Going crazy with chalk pens

Last summer, we created the “Oh Lovely” specialty cocktail to serve at a summer garden party. After extensive taste-testing with our friend Lisa, we settled on the ingredients when Mama took a sip and exclaimed, “Oh lovely!” We did an updated taste-off with our dear Vashti recently, and decided not to mess with a good thing.…

The perfect local pairing

Mama and I adventured around the North Bay recently — with stops at Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station and V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena. Tonight we paired our favorite offerings from both and it was pure heaven! Mama and I feasted on Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam brie, perfectly complemented by the Moscato wine…

Dolce wine tasting with Mama

Mama and I ended our Calistoga adventures with a wine tasting this afternoon. We aren’t massively into wine; we visit this little part of California’s Wine Country for the mud baths and the town’s ambiance. We often skip wine tasting altogether. But there’s a winery I’ve been wanting to check out for many yeas because…

Enjoying Venice

Here I’m enjoying a little glass of dessert wine at my favorite nice restaurant in Venice – Ristorante Da Raffaele! (More pictures from our wonderful feast there and the adorable owner soon). Next is a photo of Mama throughly enjoying herself on the stone throne in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Gardens. She’s just glowing. Love…

Shabbat Shalom

Celebrating Shabbat in our home on the Grand Canal was especially magical. Here we feasted on a fresh caprese salad with cold Prosecco. We brought these lovely Shabbat candles (from a long-ago trip to Tzfat, Israel) with us for the special trip. Eating this meal while watching the sun set outside our windows onto the…