Sunday, July 19, 2015

Napa Art Walk, CA State Fair, Soccer, and Ice Cream

In two weeks I've been to the California State Fair three times, been to four soccer games, headed to Wine Country a few times, and, of course, enjoyed some fabulous food and wine along the way.

In Napa I've been enjoying some of the items from Crush Ultra Lounge that I haven't had before, including a fantastic burger and sliders. I've also headed up into the vineyards to see Veraison take place (when red wine grapes go from green to red), and took an opportunity to walk through Downtown Napa and check out the latest installment of the Napa Art Walk.

In Sacramento I took full advantage of having Sacramento Republic soccer tickets that included admission into the State Fair, with three trips to the fair, the wine pavilion and farm, county exhibits, and of course food on a stick (chicken kabobs were amazing, turkey leg too).

Other food outings included brunch at High Hand in Loomis, happy hour at Florez, lunch at Cabos, and I couldn't resist celebrating National Ice Cream Day at Sparkles in Granite Bay where the ice cream is made in a couple of minutes with liquid nitrogen and any flavor combination desired (I went with chocolate peanut butter and Reese's pieces.
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Sunday, July 05, 2015

A Fourth of July Tradition Continues

It's not often that my family really has true traditions, mainly because we're always up for something new and schedules often change, but Fourth of July seems to be a tradition, at least over the last few years. We continued the "tradition" again this year at the Bradley Lodge. Although we all arrived on different days and I left the earliest, the Fourth of July Weekend was a fun one. We went to the pool, enjoyed some fabulous food, went to the grand re-opening of The Lube Room, headed to the Arnold Fourth of July Parade, and went to Ironstone Vineyards to see Shane Dwight and an hour long fireworks show!

I left early Sunday to be back to see the USA Women win 5-2 in the Women's World Cup, but hopefully I'll be back to the Bradley Lodge soon, I hadn't been to the mountains since November 2014.
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Friday, July 03, 2015

San Francisco x2, Scotts Valley, and Lots of Pictures

In one week, I was in San Francisco twice, once for a meeting with a radio station, plus a seminar on Yelp, then again for a Giants game. Both trips had their pros, but seeing Buster Posey hit a grand slam may have helped trip two win. Between the trips to SF, I was in Roseville (tried a few new places including Four Sisters Cafe and Porters House of Draft), Napa, Sacramento, and Scotts Valley. In Scotts Valley a friend and I continued to help my brother and his family unpack and get settled into their new house over the weekend. While we were there a few days during the week, I worked during the day (my friend was able to keep helping with the unpacking), then at night we headed out for fun ... dinner at Zelda's in Capitola, ice cream at Marianne's, hanging out on the beach at Seabright, and a fabulous dinner at home.

Back in Napa, I took a few hours to walk around the property and snap photos that may end up on our social media over the course of the next few months. Although it was a warm day, it was fun to walk up through the vineyards, set up a game of bocce ball, walk inside the beautiful Spa Terra, and try a few dishes at Crush Ultra Lounge.
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Moving, Life Without Limbs, Eating Out

Last weekend I headed down to my brother's house to help he and his family as they moved from Redwood City to Scotts Valley. I'm pretty sure the move was so I would come down more often ... now they're only 10 minutes away from the beach. While my brother, his wife, and my parents were going back and forth from the house, I was able to work and kid-sit ... we celebrated National Donut Day and my oldest nephew's last day of school by heading to McDonald's later for lunch. On there final night in Redwood City their neighbors hosted a party, and then we finished packing for the move. We spent the weekend moving and unpacking. By the time I left it was looking like home and I'm looking forward to going back next weekend.

After Scotts Valley, I headed north to Napa for a few meetings and back to Roseville, where I dined well (as normal). I had dinner at Chando's Tacos two nights in a row, saw Nick Vujicic speak at Bayside Blue Oaks, went to a friends wedding, and finally got to try Mexquite in Folsom (and the new Dryer's Frozen Custard), and ended the weekend off with sushi at Mikuni, after seeing Jurassic World.
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Monday, June 01, 2015

Disney, Wine, and Hanging Out in Roseville

The last two weeks have been full of fun, wine, soccer, and food. I started off in Anaheim for meetings and we took a quick trip to Downtown Disney. Once back in the northern part of the state I headed to Old Roseville to see the Budweiser Clydesdales. Next up, my family celebrated a friend's birthday at Mamma Susanna's in East Sacramento.

After a fabulous dinner, we headed to Livermore for wine tasting, lunch at the First Street Alehouse, and met my brother and his family at Concannon Vineyard. My parents and I brought the two middle kids back to Sacramento with a quick stop for dinner in Lodi ... we needed Chinese food from Chop Chop :-).

We continued our wine tasting in the Lodi area the following day with a stop at one of our favorites, Oak Farm Vineyards, before going to Lodi's Food Truck Mania, luckily we got to the ice cream truck before the line got too long, the kids enjoyed their cones, I enjoyed my Twisted Cow. To wrap up our tour of various wine countries, we spent the next day in the Clarksburg area visiting the many wineries at Old Sugar Mill and finishing up at Bogle. Since the kids had been to enough wineries, we also took them to Fairytale Town, they loved the Crooked Mile, their extra large throne, farm animals, the slides, and gardening.

As I headed back to Roseville (by way of Napa and a meeting at Auberge du Soleil), I enjoyed watching the Sacramento Republic FC as they won another game, and went back to Old Town Roseville for a birthday dinner with a friend at Bar 101. The burger, beer, and desserts were all amazing, the calamari was outstanding. I also made two trips to the Moving Wall which was on display in Roseville over the weekend, enjoyed brunch at ASR, church at Bayside, and even found time to celebrate National Rocky Road Day (with Snicker's ice cream, it's close enough).
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Film, Wine, Beer, Paint, and Sparkling

I spent some time in Napa filming inside Spa Terra and at The Meritage pool, before heading to Spelletich Family Wines for a wine tasting event with the Crusher Wine District (about 10 wineries all within walking distance of The Meritage). Once back in Roseville I went to Out of Bounds Brewing with my dad for a tour and some great tasting beers, before having dinner at Boneshaker Community Brewery (I needed wine by that point in the evening), a lamb burger and Mac 'n Cheese with Beets was a fun twist too. On Sunday I was with my mom, we watched as David Garibaldi painted an inspiring portrait of Jesus and a child at Bayside Blue Oaks, before heading to Early Toast for mimosas and omelets.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Toronto, River Cats, and Soccer

I did a lot in eight days. I flew to Toronto for an event with Visit California. While in Toronto I explored the city as quickly as possible using the TTC (subway and buses) and the Toronto City Pass, plus a hop-on, hop-off bus tour to get some more history and facts about the city. In the span of less than three days I crisscrossed the city and saw Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Center, the Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, CN Tower, went out on Lake Ontario, walked China town, went to a Toronto Blue Jays game (they beat the Yankees), plus got lots of work done, and had a great time meeting the Canadian media at the Visit California media event. For food, I tried to eat healthy with a variety of salads and fruits, but I also had to taste a few Toronto favorites, including a Peameal Bacon sandwich and poutine.

Once back in the USA, my parents and I were able to go see Hunter Pence from the San Francisco Giants play with the Sacramento River Cats as he rehabs after an injury, we celebrated Mother's Day in Lodi with some wine tasting (Michael David Winery and Oak Farm Vineyards) and great food at my grandma's house, and my dad and I saw the Sacramento Republic FC beat the Seattle Sounds FC 2.
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