Picnic Planning

As the snow falls in Chicago, I find myself planning my weekend picnic thanks to the Spring-like weather her in San Francisco. While I do feel bad for my friends and family back home; it is going to be too nice not to get out and enjoy it. So why not do it properly with a picnic?

A few years ago, I purchased from Crate and Barrel their table-in-a-bag, and it has become a staple for my summer months. I just did a quick search online, and you can find other retailers selling it from around $30 to $60.

Now why do I love this silly contraption? It is light and so easy to set up. If my mother can set it up, anyone can set it up. The legs simply screw into the bottom of the table, and you are ready to go. 

Anyone have any other picnic suggestions for this weekend? Wines, foods, equipment, good spots?

Travel Theme: Mountains

So I spotted a picture of a beautiful mountain on one blog, and it brought me to another blog about  Travel Themes.  I loved the idea of a travel theme, so I had to participate.  Here is my contribution.

Now please remember I am a Midwestern girl; so anything larger than an anthill is a mountain to me.

This was taken in November 2010 at Stags Leap Wine Cellar.



Two of my best friends from back home are visiting for the weekend. So what is on the menu of fun this weekend? LOTS!

Friday will see us touring Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Warf. We are then heading over to the Ferry Market Building for macaroons at Miette. YUM! Our dinner reservations are at Wexler’s, which has become one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. As for post-dinner entertainment, I would really like to head back to The Hidden Vine for a final glass of vino.

Saturday will see us heading up to Napa for some wine tasting. All of us have been to Napa/Sonoma a few times, so we are going to visit a few of our favorites. We will start at Elyse, and then over to Groth for their Open House, Stag’s Leap after lunch, and finally Sequoia Grove to finish out our Cabernet adventures. Dinner is planned for Bouchon, which I have never been, so I will have to give a review. And since we will be so close to Bardessono, I might have to stop in for a post-wine tasting drink.

Sunday will see us brunching somewhere before my friends leave. That is still being planned, as I hate brunch. And yes, I know brunch is a HUGE thing to do on Sunday mornings in San Francisco. But I never know what to order – breakfast or lunch? I always feel like I am being cheated out of a meal.

So what are your plans this weekend?