Fran Berger and friends in Napa.

Napa is my favorite place to disappear.

Thinking about Napa. It’s so much more than just a place to drink wine. One of the best things I…

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Negroni is a great summer drink

Summer Cocktail idea for you and your friends

La Dolce Vita with a Negroni cocktail recipe: gin, Campari, Vermouth and a twist of Orange peel. Even if you’ve…

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Fran Berger 2018 Welcome

Another Year with Sophisticating Living

What I’ve learned about sophisticated living – and how I’m taking it to the next level in 2018. A friend…

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Fran's tipping guide for the holidays

How Much to Tip when I travel?

Tipping guidelines for keeping up with etiquette while traveling. There are general travel tipping guidelines, but during the holidays it’s…

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Fran Berger's tips on tipping

Tips for Hotel Tipping and Then Some

Tips help make your trip more enjoyable – in more ways than one! I have done quite a bit of…

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italian tomato sauce

My Favorite Secret Italian Sauce

You’ll flip when you see how easy it is. Anyone who knows me knows that I love all types of…

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tipping etiquette

Etiquette for Tipping

Yes, there is such thing as proper manners for tipping! A friend told me a story about going out to…

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Broiled Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster - The Palm

4 Great Reasons Why Beverly Hills is a “Local Exotic” Travel Destination

Lucky you if you’re a LA Local: “Exotic” Beverly Hills’ is just a drive away! I love to vacation in…

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Fran's Wine

Bring Napa Home and Let the Bottles Do the Talking

Bring stories home about the wine you love, #Napa #Winechat I love wine from all over the world, but Napa…

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7 Best Places to Pick Pumpkins for Halloween!

America’s Best Pumpkin Patches For many of us Halloween means carving pumpkins.  But the problem starts with where do you…

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Not Your Usual Pasta Making Class

I’m going to confess something here, (for those that know me it’s not that big of a secret), I absolutely…

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da Amerigo 1934 - Akasha, Alberto, Helena, and Fran

Travel Planning is Everything Until It’s Not

Different people plan their trips differently.  Some love to just “wing it” and decide what they will do and where…

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