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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 and a second book, "Fog Valley WInter" — releasing Aug 2016.
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A Christmas Carol was by far the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season. Eight stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' masterpiece were in production within a couple of months of the book’s publication. And this classic story is every... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Next up on my mini-book tour — hometown floral shop Second Street Flowers, Theatre Square, Petaluma Wednesday evening, December 14th from 7pm to 8pm. Store owner Tali and floral designer Tamara will have hot cider and all sorts of gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou Do you have stories to tell? Important letters to write? Sentiments of the heart, a wedding speech, a business plan, a press release, the next great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, more and more super sales seemingly any random day of the week, designed for boosting annual holiday season shopping — here we are in the midst of the crazy season of spend, spend, spend. And yet,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Pinterest Turn on the radio this evening, Sunday, Nov 27th, between 6pm and 6.50pm for my visit to Michele Anna Jordan's foodie show: Mouthful, Smart Talk about Food, Wine & Farming in the North Bay & Beyond. Tune in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo via Pinterest “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” W.T. Purkiser Dear Readers, this certainly has been an eventful year. Now that the holidays are here, how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Here's a great musical event to brighten your holiday season.The Petaluma Chorale, conducted by Dr. Cyril Deaconoff and accompanied by the Thalea String Quartet (Quartet in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music) are set to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart presents its eighth annual “Holiday Crafterino” show, Sunday, November 27th from 11am to 4pm at the The Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. Each year the show celebrates the best in local handmade crafts and gifts while... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Hotel Petaluma for our city's newest holiday tradition. Everyone is invited to participate in this festive three-day community event. Enter alone or with family, friends or coworkers to win fabulous prizes. Help award the People’s Choice award by voting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Much anticipated first haul of Dungeness Crab hit the docks this week as chefs and home cooks clamor for the bounty of Bodega and beyond. If you're a Californian who loves to serve Cioppino for Thanksgiving, Sonoma County based Siren... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Santa Claus is readying for an early visit to Tomales Bay — arriving by way of his trusty “water sleigh,” and replete with treats and holiday wishes. Santa pulls up to the dock at the Boat Shack at Nick's Cove... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.” Yogi Berra “Mother took the pie out of the oven and it hissed fragrant apple, maple, cinnamon steam through the knife cuts in the top crust. She... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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10 Pieces-10 Outfits Live on Bidchat is the Sonoma County-produced show where the production team shops your closet creating 10 outfits out of 10 fashion items! Each week features a new participant and each week you get to be a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Readers Theatre presents — delicious, delightful and disgusting stories that tell the tale of our relationship to food. It's a complicated dish! Featuring writing from local authors, including my very own truffle smuggling true tale and food stories from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” Roopleen My dream of writing a book was swiftly followed by an even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Women in line to cast their ballots, 1958 - photo: Akron Beacon Journal photo files "Every new generation must rewrite history in its own way." R.G Collingwood Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm with her . . . and her . . . and her . . . “Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.” Joseph Conrad “I am no bird; and no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Foxes': "Set your clocks back one hour on Sunday BUT don’t set the country back 50 years on Tuesday West Marin Tour” Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Deetjens Big Sur Inn had been on my bucket-list of rustic places to stay in the west for several years. To walk through its hand-hewn double doors into a reception that is slap-bang in the center of its intimate dining... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, neighboring Napa Valley's destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine, kicks off its opening with a dizzying array of classes and educational events geared to the general... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Pinterest It's raining, it's pouring . . . what could be better than walking the crew downtown and picking up a copy or two of my new book, Fog Valley Winter to while away the rest of the weekend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Clockwise – Pumpkin Spice Chevre, Nicolau Farms, Modesto; Petite Cenrdree, Marin French Cheese, Petaluma; Tomino, Nicasio Valley Cheese Co, Nicasio; Taleeka, Tomales Farmstead Cheese Co, Tomales; Toma, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co, Point Reyes Station; Boont Corners, Pennyroyal Farm, Boonville;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This free countywide summit will focus on sharing information and crafting actionable shared solutions for the short, medium and long term. When: November 17th, 2016 8:30am to 3:30pm. A full schedule is printed in the RSVP link below. Where: Santa... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life