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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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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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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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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Will Travel For Champagne: A Night of Champagne With The “Nuit du Champagne” Tour

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What do you do when you’re a staunch believer in, and advocate of, the philosophy of convincing more people that they should be drinking more champagne more often? If you’re The Bubbleista you get wine education and certification; host champagne tastings; drink bubbly every week {strictly for learning purposes, of course}; write blog posts about champagne and…

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Travel Tuesday: 5 Must Dos In New Orleans

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Let me guess: by merely seeing the words “New Orleans” your mind automatically conjured up images of cocktails; colorful beads; music; Bourbon Street; poboys; and gumbo. NOLA is one of my favorites cities in the world and I fall in love with it a little bit more each time I set foot in the city. In fact,…

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February Sneak Peek

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February is already upon us–the first month of 2015 has absolutely flown by! Having just launched in January, I can hardly believe that I’ve already been writing on this site for a whole month. January was exciting and taxing and challenging and fun and nerve-wracking and inspirational, all rolled up into 31 days. This month promises to…

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Yeah You Rite: Eating, Drinking and Jazzing Your Way Through New Orleans

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I just spent 5 full, glorious days in New Orleans…and it was not enough! I’ll be honest though, no matter how many hours, days, or weeks I spend in NOLA, it never seems to be enough time. There’s always one more meal to eat; one more bar to linger in; one more shop to duck into; one more…

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Cocktail Tales: One of The Best Spots in New Orleans to Make Your Drink Dreams Come True

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I have no hesitation in admitting that I am a bit of a cocktail snob. Marachino cherries? I’d prefer Luxardos. Concentrated juice from a plastic lemon? Thanks, but I’ll pass. Weird “cookies and cream” artificially flavored liquor? Uhm, no. Hyped up beverages made by rappers and celebrities? Not in my glass. Although I typically know what I…

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Welcome to The Bubbleista Blog: January sneak peek

Hello Bubbly People

Welcome to 2015 and to the launch of The Bubbleista website and blog! I’m glad you’re here. I know we may be just getting to know each other, so here’s something you should know about me from the jump: I am a big fan of the unconventional—a quick look at my manifesto will reveal that. With…

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