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Best Memories & Meals in 2012

It’s kind of hard to wrap my mind that it’s almost the end of 2012. Time and life never takes a break but sometimes serendipitous things happen. (In relatively random order.) First thing in mind would be my graduation gift from the luxe chocolate and pastry brand, La Maison du Chocolat… A large Andalouise cake from La Maison du Chocolat My Andalouise cake from La Maison du Chocolat is something I never anticipated them gifting me and sending well wishes for my graduation from graduate school. This seasonal cake is intensely flavored of lemon pastry cream and chocolate mousse, chocolate..

Best Memories & Meals in 2012

It’s kind of hard to wrap my mind that it’s almost the end of 2012. Time and life never takes a break but sometimes serendipitous things happen. (In relatively random order.) First thing in mind would be my graduation gift from the luxe chocolate and pastry brand, La Maison du Chocolat… A large Andalouise cake from La Maison du Chocolat My Andalouise cake from La Maison du Chocolat is something I never anticipated them gifting me and sending well wishes for my graduation from graduate school. This seasonal cake is intensely flavored of lemon pastry cream and chocolate mousse, chocolate..

Tour of Raymond Vineyards, Napa Valley, Rutherford, CA

Driving through Napa; at Raymond Vineyards outside When I was in San Francisco earlier this month, my family and I did make a trip up to the Wine Country. First was the olive oil tasting and this stop to Raymond Vineyards was an interesting one, as we met Anna to give us an informative tour. Raymond Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Roy Raymond with his two sons, Roy Jr. and Walter. Today, it’s under the helm of Jean-Charles Boisset, the proprietor of Boisset Family Estates, Director of Winemaking Stephanie Putnam, Assistant Winemaker Kathy George, and Vineyard Manager Eric Pooler..

Tour of Round Pond Olive Oil Mill, Rutherford, CA

Round Pond Winery and Round Pond Olive Oil Mill During my family vacation to San Francisco, we drove to Napa and Sonoma Valley as a day trip. One of our stops was Round Pond Estate, particularly their olive oil mill at the town Rutherford. During that time, it was a dreary, rainy morning on the way up North to Napa Valley. The good news was that it stopped raining by the time we arrived to Round Pond, even though it’s still cloudy. I chose to have an olive estate tour since I never seen olive trees in real life and..