Saturday, December 17, 2011

More Spirit

I heard that the Fairmont Hotel has a life sized gingerbread house, so I dragged Tom up Nob Hill to take a look. It was pretty neat and smelled delicious. It was made with 7,500 home-made gingerbread bricks, 1,500 pounds of royal icing, and 650 pounds of candy.

The hotel was decked out in Christmas decorations galore.

On the way home, we stopped at the Westin to see San Francisco's largest sugar castle. Not as impressive as the life sized gingerbread house, but still nice and festive.

And speaking of candy structures, here are a few shots of the one at the Four Seasons in Austin.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Spirit

It seems like December came so quickly this year, it has been difficult to get into the holiday spirit, but I have been trying. We got a nice little table-top tree that smells like pine.

I decorated it with some of the wine cork ornaments I made (had to do something with all those corks!).

Last night, we went over to Union Square and saw the humongous tree and other festive decorations.

The tree was a little bigger than ours.

We had dinner at Morton's with our friends, Sonny, Yvette, and Joe. We then headed over to the Gold Dust Lounge.

(Photo from Yelp at

It was a very San Francisco evening!

Nice Sunrise

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wine and Food Affair

For Tom's birthday, we headed up to the Russian River for the annual Wine and Food Affair. It is a two-day event with wine tasting accompanied by delicious food. Most of the wineries in the Russian River Valley participate, so it was a great opportunity for us to enjoy our favorite wineries and discover some new ones. We were lucky to get to see the leaves changing color on the vines - from green to gold to red.

One of our first stops was Sunce. They had pumpkins,


barrel tasting,

kitty cats,

bocce ball,

and a blind tasting game at which I failed miserably, but Tom won a couple of coupons for savings on wine.

We found a new (to us) winery called Hook & Ladder that had great Zins.

They were serving yummy pulled pork sandwiches.

It was quite cold, so I enjoyed warming up next to the heater.

We stayed in a beautiful B&B

where we had a mysterious visitor to our room,

who made himself quite at home.

I wanted to take him home, but he seemed pretty happy and spoiled where he was.

Tom explored the expansive croquet court at Sonoma-Cutrer.

We hung out in the barrel room at Mueller.

took in the beautiful view at Copian,

the delicious Pinot at Fopiano,

and attempted to view the salmon swimming upstream at Trentadu, but they did not make an appearance this year.

What a fun-filled weekend!