Comstock Saloon, San Francisco

May 11, 2012

Comstock Saloon takes you back in time. Named after Henry Comstock and the famous silver discovery, the Comstock Lode, you truly feel that you’ve walked into old nineteenth century San Francisco when you cross their threshold. The place has a huge antique looking bar, lots of fussy lounge chairs that seem like remnants from a […]

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Williams Selyem spring wine pick-up event, 2012

April 25, 2012

This was a first: we went to a Williams Selyem pick up event and it didn’t rain. It wasn’t cold either. In fact, it was so sunny and warm that I wore shorts and sandals comfortably. The car said that the ambient temperature at the winery was 91 degrees. Ah, miracle! I love Indian summer. […]

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Wine of the Year: 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

April 18, 2012

I’ve been shying away from our “drink me” category for a while. There’s just way too much competition to sustain it. But since it’s not every day that we try a bottle of Wine Spectator’s “wine of the year,” I couldn’t resist. That’s right: wine of the year! Drum roll please… I was delighted when […]

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obscene violence and guilty pleasures: tuning into The Hunger Games

April 12, 2012

I’ve been reluctant to read The Hunger Games. The idea for the series and the movie are so disturbing. Essentially a novel about poor, starving children randomly selected to murder one another for the pleasure of the crowd doesn’t play well with my sensibilities. Give me the squishy romance of Bella and Edward or even […]

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Clos du Val, Napa Valley

April 11, 2012

We’ve been to Clos du Val in Napa Valley many times over the years and always had fun. Most recently we had a lovely wine tasting and picnic event with some marvelous fellow bloggers from the Bay Area and Sacramento. Actually, Hegui selected this place for our picnic as we have such fond memories. The […]

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a biodynamic vineyard tour of Littorai, Sonoma County

April 4, 2012

We’ve been talking about taking the tour of Littorai for months. Really ever since we went last fall for their members event. Now that we’ve done it, it is funny to think about how naïve I’ve been. For example, I didn’t actually know that Littorai embraced organic and biodynamic practices as part of their wine […]

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artichoke leek lasagna

April 2, 2012

Is lasagna elegant enough to serve at a dinner party? That is the question that I have been pondering for the past couple weeks. I had invited about six friends over for a Saturday meal, including two, Jocelyn and Devin that we hadn’t seen in months. So I wanted to impress but also not be […]

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Carlisle 2012 spring pick-up event, Sonoma County

March 28, 2012

I adore the wines from Carlisle. Aside from my delight with the name (see previous Carlisle post here for more info on that) I like how their wines taste—and I have to admit that I’m a bit tickled to finally be on their purchasing list after waiting what seemed like, well, a while. I’m sure […]

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Contigo, San Francisco

March 26, 2012

We’ve had the good fortune to dine at Contigo, a fun and stylish tapas and wine bar restaurant in Noe Valley, twice in the past few months, most recently with our lovely friends, Charles and Fernando. Since that last time, Hegui and I’ve been talking off-and-on about what makes Spanish tapas so appealing right now. […]

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ravioli filled with sun-dried tomato and red bell pepper tapenade and mozzarella

March 20, 2012

Until just this week when the rain finally hit with a vengeance, I’ve been feeling that light joyful mood that I always have in spring-like weather, you know: energetic, hopeful and hungry for something new. That, of course, has inspired me to continue my adventures in the kitchen. So here we are. I made a […]

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