From a recent trip to Washington State. We stayed at an Airbnb, hosted by Bob, that boasted this bucolic view out back.  If headed to a concert in the area, consider staying here with friends and family! For brunch, Tendrils at Cave B Winery offers a nice spread of food and this view. 

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It’s no secret, I am a hard core coffee connoisseur and also a fan of Starbucks anything. A recent visit to the new trendy Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill (Seattle) served up my quintessential favorites: coffee, croissants and cool vibe. We have a Reserve near where I live in California, but I’m not yet convinced it can rival…

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I have made the trip from the Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest more times than I can count and it’s always been the same: hit the road early, stop at the Olive Pit (a family favorite) and drive all the way to Seattle in one long stretch. This year I changed things up and stopped to meet a good…

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On our road trip from San Diego to San Francisco we stopped in Arcadia to see a relative. We planned to have dumplings at Din Tai Fung but the 2 hour wait wasn’t on our bucket list that day. Instead we drove down the street and made a stop at the Dumpling House which was a…

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Fremont Diner is now closed, and replaced by Lou’s Luncheonette.Napa and Sonoma are synonymous with great wine and spirits but the dining scene is a star player inmy book. Below are a few new standouts from my recent visit, each on a slightly different spectrum.On the casual side is the Fremont Diner [now Lou’s Luncheonette] a…

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From start to finish my recent lunch at Hakkasan was a delightful experience. The chic setting, the menu and finishing touch (macarons) made for a memorable moment especially when combined with a favorite friend. If you find yourself on Market street in San Francisco it’s worth a visit. Below are a few photos which tell the…

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Hilmar is my kind of town: located in the heart of foodland and boasting a sign that reads “Did you bring your cheese?” as you enter. A town after my own heart! On a short visit to pick up some milk to make–what else–cheese, my pass-through allowed for two stops, lunch at Lola’s Bistro and a few cheese…

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Right now I’m sitting in one of the most beautiful places overlooking a sunset while dressed in jeans and t-shirt. Did I mention it’s February and I’m in Sonoma CA? Ok, so I am one lucky person. And if you think I’m partaking in “humble bragging” (it’s actually a term!) the sentiment is humbly sincere with no bragging…

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