Archives for 2013

Christmas Time in San Francisco

Every year my gal pals and I head to San Francisco at Christmas time for a BIG shopping day.  When I say BIG...I mean several trips to the car to drop off packages kind of BIG.  It is a day filled with a whole lot of silliness too.  Some years we have stayed at the Westin St. Francis Hotel for the … [Read more...]

Christmas at Filoli

For the past 25+ years during the Thanksgiving break, my mother and I, along with our maternal aunts, grandmothers, girl cousins, and some friends, partake in a real special Christmas treat.  We gather at Filoli Mansion in Woodside, California for the annual Holiday Traditions.  The mansion’s lower … [Read more...]

Art Photography Mosaics – The Color Brown

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Sunset’s SAVOR The Central Coast Event

  I am a devotee of Sunset Magazine!  I, along with my mother and grandmother, have subscribed to the magazine for my entire adult life.  I have attended their Celebration Weekends in Menlo Park, which feature all things wonderful in food, garden, and travel.  They are always an … [Read more...]

Love Apple Farm

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a very special farm, which is the only certified bio-dynamic farm in Santa Cruz County, grows over 300 culitvars of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, operates as a gardening and cooking educational center, and is known on occasion to throw a … [Read more...]

The Last Days of Summer

The end of summer…a day that sadly arrives each year.  Yet, autumn always has its promises….. pumpkins, red leaves, goblins, and turkey.  But before that last day of summer arrived, my husband, son, and I, along with two other families, decided to have one last day in the sun.  We choose New … [Read more...]

Delicious Tomato Memories Part 2

Jersey Devil (1/2 pound in weight) My favorite this year! August is the busiest time of the year for tomato packers.  My grandfather’s packing plant in Santa Clara, Gangi Brother’s Tomato Packing, would run 24/7 for weeks on end.   As a kid, it seemed that tomato packing monopolized the whole … [Read more...]

The Artistry of Chef and Gardener at Wente Vineyards

Earlier this year my husband and I decided to take a day to ourselves and head to Livermore valley to go wine tasting.  It had been a long time since we had visited the Livermore valley and had heard about a few new wineries that we wanted to visit as well as a few old favorites.  We had called … [Read more...]

Delicious Tomato Memories

If you haven’t already guessed, I am of Italian heritage.  On one side of my mother's family, I am the fifth generation born in America as well as California.  All five generation have lived in northern California.  My other set of maternal great-grandparents immigrated to America from Sicily to … [Read more...]

Fly Fishing in Montana

In June, my family and I went on our annual vacation.  Each year we rotate who selects where we will go on the trip.  This year was my son’s turn and he selected Yellowstone National Park.  As a family, we also decided to go fly fishing in the southwest corner of Montana since it was so close to … [Read more...]