an afternoon at arrowood winery

Posted on: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend! Last weekend, I was invited up to wine country (which I never say no to, obviously) with a rad group of fellow bloggers for a food and wine pairing at Arrowood Winery up in Sonoma!

We started the afternoon in the tasting room with some Sav Blanc, enjoying the misty foggy views outside and being v jealous of the amazing fireplace inside. I want one! 😫 We moved upstairs to do a guided food and wine pairing, with all food from  The Girl & the Fig. E and I went to The Girl & the Fig for my birthday a few weeks ago too, so I feel extra spoiled that I’ve had their food 2x in January already. Their chef is INCREDIBLE! Anyway, back to the wine. 🍷

Here’s the rundown of what we ate + drank!

Course 1: 2015 Arrowood Saralee’s Vineyard Viognier, served with roasted baby heirloom carrots, saffron crema & honeyed almonds // I have NO idea how to make vegetables this good, but this was absolutely divine.

Course 2: 2012 Arrowood Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, served with house ground polenta, braised oxtail, cocoa nibs, winter squash & sage pesto // I didn’t eat the oxtail since I’m pescatarian, BUT ate around it and it and the polenta & squash combo was still soooo delicious.

Course 3: 2013 Arrowood Proprietary Red Wine, served with black pepper ravioli, triple cream mornay & black truffles // Omg this dish was a dream 😍 give me all the cheese, all the time.

Throughout the meal, we learned about the different wines we were drinking, why the food was chosen to accompany each wine, the difference between different wine regions and so much more. Arrowood’s winemaker (#girlboss) Kristina Werner was incredibly awesome and insightful, answering all of our questions and giving us the Arrowood wine lowdown. She also grew up in the Midwest (yay!) and started her wine career there, which I think is super cool.

After the food and wine pairing, we did a tasting of three different Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignons, all from different regions in Sonoma. It was really cool to try all three side-by-side, learn about the different regions, and compare how each had their own unique taste and feel.

I already can’t wait to go back (especially on a sunny day!) to wine taste at Arrowood again. If you’re interested in ordering wine, here’s a discount code for 15% off your order: ARROWOOD15. 🍷Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

Spinach & Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

I’ve always loved smoothies and more recently, have jumped on the oh-so-popular smoothie bowl trend. When Wayfair reached out and asked if I would share a smoothie recipe, alongside 16 other bloggers, I jumped on the opportunity! I was excited to share one of my favorites, plus to discover other smoothie recipes from some fabulous ladies.

I decided to create a smoothie bowl for this little challenge because I really like 1.) the contrast in textures between the creamy smoothie and crunchy toppings and 2.) they feel fancy and pretty. And since I typically work from home and wear not-so-fancy clothes all day, I like spicing up the day with something sort of fancy(ish).

The main / only “tool” you need to make an epic smoothie is a blender. I am a HUGE fan of my Vitamix, but this one is more affordable and v highly rated and I’m intrigued/kind of want to get a hand/immersion blender as well.

I’m a classic strawberry and banana smoothie kind of girl, but right now I’m on a pineapple kick and also wanted to incorporate some greens. Spinach is a really easy and tasty green to add to smoothies, especially if you’re new to the green smoothie train.

Spinach + Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl recipe below!

Smoothie Bowl Ingredients:
A handful spinach
2 stalks celery, cut in half
3 spears pineapple (from Trader Joes, but you could also get adventurous and cut your own pineapple. I would recommend a half cup or so!)
1 date, pit removed
2 tablespoons nonfat Greek Yogurt
Splash of unsweetened almond milk
Fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)

Optional Substitutions:
If you’re looking for dairy-free option, swap Greek yogurt for half of an avocado to get that creamy texture. I would have added it if I had one, with or without the yogurt! || If the sweetness from the pineapple and the date isn’t enough, add some honey. Or opt for more sweetness from your toppings! || Protein powders are also a good option, as well as chia seeds (either blended directly with smoothie ingredients or used as a topping).

Toppings (the fun part!):
Pomegranate seeds
Bare Snacks Organic Toasted Coconut Chips
Purely Elizabeth granola (my absolute fave – vegan, gluten-free and SO GOOD)

Directions:
For a high speed blender like the Vitamix, I add the fruit and harder items like celery first, layer on the spinach, and top with the liquid.For regular blenders, often the recommendation is to add liquid first (to the bottom). Pinterest is a great resource for smoothie recipes and tips for using your type of blender or device.

Blend for about 2 minutes and pour/spoon into a bowl. Top the sh!t outta the smoothie with colorful, healthy and yummy stuff. I prefer a few crunchy toppings to contrast with the creaminess texture of the smoothie. Also contrasting colors between the toppings and the smoothie, like I did with the pom seeds, always makes for a pretty photo. 😉

Annnnd Jack clearly wanted to try the smoothie too! I’ll be sharing some other bloggers’ smoothie recipes below, so stay tuned! Thank you Wayfair for sponsoring this post!

Meet Jack!

Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

hi friends! say hello to our new puppy, jack! we’ve been wanting to rescue/adopt a dog for a few months now and it finally happened over the weekend. recently, we’ve been pretty much stalking rescue websites all over the bay area, applying/reaching out and not having too much luck. we ended up braving the rain and attending an adoption event on sunday afternoon that rocket dog rescue was hosting and met this sweet guy!

he had been in a loving foster home one week before the event, but before that, rocket dog rescue volunteers picked him up in the bakersfield area. apparently one of the volunteers saw a sign somewhere (like a grocery store or community bulletin board) that read “lost dog, will trade for iPhone” (😞😣). the amazing volunteers reached out to the guy and rescuing the dog from there. we aren’t sure where little jack was before that, but we’re v happy he’s here with us! i’m so amazed by the work that rocket dog rescue does to save and re-home these pups. their team/volunteers have been super responsive and helpful even these last few days answering questions about shots, crate training, etc. their adoption fee/donation also includes the cost of the dog’s neuter/spay appointment and all up-to-date shots. thank you rocket dog rescue! fun fact: he was previously named squirrel, which is mostly funny because i’m absolutely terrified of squirrels. we decided that jack was better suited for him instead!

he’s been super energetic and playful and at the same time, cuddly and sweet. we know he’s a terrier mix, and our guess is something closer to a border terrier mix based on his coloring and markings and personality traits he’s exhibited so far. we’re still working on crate and potty training (🙏🏻) but so far it’s been a pretty good transition welcoming jack into our home and making sure he feels comfortable. once he has all of his shots, we’ll be bringing him on a bunch of adventures! until then, SF friends, you guys should come meet him at our apartment. 😊 and we’re already planning jack’s big trip(s) to ohio when he’s a little older to meet his puppy cousin scout and our other family dog, rugby.

now…time to buy a puppy raincoat!

2016 recap

Posted on: Saturday, December 31, 2016

as i view my blog as my own little corner of the internet and a place to document life happenings, i wanted to share a little 2016 recap. there have been a lot of ups and downs this year, but i’m committed to looking back on 2016 with gratitude and looking forward into 2017 with optimism.

2016 was filled with countless flower shop runs, trips to wine country, and brunch dates. i read a lot of books, started doing hot yoga regularly, taught myself to braid my hair (woo hoo, finally!) and discovered a lot of new-to-me spots here in SF and in places we visit frequently, like Nashville. i went on 20 (!!) different trips / roundtrip flights. i started to really feel comfortable with myself – to trust myself more, to love myself more, to appreciate myself and my body more. we really started making our apartment feel like a home (and added A LOT of plants to our little nest) and we went on a lot of weekend roadtrips. we celebrated birthdays and accomplishments and regular, everyday life just because. here’s a month-by-month recap. happy new year, friends!

january: started the year in mexico for new years and my birthday // trip to columbus to see my fam + puppy scout and took eric to athens for the first time! // work trip to DC with kate, including a west wing tour at the white house (so cool)

february: quick trip to nashville // work trip to miami // welcomed baby ruby to the family! // started contracting at Facebook doing social for Messenger // vance joy concert

march: SXSW in austin // weekend trip to mendocino // kristen (my sister-in-law) visited in SF

april: celebrated E’s birthday // quit my job // trip to chicago for girls weekend and to meet baby ruby! // spontaneous add-on trip to ohio // launched lucky collective (!!)

may: my parents and hope visited and we spent the weekend in carmel and big sur // first time going to alcatraz // palm springs with E to visit cat and monte!

june: went white water rafting with E’s parents // trip to columbus (my good friend from high school barr was in town from australia!) and got to celebrate father’s day with dad // trip to nashville

july: TAHOE with besties for July 4

august: trip nashville and my entire fam joined us! // threw big event for bare snacks at ampersand //

september: trip to europe – london, south of france, provence and paris // celebrated our one year anniversary ❤️ // ran the OU alum 5K with aimee

october: trip to nashville with kerry // visited the new SFMOMA // trip to vancouver to visit courtney // impromptu trip to carmel and big sur – became wine club members at a great spot in carmel valley! // our home tour was featured in the everygirl!

november: spent a week at the most amazing airbnb along the coast with E’s parents // celebrated thanksgiving with E’s extended family in sacramento //

december: went to a warriors game // quick work trip to LA // threw a holiday party at our house! // trip to nashville // trip to ohio for Christmas

MORE: 2015 recap // 2014 recap // 2013 recap

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