Andrea Minarcek

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Los Alamos, CA: Editor’s wine picks

A recent travel article on Los Alamos, CA—a wine-country town fifty miles north of Santa Barbara—left us wishing we could sample some of the region’s great wines from afar. Our wine editor, Sara Schneider, held a taste test at the office, and we selected our favorites—four bottles you can buy across the West. If you can’t get to Los Alamos, sipping these is the next best thing. Here are four bottles we love from that region:

Editors’ Airbnb Wish List

As a travel editor, a big part of my job is scouting out a destination’s best restaurants, boutiques, dive bars, antique stores, accommodations… you-name-its. Work of this kind, inevitably, leads to a fair amount of wanderlust and—I readily admit—daydreaming.

Sunset Eat Fresh, Day 4: The naughty way I was

Who: Andrea Minarcek, senior editor I’m giving up: Sugar, booze, red meat. My biggest challenge so far: My sweet tooth, it turns out, is not that strong. I’ve been able to breeze by the dessert ledge at work—a wooden shelf perpetually lined with chocolate, toffee, and candy temptations—with no problem. I even abstained at a going-away party for a coworker on Tuesday that […]

Sunset Eat Fresh, Day 1: Whining about no wine

Who: Andrea Minarcek, Senior Travel Editor I’m giving up: Booze, red meat, and sugar, which I’m interpreting as refined carbs, as well as straight-up sweet treats. So fare thee well, pasta, au revoir, sourdough, and adios, my doughnut pal, you a.m. temptress, you—at least until next week. I chose this because: I’m a masochist? Nah, truth is, I’m a completist by nature—a […]