At age 57 Jerry Holl quit his corporate career, trading in a suit and a tie for bicycle apparel and deciding he would bike solo from Anchorage Alaska through British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California to the Mexico border. And this proposed journey of 3,600 miles was by a man who had spent little time on a bicycle and had not trained prior to his ride. Nor did he have any training on basic bike repairs. Jumping into the saddle he … [Read more...]
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This mouth watering culinary tome written by long time Napa Valley Silver Oak Winery chef Dominic Orsini (with a forward by chef Charlie Palmer) features a treasure trove of recipes that anyone with a culinary interest in preparing creatively inspired dishes made from fresh ingredients will want to get their hands on. Just thumbing through the recipes - each one with a 'tasty' photograph will leave you salivating, regardless of whether you are … [Read more...]
The latest edition (no 11) Explorers Guide Napa & Sonoma is a detailed look at some of the best restaurants, wineries and experiences that the wine country in this part of the state has to offer. Written by husband and wife Peg Melnik and Tim Fish. Both are accomplished wine writers: Peg writes for the local Santa Rosa based newspaper, the Press Democrat and Tim writes for the Wine Spectator. Not a huge book but it is richly endowed with … [Read more...]
Masks by Nataly Restokian is the story of Anna's life - of all the cast of characters, including the men that come through her life, it is Anna we get to know the best. It is her fame, heartaches and resilience that leaves a lasting impression when one puts down the book after reading the last page. Stuck in a heartless relationship of 11 years with her husband, Anna explores the online world of dating. Quick to find someone, a night of … [Read more...]
Appropriately named, this handy little guide to one of the world's greatest cities will fit in a pocket. Full color it briefly highlights some of the city's history, temples, food, massage, nightlife and shopping among other activities - in short, all things that are integral parts of this city. The guide even lists its own "a perfect day in Bangkok" itinerary. Very useful for travelers on the go - especially the detailed section that features … [Read more...]
As a natural hot springs enthusiasts we often seek out remote hot springs to visit on our travels - especially on trips to California's eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and parts of Southern California. Immediately intrigued when this book came across our desk - it highlights numerous hot springs experiences, many of which are under the radar - throughout California and Nevada. Author Bischoff has visited and reviewed more then 100 hot springs … [Read more...]
Written first hand by David Moore, one half of the traveling duo David & Helene, this is an engaging tale by two travelers who decided to take a 10 month round the world trip later in life. When moving in to a new house, rather then deciding to throw themselves into the obligatory home improvement projects that invariably accompany one with moves such as this, Helene created her own project. She hung a map of the world on the wall and instructed … [Read more...]
While Napa is only about 25 to 35 miles long (depending on who you reference) and contains somewhere between 350 to 500 physical wineries (again depends on your source) - this tiny slice of the state is immensely rich in visually stunning landscapes, qualitity of wines, personalities, culinary excellence, premium accommodation, and diversity of experiences mostly centered around food and wine. From Napa with Love, written by Alexis Swanson … [Read more...]
This is a story of family, food and great conversation, complemented with recipes that have been handed down from the generations by the author's immediate family or their friends. Connecting memories to these recipes Kim and Nick take turns sharing individual stories. As we read through each story, we can vividly hear Kim and Nick speaking (authors note: we personally know both Kim and Nick); their passion for food, family and friends is as real … [Read more...]
As real as it gets - author Devin Galaudet (also known for attempting to marry his wife 100x in 100 different countries) has written a fast read and engrossing memoir about the realities of growing up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s centered around his chain smoking father. Full of family stories, sometimes family secrets and growing pains this story is woven around Devin's at times on and off again relationship with his father. … [Read more...]