Linda Engelsiepen

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So, you’ve been taking a break from sweets after the indulgence of the holiday season. But aren’t you about done with your Whole 30, your liver detox, your Master Cleanse? Isn’t i…

So, you’ve been taking a break from sweets after the indulgence of the holiday season. But aren’t you about done with your Whole your liver detox, your Master Cleanse?

Let’s not say “if” you ever get to Cuba — let’s just say you will. Because discovering a time capsule in your back yard is not an everyday occurrence — it’…

Havana Days & Nights - A Half-Dozen "Have-tos" in Cuba's Capital City - Without An Umbrella

So you’re off to Cuba, and ready for a week (or more) in Havana. You’ve already read my last post — A Half-Dozen “Have-To’s” in Havana — and you have your …

So you’re off to Cuba, and ready for a week (or more) in Havana. You’ve already read my last post — A Half-Dozen “Have-To’s” in Havana — and you have your …

Washington is well-known for its craft beers, farm-to-table cuisine, and world-class wineries. Everything that makes these industries so uniquely special here — amazing farmland, produce and …

Washington is well-known for its craft beers, farm-to-table cuisine, and world-class wineries. Everything that makes these industries so uniquely special here — amazing farmland, produce and …

When I first moved to the lost tip of this lost corner of Washington, it was a deliberate exit from all that was the madness, I tell you, of Los Angeles.

When I first moved to the lost tip of this lost corner of Washington, it was a deliberate exit from all that was the madness, I tell you, of Los Angeles.

In the U.S., our images of Cuba tend to be eye-popping visuals — colorfully-dressed Cubanos sporting Churchill-size cigars, chromed and creaking 1950’s-era American automobiles, aesthet…

, our images of Cuba tend to be eye-popping visuals — colorfully-dressed Cubanos sporting Churchill-size cigars, chromed and creaking American automobiles, aesthet…

“The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he kn…

A Week In Cuba (Pt. - Hemingway, Cojimar and Cuban Coffee - Without An Umbrella

We’ve all heard some version of when not to eat an oyster. Don’t eat them in months without an R! Or is it ending in an R? Or is it said like a Pyrate — with an “ARRRRR?” Even I h…

We’ve all heard some version of when not to eat an oyster. Don’t eat them in months without an R!

This post should really be titled “Leaving Los Angeles,” but I did that two years ago, when I uprooted from the smoggy basin and planted myself in the most opposite culture to L.A. ther…

This post should really be titled “Leaving Los Angeles,” but I did that two years ago, when I uprooted from the smoggy basin and planted myself in the most opposite culture to L.

Fall is the time of changes, of transition and letting go, and this year, well, perhaps the transitions are rougher and the letting go harder for some of us. For my part, the changes have been conc…

A Bag of Chestnuts, a Bucket of Apples - Without An Umbrella

Tuscany — it’s impossible to say it without sighing romantically, impossible not to envision ridges of Cypress trees, rolling hills of grapevines and olive groves, fields studded with b…

Tuscany — it’s impossible to say it without sighing romantically, impossible not to envision ridges of Cypress trees, rolling hills of grapevines and olive groves, fields studded with b…

Our Tuscan Winter started in Milan, but after a day that was hard to top, we were ready to head to our destination for the week — the Hotel Puccini, in the Tuscan town of Montecatini Terme. T…

Our Tuscan Winter started in Milan, but after a day that was hard to top, we were ready to head to our destination for the week — the Hotel Puccini, in the Tuscan town of Montecatini Terme.