Author: Jill Weinlein

Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine 101

Share: While exploring Napa Valley and Sonoma, my companion and I stopped at three wineries, and received a crash course in Wine Tasting 101. Guess what state in the United States makes the most wine?  California makes 90% of the wine in the U.S.  It takes about six or eight clusters to fill a wine bottle; that’s approximately 600 to 800 wine grapes, or about 2.4 lbs. of grapes. One barrel of wine contains about 740 lbs. of grapes or 24.6 cases of wine. In a bottle of sparkling wine, there are about 44 million bubbles in a bottle. Best...

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Yountville: California’s Culinary Capital

Share: Strolling along the sidewalks of Yountville, one soon notices this is the culinary capital of Napa Valley. The 1.5-mile-long town offers more Michelin stars per capita than any other destination in California. The restaurants of esteemed celebrity chefs Michael Chiarello, Philippe Jeanty, Thomas Keller and Richard Reddington have attracted an international foodie crowd for years.  Three Michelin stars have been awarded to The French Laundry and one star for Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty and Redd. What I discovered is that not only is Michael Chiarello a chef, sustainable farmer, vintner and television host, his popular Italian restaurant Bottega offers bold Italian...

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Only the Best for our Furry Friends

Share: When my little terrier rescue, Ginger, came down with a horrible bacterial infection that caused open sores all over her body, her veterinarian diagnosed her with possibly have a canine form of leprosy. She was so sick that the only thing she would attempt to eat was homemade food. I’d steam rice and a few carrots, boil chicken and cut them into small pieces before mixing them all together. This home-cooked dog food nourished her and helped keep her alive while she was taking massive doses of antibiotics. She survived, and I stopped making her special meals. Instead,...

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New Ice Cream Craze in Los Angeles

Share: Somi Somi has become a recent Instagram favorite “like,” appealing to millennials and foodies for its unique cone and colorful swirling colors. Located on the second floor of the interior of Madang Mall plaza in Koreatown, Somi Somi is about a ten-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. They only sell Korean-style “Ah-Boong,” a very popular street food treat in South Korea. Usually there is a line of people seeking this cool, creamy and colorful treat in a taiyaki cone. Locals and tourist are given the option to fill a golden Japanese carp fish-shaped cone with red bean paste...

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Luxury Sailing Wind Surf Cruise

Share: Flying into St. Maarten, we noticed a few multi-million-dollar yachts in the harbor and sleek jets at the airport. Hailing a taxi, we drove through the town of Philipsburg to the cruise terminal to board one of the most beautiful Windstar sailing yachts. The Wind Surf looked small next to four enormous vessels: a Royal Caribbean ship, Crystal Cruise ship, P & O and a Holland America ship. We reserved two cabins to visit and explore six different Caribbean ports. A smaller boat means fewer lines and shorter wait times. On this particular cruise there were only 281 passengers....

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