Summertime is about being out in the beautiful outdoors with family and friends enjoying life. Life for me is all about great food, wine, craft beer, and family. There’s nothing better than being in the middle of a vineyard with stunning views soaking up the sun, sipping on something tasty. Being from here, some would think I’d want to get away to enjoy life, but really, life is so good right here in my backyard. I love the idea of hanging out at Trione {or any of the gorgeous wineries in Alexander Valley} enjoying a good, fresh picnic, playing bocce, and letting the day slip away. I’m excited that at Trione we are offering an incentive to keep people local, keep the money in our area… shop at any of these local cafe’s and grocery stores, bring your picnic to the winery, show us your receipt to receive a 10% discount on wine purchases that day!!

Here are the stores:

Big John’s Market

Geyserville Market

Oliver’s Market- Windsor

Jimtown Store

Geyserville Mud

The Dry Creek General Store 

I shop at these places regularly. I love the cold pressed coffee and breakfast sandwich at the Geyserville Mud. The freshly made burritos at the Geyserville Market are to die for. The Jim Town Store and Dry Creek General made killer sandwiches. The lines for these places can get a bit long so be patient, it’s worth it. And…Big John’s Market and Oliver’s have everything you could possibly want to add to any picnic. I love Oliver’s, I go all the time and they’re 2 minutes from my house, so naturally when they opened {just last month}, my life got a little bit better!

Here’s my perfect picnic:

Here is my perfect whole30 compliant picnic:

  • Salami
  • Butter lettuce leaves
  • Roasted red bell peppers & onions
  • Fresh cut baby bells, carrots, and cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Castelvetrano olives
  • sliced avocado
  • Meyer lemon olive oil & balsamic {for dipping}
  • Roasted red pepper dip
  • strawberries & blackberries
  • tomatoe salad with olive oil
  • fresh fruit flavored water
  • sparkling water with fresh fruit cubes


Here is more info on Trione’s Summertime special. Enjoy the Summer!!

Happy New Year 2011

I am a Twitter maniac and do not leave out any of the other social media channels; they all get equal attention. This is why I was not surprised when I read that this year on New Years Eve Twitter broke the record for tweets in a minute: 400,000. This was up from some 4,000 last year. So I asked myself, self, if tweeps all over the world were tweeting at midnight on this rainy (in California at least) eve then did Tweeting take the place of the first kiss of the New Year? Is romance dead and taking the back burner to social media? Life as we know is lost and people would just as soon be touching base with “friends” or followers across the world than be with those they love. As a child New Years Eve was always a special day for me. Like most girls who day dream about their wedding and the perfect groom, I often found myself dreaming of that perfect kiss. I had mine in 2011, sitting at a little table in the corner of a dark Ravenous restaurant in rainy Healdsburg. Not long after though my phone was blowing up with excitement from people checking in with me on Foursquare. I suppose it is always more fun with more people on an eve where you bring in a New Year. So I decided to learn from this finding and I resolve to not let my social media life get in the way of my life (IRL). My friends will be involved as always but those I see beside me will always come first.Thank you to my Love, Tim for bringing 2010 to a close with me along with a most perfect Manhattan!