Category Archives: Food+Travel

Happy Friday to all!  Hope everyone had a great week, now to start the weekend.  Does anyone have anything fun planned?  We are starting off the weekend with some steak on the bbq and maybe a nice glass of wine.

Today’s Friday Happy Hour Shot is of PCH in Newport Beach near A’s Restaurant !  Hope you enjoy, have a fabulous weekend!  Cheers, J+D

I just love the night shots and all of the lights!

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I have a little fun for Monday!  Let’s face it, if you work hard, you should play even harder!   Sometimes we need to slow down and just take a break.  Well, this past weekend I got to do just that.  I had the privilege of joining 14 other fabulous ladies to go wine tasting in style!  The trip came about when a few of us girls mentioned getting together for a wine night.  Well, wine night turned into a wine day trip to Temecula.  The group grew and I had the opportunity to hang out with some of my peeps and also met some new friends!  We stopped at three wineries; Leonesse Cellars, Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Oak Mountain Winery.  It was a fabulous day filled with wonderful wine and people, so I thought it would be nice to share it.  I know some of you love when we share photos from our travels, so this ones for you!  Hope you can escape with me for a few minutes as I share the highlights from my wine tasting adventure.  Cheers, Dana

The Ladies are ready to go!   Hummer Limo provided by United Limo.  This shot was courtesy of our limo driver, Bob!

Leonesse Cellars Vines

Leonesse Tasting Room

Our fabulous host Joel at Leonesse Cellars!

Wine Bottles at Leonesse

Logo on the door of private tasting room at Leonesse Cellars

Some of the girls enjoying the Leonesse wines!

One of my favorite wines of the day!  The 2007 Limited Selection “Six”, a fabulous Sangiovese Blend.

Leonesse Cellars Barrel Room where we enjoyed a few more tastings!

A fun portrait of my friend May in the vines!

The ladies in the vines!  What a fabulous day. Cheers to all of you!

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Happy Monday to everyone!  Just wanted to drop in, and show off a few pics I shot when Dana and I were on vacation a couple weeks ago.  This being my fifth trip to New Orleans, I’ve seen most everything.  Over the past 10 years, the main things that keep bringing me back are the amazing food, the great music, and incredible people watching.  In and around the French Quarter, there are dozens of musicians at any given time, playing in the street and drawing crowds.  It’s always a ton of fun, and always makes for fun photos!  Hope ya like them!


Mike the Poet

Woman in Jackson Square watching the Jazz Band playing

The Jazz Band in Jackson Square- I’ve been photographing these guys since my first trip 10 years ago.  The lineup always changes a bit, but the trombone player/singer has always been the same!

This guy was just jammin’ on the clarinet!  I also thought he was going to beat down a guy across the street that set up a drum kit, and was trying to drown him out!

Not really a portrait, but I saw this guy a few times over the course of a couple days, and really dug his Tall Bike.  I just happened to have my camera out and at the ready to finally snap off a few frames!

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We want to send a big thanks out to Marcy of The Glamorous Life Association and the Hilton Anaheim for hosting a great event on Saturday evening! Jeff and I attended the OC Blogger Ball where a group of fellow Orange County Bloggers met up for great food, cocktails and prizes. As we sipped our Mango Blogjitos we were able to catch up with some of our blogger friends as well as meet some new ones.

Welcome to the OC Blogger Ball 2009!

The Hilton Anaheim created some fabulous ap’s for us Blogger’s including this Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Artichokes and Mushrooms!

Yum Dessert!

The bloggers win fabulous prizes and Suzanne of Alive in Wonderland flips it, you can see the video at her blog!

Congratulations to Loren and Sondra who won the gift certificate for a Portrait Session from Sipper Photography! We look forward to your session! Wishing you all a fabulous week. J+D

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Well as most of you know, we have really gotten into our blog this past year! We just love sharing our work with everyone and writing about all the fabulous people we meet at our sessions. I used to love to write poetry when I was younger, I had so much time to sit with my thoughts and reflect on life. It seems as adults we don’t take the time to just sit and relax with our thoughts and be inspired. All we do these days is make our way through the hustle and bustle of daily life and we forget to stop and take a moment to feel inspired. Most of our blogs are about our work, but this work inspires me, so I feel I can escape with my blogs and just think about these moments. Sometimes these moments are with people we just met, our friends, travels or just what is happening with us during the week (such as Jeff’s Weekly Rant’s…as I like to call them!) 🙂

Anyways, my point is that we love to write our blogs whether they are for work or play! We keep writing because sometimes opening a link to a blog makes someone’s day! Recently, we have had the opportunity to meet up with some other bloggers in Orange County to talk about why we write our blogs and just make some new friends. It is fun to chat with others who are into blogging and why they do it. We have all of these social groups that we all get caught up in, but it is nice to go out and just talk to people.

Last week we went to the Veggie Grill at the Irvine Spectrum and sat on their patio and just talked to people.It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet some new friends.

The Veggie Grill had some fabulous Salads & Sandwich’s. We had never eaten at a Vegetarian place before, but we’ll give it a go.  I always say try something once, and if you don’t like it, just don’t do it again! Jeff had the “Bean Me Up Chili”, he said he would order that again…I had a little taste and thought it was really good. I enjoyed the Bayou Chickin’ Sandwich…I thought of New Orleans when I ordered it…I just love the Cajun food. Surprisingly, I thought I was eating real chicken…it was delicious!

Our friend Suzanne and fellow blogger was there, and she had the Baja Fiesta Salad…it looked yummy…here it is!

Me + Suzanne…

Another friend and fellow blogger, Kristen of The Meringue Bake Shop was there with her Margarita cupcakes. It was the day after Cinco de Mayo, so we celebrated on Seis de Mayo with our delicious cupcakes. By the way, her red velvet cupcake is the “bomb” as well, so if you are looking for cupcakes for your next party or event you should check her out! Here is a shot of our fancy cupcake…all we need now is a Margarita, yum!

So it was an evening of Food, Cupcakes, New Friends and as always…a little photography! What can I say, these things make me happy. It was nice to meet all of you, even if we only got to chat briefly, hope to see you again soon.

Here are all of our blogs if anyone wants to read in their leisure…lots of good stuff going on!

Suzanne of Alive in Wonderland:
Julie of Angry Julie Monday:
Marcy of The Glamorous Life:
Dana and Jeff Sipper:
Elaina of Restore:
Kristin from Meringue Bake Shop:
Stacey of OC Food Mommy:
Roxanne of Me and My Monster:
Aracely of Day Tripping Mom:
Jeff from OC Metroblogging:
Kara of Eli’s Lids:
Sara of Ducks and Pucks:
Jen from Tiny Oranges:
Kirsten of Wright Creativity:
Debbie from Peace Love and Momminess:
Martha from Melody Gibbons:
Sandra of TolduOC:
Suzanne of Twenty Four at Heart:
Becky from Happy Hour Mom:
Tracy from Tracy Clark:
Lorna of Calif Lorna:

And my final shot of the evening…as we were leaving the Irvine Spectrum…The Ferris Wheel before all the lights went out!

Enjoy, J+D

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On Thursday night, Jeff surprised and said he made plans for us to go to Disneyland on Saturday. I was having a bit of a down day, so he thought he would cheer me up…what a nice guy. We have been working a lot lately, so it was nice to just have fun! We didn’t get out there until about two o’clock and stayed until around nine…at that point my feet hurt and we were both exhausted. How did we do it as a kid? I guess the real question is how did our parents do it when we asked them to get us there when it opened and stay until it closed! Pure torture I say for our folks, they must of really loved us!

We had a fabulous day, rides, food & photos…who could ask for more!

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