Sonoma/Napa Valley

November 29, 2011 § 3 Comments

Over Thanksgiving break, we flew into San Francisco and then drove into Sonoma Valley for the annual Holiday Open House of Sonoma Valley Winery Association. We managed to visit 16 wineries (of 21) in two days. We have so many favorites among the wineries visited. Here are just a few: beef bourguignon paired with Zinfandel from Little Vineyards Family Winery, crostini at St. Francis, chicken tacos paired with Chardonnay from Kunde Winery, spicy chicken tortilla soup with Pinot Noir at Mayo Winery, and tomato bacon pasta, pesto tuna pasta, both paired with Syrah at VJB.

We stayed at the Avia Hotel, which is at the center of Downtown Napa. Besides great food and friendly people, the sceneries in Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco were absolutely beautiful.

Winter Wedding

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday we attended a wedding at the Langham Pasadena for one of our good friends. Even though it was pouring out, the intimate setting and seasonal decor seem up to warm up the venue immediately. Not to mention being in the company of good friends.

Thanksgiving Cakelets

November 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

After 2 weeks of non-posting, I’ve finally found some quiet time in my apartment to share the things that have been on my list. Work has been busy and I got sick (again) last week. Can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week and there are so much to do before the holiday.

As preparation for Thanksgiving, I bought the following cakelet pan and mixes (butter pecan and spiced pecan pumpkin) from Williams-Sonoma. I love the four shapes that the pan comes with that also feel so festive: turkey, fall leaf, pumpkin, and acorn. Both flavors came out great. I especially like how the butter pecan one is loaded with nuts.

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