WITWIB? | SF!

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WITWIB? | SF!

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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binNotes travels to San Francisco for the 4th…

Wherever you are – stay cool…

…and remember to hydrate…hopefully with your favorite pour!

Cheers~

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serendipity |sonoma

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serendipity | sonoma

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Today binNotes gets personal…

I’m a planner.

So at the start of this year, when someone asked me to name my New’s Year resolution,

I announced unexpectedly:

 “To allow serendipity a place at the table in 2015.”

Serendipity.

An unexpected guest in 2015 indeed.

But truly entertaining, this new-found patron saint of 2015 I invoke whenever I feel a case of ‘To-Do List” coming on.

“Come on in and sit yourself down, Ms. Sere N. Dipity,”

I’ll say, stuffing my checklist back into my bag.

And in she swoops, aflutter in tutu and glitter and jewels and apron,

(not sure why, but she always wears a chef’s apron…)

sprinkling her magic like cocoa dust,

serving up sweet incidents of the unexpected like dessert at the most unusual hours,

introducing me to colorful new acquaintances and intoxicating experiences,

beckoning me to open unconsidered doors and follow unconventional paths,

her infectious giggle a beacon in the dark, a bolt of light in the day.

Serendipity.

A stranger turned true friend,

her incidents of generosity and abundance of spirit too great to list…

 and besides –

she’s not a list person.

But I think I know where she lives…

Sonoma.

More later this week on Sonoma’s food and wine scene…

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There’s Something About Sonoma…

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There’s Something About Sonoma…

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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There’s something about Sonoma…

An intoxicating place of towering palms, embracing oaks, fragrant eucalyptus, spiked aloe and agave, lilting hibiscus, redolent oleander, abundant orange, apricot, lemon, lime, and almond trees…oh, and more than a few acres of vineyards…not to mention a vibrant artisan food and wine scene…

As I catch my ‘wine legs’ and catch up on a backlog of writing assignments, here’s a montage of scenes from my first week in this land of plenty…Santé!

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FoodableTV | Chef Collaborations Inspire Creativity in Seattle

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FoodableTV: Chef Collaborations Inspire Creativity in Seattle

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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Eat Run Hope Charity Run | Geoffrey Smith

Eat Run Hope Charity Run | Geoffrey Smith

My latest contribution for FoodableTV:

Competition is good, right? Unless it turns cut-throat, as sometimes happens in the food industry. Just watch Iron Chef.

Seattle leads the way in another form of competition, one that encourages cooperation.  For some, like chef Christian Chandler of Eastlake’s Serafina, it’s as simple as drawing from the talent pool at his former haunt, Lecosho in downtown Seattle, to offer extra shifts or a spot on his roster. For others, it’s a bit more involved. Regardless, consumers prove the major beneficiaries.

Here, FoodableTV spotlights several of Seattle’s stellar culinary collaborations…. Read more here.

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WITWIB? Sonoma!

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WITWIB? Sonoma

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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Greetings from Sonoma, dear readers!

Arrived late yesterday for a few weeks, so today is all about unpacking, laundry, getting Lucca the Wine Mascot settled…

But hey, as I await the spin cycle to finish, and slowly move off travel ’tilt’… the sun is shining, there’s a soft breeze blowing through the trees, and I can hear the unmistakable drilling of a woodpecker outside my window.

Sonoma Wine Country. Awesome. Pinch me…and pour me a glass of wine.

See you back here on the page soon.

Cheers!

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WITWIB…?!?

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WITWIB?!?

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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Greetings, dear readers!

binNotes | Red Thread™ is on vacation this week, catching up with friends, family,

 and a few new luscious wineries and fab foodie finds…back next week.

NOTE:

Facebook followers:

My personal Facebook page  is merging with my binNotes Facebook page on 6/14/15,

so be sure to mosey on over to to ‘Like’  binNotes on Facebook if you haven’t yet.

Also, look for more binNotes |  FoodableTV as I travel to Sonoma this summer,

in addition to my ongoing gig with FoodableTV| Trending | Seattle.

Good times…looking forward to y’all joining in the fun…

Cheers!

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FoodableTV: 6 Bakeries Seattle Consumers are Wild About

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 Foodable TV | 6 Bakeries Seattle Consumers are Wild About

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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My latest contribution in FoodableTV...

Seattle’s culinary consumers constitute a savvy lot and local bakeries here rise to the challenge.

Find out how a baker’s half-dozen of the Emerald City’s doughboys and girls knead, roll, and glaze their way into the hearts, minds, souls – and stomachs – of Seattle’s most discerning, carb-conscious, and dietary-restricted customers. Read more at here.

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