Monthly Archives: September 2016

HAVE WINE, WILL TRAVEL

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A few years ago I was lucky enough to be in the Napa Valley of California; I discovered Dry Creek Winery.

And at the well-known restaurant Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, I enjoyed amazing wine from this vineyard. Ever since that time, whenever I get the chance, I pick up a bottle or two of the crisp refreshing whites they produce. Wine Spectator awarded this restaurant their 2015 Award of Excellence. The Vineyard is also known for the excellence of their Zinfandel.

So for this trip here are the wines to be enjoyed on arrival and for the duration:
Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley, 2015, 91 points, a renowned wine.
Dry Creek Vineyard Sonoma County Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 (Oh the citrus notes with seafood, mmmmm) 90 points from Wine Enthusiast
Dry Creek Vineyard Wilson ranch Dry Chenin Blanc, 2014 Vintage, Clarksburg (The aroma is crazy wonderful, probably my favorite, and with oysters – totally divine.

And – to celebrate, a Spanish Cava. This one is Mont Marcal Brut Cava Reserva. Hope we like it. This past summer in Petosky a friend introduced me to Spanish Cava at Palette Bistro Restaurant.. I haven’t been the same since.

And as an ace-in-the-hole 1 bottle of my favorite: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015. This is an upbeat, exuberant wine from New Zealand, widely available. So enjoyable on its own, but a perfect pairing with goat cheese, seafood, and well, just about anything.

Check out Dry Creek Winery at their website drycreekvineyard.com

Before long I will be drinking wine with friends. Oooh la la!

LABOR DAY FESTIVAL: FORD ARTS, BEATS, AND EATS

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This is a favorite Detroit area summer festival located on the streets of Royal Oak Michigan. Lots of sponsors, lots of people, lots of volunteers and lots of fun!

A friend provided free tickets for my son Jeff and I. My daughter provided shuttle service, and my granddaughter gave lots of advice on what to see since she has volunteered nearly every day of the 4 day event. Thanks to all!

There is music of all kinds from multiple stages.

ARTS
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STREET FOOD AND FOOD TRUCKS

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OTHER STUFF

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INSIDE AT TOM’S OYSTER BAR TO COOL OFF WITH LEMONADE AND COD SLIDERS as well as oysters. For Jeff and I, food is always a highlight! I couldn’t be walking around downtown Royal Oak with a stop at Tom’s. The oysters were magnificent!

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OH YES, CARS AND TRUCKS. This IS a Ford sponsored event in a car town.

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Pickup so huge I couldn’t get it all in the picture.

Fun!

AUDIO BOOKS – DO YOU LISTEN?

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I’m lucky enough to have a dear friend, a serious reader, who is leading me into audio book land. She must be a good friend; she plans to travel with me soon. Poor woman, she doesn’t quite know what she is in for. So no doubt to ease the pain, she suggested I pick up a pile of audio books at the library.

I have never, or almost never listened to books on tape. But, clearly, it’s time to get into this mode of reading.

The stack is too tall.

Here are the audio books I checked out, too many to take on the trip. So I’m hoping all of you out there in blogland and my good friend will help choose what to take. What do you recommend for listening?

Three Sisters Three Queens by Philippa Gregory read by Bianca Amato – historical novel

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Kebold, read by the author – memoir – 11 1/2 hours

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, read by James Langton – novel- 9 hours.

Mennonite In A Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen – memoir -8 ¼ hours

Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times by Al Roker and Deborah Roberts – humorous memoir – read by the authors – 8 ½ hours

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler read by Kirsten Potter – novel -6 hours

The Japanese Lover: A Novel by Isabel Allende, read by Joanna Gleason

I’m looking for all the help I can find. What is the secret to successful listening? All advice appreciated!