Daily Wanderlust: Napa Valley

Funny thing — nearly a year to the day I found myself once again at San Francisco’s airport. In July 2011, I was there because Abby and I were meeting Kristin and heading out for a girlie weekend in Napa; in July 2012, I was there because I was taking a flight across the PacificContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Napa Valley”

Daily Wanderlust: Napa Valley, California

I’ve known the lovely and talented travel blogger Abby Tegnelia for years. Pre my long term travel. And pre her expat life. ┬áSo, when she and I, along with another lovely and talented travel blogger, Kristin Luna, brought up a trip to Napa Valley, Calif. to get away for a weekend, there was no sayingContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Napa Valley, California”

The Bacon Bloody Mary Love Letter

Dear Bacon Bloody Mary, I had never fathomed such a lovely start to a morning until a recent and gorgeous July Sunday in Napa Valley. “Here,” Kristin had said when we discussed our post-winery breakfast between she, Abby and I. “The Boon Fly Cafe.” She read some reviews, and the three of us were offContinue reading “The Bacon Bloody Mary Love Letter”

Photo Essay: Napa Valley

This wasn’t really one of those take-heaps-and-heaps-of-photos-trips (and no, it’s not because I was all glassy-eyed drunky in Napa … cause I wasn’t … for realsies). But, in case you want more Napa pics, here are favorites from our day of wine tasting, starting with The Golden Gate Bridge: The lush Domaine Chandon:    Continue reading “Photo Essay: Napa Valley”

Sleeping in Napa Valley

The first time I visited Napa, over President’s Day Weekend in 2008, I became enamored. The lush, green rolling hills. The yellow blossoms of mustard carpeting the ground not occupied by vineyards. The gorgeous and grandeous wineries. The trailer wineries. The Napa area immediately captured me and held my interest well beyond the days IContinue reading “Sleeping in Napa Valley”

Napa, wine and girlfriends

I was raised on Manischewitz, so I like to think it is a miracle I like wine. I remember very well the too sweet, too sugary grape “wine” I used to drink growing up in a (not really) Jewish family … the Friday night Shabbat dinners; the bar/bat mitzvahs; Passover with the four glasses. InContinue reading “Napa, wine and girlfriends”

I need an airplane ride

After my trip in May to Maryland, I had convinced myself I needed one more visit to see my family and friends before Thanksgiving. May to late November was simply too long to go without a Family Fix. I hemmed and hawed for a bit, deciding dates, asking work if I could have a quickContinue reading “I need an airplane ride”