Monday, December 19, 2011
Serrahna in Oakland. I bought a handloomed poncho in gold and black to add a little bling to my wardrobe. Owner Andrea Serrahn designs the clothing herself and travels to India twice a year to seek out the finest textiles, artisans and tailors in her quest to offer a wide array of fair-trade fashions for women of all ages and sizes. This boutique shop is loaded with one-of-a-kind items. Andrea will personally assist you in selecting an outft to brighten your wardrobe. Go there soon and try one of her mom's homemade carmels at the front desk. Candy and artisan clothing? Divine.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
|Guest Chef Vera R. Ciammetti|
Oakland, CA – Here’s a novel idea for all you foodies out there: a restaurant that features a new chef every two weeks. The folks at Guest Chef on College Avenue in Oakland are on to something. Last night I had a simple, yet flavorful meal cooked by Chef Vera R. Ciammeti: salad greens with butternut squash; hot spaghetti aglio e olio con pepperoncini; and a glass of red wine. The dining room is intimate with seats for only 16 – 20 guests, creating an inviting family-style experience. Chef Vera came by with samples of lasagna and to check on our dining experience. Heck, even Pablo Voitzuk, who pimps Pacific Sun Olive Oil, the extra virgin olive oil that Chef Vera uses exclusively, came by to say hi. At about $9 per plate, this is the best deal in town. Don’t wait too long—Chef Vera’s run at Guest Chef finishes on December 4.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Lake Tahoe, CA --The Squaw Valley Chapel is a stylized little Alpine church set among the majestic mountains of the Olympic Valley at an altitude of over 6,000 feet. It was the Poulsen family, the original landowners of nearby Squaw Valley Ski Resort who donated the land where the chapel now stands prior to the 1960 Winter Olympics. At that time the family stipulated that a Protestant Church was to be built on that land for the Olympians, their families and all those attending the Olympics.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Lake Tahoe, CA -- The first recorded discovery of Lake Tahoe by white explorers was on Feb. 14, 1844 when John Frémont and Charles Preuss climbed the dividing ridge of the Sierra crest to spot the second deepest lake in the United States. It’s uncertain if they were impressed by the lake’s clarity and luminous blue color—their documented impression was rather nondescript: “beautiful view of a mountain lake…” Frémont, along with his 23 men including explorer Kit Carson, simply wanted to get off the Sierra Nevada and make their way down to the fertile Sacramento Valley below. They’d been exploring unchartered territory since the spring of 1843 and their quest for food always kept them edgy. The previous night Frémont wrote: “We had tonight an extraordinary dinner—pea soup, mule, and dog.” Thank you trailblazers!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
|Photo taken in the extreme |
northeastern part of California near Cedarville.
My mentor is Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote (in her words--not mine) the "freakishly" successful book: Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth or "Liz" shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. Listen to her TED speech on nurturing creativity at: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html
The quote d'jour follows: "The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair." --Mary Heaton.
Duly noted. California, here I come.