This was by far the highlight of the evening! Sol Stone Winery! My favorite, the 2013 Grenache, one of the most complex wines I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. From the soft yet supple aromas to the bold palate, if you have a chance to purchase a bottle do not pass it up!
It was a lovely day for wine... Well any day is a lovely day for wine.!
Looking for something to do on a Sunday? Ballard on a Sunday morning has quite a bit to offer. The Ballard farmers market is a great place to start. Come rain or shine the market is open year round for artisanal breads, organic produce and handmade jewelry among other items. But first I recommend grabbing brunch because you'll need your strength for all the shopping to come.
There are plenty of dining options to choose from, I just happened to pick the place with the crowd (I fully intend on visiting some of the other establishments soon). Bastille has a simple, fresh menu with just a enough choices but not too many to be overwhelming. I opted for the melted leek omelet. Leeks sauteed in butter with a mild white cheese and fresh herbs from the rooftop garden... the eggs perfectly under done, needless to say I was not disappointed.
Beyond the market there are lots of independent shops full of unique goodies for the home, self and original gift ideas. I mostly found myself window shopping other than the soaps and decedent coconut/hibiscus lotion I found in one of the shops. I also happened upon a very original furniture resale and consignment store which I will discuss in a coming post.
I was told If I go to Ballard there is one thing I absolutely had to try, Hot Cakes. The word cake is such a magical word, combine that with chocolate and I'm in heaven... Now combine chocolate cake with molten and I'm reincarnated a thousand times over! (And yes they have gluten free molten chocolate cakes.) Needless to say my Sunday in Ballard was quite perfect!
Life evolves and with it hopefully so do we, so does our creative expression. There have been many changes in my life over the past year and a half, and with these changes I hope to find a renewed sense of inspiration. As we move forward into the coming Spring I know good things will be born from all the not so ideal moments that I have endured in my recent past. The birth of something new is upon us so let the sun shine in.
One of the things I love about the creative world is coming across young artist. The beauty about art is it doesn’t need to be perfect it just requires expressing the gifts within our soul. Expressing his gift is exactly what this young self-taught artist has done. This part-time caricature artist has taken his lessons to the street and by street I mean life. Ty Goodwin learns his craft from the daily experience of life. His goal is a career in animation and visual arts but for now he entertains the social media world with his playful works of art. I get so much joy with every post and I hope you will too.
“My creative process is heavily dependent on creating really simple narratives or short stories, then creating images based on an instance from it.”
A Winter evening in the Valley of Southern California often adds up to dark nights mingled warm gust of wind. Saturday evening on my way to a friend's house for dinner I realized that I'd somehow forgotten to bring the two bottles of wine that I bought. So I was ecstatically forced to stop by one of my favorite wine stores. As I stroll the aisle looking for a bottle of Pinot and Chardonnay I realized that I was in need of a third bottle. So many choices, I was beginning to feel overwhelmed. As I hovered over the various bottles of Sauvignon Blanc I was approached by a gentleman with a lovely foreign accent.
"If you're looking for a Sauvignon Blanc I have a lovely bottle over here that I'm sampling."
Fern Ridge Sauvignon Blanc is a joyous white wine with a burst of flavor and character. It's perfect for the warm Winter nights of Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to stumble upon Ashton Ireland, Managing Director of the sustainable New Zealand winery. He is in town for the very special occasion of introducing his wine to Angelinos.
I look forward to exploring more of Fern Ridge winery.
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."