Christiane’s in town for Henning’s graduation, and Jen stopped by and decided to stay for dinner. Family affair!
Hiking by Picchetti Winery, wine tasting, and Britannia Arms…
This first one courtesy James!
Surprise locale—Ethiopian!! <3
Saving some of the mead bottles from the wedding for future anniversaries…
Starting in Glacier, stopping in Whitefish for a yummy meal!
Crossed into Canada!!
Relaxing, soaking, and writing postcards…!
Dancing to Bruce’s band, the Rolling Blackouts!
Christiane’s visiting, and made dinner!
The presentation was amazing.
Henning transferring the Tsunami (BEERI competition) beer and Liz/Etay’s wine to secondary fermentation.
The Whole Foods by our house has some recent revamps – the Asian food station has turned into an Indian station!
DOSAS (gluten free!!)!
They’ve also added a bar, that has wine on tap, and $10 flights. :)
Stopping by our local brew supply store (More Beer!) to pick up some supplies for Liz and Etay. Love what they did with this grain mill.
Hosting football and board games with Greg’s famous sriracha wings, and historic JJ&F Market wine!
Demonstrating the versatility of the California cutting board!
Joining our neighbors for the tasting of their 1st wedding anniversary port and frozen wedding cake!
We actually did this last weekend, but had to share…
3 lb chuck roast from Salmon Creek Ranch
2 white onions chopped
4 carrots chopped
1 head of celery chopped
lemon pepper and herbs
1 cup red wine
Rub the roast. In a pan, sauté onions then brown roast on all sides. Throw everything into the crock pot 8-10 hours on low.
Happy 4th of July everyone!
#costcocake (not gluten free)
If you’re going to buy wine… might as well indulge AND support a cause…
Waking up in Napa, and exploring Oxbow Market. :)
Blind wine tasting, and board games!
House of Cards and DrunkQuest with wine, mead and piña coladas…
Look at this cute carboy carrier!
Siphoning the mead into wine bottles…
…and corking them!
Double rainbow! (Photo courtesy: Liz)
Setting up food for a wine & board games night with the neighbors…
Had a lovely picnic with Henning and some NASA folks at this winery in the Santa Cruz mountains…
Apparently lederhosen for your wine is called Vinderhosen! :D
Visiting Schönbrunn Palace, our last stop in Vienna…
Exploring the gardens!
Walking up to the Gloriette on top of the hill…
Austria is all about Mozart… even the café in the Gloriette has Mozart pastries…
Enjoying our walk back down the hill…
Driving back toward Germany!
Stopping for the night in the very very retro (read: old) but nice Hotel Post in the town of Braunau, on the border of Austria and Germany.
Wikipedia fact: Adolf Hitler, who later became the dictator of Nazi Germany, was born in Braunau in 1889.
**The more you know…**
Grabbing a lovely dinner at a restaurant two doors down and one floor up…
Tomorrow we go home!
Joining in the Vienna coffee house culture…
Getting distracted in a chocolate shop on our way to the Naschmarkt…
Roaming Vienna’s largest outdoor market…
Secession Building (architecture exhibits)…
St. Charles’s Church in the background… behind yet another café…
Vienna State Opera house… by day…
Monument Against War and Fascism, in Albertinaplatz
Pit stop at the Swarovski store for my mom…
Some of this stuff is so far beyond my financial comprehension…
Back at the apartment… finished our chocolate puzzle!
Christiane’s famous spaghetti and meatballs!
(and gluten free what a treat!)
Bubble Tea in Vienna?!?!!
State Opera house by night. Going to see the Nutcracker!
Such a beautiful building…
…and great show!
Getting a feel for Vienna by night…
Lazy day – settling into our rented apartment in Vienna :)
Finally went outside and attempted to find a place for dinner on New Year’s Eve… managed to find some wine!
And WiFi, which—funny story—we don’t get in the apartment we rented specifically for WiFi…!
Wandered back toward the apartment and stumbled across this lovely little place!
Dark wood furniture is kind of my dream…
Back at home watching the local fireworks out our window and popping open some champagne at midnight :)
Participating in some sort of European new year tradition, where you melt down some lead, dump it in cold water, and read its shape as an indicator for your upcoming year!
Happy new year everyone!
What are you supposed to do with this..?
Asians taking photos of Asians taking photos of food!
Board games last night at Greg’s!
This area of California is SO BEAUTIFUL that it deserves an extra day in the blog…
PART 2: Braving the light rain and giant puddles to visit… Fern Canyon!
View from above…
View from below…
Watching the fog roll in by the beach…
Dinner in the cabin…
Waking up in a yurt on Lake Cachuma…!
Stopping by the Nature Center…
In Solvang for the day…
(The chocolate super melted btw…)
Back to the lake…
Getting out of the wind with some cribbage and fancy
The guys trying to make sure I didn’t remember my last day at work…
After Mark’s birthday brunch in Santa Rosa, we stopped by the Martinelli’s to enjoy the end of the air show. :)
Lasagna and BBQ evening at Anne and Travis’ place for an early July 4th celebration!
Henning’s unique lasagna recipe…
with a middle layer of spinach-pesto-ricotta
and a bottom layer of carrot-mushroom-honey-baked-beans.
He also used brown rice lasagna sheets for his wheat-allergy girlfriend!
Messy, but YUM!
Travis, the grill master…
Some sangria made using our fruit-infusion water pitcher!
We also have entered ourselves (girls vs guys) in the Capture California contest, essentially sponsored by the California Parks Service to get people outdoors!
Hopefully we get to start our adventuring soon!
Big day for Henning as he gives his much-awaited PhD proposal presentation! He did a great job. :)
And of course, celebration was in order with martinis, beers and general debauchery…
Note: Henning does not remember riding in the car with his bike helmet. Or that he slurredly ordered “Alcohol” for dinner at the pizza place…
It was a fun night.
Celebrating the week with Greg and the Krosses.
(at Haus Staudt and The Living Room)
View from our window at work – grading for the New Stanford Hospital parking garage site has begun.
View from our balcony at home.
A group of friends celebrated last night in downtown Palo Alto with Punit & Raksha after they got engaged!
Took a walk with Penny to the Redwood Grove behind the Savannah-Chanelle Winery. :)
…then enjoyed a little wine with the boys.
Celebrating the completion of the Hoover Pavilion project.
(The Hoover Parking Structure is still in progress.)
Strolling through Curwood Castle Park with Wes and Jamie on another beautiful day. Castle!!
Cider and wine tasting at Uncle John’s Cider Mill.
Henning modeling some Andy T’s ware…
Then yum lasagna dinner at Jamie’s parents place.
Hangin out with the fam and watching the Harper and Riley love fest.
Henning’s coworker also works at the Savannah Chanelle Vineyards from time to time, so we decided to visit. As much as I rag on Saratoga, it really can be a beautiful place.
After a beautiful clear day, we had a lightning and thunderstorm show!
Henning and I have really been looking forward to visiting Pompeii. We decided to make the trek from Naples to Pompeii our own…
…after nearly getting run over by traffic a few times, we managed to each incur a 40-euro fine on the light rail…
(the transit authority thankfully only wrote us one…)
…and finally made it to the main train station!
…long hot (no AC) train ride…
…we’ve made it to Pompeii!!…
Pompeii was buried under ash from a Mt. Vesuvius eruption almost 2000 years ago. Many of the buildings, structures, objects and art were well-preserved under the ash, and have since been excavated.
…I know this is kind of creepy… but even people and dogs were preserved to some degree…
The rest of the family went to Sorrento, where they got to try some wines, meats and cheeses and see the farm they were made on…
First day in Italy!
Henning and I got a small taste of Pisa, and then a small taste of wine country.
…our guide telling us we have SEVEN wines to taste and enjoy at our leisure during lunch…! This was a great opportunity to meet some new friends at our table…
My parents (and rest of family) also went to Florence.
Here are some highlights from their day…