Dandelion Chocolate Tasting

We had the pleasure of attending a private tasting at Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco where Todd (co-founder) and Cynthia, from my favorite small-batch chocolate maker, gave a comprehensive tour of how they make chocolate. From sourcing cacao beans and sorting nibs to tempering and hand wrapping, the journey was fascinating. So many surprising flavors coming…

David Barzelay, Lazy Bear

Congratulations David Barzelay of Lazy Bear Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2016 Well deserved. As some of you may already know, Lazy Bear is one of my top favorite places to eat... in the world. What do I love about this place? So many things, like their innovative dishes, complex flavors from the simplest ingredients, a…

Lazy Bear Times Two

Lazy Bear is one of those few places that make me jump when tickets on go sale. Sometimes on a Monday, sometimes on a Wednesday, the French-Laundry-like frenzy always begins at noon PST. Once you're in, move quickly. Select a date, time and number of guests on the calendar. You'll receive an email confirmation once…

The Most Fashionable Rag Dolls

Jess Brown Dolls My daughter and I love Jess Brown dolls. Each one-of-a-kind design is handmade with love from sustainable material, usually vintage textiles. And it's all made locally in nearby Petaluma! We love the new holiday collection in gorgeous fur, lace, and tweed textures. This season also includes dresses printed with Theatre du Palais Royal and paired with silk capes from…

10 Holiday Gift Ideas

Stuff stockings, surprise the hostess, or gift yourself with a few of my favorite things. Heirloom Modern by Hollister Hovey $32.49 I already love this book, look at that whimsical font and simple still life. (Note: Amazon pricing may change.) Mini Binder, Russell + Hazel $16 For a pretty office, one must begin at Russell…

World Class Baker

Friday morning in Sonoma means heading over to the local farmers market for some hometown goodness. While filling our basket with heirloom tomatoes and basil, our noses were taken captive by a local craftsman baker. Just past several tables and tents, stood Mike (a.k.a. the bejkr) surrounded by specialty breads, a display of true rustic beauty.…

Costa Rica | part III

A few souvenirs for the grown-ups... I walked into a little shop full of works by local artisans and found these rosewood plates and a coconut root bowl that are now sitting in our living room. At one of the resorts, we became friends with Francisco, who is from Chile and has worked in hospitality…