Category Archives: Food and Diet

Complaints Lead to Vending Machine.

After almost a year of hearing complaints from my employees that we didn’t have a vending machine at the office, I called San Francisco Bay Area Vending  to see if they could come up with a reasonable quote. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had affordable pricing and products I was really excited about.

Most importantly, I was excited that my employees would finally stop complaining. I couldn’t blame them, though. We are located in an area where there are not many food and snack options available So in order to get snacks or food, they would have to drive. Finally, I decided a snack machine would be worth it.

I almost wish I hadn’t waited so long! When San Francisco Bay Area Vending showed up with some excellent choices for snacks that were tasty as well as healthy! I didn’t feel guilty for fattening up my employees and they would finally be well-fed (and grateful).

Brunch and Vino at Rendezvous Winery

I have girlfriends from all over California, and when we finally found a date that would work for all of us to go wine tasting, I knew I was going to take them to Rendez-vous Winery Sacramento. Many of them have been to fancy and famous places for wine tasting like Napa and Italy, but I wanted to show them the quainter, more personal side of local wineries.

We arranged for a limousine to pick us all up from my house and we went to brunch, followed by a nice wine tasting at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. We went to Fox & Goose for brunch where we started with some mimosas and a hearty breakfast—we knew that we would need some serious sustenance if we planned to have a fun girls day of wine tasting.

Getting a limo was a great idea because we didn’t have to worry about who was going to drive—we didn’t have to worry about driving after going wine tasting and that was really nice for a change. When we got to Rendez-vous, all of the girls knew why I had chosen to spend so much time at that particular winery. First of all, the wine was delicious. Secondly, it was amazing that we got to try other things as well.

In addition to the lovely wine we tasted at Rendez-vous, they also gave us samples of olive oil and balsamic vinegar—the two of those things being our favorite things to munch on. When we go to restaurants together, we always ask fore more of the following: wine, bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

This was a fantastic day and spent with some of my favorite people on the planet. The good folks at Rendez-vous made the whole things even more enjoyable because they made the day an experience. I don’t get to see those girlfriends very often anymore, so it was great to show them around my home turf just a little bit.

The next time I go back, I will buy even more wine than I did before. Mostly because since there were so many of us, I could hardly fit the whine in the limo that I bought that day!

Wine Tasting in Sacramento Between Sisters

wine tasting photo with red wineI don’t get to see my sisters very often because we all live in different cities. Granted, we all live in Northern California, but it makes it hard to coordinate time together between the three of us. I live in San Francisco and my two sisters live in Fresno and Stockton. Most of the time they come out to visit me in the City, but because both of them have kids now, it’s gotten harder and harder for them to come my way. This time, we decided we would go wine tasting together. My youngest sister Nora did some research online and found a great place called Rendez-vous Winery where we could all meet up and do some wine tasting in Sacramento together.

In an email, she sent me the website for Old Sugar Mill, which is located in Clarksburg, California. For me, it would be about 2 hours away, but for my other sisters it wouldn’t be as far, which was a definite plus. After browsing the website for a while I also found that not only is Old Sugar Mill a winery, it is home to eight different wineries. This means that we’d have all kinds of wine tasting to do all in the same place. And after I looked at the website, I called by friend Julie who lives in Sacramento and goes wine tasting quite frequently. She recommended Todd Taylor, Rendez-vous Winery and Elevation Ten. But she also said that all of them were great wineries and that we couldn’t do any wrong there.

Although I was a bit skeptical about a winery in the middle of nowhere, I became pretty excited about it because I was hearing so many great things about the winery. I even visited Yelp to see what other people were saying about Old Sugar Mill, and everything seemed pretty consistent with what Julie had told me about it.

The day we decided to go wine tasting ended up being a gorgeous fall day—and luckily my other sister Andrea brought her nice camera. It was great to get a few photos of all of us together on a rare occasion. And we were even more blown away when we walked into the building and started our wine tasting.

After having been to Napa and other Bay Area wineries on the regular, I was impressed by the tasting fees. They were either free or a very small amount. Most of the fees were waived if you purchased wine. And since I generally like to take home souvenirs when I go wine tasting in Sacramento, I ended up bringing home 4 bottles!

The wines we tasted at each winery were extremely different. Todd Taylor had some spectacular reds and Rendez-vous had some fantastic whites! As an added bonus, Rendez-vous Winery also makes olive oil and balsamic vinegar (my absolute favorite). I had such a great day with my sisters enjoying wine,  enjoying food and enjoying each others company.

What to look for in Herbal Supplements that will clear the Skin

There are a wide variety of different skin conditions that people suffer from on a daily basis. While there are a lot of prescriptions that can be prescribed in addition to drug store products, those aren’t the only options. There are herbal supplements available that can soothe the skin and clear it up as well. Since these are all natural they won’t fill the skin with toxins and will heal it in a natural way! If you don’t know what ingredients in supplements to look for, consider these:

1) Olive Leaf.

This is something that can help fight off bacteria from your skin, which is great for removing impurities! There are a lot of supplements out there that have this ingredient in them.

2) Aloe Vera

Most people are familiar with aloe because it’s so effective for soothing sunburns and other skin issues. It’s also great for getting rid of itching if you happen to be dealing with a bug bite or something else that is causing irritation. Aloe Vera has also been commonly used for people who suffer from the skin condition eczema.

3) Red Clover

This is a great ingredient to have in any herbal supplement you take for the skin! It’s full of antioxidants that will remove toxins from the skin. When your skin has fewer toxins in it, it’s going to clear up. This works for everything from eczema to acne and many other chronic skin conditions.

4) Zinc

Zinc is an important ingredient because it helps with the metabolism of fatty acids. If you don’t have enough of this in your body your skin will start to break out or you could suffer from a variety of chronic skin conditions.

There are a lot of really great herbal supplements available that you can take. These are all-natural, good for your body and can help make your skin look amazing!