Food & Wine, Health

Technology chomps at the bit

America’s eating habits change as fast as technology changes, and gourmet meal delivery has people taking a bite out of traditional meal planning. We’ve come a long way since ‘Super Size Me’ hit the mainstream and created a cultural culinary shift with how we view nutrition as a nation. People are trading their microwave instant dinners and… Continue reading Technology chomps at the bit

Home & Garden

More bloom for your buck

Spring blooms aren’t always about budding flowers. Get the best bang for your buck by cultivating indigenous drought-resistant plants that offer vibrant color year-round. My clients often ask, “How do you plan your garden; where should I start?” Planning a garden can be a daunting task. It was for me in the past. I had a brown… Continue reading More bloom for your buck

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

Looking for hidden treasure? Explore Sonoma County's jewels in the rough. 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… Continue reading Hidden Gems

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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