10 Palm Springs Hot Spots for Veg-Heads Gourmands & Cocktail Lovers

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I’ll be grabbing a plane headed to Palm Springs in a couple of weeks {woot!} and if you know me you know that I have been doing my due diligence in travel research! As I mentioned in my post about Napa, I am biiiiig on getting the skinny on the destination I’m going to so that I…

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Food & Wine Fabulousness: The Austin Food and Wine Fest

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Sooo, am I the only asking if it’s spring yet? We’re barely approaching the halfway mark of February and I’m over this winter weather. I was born a cold-natured person, so winter weather is never my friend. I’m ready to be done with boots, wool scarves, gloves, and wearing a coat on top of a jacket…

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The Fabulous, Farmhouse-Luxe Hotel Vintage House in Napa


Those who know or have ever traveled with me know that when it comes to trip planning I am a master at researching a location to find the best experiences, locations, restaurants, cocktail bars, and destination options. Planning my recent trip to Napa and Sonoma was no exception, which is exactly how I came across…

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The Ultimate Champagne Lovers Gift Guide Volume III

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The holidays are upon us bubbly lovers, so you know what that means… Time for another fabulous edition of The Bubbleista’s “THE ULTIMATE CHAMPAGNE LOVERS GIFT GUIDE!” Created by your favorite champagne super fan, enthusiast, aficionado, and educator—yours truly, of course—I am bestowing upon the world my 3rd edition gift list of the most spectacular gifts for those who absolutely adore all things bubbly! And, as…

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Greetings bubbly lovers! So by now you know that not only does The Bubbleista cook, but she does so competitively as well. Yep, food and wine pairing is truly one of my passions, and there isn’t anything I love more than having an absolutely delectable bite of food with a sip of bubbly that complements it…

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The Bubbly Lovers Guide: Champagne Tasting at Bosta Kitchen Houston


Houston is my hometown {represent!} and it has been gaining quite a bit of notoriety in the last few years for being a culinary mecca. As the country’s soon-to-be 3rd-largest city, Houston’s food scene has been creative, diverse, and deliciously fantastic for along time, and it seems that the rest of the country is finally…

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The Bubbleista Loves: Chic Home Office Design Inspiration

Palm Beach, Florida, apartment designed by William T. Georgis {from http://www.designersandbooks.com}

In case you didn’t already know {but how could  you not, my dear?}, The Bubbleista is on a determined mission to achieve Champagne Empire World Domination. Yep, we’re talking entire planet-status here. Oh, and trust me, it’s gonna happen. I’ve been busy plotting, planning, learning, and executing in order to make my champagne wishes and…

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What In The World Is The Bubbleista Drinking: “Roses and Rosé French 75″

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Bonjour, loves! I’m back with another installment of “What In The World Is The Bubbleista Drinking,” or WITWITBD for acronym lovers {wink}! It’s been a minute since my last WITWITBD post, but I’m coming back with guns a’ blazin’! If you missed my post earlier this week, this Saturday June 10th marks World Gin Day!…

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5 Perfect Gins to Celebrate World Gin Day

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I love, love, love to celebrate a good food holiday {National Chocolate Cake or Wine Day, anyone?} so I was really delighted to discover “World Gin Day” recently. Now before you start to roll your eyes about another manufactured so-called “holiday,” you should know that World Gin Day was created by actual gin lovers in…

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Champagne Jetsetter Chronicles: Super Chic & Stylish Passport Covers Perfect for Summer Travel


“Summa-time” is on its way and in my book that means it’s time for planning some great summer fun, frolicking and, most of all, some fab travel! One of my “Effervescent Lifestyle Edicts” is #ITravelDifferently. I always take the extra measures to try to ensure that my travel plans will be as fantastic as I can possibly…

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Effervescent Lifestyle Tips: Wardrobe Essentials for What to Wear to Food & Wine Festivals


Coachella has come and gone and that means one thing: spring and summer Festival Season is here! Yep, I love, love, l-o-v-e a good fest, and it should come as no surprise that I especially love the ones that are food, champagne, and wine-centric. Quite a few of them will be occurring over the course of the next…

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What in the World is The Bubbleista Drinking: “Sang et Fleurs” (Blood & Roses) Champagne Cocktail

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen my What in the World is The Bubbleista Drinking?!” {#WITWITBD} microblogging posts detailing the deliciousness that I’ve discovered (and am imbibing) while out and about at bars ad restaurants that I think you, my beloved bubbly-loving darlings, will adore sipping as well. Well, you know, I…

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Effervescent Travels: Gundlach Bundschu Winery


Hello again wine + travel lovers! My last Effervescent Travels post gave you an insider’s look at, and a review of the wines of, Altra Winery during my trip to Sonoma and Napa last spring and, as promised, I’m back for another edition of “Effervescent Travels” detailing more of my wine country adventures. This time I’m…

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St. Paddy’s Day Sip: The “Emerald Isle Fizz” Champagne Cocktail

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    St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching which means it’s time to break out the three-leaf clovers, leprechauns, corned beef & cabbage, pots of gold, and green beer! *record scratch* Green beer? Listen, it’s a well known fact that I love all things effervescent, but if I must drink green fizz to celebrate an…

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Effervescent Travels: Altra Winery in Napa


I am feeling a bit wistful. This time last year I was preparing to embark on a marvelous week-long visit to Napa, California and I was absolutely giddy with excitement. It was a girls trip–I was traveling with one of my wine-loving girlfriends, and the plan was to experience as much relaxation and wine country…

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The Year of The Rooster: 8 Ways to Fabulously Celebrate Chinese New Year All Yearlong

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Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Rooster, bubbly lovers! It’s time to celebrate Chinese New Year, but it should come as no surprise that in #BubbleistaLand we’ll be commemorating it in our own special fashion. There are several traditions that are observed in honor of the Lunar New Year such as New Year’s Eve Dinner and…

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Pop + Fizz: A Popcorn Recipe & Wine Pairing Perfect for a Night of Scandal


Where my Scandal lovers at?! In just a couple of days we will once again be captivated by the magic that is #TGIT–Thank God It’s Thursday–with one of the most anticipated lineups on television: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. Loyal viewers have been been waiting This post, however, is really focused…

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What’s Poppin’ In 2017: Expect Bubbleista Land Fun In The New Year


What’s poppin’, my bubbly lovers! Welcome to 2017! Whether your 2016 was glorious or, well, less than so, there’s one undeniable fact: you made it through to see a new year. In addition to a brand new 365 days, guess what else there is to celebrate? It’s my 2-year BLOG-A-VERSARY! That’s right, on January 5, 2014,…

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What Are You Drinking New Year’s Eve: 15 Bubbly Picks to Ring in the New Year


*singing* What are you doing Neeeeewwwww Yeeeeeeear’s Eve… Well if you’re as obsessed with sparkling wine as I am, what you’ll be doing is planning to drink copious amounts of bubbly! You know that I am a huge believer in drinking champagne every day, for no special reason at all, but there’s no escaping the fact…

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Flashback Friday + Fizzy Friday: “Twas The Night Before Christmas” The Champagne Remix


Embed from Getty Images ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, The Bubbleista was trying not to wake up her spouse. I hung all the stockings by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas would put champagne in there. I knew it was time to get all snug in my bed; But visions…

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