Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spring Cleaning

Over the years, admit it, we all acquire things. Things we purchased, the cool lamp from so and so, stuff roommates leave behind because they "don't want it." We'll the truth is we don't want it either! Typically I just put everything in the loft and forget about it. Well this year instead of saying "I'll get to that later" I decided it was time to clean it out. Last weekend I held my first garage sale in Tahoe. I've been known for my garage sales in Long Beach as I use to hold one every spring after collecting stuff from everyone in my family. Just by running an ad in the Penny Saver the garage sale would be non-stop from 7am until noon. Sometimes my neighbors or friends would join in the fun. I quickly learned Tahoe is a bit different. It was touch and go there for awhile, but in the end there was a decent turn out. However, next year I might just donate everything and skip the garage sale.

{shot of the goods for sale}

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What's Cookin?

First let me start by saying how much I love Costco and how Nick & I seem to buy just about everything there. This past weekend we took our bi-monthly trip down to Carson, NV and of course Costco was a must. After hitting up the dog park, conveniently located across the street, we headed over. Typically I browse every section, making sure nothing "I might need" is over looked. This trip I scored a few books, one being Cooking Light's - Cooking Through the Seasons. Once we returned home I quickly unloaded the car, pulled out my new cookbook and started scanning for new tasty delights. Don't fret I will be sharing tons of new tasty recipes this summer, fall, & winter compliments of Cooking Light.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saving Angel Island

{Happy 100th post to my little blog, it took awhile but we got there! After much delay here’s my little write up from last weekend in SF.}

A few weeks ago my sister called to inform me about a feature she landed for Bloom Spot. The deal was a $35 (normally $65) entry to the Save Angel Island Wine Festival hosted by Vino Moda.  Britt then called back and asked if I was interested in volunteering at the event, before I could even buy a ticket. Volunteer for a wine event, sign me up.

{Posing with some wine On Angel Island}

A little info: Angel Island State Park is located in the San Francisco Bay and is only accessible by boat. When on the island you can enjoy views such as Golden Gate BridgeAlcatraz, and of course the San Francisco skyline During the mid-nineteenth century the U.S. Navy took possession of the island and occupied it from the Civil War until the Cold War. Today military barracks still stand. Angel Island was known as the " Ellis Island of the West,” and processed millions of immigrants from 1910 to 1940. Today the island is a beautiful state park which offers a variety of activities for visitors.
Save Angel Island : With all the state cut backs many State Parks are near closure due to lack of  funding. Saturday, May 1st 2010 Vino Moda held the “Save Angel Island Wine Festival” to help raise money and create awareness. Roughly 900 people came out in support. 50 wineries donated not only wine, but their time. Britt and I poured for Cosentino Winery which  offered  the 2007 Cosentino Chardonnay, 2007 The Novelist, and 2005 Cosentino Cabernet Sauvignon(my fav being The Novelist, perfect on a nice spring /summer day). Believe it or not I even tried the pulled pork sandwich from Big Jim’s BBQ…delicious! With good food, music, wine, weather and an amazing cause you couldn’t have asked for way to spend the day in San Francisco .   

Participating Wineries:
Pinino, Bellussi, Roberto Cipresso, Conte D’ Attimis-Manigo, Bialla Vineyards, Dos Lagos Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jazz Cellars, Annapolis Winery, Michaud Vineyard, Cleavage Creek Winery, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, Knipprath Cellars, Carol Shelton, Simple Math Cellars, Barclay Browning Winery, Heritage Oak Winery, Moondance Cellars, Rielle Wines, Martin Ray Winery,Harvest Moon Winery, Stein Family Wines, Frank Family Vineyards, Kirigin Cellars, Foggy Bridge Winery, Tudor Wines, Kendric Vineyards, De Novo Wines, Bedarra Vineyards, Twin Poms, Cosentino Winery, Adastra, 122ยบ West Winery, Naumann Vineyards, Kiamie Wine Cellars, Olson Ogden Wines, Murphy Vineyards, Nicholson Ranch, Coral Mustang, Rosa D’Oro Vineyards, Quady Winery, Robert Rue Vineyard & Winery, SoMa cellars, St. Helena Winery, Aveleda Wines, and Rainbow Orchard Wines

Tasty treats: Big Jim’s BBQ, Angel Island Cantina & Cove Cafe, Nopoli Restaurant, Follow Your Heart, Lavier – Fusion CuisineCatering, and Sultan Restaurant

Good tunes: The Soulshine Blues Band

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View of the Golden Gate from the wine festival