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  • Le Voov! Restaurant Review: Picaro ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿท

    We stumbled across this tapas restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco. We werenโ€™t even thinking about lunch, but the rich, earthy aroma coming from the kitchen lured us in like moths to the flame. The colorful, art-filled walls and the bustling atmosphere contributed greatly to the lively tenor. Our waiter Jose gave us a few thoughtful suggestions.

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  • GWIA... 9 9 16 FF

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    ยฟCรณmo se llama Mr. Llama? I had a wonderful conversation with a lovely llama at Harleyโ€™s Goat Farm in the charming coastal town of Pescadero recently. After swapping stories and goat jokes with this wooly sentry, Brian and I had the pleasure of attending a 6-course farm dinner in the loft of the old barn on the property. The fresh, delicious cuisine, the ambiance of candlelight, and meeting new friends, all made this an exceptional experience! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿท๐ŸŽ‘

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  • LV GWIA... Sept. 2 2016

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    We went to the 64th Annual Sausalito Art Festival over the Labor Day 3-day weekend. Known as the โ€˜Premiere Waterfront Art Festivalโ€™, the event brings the best of unique, refined artistic talent together with music, great food and wine. It also happens to be one of the most prestigious shows in the country, gathering talent from around the globe.

    After an amazing day of fun, saturated with the brilliant talent we had taken in at the festival, we were greeted by the beautiful and iconic Golden Gate Bridge. As we left the Marin tunnel to pop back to the San Francisco Peninsula, I couldnโ€™t help but revel in our glorious day!

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  • LV Blog Blk. Bean Salad FF 2

    Summer Black Bean & Avocado Salad

    There is nothing better during the hot summer months than cool black beans doing the samba with crunchy red peppers and rich, buttery avocado, all dressed up in a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. This recipe was inspired by a Mexican salad made at the first restaurant I ever worked at in my teen years. I never did get the exact recipe, so I decided to develop my own version based upon the dreamy recollection of my seasoned and discerning palate.

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  • LV EVS Bali FF

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    When attempting to photograph a troop of Rhesus Macaque monkeys in the wild, always keep a watchful eye on the dominant male of the haremโ€ฆ

    This naughty little monkey climbed my long braid just like it was a jungle vine and mounted my head, while whooping loudly. I’d swear all the female monkeys in the troop were laughing with delight.

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  • LV Blog Lox Dill 2 FF

    Lox & Dill Scramble ๐Ÿณ

    I developed the Le Voov! Lox Scramble with my Motherโ€™s mentality prevailing. Clean out the older food in the refrigerator by Sunday! We served an appetizer requiring lox at a party the previous day, and I wanted to make good use of it quickly so it would maintain it’s freshness.
    The addition of a small quantity of Gruyere cheese makes for a deep blending of flavors both bright and rich in this lovely scramble.

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  • GWIA... Aug. 12 2016 Final 1

    Guess Where I Amโ€ฆ? ๐ŸŒŽ

    We visited Elephant Butte Reservoir located on the Rio Grande in New Mexico, just 5-short miles (8.0 km) north of the quaint little town of Truth or Consequences. The name “Elephant Butte” refers to the volcanic core making up the island at the center of the reservoir, which is said to resemble the shape of an elephant reclining on itโ€™s side. The reservoir and the surrounding land are part of the largest state park in the state of New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park…

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  • LV GWIA... Aug. 5 2016FF

    Guess Where I Amโ€ฆ? ๐ŸŒŽ

    Massive Mandala On The Beach!
    As we were driving along the coast, somewhere between Half Moon Bay & Santa Cruz, when we came across this huge mandala created on a sandy beach.

    A mandala (Sanskrit: เคฎเคฃเฅเคกเคฒ, circle) is a geometric concentrically structured pattern representing the cosmos or the universe. In many spiritual traditions the creation of a mandala is a practice to invite focus, meditation or an induction into trance state. Mandalas are also used to establish a sacred space.

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    Le Voov! Restaurant Review: Rangoon Ruby ๐Ÿด

    Rangoon Ruby, (Burmese) 680 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070

    Traditional Burmese food is quickly becoming the rising star of Southeast Asian cuisine, surpassing even sushi and Thai food in popularity throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Under the experienced guidance of Chef Max Lee, Rangoon Ruby captures the pure essence of authentic Burmese cuisine with flavors influenced by Thai, Indian and Chinese traditions. The plates are served family style (shared) and beyond being delicious with great, unique flavors, the presentation is lovely. Similarly, the dรฉcor of the restaurant is elegant and well thought out.

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  • GWIA... July 29 2016

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    We took this photo while strolling along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. This exciting sculpture is called ‘Cupid’s Span’, created by famed pop artist Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. ๐Ÿ’˜

    The brightly painted fiberglass-and-steel sculpture stands approx. 60 feet (18 meters) in Rincon Park at the foot of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Installed in 2002, the artistโ€™s inspiration for this piece was San Franciscoโ€™s reputation as the โ€˜City of Passionโ€™, invoking the mythological account of Eros shooting his arrow into the center of the earth to make it fertile. Many have commented that while Cupidโ€™s bow is symbolic of love, the shape of this magnificent work also evokes sailing ships and the Bay Bridge itself.

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    Guess Where I am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    We had an enchanting visit to Safari West in the heart of Californiaโ€™s Sonoma wine country recently, where this picture was taken. Commonly known as the โ€˜Sonoma Serengetiโ€™, Safari West is comprised of 400 acres cradled in the mountainous area above Santa Rosa. Visitors are welcome to wander the trails and partake in the open-truck safaris to experience over 1000 exotic African species of mammals and birds within the natural habitat of this beautiful wildlife preserve.

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    Green Eggs & Ham in a Cup! ๐Ÿณ

    On a lazy weekend, Iโ€™ll spend a bit more time creating a lovely breakfast for my family and friends. However, during the week, it needs to be quick and easy. This combination of Black Forest ham, eggs, mushrooms, fresh basil pesto, scallions and Gruyรจre cheese is a perfectly delightful breakfast to savor! I make this glorious, healthy breakfast on the weekend, and enjoy it again and again just by heating up the leftovers during the busy weekdays.

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  • Chimichurri Open Photo

    Chimichurri Sauce

    We have used this sauce on everything from Filet Mignon to fish tacos, chicken to a fresh vegetable stir-fry, and it never fails to impress. The blending of classic chimichurri ingredients with the delightful, rich flavors of chutney inspired the development of this recipe. I always double the batch so I have leftovers to throw into a stir-fry or over morning eggs. Please feel free to contact us and let us know your favorite application for this fabulous exotic condiment. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • LV GWIA... Sept. 16 2016

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    Napa Postal Mushrooms! We came upon this glorious stone mushroom installation in front of the post office while wandering through Napa Valley wine country. The long shadows of the autumn light made for a dynamic, interesting composition. ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿ‡

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    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    We took this picture while vacationing in Lake Tahoe, California. Every time I look at this photo it makes me smile with the memories of our exciting day sporting around the lake in a speed boat, dragging a tube with some member of our party white knuckled, trying to hang on for dear life! This was followed by the inevitable yipping and howling after the individual on the tube was projected, at high velocity, through the air, and touched down in the water with an exhilarating splash.

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  • Summer Pasta Salad

    Summer Pasta Salad ๐Ÿ… ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿด

    As with most pasta, this salad gets better and better over time. As the pasta cools, the flavors mingle and blend into a lovely group of complementary flavors on the palate. This recipe is perfect for a BBQ or party because itโ€™s easy to make and it feeds a lot of hungry people!

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  • LV GWIA... July 8 2016

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

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    On a rainy day last December, we visited the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, which is affiliated with University of California, Santa Cruz. To celebrate the seasons, they had decorated the giant whale skeleton out front with thousands of Christmas lights. After out tour, the sun broke through the clouds and provided a lovely rainbow right over the facility. What a glorious treat!

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    Guess Where I Am…? ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐ŸŒŽ

    Last 4th of July, we spent a glorious night watching the San Francisco Fireworks from Angel Island State Park. We took the Blue & Gold Fleet ferry service out from the Embarcadero and enjoyed an afternoon of great food, celebration, and merry making with hundreds of other people. Once the fireworks got started, there was clapping, whistles and singing from all around the port. What a wonderful place to enjoy our country’s Independence Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽ†

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    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    We snapped this picture just off the side of Highway 29ย while visiting the Napa Valley wine country in Northern California. The mustard flowers were in full bloom while the grapes were still dormant. Stay tuned for another fabulous Napa Valley tour coming this autumn! ๐Ÿท […]

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  • LV GWIA June 17 2016

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    On a recent trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we were mesmerized by the massive jellyfish exhibit. Watching the colorful cast of gelatinous characters undulate before us was such a peaceful, relaxing experience. The music from Disneyโ€™s Fantasia danced through my head as we observed their graceful movement. I also kept thinking that this would be wonderful place to hang a hammock and take a nap! But, alas, the tens-of-thousands of other aquarium guests may not have appreciated my wish for a peaceful siesta, and perhaps would have disturbed my slumberโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿ ๐Ÿก๐ŸŸ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ’ค

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