When the Wine Arrives

After you have ordered it is easy to forget it.  That’s not the best course to follow. Once the server or sommelier returns to your table, they will present you with the bottle of wine. At this point, make sure the label matches what you have ordered and check for any signs of dirt or deterioration, even mold, on the label. Don’t be distracted at this point by conversation. There have been instances of wine being poured that wasn’t at all what was ordered just because the person did not take time to read the label when presented.  If the …

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Pig BBQ in the Desert

We had driven up and over the Santa Rosa rage in the vicinity of Humboldt Toyobe National Forest, heading south from Oregon. There was thick snow hitting the windshield of our new SUV as we climbed over a 5,200 ft. snowy pass on Hwy 95 in northeastern Nevada. From Boise, ID, where we had heard stories, we were looking forward to the PIG BBQ and PUB.   We arrived just before noon, as the gray clouds set a somber mood. 1139 W. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445 The place is easy to find.  It looks a little dreary like a …

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Are Plants Food or Do Plants Conspire to Control Us?

Plants rule the world. Plants might be smarter than we give them credit for.  They have been here long before animals.  They really could have set up a lot of the rules. What if human consciousness was manipulated as part of a great scheme by plants to rule the earth.  With no voices or opposable thumbs, they had to do it with flora and fauna.  The ulterior motive is to make life better for plants. There is the distinction between the wisdom of the tribe and the life force that surges through a plant?   We still don’t quite know what the process …

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Bad Foods Find Redemption In Research

Weigh gain, cancer, arthritis and more are often thought to result from our diets. Quantity and not quality is more the issue. Modern research to indicates that the best advice when it comes to food is to reduce caloric intake if you want to live longer. Have a glass of wine.  Eat some pasta.  Food is a tool for good health. As modern nutrition and gene therapy discover molecular effects on proteins, many of the foods we thought were bad, actually, have some great things to recommend them. The way our bodies react to the molecules that interact with our cells is yielding evidence …

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Amazon Wants Your Lunch Money

Starting as a bookseller, Amazon has become a huge conglomerate that now sells space on computer servers and has ambitions to make space available to the public. The business philosophy is simple.  Money is divided into two pots.  Money that is spent on Amazon and money that is not spent on Amazon. $1 trillion is spent on food in America.  The grocery business is a low margin business with lots of pressure points.   Amazon got into this marketplace with the purchase of Whole Foods about a year ago for a cost of  $13.7 billion.  They promised lower prices on a …

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Novato Art Wine & Music Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 | SUNDAY, JUNE 10 | DOWNTOWN NOVATO, CA The Novato Chamber of Commerce has thrown the annual Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music since 1983. The Festival was known by a few names, most recently the Art and Wine Festival. Each year’s flavor takes on a unique personality and different components. We proudly always boast a bohemian art scene along with delectable wine tasting, family-friendly atmosphere, and a poping music scenes. Since its relocation from Old Town Novato to the west side of Redwood Boulevard, we have added a second stage, more booths and added beer to …

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Patina Restaurant Group Model

Make food fun. Make it taste great. Serve it in a special place. Seek out those special places. In the capitalistic world, where free enterprise mashes against the human need for food, smart people have emerged to make life better for the rest of us.   They know that food can be a creative device.  It can make life special and not just sustain it. Talented and creative foodies have strived to do better. Patina Restaurant Group The Patina Restaurant Group is such a capitalistic enterprise that has embraced free enterprise.  With a certain je ne sais quoi they have made the world a better …

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Far Out of My Comfort Zone: Sherri Reed Photographer

Goal for 2018: Pass the part 107 certification test to fly drone commercially.    YES, done! Photography is my passion as well as a business.  I endeavor to create images that preserve memories in a personal and artistic way. 2013 I stepped very far out of my comfort zone and signed up for this new class called Photoshop Artistry.  For me, it was one of those remarkable “moments in time” where my passion for photography grew by leaps and bounds.  I have grown not only in the type of art I do but also the confidence it has given me …

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The Conspiracy of Plants, Psychedelics and Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan and Psychedelics: Does food need to be defended? What is the big dilemma about being an “omnivore”? Are plants manipulating us to their benefit? Plants might control the outcome of the world and our place in the environment says famed author Michael Pollen. There is an existential view that embraces plant biotechnological manipulation as a natural phenomenon.  There is a select group of them that broaches the dimensions of our understanding. After literary success with many books on food including “In Defense of Food”, the idea emerged that perhaps plants might be actually manipulating us to engage with …

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