Napa inspiration has been everywhere: I found Peppermint Lemonade at Fresh Market to remind me of our delicious, but expensive picnic at Oakville Grocery, I broke down and bought a pair of those printed shorts everyone’s been wearing all summer that I now plan to keep on forever, and I have been putting peaches in everything!
Vacations mean more to me that just travel. They create a space for me to clear my mind, to reflect on my current choices, and make peace with my impending future. Vacations also typically mark an important transition time: Ireland after finishing graduate school, Tahiti after getting married, and San Francisco before more graduate school! I picked San Fran because it is more budget friendly than Peru (our second choice) and because I’ve had a life long fantasy of moving to California (doesn’t everyone?).
I’ve been obsessed with this article lately and even though it describes iconic dinner parties of the wealthy, I believe hosting in the home is an attainable ideal, even for more moderate income families. Armed with a pile of cookbooks and shelves of new wedding gifts, I’ve been caught up in flurry of entertaining in an attempt to “bring back” the dinner party.