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What. A. Week. I just wrapped up the busiest work week of the year and am feeling exhausted yet inspired to take on the world of wine. It’s not all fine dining and drinking on the job, in fact it very rarely is, but I count myself lucky all the same. Plus – I get a new assignment come February and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I just wish I could share all the fun stuff with you! In due time, I’m sure I’ll be able to spill some beans bubbles! (Hint, hint!)

In the spirit of something sparkly, let’s toast to the weekend with the latest Sparkle Meets Pop playlist, shall we? Somewhere in there is my anthem of the moment. I’ll let you guess which one.

Have the best weekend!



sparkling holiday cocktails

Bay Area friends, have you ever wondered how to wrap the perfect present or set a festive table? Do you love to gab about interior design over holiday cocktails? Well, allow me to personally invite you to the Tastemaker Holiday Entertaining event this Thursday evening. If you hadn’t heard, Tastemaker is a service that links you up with local interior designers that match your style and budget. Plus, yours truly will be on hand as the drinks expert of the evening. In addition to sharing a spiffed-up version of my favorite cocktail – that would be the perfect signature beverage for your upcoming soiree! – I’ll also be around to offer help with choosing wine and pairing ideas. You won’t want to miss it! For more details and to RSVP, check out the event on Meetup.


chef todd english bing app demo

Get ready to be jealous. This past weekend, Jillian and I were lucky enough to get a private cooking demonstration from celebrity chef Todd English. As you can tell from a few photos below, it was quite steamy. ;) To clarify, it wasn’t exactly just us heating up the Culinary Institute of America’s kitchens, but he did give us and our scallops extra attention for which we were especially grateful. After the demo, we noshed on rabbit ragu and pumpkin creme brulee, each with its own wine pairing, naturally.

Thanks to the team at Bing for inviting us to take part in a Flavor! Napa Valley event and try out their new Food & Drink App on the Surface tablet. See below where I go all Vanna White and work my hands-free magic of flipping through some of the delectable recipes. (They come pre-loaded!) It’s really a shame that the food tasted so good, because now all lunches will pale in comparison. So, thanks Chef and Bing for forever ruining my taste buds in the best possible way.

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rabbit ragu todd english    pumpkin creme brulee chef todd english


monterey beach path

It’s been a while since I shared some of my latest IG snaps with you. Having escaped to Monterey to celebrate my girl being the hottest bride ever, I enjoyed a trek to Carmel to shop and sip, a meal at the highly recommended Restaurant 1833, and a run along the gorgeous California coast. My home state love story grew deeper, proving that I will always be a California girl – Beach Boys version, not Katy’s.

wedding gal pals

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