Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez

Seems I have been the queen of little weekend jaunts the past few months. This last weekend was spent doing some wine tasting in too-beautiful-for-words Santa Ynez, Ca. In my opinion, just as lovely as Napa and Sonoma but, a convenient hour and a half drive from L.A.
My favorite wine was the Pinot Noir at Gainey Vineyards. They do their tastings in a low lit barrel room and the grounds are gorgeous and spacious enough for a sweet summery picnic. Also picnic worthy is the Bridlewood Winery. It's also the best for exploring. Follow the path from the main tasting room and roam past horses, a pond, and a little bridge for a tipsy mini adventure! My favorite of the wineries, by far.
On your way out, stop at Los Olivos Cafe for the t0-die-for Cinnamon baked brie in port syrup. The dish alone merits a return visit. I also had the Butternut squash salad which was outstanding. With an impressive wine list and cozy outdoor seating, it makes you want to linger over those last few bites.

xo jahnel

A view at Gainey Vineyard

Overlooking Bridlewood Winery

The bridge and pond at Bridlewood Winery

Cozy and quaint Los Olivos Cafe

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Recent Trip to San Francisco.....

It was exactly the kind of trip I needed. Why? Because sometimes I need to trade the Southern California sunshine for the Northern California gloom. It was wet, it was cold, it was cloudy, and yet it was a breath of crisp fresh air.
I used to live in Nor Cal so, while I've spent quite a bit of time in San Francisco, this was a trip full of firsts. First ride on a Cable car and first time on the ferry to Tiburon. It is a truly quaint seaside town and a day trip that I highly recommend. Sam's Anchor Cafe was the perfect place for a casual oceanfront lunch. Try the crab cake sliders. Delicious! And for an intimate wine tasting experience go to Prima Palate, a charming wine showroom that boasts Italian, French, and German varieties along side the local wines.
To get there take the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry from pier 41 in San Francisco. You won't be dissapointed!

xo jahnel

On the Ferry to Tiburon

Walking through Tiburon

Prima Palate

Boats docked off the pier in San Francisco

Monday, February 22, 2010

Snowboarding in Park City, Utah

Even though the blustery conditions at Park City Mountain only allowed for one day of boarding, we did get to enjoy a few of the town's other charms.

Dinner at Chimayo on Main Street is a must! I've never had Mexican/mountain fusion and it was out of this world. (Hello, Sugarcane Elk marinated in coffee glaze.) Java Cow, also on Main has the frothiest Mocha's for your caffeine fix. I sipped mine while browsing the art galleries. Check out the Phoenix Gallery for mixed media artists, including my new fave, Denise Duong. And don't miss the Images of Nature Gallery featuring unbelievable images from Thomas Mangelsen.

Despite the disappointing weather, I loved being in Park City for the weekend. There's just something about sipping red wine in a hot tub under a dark sky and flurry of snowflakes that let's the body breathe!

xo jahnel

View from Pay Day Lift

At the top of Pay Day as it begins to snow

The lights framing Chimayo's entrance

In front of Chimayo

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Art of Being Tim Burton

Those of you lucky enough to be in NYC over the next couple of months must make a stop at MOMA to view the 'Tim Burton Exhibition'. "It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera."
I go gaga for any and everything Tim Burton so, while I probably won't make it to the big apple before the exhibition ends on April 26, I can peruse MOMA's interactive website, complete with Danny Elfman-esque theme music.

xo jahnel

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Love for Lou and Lee

Tuesday just got cuter! Imagine my delight at coming across these beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations from Lou and Lee this morning. With the Coachella Valley Music Festival fast approaching these headbands will be perfect for dressing up my do while roughing it in the desert. Check out the twin sisters Etsy shop. Headbands and clips start at $14. Just browsing through will brighten up your day. I promise!

xo jahnel

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ifs, Ands, or Butts

Here are few adorable photos celebrating our behinds. Why? Because we really should appreciate every little curve of our bodies. Men do. Bottoms up, ladies!

xo jahnel

photo:Cheyenne Ellis

photo: Cheyenne Ellis

photo: Paul Costello

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Itch

Do you ever get the itch to just drop everything and go? I'm not talking about a weekend in the mountains or even two weeks at a resort in Hawaii drinking mai tais. I mean really go. Put your shit in storage, break your lease, sell your car and disappear. For some it would also include quitting your job but, I have the benefit of not worrying about such things. Well, I get that feeling a few times a week. Lately, it's been a few times a day.
Don't get me wrong. I love my life in Hermosa Beach. I'm incredibly spoiled. I have an ocean view from my living room, I ride my bike everywhere, have two amazing chocolate labs, work a few days a week when I want to, and live in a spot that people vacation to every summer. I live a very charmed life. The problem that plagues this charming life is a restlessness in my soul to be on the move. And in truth I'd prefer to be on the move on my own. All alone. Deficiency of character? No. I'm an escapist.
There is no amount of money or level of success that can compare to the feeling of tramping by ones self. All possessions in a single backpack, no computer, no cell phone, no credit card. It is incredibly freeing and it's a feeling that I am long overdue for. J. Maarten Troost says it best in his book, 'Getting Stoned with Savages'. "The escapist doesn't want to get ahead. [She] simply wants to get away."
So, while I may be taking the logical route this weekend by spending a few days snowboarding with friends, I know for certain it will in no way satiate the urge to hit the open road with my backpack and a one-way ticket to..........

xo jahnel

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snow Bunnies

With the nasty storm system moving through LA, it's enough to drive any girl to her jammies, couch, and Netflix queue. This girl, however, will be taking advantage of the storm's wintery white aftermath in Mammoth this weekend. Ahhh, being on my board on the mountain with friends always feels so good!
I dug these pics up to hold me over until the weekend.

xo jahnel

photo credits: cheyenne ellis