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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American journalist and author digging the dirt in daily lifestyle posts from the gateway to Sonoma County wine country.
Interests: Let's start with farmstead food, cheese, wine, beer, home and garden, style and design, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. A slice of American life out West with a distinctively British twist. I am a Knight Digital Media Center Berkeley Fellow. Read my book: "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM
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Winter Citrus Salad with Shaved Fennel, Red Onion & Feta Cheese "Ideally, tearing herbs is the way to go," Central Market's Chef Tony Najiola told a packed house of around 150 diners at a recent Fresh Starts Celebrity Chef Event... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Pacific Empire Chorus presents its fourth annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed & Live A Cappella Show Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 5:30-9:00 p.m at the Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blv. South. photo of Fisherman's Wharf: Via San Francisco Public Library.org... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: The City of Petaluma Public Art Committee (PPAC) Big news on the art around town scene here at the gateway to wine country. The City of Petaluma Public Art Committee (PPAC) is currently seeking qualifications from artists or artist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Go out, get a book — and read! If you're anything like me, you are never without a good read, but if you've been watching too much tv this winter and are slacking on selecting a gripping new novel, work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thousands of varieties of trees, vines and shrubs bear edible fruit. Most people are familiar with the more common varieties of fruits available in grocery stores, those that are durable for shipping, handling and storage rather than necessarily for best... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based Revolution Bread — Photo: Green String Farm Look out for Petaluma breadmaker Eli Colvin's rustic and delicious, artisan baked Revolution Bread at Green String Farm Store, on Adobe Road heading out from Petaluma towards Sonoma, every Thursday, Friday and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Charles and Ray Eames in their studio at 901 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA, on a Velocette motorcycle, 1948. All images courtesy Eames Office. © Eames Office 2014. Wire Chair with bird, 1951. Petaluma Arts Center will resonate with three generations... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo via Pinterest "Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away," Elvis Presley Happy 80th Birthday, Elvis Presley. I remember distinctly the day that the sun went deep beyond the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo via Pinterest Did you delve into Grandma's handwritten recipe stash for old family favorites and traditional holiday food inspiration during Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah this past holiday season? I'd be delighted to hear from you, if by chance, you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Cinnabar Theater friends and fans at Lagunitas Brewing Company for its annual Crab Feed fundraiser on Tuesday January 13th, 2015. Enjoy a ton of freshly caught crab, salad, bread and dessert. Lagunitas beer and wines are also available at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It started with a dream. Charles E (Chuck) Williams learned to cook from his maternal grandmother, who owned a restaurant in Ohio. The hardworking son of an auto mechanic, who worked his way through high school on a date fruit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Kindle readers around the world are now able to download Fog Valley Crush in its digital version. I'm not a digital book reader, but I am starting to see its appeal, especially when it comes to traveling without heavy tomes.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice.” Alfred Tennyson “May Light always surround you; Hope kindle and rebound you. May your Hurts turn to Healing; Your Heart embrace Feeling. May Wounds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Michael's Honey From Thistle Meats Stocking stuffers unite. It doesn't have to be a last minute nightmare scramble to fill those floppy red socks. There have been Christmases past in which family members here on Rivetti Mountain have completely forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Just in time for Christmas, Fog Valley Crush illustrator extraordinaire and dear friend, Nicky Ovitt has released her latest Pride of Petaluma tea towel in gorgeous orange and mustard hues to brighten our rainy winter days. Though Nicky's textile work... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Umbrian cookbook author Suzanne Carreiro and photographer Murray Rockowitz invite you to join them on a one-of-a-kind Photography, Food & Wine Tour in September 2015. This is the only tour that we know of in Umbria lead by a master... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Oh What fun it is to ride on a four wheeled closed-top sleigh! Weather reports are looking good for a West Country foray out to Valley Ford on Friday, December 19th, for last of the pre-Christmas book signings for "Fog... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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via Pinterest “If it takes the entire army and navy to deliver a postal card in Chicago, that card will be delivered.” Grover Cleveland 'Tis the season and all and I've been spending more than my usual time allowance for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Dominic Rivetti Correct me if I'm wrong, but the abundance of these magnificent, orange-colored mushrooms on Rivetti Mountain this December appears to be a bounty of Bay Area Jack-O-Lantern Fungus, Omphalotus olivascens to be precise. According to the Bay... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark your calendar for this lovely event out in Valley Ford. If you haven't yet visited the best little Mercantile and Wool Mill in the west (opposite the Valley Ford Hotel/Rocker Oysterfellers), Friday, December 19th is the perfect pre-Christmas time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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During the intense thunder and lightning storm in the area recently, Rebuilding Together Petaluma team was relieved to know that the elders in the 53 homes it was able to repair this past year were now safe, warm and dry.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Imagine an event not unlike being in studio at the Food Network: a high profile chef demonstrates his or her signature craft and you eat the food! Students at Homeward Bound of Marin are studio assistants in such that they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photographic portraiture is a collaborative art form, a blending of style and perception with the needs and expectations of the people to be portrayed. "Bringing forth the essence of a person is the ultimate challenge in photography," says Petaluma-based photographer,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of my staunchest supporters in my first foray into book publishing is the Redwood Cafe, Cotati (as well as sister cafe, Aqus, in Petaluma). The first stack of "Fog Valley Crush" to fly out into the world from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life