Beauty & Fashion, Food & Wine, Travel

Spa season

Is there such a thing as 'spa season’? In Northern California there is! Many Wine Country hotels & resorts feature on-site luxurious spas so you can actually rendezvous any time of the year and rejuvenate. But there is something special about spa-ing in Wine Country during spring and summer. Why? Because most spa resorts offer… Continue reading Spa season

Community, Food & Wine, Travel

A Wine Country humblebrag

I’m bursting at the seams to share two annual Sonoma County events that will not only fill your belly and wet your whistle, they'll also give you humblebragging rights for years to come. You’ll want to permanently place both events on your calendar. Barrel Tasting and Restaurant Week. Isn't humblebrag an odd word? It’s one… Continue reading A Wine Country humblebrag

Food & Wine, Travel

Hidden Gems

Finding hidden treasure can often become an explorer's crown jewel. A trove of boutique wineries, Dry Creek Valley is a geographical gem. Discovering quaint wineries in the valley evoke nostalgia like beholding the unique brilliance of your favorite gemstone. These small lot spots offer intimacy immense wineries can’t emulate, so spend some quality time quarrying… Continue reading Hidden Gems

Delight your senses with Tea & Trumphets local artisan teas.
Community, Food & Wine, Health, Home & Garden

Farmer in the dell

For European countries like France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany, farmers markets aren’t a novelty, they're an essential element of daily life. Europeans don’t stockpile their groceries in huge refrigerators or store massive amounts of toilet paper from Costco. The primary reason Europeans don't shop in abundance; they don't have ample storage space for bulk… Continue reading Farmer in the dell

Community, Travel

Get SMART & park the car

Can you believe it's been a year-and-a-half since SMART made its maiden voyage in the summer of 2017, July 4th weekend when the train offered free rides to a swath of enthusiastic passengers? Many folks have ventured out to take the train as commuters or easily jaunt down to Petaluma. Recently, I met a couple… Continue reading Get SMART & park the car

The successful sommelier
Food & Wine

Best Sommelier Courses

The successful Somm  - By Christina Brooks - I Love Wine The wine industry - along with beer & spirits - is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The demand for professionally educated staff is rapidly increasing. The wine industry is formed by a group of diverse, educated, and highly devoted people. It is… Continue reading Best Sommelier Courses

Food & Wine

Winc & a smile

-WINC Wine Club Review- Goodbye, too much choice… Hello, personalized wine subscription! - by Samantha Bos, January 16, 2019  - Blog, Food & Wine, Wine Club Reviews - You love wine. You like trying different types of wine. Floral notes, chalky tannins and hints of sweet spice all sound poetically complex. But, when faced with choosing… Continue reading Winc & a smile

Beauty & Fashion

Hair we covet

Don't be fooled by movie stars' voluminous hair or a stranger walking down the street with gorgeous hair. Their luxurious locks have four key elements in common; time, product (lots of it), effort and investment. Let's simply break it down by these four elements.      Time I'm not telling you anything new by saying… Continue reading Hair we covet

Beauty & Fashion

Product matters because I didn’t wake up looking like this.

  Don't kid yourself, the natural look takes time and effort. Hair product choices are overwhelming. Not only is product selection extensive at grocery stores & pharmacies, product exposure on the internet and in TV commercials is ubiquitous, and, at times, exhausting. I say exhausting because if you buy a product based on pretty packaging… Continue reading Product matters because I didn’t wake up looking like this.