Day 86 of 100 Happy Days.
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I love weekend getaways to Monterey Bay.
We took our time on the drive down 101. We did some wine tasting in the Uvas Valley. I was pleasantly surprised by the wines in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.
We also had a blast playing bocce ball at Sarah’s Vineyard.
I started with a smoky Negroni at Restaurant 1833. We loved the tasting menu.
Day 85 of 100 Happy Days.
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In Acampo, Heritage Oak Winery has picnic tables next to the Mokelumne River.
We enjoyed sampling tasty Zinfandels and Chardonnays with an impromptu piano concert. Tom, the winemaker, played beautiful classical music.
The “beach” is about a 15-minute walk from the tasting room.
The winery has picnic baskets for sale. We ended up picking up sandwiches from Bon Appetit. We also packed wine glasses (plastic) and a corkscrew into our wine picnic bag.
Just call us wine picnic pros.
Day 15 of 100 Happy Days.
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Our house is almost in order. I needed a break from unpacking.
We watched the sunset at Fort Funston. I love having the beach in our backyard.
My Friday included a brunch burger and bottomless mimosas at the Parkside Tavern. I discovered that a fried egg over a medium-rare chipotle beef patty is a yummy good thing.
I also added some shots from our quick getaway to wine country in Napa.
Counting down to our next adventure in Spain. I need to produce two more news shows.
Then my vacation begins! Woot!
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I snapped these shots by St. Supery in Napa. We watched winery workers crush Chardonnay grapes as part of its harvest season.
Soon, these lush green leaves will change to gold. That’s when California’s wine country will bundle up for cold weather, sharp breezes and the beginning of Winter.
I thought this would work for this week’s Travel theme: Foliage.
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While you were sleeping…
I worked on scripts and video in the newsroom. At 2:00 a.m., I look at the time on the app running my show rundown and wire services. It flashed 3:00 a.m. I look at my Droid X for another time check. 3:00 a.m.
Damn you Daylight Savings. Damn you.
I knew you were coming. I can’t stop you. I despise you when you sneak up on me in the newsroom. And I can’t forgive you for stealing an hour from my show prep time.
Outside of the newsroom, we spent a lazy Monday afternoon in Sonoma. Vacaville spoiled us with our 30 minute drive to wine country. We used to go every other weekend. Now we live about 90 minutes away from all those lovely wineries and vineyards.
We found Viansa Winery on our way to downtown Sonoma. It’s a beautiful winery on a hill. The tasting room has a balcony with this amazing view of the vineyard.
We sat on the balcony nibbling Vella Cheese Company’s Dry Jack Cheese. We paired it with a dry, fruit-forward 2009 Cabernet Franc. If it wasn’t so windy, we may have spent the afternoon with a bottle on the balcony.
We moved over to the bocce court and played a few games.
We learned how to play the game with our Oakland friends. It’s an easy game for people who don’t want to put down their beer bottles or wine glasses. The goal: to get your colored ball as close to the marker as possible.
So, what do you do on your weekends?
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Today’s view from my yoga studio.
I rolled out my mat on our patio at our bed and breakfast, the Inn at Mavericks. I worked on sun salutations. I closed my eyes and allowed the lighthouse gongs to center my breathing. When I bent my leg into tree pose, I stared at a billowing American flag, perched on a fishing boat. I breathed in salty sea air and good vibes. I breathed out frustrations and worries from my work week. I finished my practice with a smile, thinking about one Bali medicine man’s message to Elizabeth Gilbert in “Eat Pray Love“: “Smile in your liver.”
(Yes, the book is better than the movie. However, the movie didn’t suck. Julia Roberts rules.)
Now, the sun is trying to peek out over Half Moon Bay during our Memorial weekend getaway.
Before we hit the road, I produced a couple of military-themed interview segments for my morning shows. I always take a chance to highlight local resources for service members ahead of holidays like Memorial Day. Check them out if you get a chance: USA Together and Together We Served.
After surviving holiday traffic on Highway 92, we arrived in the sleepy beach town. It’s so different from our suburban life in Fremont and the intense rhythm of my San Francisco newsroom. It’s nice to balance everything out with a 30 minute drive to the coast.
Our bed and breakfast left us little cups of International Delight Coffee Creamers. They were flavored with French vanilla. I remember chugging the little cups down with Victoria before we hit the rink. For little girls, it tasted better than milk. Also, we thought it was a waste to dilute the sugary rush with coffee. It felt like we scored a treasure trove when our mothers selected a diner that carried these coffee creamers. My mom worried about how the sugar would hit my hips. Victoria’s mom reminded her we could use the sugar boost for our next practice.
Victoria also introduced me to french fries topped with cottage cheese. In another diner next to our rink in Torrance, the waitress would shake her head when we ordered this non-menu item after a freestyle session.
“You have cottage cheese, right?” Victoria asked. The waitress nodded. “You have french fries, right?” Same response. “So, we want both.” The waitress left us alone with a sigh and something muttered under her breath.
I remember savoring crispy fries dipped with chunks of cottage cheese. The hot and cold flavors filled me up after a hard day on the ice.
As an adult, I continue to explore unusual flavors and foods that may not appeal to others. Food is an adventure for me because of skating friends like Victoria and our childhood foodie experiences. My dad and his appetite for good eats also shaped my palate.
When I turned 33 last week, I ordered a shot of love from Kaenyama in Fremont. The champagne glass was filled with uni slices, an oyster, grape, ponzu sauce, tobiko and scallion. There’s a quail egg yolk nestled closed to the top. Our bartender said I had to pour the cloudy shot of unfiltered sake on top. Then I tipped the whole thing into my mouth. It felt like a silky slush of seafood and rice wine melting in my mouth. I liked it and it made my birthday feel so decadent.
We indulged in a decadent treat for wine lovers yesterday in Half Moon Bay. La Nebbia Winery is located off Highway 92. During the tasting, one winery worker served port inside dark chocolate shot glasses.
She recommended taking some test sips with the shot glasses on the table. Other wine drinkers squealed when Mark and I followed her tips. The chocolate cups infused the dark, sweet dessert drink. Nibbling on the cups marked a sweet finish to our tasting.
So. What are you doing for Memorial Day?
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Over the last few weeks, my schedule in the newsroom was a roller coaster ride of responsibilities.
Last weekend, I tracked grass fires and fireworks for the evening news shows. During the week, I produced slideshows and logged a news conference on a scary house explosion for the website. I suppose it all adds up to a typical week for the gal who produces shows and web content.
North Beach and Chinatown restaurants blocked off streets and served up tasty twists on noodle dishes.
From San Francisco noodles to Lodi Wine – we checked out LangeTwin’s BBQ party at the Tin Roof with Susan and Tom.
For Mark’s birthday weekend, we checked out the Raley Field Brewfest.
Finally, Susan and Tom introduced us to Compassionate Chefs at New Dehli. This fundraiser made sure Tenderloin students had the chance to make beautiful music with the help of world-class musicians.
For a small price, we ate amazing Indian food and a did a little belly dancing. OK – I was the idiot who allowed herself to be pulled up for the belly dancing. Seriously. Yes – there is video of the dancing. No, I don’t know if I’m posting it.
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The work week is over. Thank God. Now, I’m recovering from a stressful week in the newsroom by going over my vacation pictures.
I suspect I’ll need another break from work. Soon.
On our Buffalo trip, I gave my new passport a workout. This one has my married name on it. Sadly, the border guards didn’t feel like stamping it with a Canada stamp. In retrospect, I should have asked for one.
Bizarre Question at the Border: What do you do for a living?
I think I saw the border guard raise his eyebrows when I squeaked out: “News Producer.”
Hooray for our moms! Terri and Linda took the girls to the beach while we went on a day trip to Niagara-by-the-Lake with Kaine and Missy. Plus Mark rocked as our DD for our personal wine tasting tour.
I also had to see Niagara Falls again. This tourist spot on the Canadian side has become a pilgrimage of sorts for my Buffalo vacations. The misty air feels refreshing on a hot day. The majestic views are free. I’m happy to join the lemmings who are snapping away at one of the 7 Wonders of the World. It’s still a thrilling sight for me. I’d love to take my parents here some day.
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