♥ What the heck is a 5 Heart Rating? ♥

"A real life is not getting what you want; the achievement, the privilege, too, is knowing what you love." ~ Marisa de los Santos

5 Heart Rating was created with the intent to bring only positive attention to people, places, and things in this world that have made that extra effort to be the very best they can possibly be.

Bruciato on Bainbridge Island

You'd think for such a small area Bainbridge Island, Washington wouldn't have that many great places to eat. But the fact is that everywhere we went was fantastic. Great Mexican food, great bakery, and great pizza. But the highlight of Bruciato wasn't even the excellent service, nice ambience, good wine selection, ice cold beer, or the delicious pizza. It was the pizza box!! I'd give it its own 5 Heart Rating actually. Really made me think, "Why don't restaurants have cool pizza boxes like this?" Just Read more [...]


If you like pointed-toe flat shoes you are going to LOVE Rothy's. These shoes are comfy and very attractive. And you can wash them! Oh and they are made from recycled water bottles. Yep, you heard me right. Water bottles! Rothy's makes a few different styles but it's the pointed-toe ones that I like in particular. So check out other styles and learn more about them here at their website: https://rothys.com/pages/about I almost forgot to mention their customer service! It's excellent. If Read more [...]

Diana, Princess of Whales: Tribute

Just after Princess Diana passed, in 1997 a 2-CD release of the most incredible compilation of music was produced. I think it's one of the most eclectic variety of musicians coming together for a beautiful tribute, to arguably the most popular woman in my lifetime. I'm pretty sure I know every word to every song. Here is some information about the collection and a list of the songs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales:_Tribute Read more [...]

Balboa Park Museums

I am not a bit surprised that there are 9,149 Google reviews giving Balboa Park 4.8 stars. I lived an hour north of Balboa Park for 23 years and only visited once until I moved to San Diego and visited for the second and third time. What an amazing place this is. If you are ever in the San Diego area, this is a must-see. Allow at least an entire day to really get a taste of the place. Here are some photos from our visits. The featured image of my daughter I think is pretty cool. This was a Read more [...]


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnhELZjSVXo When I came across this video showing how wagashi is made I nearly cried. The Japanese are such perfectionists! It does not surprise me that the intricate effort that goes into the creation of just one of these works of art comes across in the video as effortless. Which of course could not be further from the truth. There are many types of wagashi as you can see from the article below, but some of them are truly representative of the Japanese Read more [...]