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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!

 

 

 

 

 

travel adventures: PARIS!!!

Posted on: Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Hi! The last stop on our trip to Europe a few months ago was to Paris. I have the most magical memories of being in Paris from my first visit with friends in 2012. It was my first international trip and I was totally entranced by the city (as most people tend to be). I was SO excited to be there with E and celebrate our anniversary there!

We stayed at a small but exquisite Airbnb right in the center of Le Marais neighborhood. We could easily walk to tons of cafes, shops and river Seine, which was perfect. We received tons of recommendations from friends on where to go and eat (thanks, all!) and most days, we woke up and got ready, picked a neighborhood to explore. We wandered all over, ate a ton of good food (cheese! bread!) and wine, and soaked up all the romantic, cute vibes everywhere.

A breakdown of some of our favorite spots are below and here’s a few highlights: reading and drinking rosé in the park (Le Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc de la Villette in the 19th), biking alllll over almost every day (thank you, Velib passes), afternoon picnics almost every day, watching the sunset every night at river Seine.

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Breakfast/Pastries/Coffee: Boot Cafe and Ob-La-Di (3rd), Du Pain et des Idées (10th) for incredible pastries,

Drinks: Hoppy Corner (2nd) for craft beers, Barapapa (a beer garden right on the river in the 12th), Vingt Vins d’Art (4th)

Cafes/Restaurants/Places to eat:  Hôtel Amour (near Montmarte) for delicious food and most incredible patio, L’As du Fallafel (right next to our Airbnb in Le Marais; we went twice) for THE yummiest falafel wraps ever, L’Improbable in Le Marais for snacks, Season (3rd) for healthy food, Les Pinces (4th) for seafood, Jaja (4th) for a romantic dinner, Café de Flore (6th) for amazing people watching, Les Deux Magots (6th) for people watching and delicious cheese plates, Le Fumoir (near the Louvre).

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Cute streets: Rue Cler is a great street with cafes and shops – perfect for picnic supply shopping to bring to the park near Eiffel. We also had rosé at Le Petit Cler one day. Rue Crémieux – an amazing small street lined with candy-colored rainbow houses. I was OBSESSED!

Tourist-y iconic places: Notre Dame, Palace du Palais Royal, Eiffel Tower, Montmarte, The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries Gardens. We actually went *all out touristy* and paid for tickets to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. As expected, it was busy and a little overwhelming, but it was SO cool to see that view of Paris and beyond and check that off the list. ✔️

Other: shopping on a rainy day at Galeries Lafayette, wandering around Shakespeare & Company book store (5th), random shopping spots in Le Marais.

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If you are heading to Paris anytime soon, let me know! I would love to share more details and give recommendations — I have a HUGE list compiled from knowledgeable friends. xo

Previous Europe blog posts: Provence region, South of France, London.

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travel adventures: provence

Posted on: Monday, November 14, 2016

This blog post is very delayed, but wanted to continue sharing photos from our September trip to Europe. I previously shared photos from the South of France and London, and today want to share photos from stop #3 – the Provence region!

It took a little under two hours to drive from our stop #2 in Antibes in the South of France to Provence. After some recommendations from friends, we decided to stay in the centrally located town of Aix-en-Provence. We loved it! The town is filled with art schools and universities, so felt a little more bustling compared to some of the smaller towns around. We stayed at this amazing Airbnb, which I couldn’t recommend enough. It was on bustling, brick street surrounded by cafes, shops and restaurants.

While in Provence, we made the most out of having our car and drove to small towns nearby almost every day. Some of the places we visited were Bonnieux (that’s where the adorable home with the purple shutters below is), St. Remy De Provence, Gordes (which was the city below built on a cliff – looks like it’s made of rocks!) and Loumarin (which had an insane outdoor market that literally took over the entire town, plus there’s a nearby castle, pictured below). In each town, we ended up wandering around slowly and exploring, enjoying a glass of rosé (or two) and checking out the local shops and markets.

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My absolute FAVORITE thing about Aix, and the Provence region in general, was ALL OF THE MARKETS! Typically in SF, there are certain days for the flea market, farmers market, etc., but in Provence, there are outdoor markets everywhere, every day. We purchased gifts here for family – local spices and jewelry and soaps and bags of lavender. It’s a complete dream! The local produce was outstanding and we ended up going to markets almost every day for picnic supplies (cheese! fruit! crunchy bread!).

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I don’t really have specific restaurant or cafe recommendations, we kind of just winged it everywhere we went. In some of the smaller towns, there were only one or two cafes anyway! In Aix, there were a lot of options, so we used a mix of Foursquare and just walking around and looking at menus until we made a decision.

One thing I was surprised by was the wine tasting experience in Provence. It’s an amazing wine region, so we were so excited to try the wine! We love to go to Sonoma and other places nearby SF to go wine tasting, but it was totally different here. It seemed like people typically just went to pick up wine from the wineries, rather than do a full on tasting and make a day of it. We didn’t know that before just showing up to some wineries (ha) but still ended up being able to taste and enjoy. One favorite spot was one called Barbarella in a cool cave – more wine pics are below.

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More photos below; thanks for reading! If you have any Provence region recommendations, I’d love to hear them and add to the list for our next visit. xo // Previous travel blog posts here: South of France & London

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#GoComfy: My Recent Day Trip to Big Sur

Posted on: Monday, October 31, 2016

This past weekend, E and I decided to do a spontaneous trip down to the Carmel/Big Sur area. It was SO fun and I have tons of photos to share! On Friday, we went wine tasting, had dinner in charming downtown Carmel and stayed at a hotel nearby. On Saturday, we woke up early, grabbed coffee and got ready to roadtrip south down to Big Sur. I wanted to share some photos of our Saturday adventure in the Big Sur area!

All day, I wore cozy gear from Cuddl Duds that I snagged from Kohls, including leggings, a long sleeve top and a beanie. I wanted to dress comfortable, since we would be in the car for a good amount of time and also doing a short hike, but also semi-put together since we were grabbing brunch at Big Sur Bakery. Cuddl Duds are SUPER COMFY, soft loungewear that’s perfect for layering. You can wear just about everywhere, from lounging around the house to running errands to working out. I first heard about the brand from my mom years ago, because she would always wear Cuddl Duds tops under her sweaters in the winter.

I broke down our day into photos based on what was happening throughout the day; hope you enjoy!

WE SAW A RAINBOW! // On the drive down Highway 1, we saw a rainbow! It was AMAZING and I was totally freaking out about it.
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BIXBY BRIDGE // This is one of the iconic spots right before you get into Big Sur to take photos and soak up the amazing view. It was pretty windy and overcast at this point in the morning, but still gorgeous! I wore this Cuddl Duds gray wrap tunic top with a flannel tied around my waist because the weather was super moody!

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BIG SUR BAKERY // I love this place and was so excited to try brunch here! I’ve been for dinner a few times and also for coffee and pastries a bunch. We split an amazing almond croissant and a huge breakfast pizza. By the time we got to Big Sur Bakery, it was POURING outside so I swapped my tennis shoes for my Hunter rainboots. While we waited for our table, we tried to stay dry (thank you, super soft Cuddl Duds beanie!) and also admired the amazing plants and garden area outside of the bakery.

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Here’s what I’m wearing: FlexFit Space-Dye Long Underwear LeggingsPom-Pom Slouchy Beanie & Softwear with Stretch Wrap-Over Tunic, all from Cuddl Duds.  

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POINT LOBOS HIKE // Since it was still raining when we left brunch and a lot of Big Sur parks are closed due to fires (so sad), we drove back up Highway 1 to find some sunshine! We decided to do a 4ish mile hike at Point Lobos and it was super pretty and fairly easy to do. The Cuddl Duds leggings I wore were perfect for the hike because they kept me warm and comfortable without being too tight or constricting or TOO HOT.

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ROADTRIPPIN’! // Roadtripping with E is one of my favorite things to do so we just chatted in the car and sang really loudly to old songs. After the hike, we stopped at a new-to-us brewery in Monterey and then grabbed seafood in Half Moon Bay on our way back to San Francisco.
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Thanks so much for reading! If you haven’t been to the Big Sur area, you absolutely should add it to your list! If you have any questions or want recommendations on where to go, just let me know and I’ll send you some ideas. And if you are looking for some majorly comfy clothes to wear around the house or on your next adventure, I highly recommend Cuddl Duds. xo

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