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Gewurztraminer…and San Fran

Gavertstawhater???  That is exactly what I thought when we made our first stop on our Sonoma Valley Winery experience. I am not a wine kinda girl so I was excited to become a little more familiar with wines. Todd and I took a great vacation to San Francisco and Sonoma while the kids were spending time with the grandparents at the farm.


We spent 3 great days in San Francisco at the Chancellor Hotel in Union Square and then traveled to Sonoma to spend two days tasting new wines and of course visiting some breweries on the way.

During our stay in San Fran we went on two different food tours. I know…1 food tour would be good but we decided on 2!!! EVEN BETTER!!  The first tour took us through a part of San Francisco called Hayes Valley. It’s an up and coming area that had some boutique type shops and all different cultural establishments. One of my favorite stops on was Smittten Ice Cream.  This place was built out of a cargo container and used liquid nitrogen to freeze your ice cream right in front of you. I got to try the olive oil ice cream with lavender short bread cookie pieces mixed in 🙂 It was muy excellente!! They take the raw ingredients and it freezes in about a minute right in front of you. The taste is very fresh and you could taste all the distinct flavors. Smitten Ice Cream


Our 2nd food tour was in the evening and took us to the mission district. This tour was pretty unique because it included insights  about murals that were done throughout the area. One interesting note is that the murals were basically done to help prevent graffiti on the buildings.  This tour had lots of great places including this place called Hog & Rocks. It paired ham and oysters. YUM!!!!


After a great time in San Fran and visiting Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Painted Ladies, cable car museum, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Southern Pacific Brewing, and City Beer Store it was time to head to Sonoma. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and stopped at Muir Woods. This is a breath taking place with unbelievable sights of redwood trees. Another highlight of our vacation.




We traveled more north and hit up a couple breweries on our way that included Moylan’s and Lagunitas. If we had more time we would have like to spend it at Lagunitas. They have this awesome patio and of course, great beers. Even better, we can get some of them in Texas.  They give a pretty extensive brewery tour and are certainly generous with their samplings. 🙂

We finally reached our destination at the Sonoma Creek Inn and quickly ventured out to the town square. And what an adorable place it is. I was a little nervous at first because I thought these people would be complete wine snobs but to my surprise they were genuinely nice and happy to tell us all about wines.  Todd and I planned our tour of wineries on our own and tried to pick some places that were less “traveled”. Looking for places that didn’t have tour buses or anything with a huge parking lot. We packed a picnic lunch to bring with us  hoping to find a perfect place. We headed off to find an adventure since neither one new what we were doing or where we were going.


Needless to say, we are awesome! We discovered 5 great places and some spectacular wines. This is where I discovered Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc and many others. I am much more a white wine girl vs red wine and have an affinity for things that bubble. 🙂 We enjoyed a bottle of Viogneir from Kunde  Family Estate Winery with our picnic lunch.




We ended our time at Russian River Brewery, famous for Pliney the Elder. Todd was in beer heaven. We had such a great time and made so many memories. Can’t wait to come back!!!




Surprise for Dad and Wednesday Eats

Does anyone know about the movie “Searchers” from 1956 with John Wayne? Well, this is my dad’s favorite movie. Me and my sisters heard him talking about it all the time growing up. I have seen it a couple of times and it is a great movie.  My sister, Tiffany, found out it was playing at our local cinema!! Dad’s birthday is in July so she wanted to surprise him and got tickets for all of us. The original fam…mom, dad, Kim, Tif and me, + Kim’s boyfriend Josh got to go.  Our other dude’s couldn’t make it.  He thought we were just going to dinner (I love surprises). Dad was totally surprised, we didn’t tell him until we were eating dinner. This is when Tif told him.

It was a great time.  He had the sweetest and excited look on his face. Here is a pic of me and dad…

We had a great time. We all really enjoyed the movie and being together. I could hear dad whispering different facts and tidbits about the movie. We all agreed there should me a remake. Maybe Viggo Mortensen or Liam Neeson as John Wayne??? Mom said Tom Selleck, HA! She has always loved him… Hehehe.

Here are my eats for the day.

Breakfast was a pb and j shake after my bootcamp class at 5am.  It has banana, peanut butter, berries and yogurt. Quite filling. Todd also made me an iced chai tea latte. BTW, I love the Bears!!! Can you tell?!

AM snack was small but tasty. 1 ounce of almonds and 1 ounce of craisins.

Lunch was deli roast beef on a whole wheat hot dog bun. I added veggies from the salad bar at work and picked up pineapples to add to my cherries.

Dinner was not our planned – Chile con Turkey. I actually forgot about the surprise plans with Dad, which is good actually  so I didn’t ruin the surprise. 🙂 We went to Chuy’s. I skipped the chips. I had a Corona Light, salad with a veggie enchilada and a small scoop of guacamole. Look at all that food!! Not too calorie dense.

TIP: Skipping the chips and margarita really help keep the calories down.

Sublimely, Lace

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