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South African Paradise

{ Monday, December 05, 2011 }

Looks like we've got a case of the Mondays... today we'll be dreaming we were on vacation at Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch farm complete with vineyards and an enormous vegetable garden in Cape Winelands, South Africa. Swoon.

And to top it off, they've got a nice website. We love being greeted by chickens.

All images via Babylonstoren via The Travel Files



Website of The Week: Gilt Taste

{ Thursday, October 13, 2011 }

Gilt Taste (www.gilttaste.com)  is the first website in our brand new post category: Website of The Week. Created by the original guilty pleasure (for less) fashion site, Gilt Groupe, the new Gilt Taste spin-off is exclusively for gourmet food, wine, gifts, and recipes. In addition to daily stories about everything food, Gilt Taste also sells an eclectic mix of food and wine, as well as a small offering of  "Daily Specials". Each special is only good for a short amount of time (usually about 2 days), and offers 20-25% off the regular price of the item. 

The specials are good, but it's the design aesthetic of the site that brings us back here again and again. The photography is what really sets this site apart from other traditional "deal" websites like Groupon - every item is artfully and professionally photographed to look as appetizing and enticing as possible. We couldn't find the name of the company or person that designed the site, but we give a major shout  out to the creative team of Gilt Taste for keeping this site looking amazing.

Another thing we love about Gilt Taste is the subtle animations. When you click on a header category, the banner on the category page has a small touch of animation. Below, the knife spreads frosting on the cake, the champagne bubbles, and the grill flames up. It's subtle, but it adds a lot of character and gives life to the site.

The Gifts section is also a stand out for us. It's separated by category, so you can shop by price or a specific attribute (we personally love "For the Chocolate Fiend").

Finally, we also really enjoy the Recipes and Stories sections. Gilt Taste regularly posts stories about food (like the story shown below) as well as amazing looking recipes, complete with step-by-step directions and photography that's good enough to eat. Overall, we love you, Gilt Taste. Please, keep doing what you're doing - we'll be back for more!



Santa Ynez Wine Tasting

{ Tuesday, March 29, 2011 }

Last weekend some friends, my husband and I packed in the car and went wine tasting in Santa Ynez. This has become a regular trip for us as it is only about 2 hours from Los Angeles, and the small family run wineries are producing some brilliant wines. 

We headed from LA to the little town of Los Olivos for a quick stop at Panino to grab sandwiches.   Then we drove to our first stop, The Ballard Inn to taste some super small production wine.  On this occasion the tasting room was closed, so instead we headed to Lincourt where we were impressed by the reasonable price tags on most bottles.  

From there, we stopped by the Carhartt wine pickup party and ate our sandwiches with an amazing glass of Syrah that proved to be a crowd pleaser.  

Our final wine stop was Beckmen Vineyards where we all loved the Cuvee Le Bec offering.  

Dinner is always had at Full of Life Flatbread. Although it is not a true Flatbread experience (Full of Life is a franchise gone rogue),  it is a good substitute when you are far from the Mad River Valley. On this occasion we enjoyed a black trumpet mushroom flatbread.  It was delicious.  

We have stayed in the valley on other occasions,  but this time, we headed back home to our own welcoming beds.  




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