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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
This British/American independent journalist spends her days exploring what it means to live "The Good Life" — discovering and sharing the best of the south county at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country
Interests: All things local in the wine, beer, slow food scene. Feature writing focus also includes home and garden, style and design, travel, music, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. Author of "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM
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Photo — Dominic Rivetti Ypres, Belgium, is a city with a past. That it is a city at all is an incredible story in itself. Almost entirely devastated, blown and flattened to rubble during the Great War of 1914 to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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An easy hour and a half cycle ride (each way) out of busy Bruges and over the bucolic, flat as a pancake Belgian border into the Netherlands proved a welcome respite from summer season masses during a few days stay... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Tastiest day in town! Sample all that Petaluma’s famous culinary scene has to offer in one afternoon. Over 60 of the region's finest chefs, food purveyors, wineries and breweries are readying to tempt you with their gourmet offerings. Ticket packages... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Ha! It was a bit tricky driving a car built for the other side of the road, but fortunately for me, I have an international spouse who doesn't seem to be bothered by this a bit. Have you seen the movie, The Italian Job?!
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"Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little." Paul Carvel First port-of-call after passing uneventfully over the border from France into Belgium was the West Flanders seaside town of De Panne. Home to the longest tramline in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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In the 25 years that I've lived in California, lots of things have changed in my native UK and throughout the European continent. Not always for the better, we hear, but in so many ways, I continue to be amazed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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First week of my 2015 trip back to the homeland consisted of cramming in as much time as possible with mums and dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins of my family's combined European clans. No short order. Pit-stops... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
No, I haven't disappeared from the face of the earth, but I am far from my Southern SoCo home. After a week long whirlwind tour of the UK to visit with Brit-based family, I find myself for the first time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Pan, who and what art thou?" he cried huskily. "I'm youth, I'm joy," Peter answered at a venture, "I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The West Sonoma Coast Vintners announce an exciting new line up of special events for their weekend long wine festival taking place in Sebastopol this weekend, July 31st – August 2nd, 2015. The wine festival celebrates its fifth year with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Locals night at Tony's Seafood Restaurant in Marshall is the place to be on as the sun goes down on a summer's Friday. Seated at a window table, watching the last of the fishing boats glide in on a perfectly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
OK, I'll tell you — Sonoma, just off the Plaza!
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True aficionados of world's best fresh, local, seasonal and exceptional foods, wine and refreshing fermented beverages consider historic downtown Healdsburg, heart of Sonoma County's Chalk Hill/Dry Creek/Alexander and Russian River Valleys, a veritable edible Eden. Lucky for us that we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Meet Frankie, a good-natured 12 lb Maltese/Poodle who is full of fun and love for everyone he meets. Playing innocently on an outing with his owner Dyann, Frankie was almost killed in an unprovoked and vicious attack by a much... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Gap Winegrower’s Alliance hosts its inaugural Wind to Wine Festival, celebrating the elegant, wind-driven wines that have put our micro-region on the map. To kick off this fun and informative festival, join McEvoy Ranch Winemaker, Blake Yarger, for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The squire was "Prinked out he was, as if he were a mead, all full of fresh-cut flowers white and red." — Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales Mere mention of honey wine (mead) takes me straight back to high school... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark you calendars for September 12th, 2015 for the South County's glitziest annual fundraising galas — Petaluma Educational Foundation BASH – Cirque du Soiree! This fun and glamorous event takes place under the PEF Big Top at 901 Lindberg Lane,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Never mind "Where's Waldo?" — this week it's more of a game of "Where In Wine Country" are we? We'll take any amount of rain in drought-ridden Northern California and July showers proved a sweet surprise despite my having dashed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Good point, Ann. Cafe Aquatica did have (partially) shaded outdoor seating with entrance from the street making this a great stop off point when out at the coast with your dogs. I visited on a weekday and business was brisk, so I'd suggest avoiding weekends so that you're able to secure seating in the shaded area when its not quite as busy.
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Lucky for me, a large part of my research for my current book project (a sequel to Fog Valley Crush) requires lots of day-trip adventuring along the Northern California Coast. It's too early to drop in a spoiler or two,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life