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20 August, 2015

Forage for Porcini in Italy with Punk Domestics!

Posted in : Announcements, Events on by : becca
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My friend Sean Timberlake, founder of the beautiful Punk Domestics canning and preservation blog, has been leading hands-on culinary tours to Italy since 2012.  He has two coming up, 10/8/15–10/14/15 and 1/14/16–1/20/16, based out of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. These are can’t miss experiences for those of you who love diving deep into food
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17 August, 2015

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square
Posted in : Bars in Oakland - CA, Publication News, Tasting Rooms in Oakland - CA, Travel Guide for Oakland - CA, Wine on by : becca
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My second post for Localwise’s blog went up last week. This one draws a fair bit from my recent visits to urban wineries Urban Legend and Jeff Cohn Cellars, with fellow wine writer Peter Nowack of Bung R. Cooper. Knowing there were a few other urban wineries in easy walking distance of the Jack London
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17 April, 2015

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Events, Food, Restaurants on by : becca
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It’s been three weeks since I was invited to brunch at the Cavalier in downtown San Francisco, hosted by Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi and the Food Should Taste Good (FSTG) snack food brand. It’s never too late to write about great food, right? The brunch was part of FSTG’s national promotional tour that’s been challenging star
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4 September, 2014

A Tour of Mission San Luis Obispo

A Tour of Mission San Luis Obispo
Posted in : Travel Guide for San Luis Obispo - CA on by : becca
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I stayed over in San Luis Obispo for a day after the end of the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference—I needed the time just to decompress and organize my thoughts before heading all the way back home. And I apparently needed to take a tour of Mission San Luis Obispo for some inspiration. I love discovering
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17 April, 2014

A Mural Tour in the Mission

A Mural Tour in the Mission
Posted in : Travel Guide for San Francisco - CA on by : becca
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I love murals. As with all art, however, I don’t understand the history or technique of what I’m gaping at, so I was excited when my friend invited me to check out the Precita Eyes Muralists tour with her. Precita Eyes is an association of artists who work with the San Francisco Mission community to
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23 January, 2014

A Foodie Day Trip to Sonoma

A Foodie Day Trip to Sonoma
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Dining in Sonoma - CA, Restaurants, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Travel Guide for Sonoma - CA, Wine on by : becca
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My first visit to Sonoma took place a few days before Thanksgiving 2013. It was a quick jaunt into the winery-laden countryside not so far from San Francisco. The downtown area is very cute, full of alleyways and courtyards that hide a range of stores and tasting rooms. Of course, I managed to eat and
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14 November, 2013

Amelia Island: Downtown Fernandina Beach and Walker’s Landing

Posted in : Travel Guide for Amelia Island - FL on by : becca
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It’s nearly six months later, but I’m finally finishing up my photo blogs for our Amelia Island trip last May. Because I’ve only had one short vacation since then, it doesn’t actually feel that long ago that Ben and I wandered the streets of downtown Fernandina Beach, though we live on the other coast now.
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26 June, 2013

Bloggers’ Night at TOPO Distillery

Comments : 6 Posted in : Distillery, Events, Gin, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, Vodka, Whiskey / Whisky on by : becca
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Back in the fall, I spent a few days at TOPO Distillery’s facilities as part of the Terra VITA Sustainable Classroom. It was a strange sort of torture being so close to their organic, 99.6% local (more on that later) array of spirits that includes white whiskey, vodka, and gin. So I asked Esteban McMahan,
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24 June, 2013

Bennett Place Visit

Posted in : Events, Travel Guide for Durham - NC on by : becca
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One of my goals before we move is to hit up a few North Carolina heritage sights I’ve wanted to explore but have never gotten around to before now. One was checked off the list on Memorial Day when my friend Ellen invited us to join her at Bennett Place in Durham. What’s Bennett Place?
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13 May, 2013

Charlottesville Blogging: Walking Around the University of Virginia

Posted in : Travel Guide for Charlottesville - VA on by : becca
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After a great brunch, Ben and I decided to take a stroll around the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. President Jefferson also designed most of the notable architecture on the main campus, which is where we took that stroll. No official tour; we went where the pretty buildings and Ben’s Ingress portals called.
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