The Dirty Martini

I don’t remember my first. I remember several special ones along the way. And although they’ve all got their slight nuances depending on their maker, the dirty martini is my favorite cocktail. I’m not alone in my affection for this oddity – olive juice in a beverage? Some would say gross. Others say yes!! I’ve … More The Dirty Martini

The Bubbly! Champagne, Prosecco, bubbles and babbles. 

I’ve been off the grid for a little bit (getting over a bug so haven’t been doing much fancy cooking), so I thought I’d just blog about something simple today. Champagne. I often focus more on the “eat” part of my blog and I’ve written plenty about drinks in context, but I wanted to just … More The Bubbly! Champagne, Prosecco, bubbles and babbles. 

Napa: Day 3

What a gorgeous, albeit grey, view from my porch this morning!  The valley adapts to whatever the weather throughs down, and still makes it beautiful. We began the day with another bountiful country breakfast at the Harvest Inn.   Nestled into its acres of vineyards and its quaint array of cozy cottages, the inn is … More Napa: Day 3

Napa: Day 2

We kicked off the day with a short run and then a delicious, hearty breakfast to line our tummies for some serious wine tasting! The Harvest Inn does a great country breakfast that seems like it was made just for that purpose.  Our first stop was Markham Vineyards. I have been a club member here … More Napa: Day 2

Napa: Day 1

We touched down pretty early in San Fran and made our way straight to downtown Napa for some lunch. The Oxbow Market is a cool, indoor farmers market-like joint with some great open shops offering what you’d expect from Napa – olive oils, balsamics, slices, and other goodies. Plenty of lunch options, and of course, … More Napa: Day 1