Thursday, July 31, 2014

Italy = Napa. Part II

Very fancy tasting with my sis' FIL at Hall

Incredible tartare at Farmstead

Can't beat the arties out here


I was enchanted by the musty smell of the caves

Pride Vineyards barrels

Flora & Fauna abound

Sherwin Family's delicious rose

Sherwin property

Lunch from the Oakville Grocery

Barnett has the best view

Gorgeous farmhouse chic at The Reserve

Hall had incredible artwork in the fermenting room and the caves!

This chandelier of aupsidedown vine was like a winter wonderland

Cocktails at L'Auberge

Perhaps the best grain free paleo bread I've ever had. I begged them to ship to me!

So the journey through Napa and SF continues and so does the eating and drinking. Highlights were the following;
  • Enjoying a lengthy tour and knockout wine taste at The Reserve, thanks for our friends, The Cravatt's!
  • A beautiful bottle of bubbly and a touching note from my friends waiting for us after dinner
  • Hills and mountains and countryside...the air just smells better
  • A private tasting at Hall under twinkling crystals
  • A leisurely picnic lunch at Sherwin family while we tasted
  • Our punchy tasting host at Barnett
  • Dogs everywhere Dogs
  • 5 course tasting menu at Redd in scenic Yountville
  • Discovering the coolest decanter ever at Michael Chiarello's Bottega
  • The most incredible Gluten free bread, cinnamon rolls, brownies & grain-free bread bakery at The Oxbow market
  • Discovering a nifty artisanal cocktail joint in random downtown Napa
  • Wine with lunch every day
  • Learning that life is an adventure is you just let go and trust

Monday, July 21, 2014

Napa/Botched Italy Vacation Part 1!

Leaving for what we thought was Italy...

Amazing hamachi shooter at Alexander steakhouse in SF.  We were too numb to enjoy it.

Blue bottle coffee in SF, I dream about you.

Eggs with tomato sauce, thick Acme bakery bread and ham and parm.

Eggs on cornbread, sausage and salad. Nice.

Oysters and Sancerre at Hog Island.  The best.

A manhattan and a Fernet and cherry cola.

Our new fave store; Napa Distillery in the Oxbow market.  Took home lots of goodies.

This restaurant was hip but the sush didn't cut it

Morimoto's artsy tartare

Our friends sent us bubble to heal our wounds.

Its been about a year since I've documented some food and memories and I'm ready to catch up.  So why don't I just dive into this story?  We were supposed to go to Italy for one of my best friend's wedding.  Got turned down at the airport because my passport was expiring in July and you can't travel overseas without your passport being within 90 days of expiry. (@#$%^&!!) Anywho, we flew by the seat of our pants and got on a plane to SF, then spent 3 days in Napa then back to SF.  We bonded, had amazing dinners, drank delicious wines and learned a great lesson about spontaneity. I have no regrets.  Some things are meant to be and out of your control, right? So just go with the flow, people.  You just might find a great gift at the end of that long dark tunnel. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Cleansing sh*t.

My dude's weird parsley/cilantro elixir.
Ah, pho. I dream about you...
This bowl was gigantic.

I have been battling this lingering cold for over 10 days now and it sucks.  I love food remedies for any condition (obvi) so when I heard that bone broth and pho soup kick a cold in the ass, I was there like Cher.  My favorite place to get pho is a Veitnemese spot on Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Hawthorne in Torrance called Saigon Dish.  My Asian friends will back me up on this. Word.  It is super clean (as in cleanliness and the actual quality of the food) and when it comes to pho they do not disappoint. The super steaming hot bowl made my nose run but in a good way. 

So that crazy pitcher of green swamp water in the first pic is something my husband found and I'll check in next week to let you know if it works.  Here's the email:


Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley or Cilantro ( Coriander Leaves ) and wash it clean
Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.

Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

Parsley (Cilantro) is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural.

I don't know where this came from or I'd document it.  Sounds cool.  I like juice cleanses kind of too.  I just convinced my frind to go on one today and I've been talking him off the cliff via text all day :)
I'll tell you what hubbs reports.  Have you done any cleansing rituals as of late?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pillow Fight

The Party in all its stuffed glory
The gray chevron are the new ones.  Note how flat other pillows look.
Look at how much these liven up my 50 shades bedroom.
Dax couldn't help but join in.
Such professionals.
Ah, every angle is beauty.

My friend Norma caught the bug too.  Behold her guest room.
Her bedroom

My brillz friends threw a trunk show last week to promote their AMAZE new line of high end designer pillows!  They are so gorge I can't stand it.  I bought four to start, 2 for my couch and 2 for my bed, and I'm dreaming of where I can stuff more every day.  I'm going to put 3 on a backless bench at my dining room table. Why didn't I think of that before?  I'm going to spruce up my guest room accent pillows too.  Hell, I'll order a whole bunch when they come out with there outdoor line, you can bet your bottom dollar.  I had to share with you.  Don't you love how they liven up the room?  It really makes a difference when you make one small change to make you feel a little happier in your home. Check them out here!
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