extremely large mansion depending on the town. We went to the Chatham Bars Inn to walk around (pictured left) and Walt and I both fell in love. Running around $700 per night on the lower end, Chatham Bars inn has ocean views from the rooms, multiple restaurants, and even a beachfront bar. In addition, they have a private beach with cabanas for guests to use, or you could enjoy their large beachfront pool, which also includes cabanas. I think my favorite aspect of the property was the landscaping. I found after my trip, that their gardener, Pamela, is actually featured on their instagram page discussing their famous hydrangeas, which takes up 75% of the grounds flowers! Her work throughout the property is absolutely stunning and a must-see stop when in the area.

Provincetown- Such amazing high energy! I feel like I was warned multiple times that this was a “gay” town and every time I looked at the person and was like “what’s your point?” I lived in California for 25 years, that’s basically every town there! I really did feel a bit more energy in “P” town, both from locals and tourists. It was booming on the streets and I also felt VERY safe! They have “Mask Ambassadors” which are essentially police officers who mandate wearing masks. This town also made you order food if you were drinking at at some places, it even had to be entrees! Walt and I went to Harbor Lounge first for cocktails and and appetizers and I loved the view. We actually sat outside on their narrow dock which was over the water. I loved their sangria too but you couldn’t beat the view! Afterwards, we went to the Lobster Pot for dinner because everyone says its the best and we had to try it. I actually did not get to many pictures of dinner because I wanted to enjoy my time with Walt but the lobster was delicious! I also thought the pricing here was extremely reasonable. It was only $32 for a soup, appetizer, 1.5 pound lobster, and corn on the cob with potatoes, what a deal! Our server (I think his name was Charlie) has been there for 25+ years and splits his time between Wisconsin and Cape Cod each year based on his seasonal jobs. It was so great to get to know him and I feel we will have to ask for him in our future travels to Lobster Pot.

I am pretty sure I ate seafood the ENTIRE time I was there (except the one night I was a bit toasty and made Walt take me to Taco Bell). I really don’t think I had a bad meal the entire time. Below are some pictures and suggestions for my favorite spots!

Sea Street Cafe, Hyannis


Ocean House, Dennis Port
Cape Cod Winery

As always, thank you so so much for reading, I appreciate each and every one of you and keep sipping!


Spaghettini, Now that’s Amore!


As an Italian American, I am always striving to find the perfect place for Italian in California, a state where the Italian culture is not as embraced as the North East. Where I’m from and where I’m moving back too! If you’ve noticed on my blog, I’ve never done a review on an Italian restaurant because I would say I’m a bit picky. Not only does Spaghettini have great Italian food, but they encompass the Italian hospitality, which is what a lot restaurants lose when they are too focused on their brand versus connecting to their guests. In my first experience with the restaurant, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner Carey who made sure everything on our table was cooked and seasoned to perfection, in addition to keeping the wine glasses flowing. Co-owned with partner Laurie, Carey informed me that family is everything to them. During his visit with us he even informed me that he takes some of his dedicated staff to Italy every year! They even discuss this on their website, but they want to make sure the employees  familiarize themselves with the culture and food so they can bring the same compassion back to Southern California.


img_9424Located in Seal Beach, Spaghettini is not only known for their food and friendship, but their happy hour specials and live entertainment! With happy hour Tuesday-Friday 3-6pm, and all day on Monday, guests can enjoy discounted prices on their famous food items such as their bruschetta (pictured here) and brick oven margherita pizza. They also have nightly 3-course specials at $35 per person which I feel is a steal in this area. For $35 you get a salad option, dessert option, and each night the main dish varies with a premium menu item such as their Classic Prime Rib or Chicken Parmesan, drool! For a girls night out, you can enjoy Wine Wednesday, with half bottles off and live entertainment, when scheduled. With everything from soul to pop music, Spaghettini is host to some of the most popular local music vendors around. Make sure to check out their schedule here, they sometimes sell out for certain bands and you need tickets. In addition, they also host a very popular Sunday Brunch which also has live music.

img_9423When I came to the restaurant for a styling shoot, I had the pleasure of enjoying my time with long time employee and fellow blogger Diana, al fresca. Their newly renovated patio is so cute and cozy. Perfect setting for a date night with lounge furniture and fire pits. I highly recommend for a night with friends as well! Some of my favorite items was the Sea Bass (cooked to perfection) and the Butternut Squash Ravioli, which had such a delicate taste of sage and brown butter. Mom will be mad, but I have to admit, I love their big meatballs!

I want to end by saying how appreciative I am for the Spaghettini family. When they heard I was leaving SoCal for a new adventure, they offered to host myself and fellow Blogger Babes for a going away dinner. It was incredible. I didn’t even take pictures because I was enjoying myself so much. Note: there is a highlight of this night on my IG page if you want to check it out. They also sent me off with a wonderful gift box filled with their infamous Spaghettini Champagne, red wine, and their cookbook (which I had been wanting for awhile). You can find their cookbook and other gift items here.


Stay Sippin!





Pali House: Where Central Coast meets Anaheim

I just love when I am introduced to new hidden gems, especially when they are right in my neighborhood and in the vicinity of one of the most traveled cities in the world: Anaheim aka the home of Disneyland! Pali 10 As a food and wine lover, I am always so excited when new places open up in an area where that was much needed. Just 5 years ago, Anaheim was known solely for being where Disneyland was located. However, with the opening of the Packing District, rooftop bars, breweries, speakeasys and the new MAKE building, Anaheim is shaping up to become more than a family destination. I was blessed enough to be hosted by Visit Anaheim for a staycation with the SoCal Blogger Babes and they had us check out this cool new winery in the OC!

Pali 17Pali House, located in the brand new MAKE building (which is walking distance from the Packing District FYI), allows you to taste wine al fresco, featuring Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the central region of California (Santa Barbara and Lompoc for you wine lovers). Formed in 2005 by best friends and business partners Tim and Scott, Pali Wine Co. is named after their hometown, Pacific Palisades. If you are familiar with that area, pay attention to their wine labels, as they incorporate names of neighborhoods in Pacific Palisades.

For the past 2 years, I’ve really been concentrating on white and rose varietals, so I was pleased to find out that the Pali House Rose was delicious and is perfect on those hot summer days. If you have ever sipped wine with me, you know I am not a Chardonnay fan, however I did find that one of them was dry enough for me to enjoy! One of the best parts of this winery is their charcuterie boards! Some wineries don’t serve food at all, so it’s good to know they have some small bites to choose from. Pali 6

With tasting rooms now in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, Anaheim, and San Diego-Little Italy (yes Mom, close to you!), Pali House will ultimately become a new hip California winery staple! Similar to Ballast Point and their success in breweries, they no doubt will add more locations soon for us to enjoy. P.S. may I suggest Newport Beach or the new Lot 579 in Pacific City?  Regardless, I look forward to seeing where this company goes in the coming years!

For Pali House Anaheim’s hours and events Click here!

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Rainstorm Wines

Rainstorm 7Being Full of Sips, I am always in search of new wines to try so when Rainstorm Wines reached out to me to review their ever-so-popular Pinot Noir, of course I jumped at the chance. When it comes to buying wine, I am definitely one of those people that have their “go-to’s” and for the past few years now Matua and Kim Crawford have been my favorites. Although it’s been extremely cold in California recently with record breaking low temperatures, white wine still is my favorite.   However, after trying the Rainstorm Wines Pinot Noir, it got me in a “red” sort of mood and I’ve now been mixing red wine into my weekly wine rotation.  The issue with red wine is that you genuinely need to drink a good bottle. We’ve all been there when we’re broke and make the mistake of buying a too cheap wine. Take for example the “Two Buck Chuck” from Traders Joe’s that everyone loves. I personally can’t stand it…it gives me a headache and it tastes grainy. Red wines like these are what ruins your taste buds for exceptional wine. Luckily, I had Rainstorm Pinot Noir to bring me back!

Rainstorm 1At only $18 a bottle, this elegant red blends a 50/50 varietal of grapes stemming from the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys of Oregon, right outside of the funky and well loved town of Portland. As Rainstorm strives for character, relevance, attitude, style, elegance, and that funky Portland vibe, it was no surprise to me that I received a bit of everything when I tasted the Pinot Noir for the first time. Not as bold as a lot of reds, this Pinot was easy to put down and left a fruit forward flavor in my mouth afterwards. This particular blend is grown on a ridge which is something Oregon is insanely proud of as the ridge gives the water a place to drain which moderates the vine’s healthiness and produces smaller amounts of crop that yields quality over quantity.




In addition to the Pinot Noir, Rainstorm also carries a brand new Pinot Rose along with a Pinot Gris. I highly encourage you to check out their wines on their website (linked here) as their opening video quickly catches your attention!  It’s clear that this company not only believes in great taste, but attractive labeling, bottling, and marketing – which makes it all that more fun to drink! I was immediately excited to try their wines after watching the video which gives a sensual edge to wine tasting and encompasses their 6 wine characteristics they strive for, which I mentioned previously.  I was sad to hear that they do not have a tasting room in the Portland area as of yet, but it is in the horizon as well as more labels to come!

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Keep Sipping!


Where to Mingle When You’re Single on Valentines Day

PH 17Whether in a relationship or not, the big V Day always comes with pressure to either find the perfect place to spend the most romantic night out, or a fun atmosphere to mingle while you’re single! Although Valentine’s Day has always been an American staple, I love that many events, bars, and restaurants are also embracing Single Awareness Day. And why not?! I feel that people who are single have just as much right to celebrate as couples do being in a relationship. It’s been fun the past few years watching what different venues come up with to attract single patrons over couples looking for a romantic dinner. If you think about it, this really needed to happen as some restaurants are getting ridiculously expensive the night of the 14th and surrounding weekends. Most high end restaurants in the Socal area typically offer a set menu at raised “all inclusive” prices that could be as high as $150+tax and tip per person! Ok so wait, not only are you inflating your prices over the holiday, but now I can’t even eat what I want?! No, thanks.

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Luckily, in the beautiful city of Huntington Beach, we have options! At The Shorebreak Hotel right off of Pacific Coast Highway and in the heart of Surf City USA, is the best craft cocktail bar in Orange County, the Pacific Hideaway.  As you should already know, I am a craft cocktail enthusiast, and love tasting and learning about all the various and creative ways to make one particular drink. I’ve come to learn that a real craft cocktail should technically take at least 5 minutes to make, and sometimes up to 8 minutes if it’s a complicated recipe! Although I don’t believe it takes him quite as long, Lead Bartender Casey Lyons has come up with the most spectacular and  cutting edge cocktail menu in our area including the infamous Dazed and Confused which comes with a sage “joint” smoking on the side. Of course, the upcoming V-day event is no exception to his innovation!

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Lead Bartender of Pacific Hideaway and Craft Cocktail Connoisseur, Casey Lyons

Along with Director of Food and Beverage, Blake Mathias, they have come up with the most appropriate and exclusive cocktails to honor what they refer to as Single Awareness Night. “I wanted to give local Huntington Beach a place to not only enjoy an amazing atmosphere and incredible cocktails, but where singles can come to mingle and feel comfortable without romantic pressure,” Mathias says of his take on the reverse holiday.

With 3 brand new craft cocktails created by Lyons especially for the occasion, they certainly succeeded! I had the opportunity to go with one of my friends Felicia, (aka PrettyPoorThing) to taste their new creations and I was not only satisfied but completely impressed. With names such a 99 Problems and Swipe Right, Pacific Hideaway definitely embraces singles and encourages bad, yet mostly good decisions.

Can you guess which one is which from the above? My favorite was definitely the Pears & The Bees, which was a concoction of Sky Pear Vodka, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup, Apple Juice, and Aperol and tasted like heaven in my mouth. Let me tell you, if you’re single and have a few of these, you may not be single by the end of the night!

Even if in relationship,  if you’re looking to get away from the cheesy romantic nuances that come with the most dreaded holiday ever, Pacific Hideaway at the Shorebreak is the place to check out! If you’re single, then go just to tag yourself with a drink that says “Swipe Right” because, well, it’s better to drink then actually swipe right…PH 13