One of my sorority sisters got married a couple of weeks ago in Sonoma, so ten of us decided to get an Air BnB house so that we could grill, chill, and lay by the pool all weekend. We didn't plan to wine taste in favor of leaving our schedule open, but on Saturday morning my husband realized that the adorable hamlet of Glen Ellen was a) walking distance and b) in possession of several tasting rooms. Off we went, and make two excellent discoveries: Korbin Kameron, a family run winery producing high end reds, and Kivelstadt, a fun startup embracing the weird, funky, and wonderful in wine (try the orange, it's crazy!). Both places were super friendly, and we'll be back - we signed up for both wine clubs!
A Light Beverage
I'm embracing the bitter in spirits these days - my new summer go-to is Campari and soda. This is a classic you don't see people order a lot, probably because the bitterness of Campari is an acquired taste and an unexpected contrast to its festive bright red color. But I find that if you add ice, soda, and a twist of orange peel, you have a refreshing summer drink that's neither sweet nor overly alcoholic.
Walk the City
I'm so lucky to live in San Francisco, where we have plenty of parks and open space. I've walked my dog in the Presido before and always wanted to go all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge but never found the time - until this past weekend! We leashed up Petunia, grabbed a couple of friends, and set off on the ultimate urban hike. The fog was just rolling in over the bridge, meaning that the Presidio was sunny and green, the bridge dramatic, and the weather just warm enough for a light layer. After working up an appetite, we inhaled burrito bowls and tacos at Bonita, then moseyed up to Union Street for coffee at Wrecking Ball followed by a glass of wine at Wine Cask. And even though the hill was daunting at that point, we did complete the entire loop by walking home, bringing our total for the day to just under 12 miles. Bucket list item: checked!
Taking a Break
I recently had yet another abnormal mole removed (not cancerous, everything is fine!), leaving me with stitches on the back of my leg. In order to make sure I don't rip the incision, I've been instructed to take it easy: walking ok, weight lifting not so much. Oh, and I can't swim - excellent timing in the middle of the summer! I'm frustrated, but doing my best to use the opportunity to work on my upper body and core strength (as I'm basically configured like T-Rex, I can always use extra work in this department) as well as my patience (which does NOT come naturally). Looking forward to getting my stitches out next week!