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Coffee Gator Large French Press Coffee Maker Review

Very sturdy, keeps coffee warmer longer.  Easy to clean and easy to use.  Mesh on plunger is doubled, so I don’t get the coffee grounds in my cup at all! Handsome looking with simple design. Brushed Steel finish on plunger and lid is beautiful. Very stylish and edgy.  Won’t break or even dent if thrown across the […]

High Hill Ranch, Apple Hill Farm in Placerville, California Review

Apple Hill Hidden Gems: Part 5 High Hill Ranch feels fun and festive…and well…very crowded. It’s a cross between a County Fair and the Renaissance Faire, sans the rides and 4-H exhibits. They do have Pony Rides for the kids and a small lake for Trout fishing, so this is fun. And yes…the Farm-to-Table movement […]

MAC Eye Shadows – Shadowy Lady & Haux Reviews

A Review of MAC’s Matte & Satin Shadows I’ve been using MAC products for over 14 years. . . and I still find them to be the longest-wearing, deeply saturated and concentrated colors, and highly versatile makeup around for street fashion. Recently I replenished some of my favorites: Shadowy Lady & Haux. MAC Shadowy Lady […]

Jack Russell Brewery Review

Apple Hill Hidden Gems: Part 3 So, we’d had a great first day in the Camino / Placerville area with two prior stops at wineries, both absolute finds! Could this day get any better? Well, turns out it it could. We ended up at Jack Russell Farm Brewery because my friend Rich really wanted to […]

Lava Cap Winery Review

Apple Hill Hidden Gems: Part 2 Our next stop is Lava Cap Winery and it was both a surprise and delight. The tasting room was more of what we’re used to seeing with personal and local nuances reflecting the earthy and artististic feel of the Jones Family. The volcanic-rich soil is perfect for grapes and […]

Wofford Acres Vineyards Review

Apple Hill Hidden Gems: Part 1 “Let’s go to Apple Hill.” Rich and I have known each other since our Napa High days back in the late 70s and early 80s. Our birthdays are five days apart, my own falling on September 1st and his on September 6th. We’re both Napa Valley natives, who are […]

North Canyon Cider Company Review

Apple Hill Hidden Gems: Part 4 Back in the late 1980s I was wooed and won by hard apple cider, in England, Minnesota, and Washington state. What started for me as a Tolkien-inspired libation, which I deeply enjoyed while playing Tolkien-inspired Old-School Dungeon & Dragons (don’t judge, it was hella fun!). this novel inspiration morphed […]

G.E. Massenez Poire-Williams Prisonniere Review

Captured Fragrance: G.E. Massenez Poire-Williams Prisonnière, An Unexpected Elegance from European Alchemical Traditions I first encountered French Pear Brandy back in 1994.  It was served to me slipped into chamomile tea as someone’s grandmother’s secret vice. As I held this gently steaming cup of tea, the fragrance wisping up was a pure headiness of floral fruity […]

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