Culinary Road Trips in California

Bonny Doon Farm

I have a farm client up in the hills of the Santa Cruz mountains that I think of fondly this time of year.  I can visualize their fields dusted with light fog in the early morning as the sun begins to burn it off and brighten the landscape with its warmth.  I am thinking of Bonny Doon Lavender Farm … [Read more...]

Snow Falling On Lake Tahoe

I spent the first week of this new year in Lake Tahoe - a place I love to visit during all the seasons of the year.  I always enjoy all that Lake Tahoe has to offer on each of the four seasons.  Winter brings snow, which for me means skiing, snow shoeing, and warm crackling fires.  But regardless … [Read more...]

High Tea in San Francisco

Recently my friend and I enjoyed a fun filled day of Christmas cheer in San Francisco.  Shopping, dining, cocktails, and Christmas splendor are the course of the day!  This year we decided to try something new - High Tea at the Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus on Union Square.  As soon as you … [Read more...]

Lake Tahoe

It is that time of year!  The air becomes chilly and mornings are frosty.  The rain has come early in California.  The weather channel is reporting that El Nino is on its way.  Lake Tahoe has already received snow and the ski resorts opened before Thanksgiving.  What a blessing it is to have snow in … [Read more...]

Something New in Paso Robles!

Every year in September my family visits friends in Paso Robles. Wine tasting in this magnificent valley has become an annual tradition for our visits. This year our friends decided to add something new –  in addition to wine tasting, we visited a spirits distillery and craft brewery. I was a little … [Read more...]

Hog Island Oyster Company

My husband and I love oysters! Raw, barbequed, Rockefeller – they are all good. My favorite way to eat them is raw with a little squeeze of lemon and mignonette - accompanied with champagne and really good sourdough bread.  A match made in heaven! I prefer Pacific coast oysters from very cold and … [Read more...]

Regale Winery

Like most of you, I love to go wine tasting with my husband and friends.  Over the years I have tasted in many of California's wine regions and have enjoyed their numerous appellations.  But Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and El Dorado are a good distance from my home, which take a planned weekend. … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

I had the good fortune to photograph the feature article for the December 2014/January 2015 issue of South Bay Accent Magazine!  The feature article is on high-end craft cocktails at very cool local bars.  I had a great time during the four-day photo shoot at ten bars!  As you all know, people who … [Read more...]

Chocolate Lovers Delight!

In 2013, I had the good fortune to taste an extraordinary piece of dark chocolate.  The flavor was unique-unlike I had experienced before.  It was rich and complex, with a depth of flavor that I had not tasted before.  I was given this chocolate as a pairing to an extraordinary cup of coffee at … [Read more...]

Paso Robles Valley, Part 2

Each year during the Giovanzana family annual trip to the Paso Robles valley, we join our friends who live there, for a fun filled day of wine tasting.  We drive along beautiful country roads,  that lead us to an assortment of unique and charming wineries.  In an area that boasts more than 200 … [Read more...]