These are a few of my favorite things! I’ll be updating this information constantly – letting you know about great books and products and travel companies. But if you have a question about any of my cooking or travel adventures and don’t see a resource listed – I hope you’ll drop me a line!

Cooking Products

Kitchen Utensils

  • Carrol Boyes server ware is beautiful and unique and reminds me of Africa.
  • Swiss Diamond makes the most amazing pans. They are very high quality without being exorbitantly expensive. One of my favorite pans is a non-stick, deep saute pan. I also have their sauce pans as well as a few sizes of their fry pans. They are all dishwasher safe and I use them every day!
  • This Amco citrus squeezer is indispensable. I use it for oranges, lemons and limes – anytime I need an extra hit of freshness.
  • In my estimation, no kitchen would be complete without a high quality grater. This microplane grater makes it easy to grate citrus, cheese, garlic – even chocolate!
  • I love this kitchen timer. It allows me to time more than one thing at a time and it’s loud and annoying so I never over bake!
  • These round Cambro storage containers have wonderful lids that snap easily into place. I have several sizes how they stack well in the fridge. And they are freezer-safe!
  • A good quality blender is an indispensable tool in my kitchen. This blender is my favorite because it’s sturdy enough to crush ice, has many settings and it’s dishwasher safe.
  • This special blade is my favorite contraption for my stand mixer. It’s so efficient because the scrapers on the edges mix the batter so thoroughly – there’s hardly any build-up on the blade and bowl.
  • This fanciful piggy steamer is a must in my kitchen!
  • My favorite immersion blender – saves time and makes clean up easier!
  • Kitchen tongs! Don’t know what I’d do without them.


Travel Companies


  • Cooks Illustrated is my all-time favorite food magazine – offering well-tested recipes, beautiful photos and great product reviews.

Travel Books

Central America

Travel Products

  • Briggs & Riley makes my favorite backpack. It is indestructible and holds everything I need for my daily excursions.
  • This travel tote goes with me wherever I travel. It holds everything and also folds up into a compact shape. And it’s water resistant to boot!
  • Comfort is a priority for my travels – and I don’t go anywhere without this inflatable back roll. I always keep one in my purse to use in restaurants, the theater and on airplanes. My back would be a mess without this little gizmo!
  • Because I travel so much, I need to be organized. This practical, fashionable charger organizer helps keep me from getting all my wires crossed.

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