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Frenchie To Go – Paris, France

Frenchie To Go Paris, France

Frenchie To Go is located on rue du Nil – the same charming, cobblestoned block as Frenchie restaurant and the same group’s wine bar. The original Frenchie can be a tough reservation if you don’t plan well ahead, so it’s nice that you can experience the team’s vibe and energy at this drop in, casual, takeaway spot in the 2nd arrondissement.

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Lobster Roll (Pain brioché toasté, homard bleu, beurre blanc nantais, céleri) and Hot Dog (Bun a hot dog de Gontran Cherrier, saucisse maison 100% bœuf shorthorn fumée, choucroute maison, sauce savora)

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Watermelon and burrata salad (this was a seasonal special)

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A big ol’ sour pickle

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Order at the counter and either takeout, or dine in on one of the high wooden tables and bar stools.

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Frenchie To Go

Address: 9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 26 23 43

Nobu- Malibu, California

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Nobu Malibu is located on the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. On a warm Southern California day (which is quite often), it’s ideal for a relaxing day of lounging on the patio with a table spread of chef Nobu’s signature drinks and dishes. They also offer breakfast on Friday through Sunday.

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Glasses of Louis Roederer, Brut Champagne

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Nobu’s famous New Style Sashimi. See the recipe and make at home here: http://bit.ly/1O3Ojo9

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Lobster Shiitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing – a must-order dish.

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Being fed lobster isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. Just remember to bring sun glasses and wear sunblock if you plan on sitting on the patio. Although breezy, it can get toasty out there.

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Ocean view from the patio

 

Nobu Malibu

Address: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: (310) 317-9140

The Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner – Winery Back-Stage Open Houses

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Last year I attended the Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner Winery Back-Stage Open Houses  with a lovely designated driver and had a blast! We escaped city life and got to enjoy several of Napa Valley’s most prestigious wineries all in one day. Since some of these wineries are only open once a year, the exclusive tastings were held in their private homes. This event, happening again April 29 to May 1, is the perfect chance to visit the award-winning Stags Leap district wineries and take in the beautiful Napa Valley surroundings, creative food, live music and ideal weather. It’s definitely one of the Valley’s special events of the year and San Francisco folks can easily hop in their cars and be there in a quick 70 minutes.

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 The wineries inviting you into the 2016 Stag’s Leap District weekend include the following:

Baldacci Family Vineyards

Baldacci Family Vineyards invites all V2V guests to join us at our family’s Red Barn at our Stags Leap District property. We are celebrating the past, present and future of our family’s commitment to land stewardship with a three vintage (2010, 2012 and 2015 barrel sample) tasting of our 100% Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon from our Stags Leap estate vineyard. Private Chef, Pete Coleman, will be tempting you with specially paired bites of locally raised pork and lamb, all prepared to reflect culinary expressions from the past, present and future. Live music and incredible views will also be provided.

 

Chimney Rock Winery

Chimney Rock Winery invites you to join us for an enchanting “La Vie en Rock” Open House event. We’ll gather in the heart of our winemaking facility where Winemaker/General Manager Elizabeth Vianna and Assistant Winemaker Laura Orozco will be sharing specially selected wines from both bottles and barrels. Delight in the tastes of inspired hors d’oeuvres by CreativePalateWorks and the blended French Fusion sounds of “Duo Gadjo”.  (RE: Duo Gadjo: She was born in France. He was born in San Francisco. She listened to Piaf, Montant, and Trenet. He listened to Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters. She is Isabelle Fontaine He is Jeff Magidson. Together they are known as Duo Gadjo. Their music celebrates the union of two cultures, largely inspired by the sounds of the 20’s and 30’s, when jazz was the thing and Paris was the place to be.)

 

Cliff Lede Vineyards

We look forward to welcoming you to Cliff Lede Vineyards as we pay tribute to the late David Bowie with our newest 2013 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, Stardust Heaven. This superstar of a Cabernet highlights vineyard blocks named after David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” V2V guests will visit the winery tank room to mingle with the winemaking team and delight in hors d’oeuvres paired with our refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and the 2013 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District. While soaking in the sounds of classic rock and decades of Bowie hits, take another trip back into the archives with a taste of 2003 Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon. This rare opportunity to taste our flagship estate Cabernet from the hillside Poetry Vineyard is being offered exclusively to our V2V Open House guests.

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Clos Du Val

Clos Du Val extends you a warm welcome with a French twist. Please join us for our “Bienvenue Brunch” on Saturday morning; the perfect way to start your day of winery-filled adventure. Located at the southern entrance of the renowned Stags Leap District, our beautiful, ivy-covered winery is ideally situated for making us your first visit. A favorite experience each year, our gourmet brunch will be served in our picturesque Olive Grove from 10am-12noon, featuring made-to-order savory crêpes, charcuterie, and other delicious brunch fare. It’s never too early in the day to enjoy wines from the Stags Leap District; we’ll be presenting our limited production single block Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and other winery exclusive wines, along with the opportunity to get to know our new winemaker, Ted Henry. The afternoon will welcome guests back for a relaxing seat on our Front Lawn with special featured wines and small bites. A wonderful way to start and end your day.

 

Lindstrom Wines

A unique tasting opportunity at Lindstrom Wines which is open to the public once a year for the V2V event. Vintners Greg and Carol Lindstrom and their family will all be there to welcome you to their stunning vineyard tasting venue overlooking the Stags Leap Palisade. Taste the critically acclaimed, limited production Lindstrom Estate Cabernets crafted by Celia Welch paired with gourmet paella by Gerard’s Paella.

 

Malk Family Vineyards

As the smallest producer of wine in the Stags Leap District, we at Malk Family Vineyards open our home only once a year. On hand to answer your questions is Robbie Meyer, our highly acclaimed winemaker. In addition, several Malk family members will be pouring one of our well-received 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Pinot Noir, and our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Savor our Cabernet Sauvignon with a traditional South African barbecue of Boerewors (farmer’s sausage), cave-aged cheeses with our Pinot Noir, and fresh berries in season to accompany our Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Odette Estate Winery

Odette Estate invites Vineyard to Vintner guests to the newest winery in the Stags Leap District. Join us for a leisurely afternoon of luxury as you taste the next great release of our critically acclaimed Estate Cabernet Sauvignon paired with bites from Meadowood Napa Valley. Take in the beauty and understated elegance of our private Estate Lounge where you will be introduced to both our Odette Estate and Adaptation wines, carefully crafted by winemaker Jeff Owens. Guided tours of our new state-of-the-art winery will be offered at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. See how our living roof and other green building practices reinforce our commitment to the environment and sustainability. Between 11am-2pm, meet and mingle with our winemaker, Jeff Owens, who will be conducting toursand answering questions on how he approaches his craft.

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Pine Ridge Vineyards

Mingle in our Estate Gardens with Winemaker Michael Beaulac and Assistant Winemaker Mike Conversano while listening to live music and enjoying breathtaking views of the Stags Leap District Palisades. Winery Chef Susan Lassalette will prepare delicious bites artfully paired with some of our most exclusive wines, including the highly-acclaimed 2012 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon and our single-vineyard Stags Leap District Chardonnay, 2014 Le Petit Clos. Visitors will also enjoy a sneak peek of our 2014 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, pulled straight from the barrel.

 

Quixote Winery

For the first time ever, Quixote Winery is opening its doors to the true fans of the Stags Leap District. Our whimsical and mysteriously hidden winery will delight visitors for a unique blend of art, architecture, nature and beautifully crafted wines. We make our 2,000 cases exclusively from our 27 acre estate vineyard, tucked away just off the Silverado Trail in a serene valley shared with Shafer and Stags Leap Winery. Our 2015 Rosé of Petite Sirah will set the stage for a day of food, wine and fun. Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah will be perfectly paired with small bites from Napa’s Tarla Mediterranean Grill. Bay area guitarist Jonny Zywiciel will be playing a mix of upbeat and soulful songs for all to enjoy.

 

Regusci Winery

Regusci Winery is excited to welcome Vineyard to Vintner guests to the Ranch for the day to taste classic Stags Leap District wines, delicious appetizers and warm hospitality. The Regusci Ranch is one of the oldest properties in the Napa Valley and features a stunning, historical gravity flow winery building. Guests will enjoy small bites, taste current and library wines and sample future wines directly from the barrel. Savor a glass of wine while listening to live music performed by Sean Carscadden.

 

Robinson Family Vineyards 

Stop by for a rare and intimate moment at one of Stags Leap District’s smallest and most beautiful family-owned, estate wineries. Nestled at the base of the majestic Palisades, a visit to Robinson Family Vineyards promises a memorable encounter with proprietors Tom and Susie and the rest of the fun-loving Robinson-Jinks clan. Savor this frenetic yet extraordinarily loving environment while enjoying complimentary tastings featuring our current vintages of Estate and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon paired with pizzas pulled directly from our outdoor, wood-burning oven. Finally, be among the first to sample our new, flagship Bordeaux blend: 2+3. Robinson Family is V2V — Family Style.

 

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer extends a warm welcome to this special celebration of Stags Leap District, our home since 1973. John Shafer, who led the effort with our neighbors to establish the District (a four-year process from 1985 through 1989) will be on hand throughout the day to greet you along with winery president Doug Shafer and winemaker Elias Fernandez. This year we’ll uncork two of our Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons, the 2013 One Point Five, which is a newly released wine, and 2007 Hillside Select, which we will pull from our library especially for V2V guests. Our friend Chef Visconte will prepare delicious hors d’oeuvres to accompany the wines. Our wines available for sale will be 2014 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, 2013 Merlot, and 2013 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon. Our other wines are sold out; likewise because of the extremely limited amount of 2007 Hillside Select in our library, it will not be available for purchase.

 

Stags Leap Wine Cellars

We look forward to welcoming V2V guests to help us celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the historic “Judgment of Paris” tasting at which the Stags Leap Wine Cellars 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon took top honors among the red wines, triumphing over two first-growth and other renowned wines of Bordeaux. The surprise win was covered by TIME magazine and picked up by media around the world. The story of The Judgment of Paris brought international recognition to Stags Leap Wine Cellars and Chateau Montelena, the Napa Valley and the American wine industry as a whole. You will enjoy “blind tasting” a few wines — just as the judges did in Paris in 1976 — along with library selections of S.L.V. Estate Cabernet and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

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Stags’ Leap Winery

Stags’ Leap Winery invites you to celebrate Vineyard to Vintner at one of the oldest wine estates within the Stags Leap District.  After an extensive eighteen month restoration, the nineteenth century Manor House has been renewed to its former glory. Be among the first to visit and experience the rejuvenated secret speakeasy and see the new furnishings and art including original Andy Warhol prints. Winemaker Christophe Paubert will be on hand throughout the day pouring his newest releases as well as exclusive library and large format selections hand selected from the winery cellar. Rarely open to the public, the historic Manor House porch will be yours for the afternoon to enjoy delicious wood-fired pizzas and delectable hors d’oeuvres alongside these exceptional wines. Special V2V pricing will be extended to guests as well as custom bottle etching. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!

 

Steltzner Vineyards

Steltzner Vineyards welcomes our V2V guests to join us poolside at our vineyard estate tucked below the Stags Leap District Palisades. Take in the views as you are surrounded by vineyards. Experience amazing seasonally inspired small bites prepared by Chef Gio from Foodshed Restaurant, an instant Napa Valley classic. Taste our two newest releases of 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignons, Pool Block and Martini Clone. Meet our founder Richard Steltzner, winemaker Bob Pepi and the rest of the crew while learning and immersing yourself in all things Stags Leap District.

 

Taylor Family Vineyards

Please join three generations of Vintners in a casual and inviting setting on our deck overlooking our hillside vineyard and the stunning Stags Leap Palisades. As a family-owned and family-operated winery, we are excited to share our passion with you by pouring our limited production wines — Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and several Cabernets. We have carefully paired our wines with various appetizers and “Grown-Up” Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, which are made with a variety of cheeses, Vella Mezzo Secco, Barely Buzzed and many more.

For more info and tickets, visit Stag’s Leap District

 

Kendra Scott Jewelry Comes to Northern California

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I was just off a flight from Paris and needed to fight the jet lag, so headed down south (from San Francisco) to sunny San Jose’s Santana Row. Kendra Scott fashion jewelry was touring California with their airstream, and dropped by for a one day show. I wasn’t familiar with Kendra Scott previously, so was excited to check out their accessories and learn more about them. I was especially intrigued by their Color Bar in which you could design your own jewelry. You just pick out the stone and accessory style of choice, and voila, they make it right there for you. It’s a fun and quick way to create a unique, personalized piece that’s all your own. And, it’s very affordable with most price points in the $50-$75 range. I’m big on the power and energy of crystals and natural stones so was pleased to see some of my favorites including pyrite and rose quartz in the mix.

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Just put on a tee and pair of denim and throw on one of these Kendra Scott necklaces and you’re good to go…

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Nothing beats jet lag like a good dose of sun rays with that vitamin D and some exercise to get the blood pumping. Just remember to wear your daily sunscreen.

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One also needs fuel to shop, so I grabbed a tasty lunch at Village Bistro – which is located smack dab in the center of Santana Row with its breezy courtyard seating. This is their Tomato Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella pearls, Franchessi bread, basil pesto, baby heirloom tomatoes and balsamic reduction.

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This Phyllo Baked Brie isn’t the most photogenic, but was seriously satisfying with its mix of sweet and savory with caramelized apples and toasted almonds. I could not stop eating it.

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Although the Kendra Scott airstream was a one-day visit, they will be opening a permanent store in Santana Row this year. They also have plans to open up in Walnut Creek and eventually in San Francisco.

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Thank you, Santana Row for helping fight the jet lag. You definitely succeeded. I’ll see you again soon.

Visit Kendra Scott.com to see all their fab jewelry styles

 

Afternoon at Auberge du Jeu de Paume – Chantilly, France

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Le Jardin d'Hiver Restaurant

After a 10-plus hour flight from San Francisco, I landed at Charles de Gaulle airport and was starving for some fresh, clean air and food, so headed 30 minutes away to dreamy Chantilly, France. It’s a place rich in history that’s surrounded by a forest that conjures up thoughts of medieval fantasy  and also home to France’s biggest racehorse-training community. And oui, it’s where the name Chantilly cream and Chantilly lace derive from.

Chantilly is ideal for a day trip from nearby Paris or an overnight stay at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume – a Relais & Châteaux property and home to two restaurants by Chef Arnaud Faye. In the property, you’ll find his Two Michelin-Starred La Table du Connétable and the more casual, but still elegant Jardin d’hiver where I enjoyed lunch.

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Before arriving at the hotel, I stopped to wander through the forest of Chantilly and even without the leaves, the trees and surroundings were majestic.

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Whoever said fairy tales don’t exist hasn’t visited Chantilly…or France for that matter.

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Chantilly is know for its connection to the equestrian and horse community and here, you’ll find the famous Chantilly Racecourse, the Great Stables at Domaine de Chantilly and The Living Museum of the Horse (Musée Vivant du Cheval).

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When you enter the town, the Château de Chantilly is awaiting your arrival so have your cameras ready. This historic 19th century castle also houses the second largest collection of oil paintings after Le Louvre.

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Entrance of the Auberge du Jeu de Paume

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You’ll find horse memorabilia all around town, including at the Bar at the Jardin d’Hiver

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Just after a long flight, a cool glass of Champagne was a wonderful welcome to France.

Le Jardin d'hiver Chantilly, FranceDuring lunch at Le Jardin d’Hiver, chef had an admiring young fan. I loved the openness of the dining space and especially at lunch, all the natural light from the windows from the garden light up the room.

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Started with this Torteau émietté et avocet, fine gelée au radio rose (Crumbled crab and avocado with pink radish jelly)

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I continued on with Rosé…

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Another starter included this Tronçon de saumon fumé maison, pomme de terre àla moutarde ( Slabs of homemade smoked salmon and potato with mustard)

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Enjoyed a courtyard view while dining at Le Jardin d’Hiver

Chef Arnaud Faye Sea Bream

Dorade en croûte de pain, tombée de tétragone et piquillos ( Sea bream in a crust of bread with Zealand spinach and piquillo  peppers)

Le Jardin d'hiver Restaurant Chantilly France -Saint Jacques poêlée, gnocchi à la pistache, roquette et parmesan (Pan fried scallops, pistachio gnocchi, arugula and Parmesan cheese)

Chef Arnaud Faye Chocolate Dessert

Tarte Chocolate, caramel aux cacahuètes (Chocolate tart with peanuts, caramel and gold leaf)

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Chantilly is also home to the Concours d’Elegance auto show which will celebrate its third year on September 3-4.

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After a lovely afternoon in Chantilly, it’s time to head on to Paris…

Auberge du Jeu de Paume 

Address: 4 Rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly

Phone: 03 44 65 50 00