Santa Barbara California

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Santa Barbara is a lovely, historic city on California’s Central Coast region. It has a growing number of interesting boutique wineries/tasting rooms in the “Funk District” and tasting rooms of some of our favorites Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley wineries. That is more than enough incentive to return to one of our favorite [Read more …]

Paso Robles California

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Paso Robles is located in California’s Central Coast Wine Region in the San Luis Obispo county. The Paso Robles AVA is mostly known for Zinfandel grapes. However, it also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone blends such as Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne. Since last year’s plans were so unceremoniously disrupted by Covid, this is our first [Read more …]

Calder and Picasso

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Calder and Picasso The deYoung Museum in San Francisco currently has an interesting special exhibit that traces the parallels between Calder and Picasso. Calder and Picasso were among the most innovative and influential artists of the first three decades of the 21st century. Pablo Picasso was 18 years older than his contemporary, Alexander Calder. The [Read more …]

A Taste of the Andes Wine Dinner

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It has been too long since we have been able to enjoy an in-person dinner that paired food with wine. But they are starting to reappear in the San Francisco area. San Francisco’s Vault Garden teamed up with the Vine Connections (an importer that specializes in Chilean and Argentinian wines) that paired a five-course dinner [Read more …]

Old Vine Australian Wine

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The Australian Wine board recently held a curated virtual tasting of 11 different Australian wines in conjunction with the San Francisco Wine School. The wines were all sourced from “Old Vines” grown in a number of the country’s most renowned wine regions. As Covid was still restricting in-person wine tastings, we were sent small bottles [Read more …]

Exploring San Diego Neighborhoods

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San Diego California in on the Pacific Ocean coast and is next to the United States–Mexico border. Since it was the first site where Europeans settled on the west coast, it is called the Birthplace of California. San Diego has lots of interesting neighborhoods to keep a visitor occupied. Gaslight Quarter The Gaslight District is [Read more …]

Tijuana Day Trip

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Getting to Tijuana Tijuana is the most visited border city in the world. It is also the second-largest city in Mexico. Although we were once in Tijuana about 30 years ago, we thought it may be worth taking a day trip from our pre-covid visit to San Diego. Getting there could not be easier…unless you [Read more …]

San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts—Opens, then Closes

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San Francisco was one of the first cities to shut down during the pandemic. For those of us who love museums, gathering with friends, going out to dinner, it was hard. But it was also an important thing to do to stop COVID. Then finally, a glimmer of hope after a very long wait. San [Read more …]

Happy New Year

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In 2017, we were fortunate enough to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney Australia. Here is a fond memory. Every once in a while, we try to experience New Year’s Eve in a major celebration location. In 2014, we went to Hong Kong for the holiday. It was a little disappointing, truth be told. So [Read more …]

Lizard Island Australia

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Another wonderful memory. Until we can travel again. We came to Australia’s Barrier Reef primarily to revisit one of the most memorial places and magical places we have ever visited: Lizard Island. To get there, we had to take a small plane from Cairns. Flying to Lizard Island What a hardship…to spend one hour trapped [Read more …]