Mendocino Area Parks and Walks

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  We made a brief, two-day detour through the Anderson Valley, to Mendocino, on our way to the annual Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships (see subsequent posts). While Anderson Valley Winery stops and Mendocino restaurants are discussed in our previous post, this one focuses on the walks we took trough the village and especially, [Read more …]

Anderson Valley and Mendocino Wine and Food Update—May 2015

  We made a brief Anderson Valley winery stop on the way from San Francisco to Mendocino, which was, in turn a two-day detour on the way to Eureka (see our next post on the Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships).   Anderson Valley Highlights After a brief visit at Silver [Read more …]

Revisiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium


A return to our favorite aquarium. What a fascinating way to spend a day, staring at cute, playful sea otters, being mesmerized by iridescent jellyfish and trying to identify many of the pelagic giants in the museum’s huge, room-sized tank. We again surveyed the entire aquarium, arranged generally by aquatic environment, such as [Read more …]

Celebrating Pinot Noir at the SLH Gala

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Amongst one of our favorite California wine regions is Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH), a mountain range that overlooks the Salinas River Valley, where the grapes benefit from a long growing season to produce some spectacular wines. Whenever we can, we try to make it to the SLH Gala held in May. This year our calendar [Read more …]

Meet the New and Improved Chianti Classico Wines


Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico (the Chianti Classico Consortium in English) has been busy over the last few years, having sponsored a comprehensive 16-year study (1987 through 2003) of the entire Chianti Classico process. They examined everything from the various grapes and clones from which the wines are made, the root stocks which are planted, [Read more …]

A Night to Remember at North Beach’s Sotto Mare

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The Northern California Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (or AWIF), hosted its inaugural New American Monday Dinner at North Beach’s Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood restaurant on May 11, 2015. The wonderful sold-out event was a good time had by all. What made the event so special? A combination of three [Read more …]

New York Walks and Walking Tour Update—April 2015

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Walking is, for us, the only way to get around New York: a convenient way of combining exercise, sightseeing and capturing the atmosphere of neighborhoods, all while avoiding the delays of traffic and the terror of a ride with a renegade cabbie. This trip’s walks included those from our mid-town hotel to and through Chinatown, [Read more …]

New York City Museum and Art Update—Beyond the Whitney


The highlight of our New York museum and art experience was our opening day excursion to the incredible Whitney Museum. We were, as discussed in detail, loved the building design and were fully engaged by its inaugural exhibit on the history of American art since the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit, titled "America [Read more …]

Opening Day at the New Whitney Museum


We were initially disappointed in our museum prospects for this New York City trip. The pre-scheduled trip managed to fall between exhibits we had hoped to see at MOMA and The Met. Meanwhile, while opening day at the long-awaited, new Whitney Museum coincided with the last day of our trip, we assumed that [Read more …]

New York City Restaurant Update–April 2015

This trip began with two in-flight dining disappointments: first, as we settled in on the plane for our flight, I opened the paper to discover that our beloved Carnegie Deli had been closed due to an illegal (not to speak of dangerous) natural gas hookup. Since we have long relied on the deli as a [Read more …]