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The town of Santa Ynez is very charming, in a John Wayne..esque sort of way.  We walk to the ValleyGrind every morning as I need my latte and the dogs need their walk. .      Everyone knows each other 'round these parts, so I get the inquisitive looks. We had lunch at Dos Carlitos, which is really good Mexican food and great atmosphere inside and out.   Dinner at The Red Barn, which was very cowboy chic, down home food ( great burgers) and attentive service.  The shops are oh so cute and the people are horse people and or wine people, I fall somewhere in the middle as I love both.  It is unbelievably dry and hot up...

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Hail To The Clog...

We are spending a week up in the valley with our dogs, as we have many events to go to and want to be responsible wine drinkers.  As well we have many restaurants we love, and some we want to try for the first time. We are in Solvang and had dinner last night at our friend David's restaurant Cecco, it was brilliant . Farmers market salad with peaches...yum.  As well we had the clams with a perfect broth, and the chicken was moist and succulent.   Today I walked around, Solvang proper, and unless you want a pair of clogs or a Danish Bakery item (no offense to either just not my cup of latte) there's not much shopping...

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Best Roast Chicken... Ever

  I love to cook, however , full disclosure I am not a trained chef, far from it,  I just think cooking is a creative outlet, meditative, and  I love to eat, and to feed people.  But I believe in staying healthy and for me that is being ( for the most part )Paleo.  Healthy, delicious home cooking is what I am about. That says roast chicken to me.  It smells great, like home, and is the perfect meal in any season.  I roast mine with some veggies and make a simple green salad ( from my garden of course).... what can be better?  That's rhetorical. Here is my recipe : Pre heat your oven at 450 for about 15 minutes....

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Back From France

We are back from France, please go to SHOP and see some of my fabulous finds…more on the way. As it happens we were there just as SOLDES season started. Yes all the shops were having their sales. Yay for me. So much fun! We spent our time tasting fabulous wines, eating delicious foods, and shopping the village markets , as well as the Paris antique market Clignancourt... my fav. We were also doing research (work ,work, work ) for a wine, dine & shop trip for next year, taking some of you with... but more on that later.  My suggestion to you, go pour yourself a glass of Margerum Rose', and browse the shop.    Most things are one offs, many...

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Nothing To Check

This is one of the lightest bags EVER. The brand is Lipault. Great on small planes where weight may be a problem. My Clothes My Shoes Sometimes you just need to go chic. Good to go!

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