Monday, August 10, 2015

Food, Soccer, Old Sacramento, Friday Night Concerts


Over the last three weeks I have been staying busy with work and trying to have some fun while at it. There have been a few soccer games with the Sacramento Republic, going to two Friday night concerts at Bogle Vineyards, a wine tasting via Skype that focused on the importance of the shape of the wine glass, happy hours, ice cream, and more.

I started off with a goodbye party in Napa as one of our beloved managers left for new beginnings, taking a new position in La Jolla. The wine selection, food, and cheeses were all spectacular, including an Irish Cheddar, which is actually made with Guinness. Next up, I was in Roseville to do a "Shape of the Glass" tasting with Trinitas over Skype. I invited a few friends over and we were able to do the tasting virtually, while learning how and why the glass really can make a difference when drinking wine (or for that matter Coca-Cola), also note that in some cases a plastic cup is better for the wine than the wrong wine glass ... so if you're at a picnic or pool party with plastic cups, it's totally fine! After wine tasting, we headed to the Boxing Donkey for happy hour, which is never a bad decision.

Needing some exercise I ran a lot, went on a 20 mile bike ride with a friend riding past Thunder Valley, then went to Red Robin (we deserved it). At my house I had a whole house fan installed, which has been a great addition, it keeps the air conditioner from running all the time and is a huge help in bringing the cool night/morning air inside, keeping the entire house cooler throughout the day.

Back in Napa I had some very productive meetings, and also had some fun, including heading to an Oakland A's game, where I got to hang out in a Suite off the third base line ... bonus, the A's won!

In Sacramento I went to Bogle's Friday Alfresco wine/concert nights twice, headed to two Sacramento Republic FC soccer games, celebrated National Ice Cream Sandwich and National Cheesecake Days, tried an ice cream doughnut (amazing), had breakfast with a friend (my parents cat also joined us), enjoyed some fabulous Chinese food, and went on the Sacramento "Underground" tour. It is always fun to play tourist in your own city, the "Jacked Up" tour was a great way to learn more about the city, its problems with flooding, and what they did about it .. slowly raised each building about 1/4 inch a day until they were raised 10 or so feet. The tour allowed us to go under the buildings and in some cases see what got covered up, while also learning how they were raised. Still amazing that they lifted the entire building at once, with everything (and everyone) inside. Having lunch in Old Sacramento along the the Sacramento River at Rio City Cafe was a nice way to finish out the afternoon.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

White Water Rafting - Chili Bar

Over the last couple of years I've been fortunate enough to go river rafting with W.E.T. a few times and this year I invited a few friends on a last minute trip. We decided to go Friday afternoon and we were on the river early Saturday morning (other people on our raft flew in from Texas and drove from Oakland). It was my first time on the Chili Bar section of the American River and it was fun, adding to the excitement .... a friend falling out of the raft in some of the rapids and getting our raft stuck on a rock for a few minutes. Thankfully, no injuries and everyone had a great time. Looking forward to my next trip soon.
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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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