Sourcing Sea and Land in San Diego, with Gusto

Sometimes it’s right under our noses, literally. Two of San Diego’s unique, in sync companies caught my attention recently on tours with fellow IFWTWA (International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association) members from southern California. At Catalina Offshore Products, the sea and its intensity permeate the vast space. Starting out as a sea urchin diver … More Sourcing Sea and Land in San Diego, with Gusto

A Slice of SYV

A wine club dinner was our excuse for a 30 hour escape to the Santa Ynez Valley.  We popped into Roblar early afternoon for a tasting and charcuterie platter, and gratified, recalled why we joined.  In the members’ lounge upstairs, Shay charmed us with his Irish ways, embracing the wine and us, too. On Ballard Canyon Road, … More A Slice of SYV


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So San Francisco

You awaken to the cable car sounds below. The mist lifts and the sun finds your face among the tall buildings. The Ferry Building is alive outside with its weekend marketplace. Your senses sing praise to the offered bits of peaches and pluots, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, pickled vegetables, salmon, pastry, honey, lavender, sea salt and … More So San Francisco