Archive for July, 2009

Forget Baskin-Robbins!

“Regular or Phillips?”

Our Oakland buddy dubbed that as the name of his BBQ. Scott served up some our favorites from last time, including that amazing hickory-smoked salmon.

Home Brewed Ale w/brown sugar at the Oakland BBQ. Kept foaming!
I fried up some beef lumpia for the party. I left out the patis & peanut oil in this batch. Another party-goer offered up his home-brewed Brown Ale. He said he used brown sugar. He says that’s probably what gave his foamy beer its caramel aftertaste.

For dessert, Scott made vanilla ice cream. It tasted so creamy and sweet. I wanted seconds.
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I Wanna Be Like Walt

Sad news about the death of the “Most Trusted Man in America.” My hubby said Walter Cronkite passed away while I was sleeping.


He lived an amazing life. His career highlights include Apollo 11, JFK’s assassination and the Vietnam War. He demanded excellence and integrity in the newsroom. I remember reading his scripts in J-School: succinct, sharp and no BS. I think he will continue to be an inspiration to all journalists.

RIP Walter Cronkite
[Image from NASA Remembers Walter Cronkite Slideshow]

CBS journalist Walter Cronkite gets a taste for moonwalking at the reduced gravity simulator at NASA’s Langley Research Center in August, 1968. – From NASA

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Summer Tastings

Wine fans – Clarksburg rocks for tasty vino and beautiful picnics. Plus – St. Helena has a wonderful boutique family winery just off Highway 29. If you drive by Dean & Deluca, turn around. You went too far.

Clarksburg Vines

Last weekend, my hubby and I checked out this adorable town in Yolo County, next to the Sacramento River. I blogged about it on Sac Met Blogs.

On the July 4th Weekend, we explored St. Helena with our So Cal buddy. Thanks to @frankloveswine, we discovered our new favorite winery. Frank gave me a wonderful opportunity to guest blog about my experience with Arger-Martucci Vineyards.

It’s still early in the summer season. Where should I go for my next wine tasting?

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Summer Harvest

Here’s what my veggie garden looks like in July. The Ace 55 Tomatoes are finally blooming. I’ll have more Grape Roma Tomatoes soon. I’m waiting for the potato vines to dry up. Then I’ll dig for the spuds. The sunflowers stand taller than me.

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Call Me Mrs. Potato Head

I planted the white potato seedlings last March. I started digging them up at the end of June.


My First Potato Harvest
According to a couple of garden-centric web sites, I should harvest the potatoes after the green vines died off. We had a few tiny ones, but a majority ended up being impressive in size.

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Thanks For All The Fish…

Following up on A Really Goode Job: I tied for 11th Place with 40 other amazing candidates.

Thank you to everyone who voted and who blogged/twittered/facebooked about my application. Thanks again to an amazing group of people who produced video references for my Goode Job bid.

Finally, I’d love to see the next Wine Country Lifestyles Correspondent produce a video like this one for Murphy-Goode.

I stumbled on this amazing video from Randall Grahm. Fun use of nats, music and the goat herder soundbites.

Good Luck to the Top 10!

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Ready to Learn, Willing to Listen

We’re less than 24 hours away from the Top 10 Announcement.
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Tomorrow, Murphy-Goode will let the world know who’s coming up to Healdsburg for face-to-face interviews.

Hi Again… from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

Thank you for your support! Andrea, Matt, Ann, Kendall, Fally & Sara – you rock with your video/blog references.
It’s A Really Goode Job. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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Wine-stained postcard

Guest Blog by Sara O!

Hi. Sara O. here. I’m hijacking Kris’s blog to supplement the video that Andrea shot endorsing Kris for the really Goode job.

See this? It’s a post card with a date stamp of Oct. 31, 2004. It was sent to me in the Czech Republic from England by Kris, husband Mark, and Andrea, back when we were all living in Europe as part of our journalism residencies. If you look at it closely, you’ll see several stains on it.

Wine-Stained Memories

Those are wine stains. Having traveled and visited and dined with Kris before, I can vouch that food and wine are a big part of her life. So are sharing her food and drinking experiences. I mean, they got me, a relative non-drinker, to go cavorting about Napa just this past January.

I also want to add that, sure, she’s got the multi-media thing going for her (does she ever), but don’t forget that she’s also great with personal touches. Like the post card I’m sharing with you now. I hope it’s worth a thousand words to help her land the Murphy-Goode Winery job.

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I’m On Twitter

Sing that phrase to the tune of: “I Feel Pretty.”


I adore West Side Story. I enjoy hearing and watching the other incarnations of this musical: from Broadway to College Humor.

@GoodLaura introduced me to this fantastic parody of all things online! And it’s inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s tunes and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics.

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

I’ve tried everything in this video but eHarmony. What about you?

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