Paleo Chocolate chip banana bread — aka Black Bottom Banana Bread (paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free)

Yes, it’s paleo. ¬†I was super excited and intrigued! ¬†This came out so moist and delicious; I just had to share!

Recipe from Living Healthy with Chocolate

Black Bottom Banana Bread (paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free)

 Ingredients
  • 1¬Ĺ cups blanched almond flour
  • 1¬Ĺ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon salt
  • ¬ľ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1¬Ĺ cups ripe bananas*
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. in a medium bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking soda and salt
  2. add the bananas, coconut oil, vanilla, egg and honey to a food processor and pulse to combine ingredients
  3. mix together the wet and dry ingredients using a spoon to form a batter. Be careful not to over mix or the batter will become oily and dense.
  4. divide the batter in half. Add the cacao powder and chocolate chips to half and pour into the bottom of an 8¬Ĺ‚ÄĚ x 4¬Ĺ‚ÄĚ-inch medium loaf pan greased or lined with parchment paper
  5. spoon remaining batter on top and bake at 350¬įF until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 45¬†minutes.
Cook’s Notes

* To measure 1¬Ĺ cups of bananas, chop the banana into small pieces and fill the measuring cup.

Apple bananas enhances the flavor of this bread, so make sure to use it if you can find it for sale at your local stores.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins

My Bear absolutely loves sweets. ¬†I’m currently still in the transition of going paleo and eating clean, however, one can indulge every now and then, right? ¬†Last Thanksgiving, we hosted both our families and I was stressing to figure out what to prepare. ¬†I have minimal baking experience. ¬†So I needed something easy and straightforward and most of all tasty! ¬†I stumbled upon this recipe and it was a hit. ¬†It’s one of my Bear’s fave fall recipes — and he loves cream cheese. ¬†It was a great compromise for flavor (cheese cake is appalling to me, but it’s my Bear’s fave) and texture. ¬†For all the new bakers out there, give this recipe a try (see link at the bottom: huge props to The Novice Chef¬†for this outstanding recipe!).


PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE SWIRL MUFFINS

yield: 18 MUFFINS

prep time: 12 MINUTES

cook time: 18 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

pumpkin-cream-cheese-swirl-muffins-1-sm

INGREDIENTS:

  • FOR THE MUFFINS
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • FOR THE FROSTING/SWIRL
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375¬įF. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Beat in eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  6. Top each muffin with about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter. This will not look smooth, but it will bake up much prettier.
  7. Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Mimi’s Chinese Chicken

This was one of my childhood favorites. If I wasn’t feeling well, I would drink the broth. I loved the tenderness of the chicken after being boiled. There was a ton of flavor! And I used to love pouring the sauce over rice as I really disliked the texture and blandness of white rice.  Thank you Mimi for teaching me one of my faves!

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 drumsticks (may be frozen or thawed)
  • 5 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
  • One Thai Chile or red pepper flakes
  • One small dab of honey or agave (very small)
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • One bag of Asian spice pouch (either brand found at the Asian market) — see pics below


DIRECTIONS:
1. In a 3 quart sauce pan, place drumsticks in water (just enough to cover the drumsticks). Cover pan and bring to boil (med-high heat). 

2. Once boiling, skim off fat before adding spices. 

3. Add all spices. Stir well to make sure all ingredients are mixed. Water should still be boiling at this point. Boil one minute longer after all ingredients mixed well. 


4. Decrease temperature to med-low for 30 minutes (if frozen or until chicken meat looks like it’s almost falling off the bone). Keep lid on (do not lift lid to check on meat). 

5. Turn off heat after 30 minutes. 

You may use liquid as broth. It’s great for soup, broth to drink, rice topper, seasoning of veggies, etc. 

THE FINAL PRODUCT

Patagonia – December 2016


Best options:
Company
Cost pp
W Trek
Added activities
All inclusive?
tent?
$3345-3500
yes
kayak iceberg
walk glaciers
$3500 for porter, $300 for regional flights; can add rafting or horseback riding in Chilean Lakes District; wine country
Tent vs. backcountry refugees
Buses in Chile
Easter Island

THE REAL ITINERARY

Air Canada: KMS54I
AC1886 SAN 11:30a ‚ÄĒ> Toronto 7:14P
AC92 Toronto 11:45p ‚ÄĒ> Santiago 12:45p on Dec 24

 
Arrive 12:45p to SCL
Gorgeous flight over the mountains and coast! Looks kinda like the flyover Santa Barbara where the mountains abut the ocean.
Annoying guy in immigration keeps turning and his backpack keeps hitting mine. I want to punch him! ¬†He’s invading my personal space.
Night in Santiago
José Victorino Lastarria 276, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Fantastic lunch spot! In a great area to walk around. Delicious wine and food pairings.
 
Confirmation Number: 310507392 
Lovely modern hotel in the middle of Bellas Artes district. Easily walkable to/from. Metro stop close by.

6am flight to Puerto Natales –> 9:30a
Stay Puerto Natales for the day:

Hotel IF Patagonia

Calle Magallanes 73, XII Región Puerto Natales, CHILE
Email: reservas@hotelifpatagonia.com
Phone:¬†+5661 2410312,¬†Fax: —

They have a sauna – super hip and modern!!


Swoop partnered with Chile Nativo in Puerto Natales to organize W trek.

11am Рmeet at Eberhard #230 office for group orientation. 

Day 1:

Starting from Puerto Natales at 12 PM or from Cerro Castillo at 1PM, we drive all the way to¬†Torres del Paine National Park. We will¬†drive through open pampas and huge ranches¬†(estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the nandu, (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. Upon entering the park we will have¬†excellent photographic and bird-watching opportunities¬†as we drive alongside¬†lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. Today’s hike is on a gentle trail following the border of the park and offers opportunities to see¬†guanacos (Llama family)¬†andthe Andean Condor.

2 hours private transfer to Torres del Paine

Hike duration: 3 hours 

Accommodation: Refugio Las Torres

Meals: Dinner 
It was freakin windy!!! Omg. Hard to stay upright!

Day 2:

We will start our first day¬†trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by¬†unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls.¬†We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900m), excellent for picture taking. At this point, we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850m) and a lagoon with slurry waters due to erosion produced by glaciers. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start our descent, following the same path back to the hut.

Hike duration: 7-8 hours 18 km

Accommodation: Refugio las Torres

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3:

We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well-marked trail ascending (around 200m) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750m), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.

Hike duration: 5 hours 11km (500m difference of level)

Accommodation: Refugio los Cuernos

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner

(You can upgrade to private cabins with two beds and sharing bathrooms in between the cabins only and a free Hot tub access for USD $80 per single occupancy or USD $40 per double occupancy)

Day 4:

We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300m,) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French Valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600m), Espada (2400m) and Fortaleza (2800m). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.

Hike duration: 7 hours 18 km

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner 

Day 5:

We will begin early in the morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to and hopefully catch sight of ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Hike duration: 4 hours 12 km

Boat trip duration: 2 hours

Transfer duration: 2 hours

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch 

Please note: Trip can start/end in El Calafate, Argentina. Arrival El Calafate around 2pm on Day 6. Please enquire for further details.
 
Done with trip around 6pm.
 
Massage/spa at Mandala Andino
301, 6160000, Manuel Bulnes, Puerto Natales, Natales, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
7p – Deep body or detox massage (Christy), Thai massage (Kris)
Find bus from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas: BusSur
SALIDA LLEGADA SERVICIOS PRECIO
Puerto Natales
30.12.2016, 21:00
Terminal Rodoviario Puerto Natales
Punta Arenas
31.12.2016, 00:15
Terminal Bus-Sur Punta Arenas
HOTEL ILAIA
Telefono / Telephone:¬†+56 61 2723100, Direcci√≥n / Address: Ignacio Carrera Pinto #351, Punta Arenas – Patagonia ‚Äď Chile.
E-mail: reservas@ilaiapatagoni

a.com

|   www.ilaiapatagonia.com


Fly out of Punta Arenas to Santiago: Sky NK5V6
Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile
FLIGHT DATE CLASS CONNECTIONS DEPARTURE TIME ARRIVAL TIME
SKY 004 31/12/2016 L 10:10 13:30
Must get rental car to drive from Santiago to Valparaiso: https://goo.gl/maps/ivFNiMfuBBp (1 hr and tolls)
 
Airport transfer from Santiago to bus terminal. Then another bus to Valparaiso. We found our our air bnb hostess can arrange for a driver for us to do Casablanca valley wineries!  
 
Uber to plaza de sotomayor
Ascensor el peral 
 
 
AirBNB
 
Check In

Sat, Dec 31

3PM – 9PM

Check Out

Mon, Jan 02

Flexible check out time

Address

Javiera Carrera 340 1604

Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso

Chile

Get directionsView listing


 
 
Sun, Jan 1, 2016
Valparaiso

Mon, Jan 2, 2016
Morning in Concepcion and alegre
3:30p cooking class at Cafe Melbourne

Tues, Jan 3, 2016

Casablanca Valley (bt Santiago and valpo)
  • Fruity chards
  • Sauv blancs
  • Pinots
Rte 68
Emiliana (biodynamic), vina indomita (carmenere), vina veramonte (cab, chards);
Casas del bosque, Bodegas Re, Loma Larga, Matetic. 
 

?Mendoza (8 hrs away) — too far w border check
 
Maipo Valley (south of Santiago, 1.5 hrs)
Cab, merlot, carmenere, Syrah
  • Town of Pirque as central locale
Vina aquitania (santiago’s most interesting; high quality, small production), vina almaviva (partnership w baron philippe de Rothschild and concha y torro; sophisticated sis of concha y toro), vina Santa Rita (premium casa real cab );
Haras de Pirque, Perez Cruz, De Martino. Vina cousi√Īo Macul,¬†
Stay @ Hotel Casa Pando
Cabello 421 (6 blocks north of Plaza de Armas)

Wed, Jan 4, 2016
Colchagua Valley
Use Santa Cruz as departure point
10:30a Lapostolle (sig red Clos de Apalta); 12pm Montes
2p Viu manent
Stay @ Hotel Casa Pando
Cabello 421 (6 blocks north of Plaza de Armas)

Thurs, Jan 5, 2016
Pichilemu
Bus: Terminal Santa Cruz
Hotel: Ruka Lobos
Rsv: 1373.041.090
Punta de Lobos
3220000 Pichilemu

Maule Valley (export wine)
Feb 2010 earthquake
Town of Talca as base camp
Via wines (sustainable, sauv Blanc, Syrah), vina gillmore (cab franc)

Fri, Jan 6, 2016
Back to Santiago
21:00 Borago Santiago, Chile: http://www.borago.cl
Nueva Costanera 3467, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
 
Renaissance Santiago Hotel
Avenida Presidente Kennedy 4700, Vitacura . Santiago 7630454 Chile 
Reservation Confirmation: 84481467
For MS Christy Cosper
MARRIOTT REWARDS MEMBER
CHECK-IN DATE
Friday, January 6, 2017
CHECK-IN TIME
03:00 PM
CHECK-OUT DATE
Sunday, January 8, 2017
CHECK-OUT TIME
12:00 PM

Sat, Jan 7, 2016
Santiago during day
Air Canada: KMS54I
AC93 SCL 9:10P¬†‚ÄĒ> Toronto 5:40am (Jan 8)
 
Renaissance Santiago Hotel
Reservation Confirmation: 84481467

Sun, Jan 8, 2016
AC1887 Toronto 8:20am¬†‚ÄĒ> San Diego 10:34am

Best convenient meals that work for me

Everyone seems to be busy these days.  It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’re a student, professional, stay-at-home… everyone is running around in the rat race of life.  When I lived in Boston, I would have a delivery service called PeaPod deliver my groceries typically on my postcall day bc I knew that’s when I’d be home.  But today, delivery services have improved!  I’ll go through each of my favorites:




GOBBLE

For the person or couple or family who likes the idea of cooking and/or cooking together, Gobble makes it super easy to whip together a delicious meal that takes all the menu planning, grocery shopping, portion controlling out of it.  It’s my go-to date night meal.


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FRESHLY

Freshly is a more Paleo focused meal that offers single serving portions of breakfast, lunch, or dinner that is super quick and convenient!  Some of the best parts about this delivery service: high quality protein, no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, always gluten free, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and nutrient-rich veggies.  Need I say more?


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FRESH AND FIT

Fresh and Fit meals are more a local delivery food service that is super convenient and served in single serving containers.  It’s all natural and organic, seasonal, and comes from local, sustainable farms.  It’s more veggie intensive and they taste delicious!


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DAILY HARVEST

Daily Harvest is a wonderful way to blend up healthy stuff that’s super convenient and perfect for that sweet tooth craving!  Usually I’ll whip one of these up in the morning — either with water or coconut water or almond milk.  The directions are on each cup.  Oftentimes I’ll add my own protein powder, chia seeds, flax seed, etc. to boost my nutrition.  These shakes taste delicious — almost like a decadent milkshake (but one that’s actually healthy and good for you!).  So go ahead and have one for dessert!

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*** UPDATE March 2017 ***

SUN BASKET

This is now our go-to meal planner for the week! We love the nutritious aspect of this quick throw together meal delivery kit. It’s faster to prep than Blue Apron, but slightly longer to make than Gobble. The sunbasket ingredients are organic and as expected have a longer shelf life in the fridge. The recipes are super delicious and diverse. I prefer a paleo delivery kit and this one delivers!! 

Northern Italy, Southern France, and Northern Spain by car

We were looking for a wonderful two week vacation that was Zika virus-free. ¬†In fact, we had to cancel our last vacation to Panama because it has become such a pandemic! ¬†So, we researched and landed on a lovely European vacation via car! ¬†A lot of it was based on the reservations we could land using the Top 50 Restaurants in the World. ¬†It was an incredible way to see the countryside and try some wines as well as have some spontaneous adventures along the way! ¬†This would be a fantastic honeymoon (in fact, it was our “pre” honeymoon!).

Our Itinerary:

Friday, May 13

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Day, Date Flight Class Departure City and Time Arrival City and Time Aircraft Meal
Fri, 13MAY16 UA370 X SAN DIEGO, CA 
(SAN) 3:20 PM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 
(SFO) 4:57 PM
737-800
Fri, 13MAY16 UA926 X SAN FRANCISCO, CA 
(SFO) 7:00 PM
FRANKFURT, GERMANY 
(FRA) 2:55 PM (14MAY)
747-400 Dinner
Sat, 14MAY16 LH302 X FRANKFURT, GERMANY 
(FRA) 4:25 PM
TURIN, ITALY 
(TRN) 5:40 PM
ERJ 190
Flight operated by LUFTHANSA CITYLINE.
Saturday, May 14
5:40p arrive Turin, Italy
‚úďCar rental:¬†http://www.autoeurope.com/
Pick-Up
HERTZ
May 14, 2016 – 18:30
TORINO CASELLE AIRPORT
DESK IN TERMINAL
MUST HAVE FLIGHT INFO – TORINO , IT
Tel: 39 011 5678166
No. 65, combal zero, rivoli Italy —¬†http://www.combal.org/en/
Sat, May 14 8:30p

PIAZZA MAFALDA DI SAVOIA 10098 RIVOLI (TO)

TEL +39 011 9565225 ‚Äď FAX +39 011 956524

Expedia:
Via Monsagnasco 10, Rivoli, TO 10098
39 (011) 2631523
Check in ends 8p – guaranteed late arrival
1 double bed, wifi, breakfast, parking
Tour at University of Gastronomical Science (Piedmont)
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Sun, May 15
48h confirmation for Piazza Duomo
Cinque Terra
3 hour drive from Rivoli
Hotel Carla, Levanto – May 15
Via Martiri della Libertà 28, Levanto, SP, 19015 Italy
Booked through Expedia
May 15, 2016 – May 16, 2016
Check-in time
12:30 PM
Check-out time
10:30 AM
Check-in policies
Check-in time starts at 12:30 PM
Check-in time ends at 9:30 PM
If a late check-in is planned, contact this hotel directly for their late check-in policy

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Before you go watch Barolo Boys on iTunes to get context. Only 1 hr long! 
Barbaresco:
Gaja…..one of the absolute biggest names in wine period. Modern Classic. Go. Will email John Rielly.
All you need is the equivalent of 600‚ā¨ charitable donation from charity you have already donated to (for Gaja):
From John: 
They don’t need to pay anybody and Gaja doesn’t touch the dough.¬†¬†It’s all about philanthropy so if they’ve already donated to anther charity this year that would work or they could pick one of the Italian charities suggested by the winery.¬†¬†Just need a receipt or invoice.

In Serralunga for hotels the Il Boscareto is decadent right in the amphitheater of vineyards.
In the same town Centro Storico is where I would go for a really authentic experience.
Wines from the owner’s friends that we’ve never heard of, tableside prosciutto carving,¬†¬†¬†and so reasonable $$.

In Barbaresco town, send them to Antica Torre at the top of the hill past the Gaja Winery.  Lunch or Dinner.
Order Tajarin, the famous egg yolk pasta or anything else and they’ll be stoked.¬†¬†Once again, reasonable $$.

Over towards Bolgheri, Il Doretto is a killer low key restaurant in a person’s yard basically.¬†¬†Lunch or Dinner.

In Montalcino, Il Giglio is great.  Dinner.

In Sant’Angelo en Colle near Il Poggione Il Pozzo is a great lunch spot.
Ruche wine: After tasting all Ferrari has to offer, consider a stop in the center of the small town Ferrari’s winery calls home, Castagnole Monferatto. There’s a quaint church, picturesque views and Restaurant Da Geppe, a humble place to have a delicious lunch and a few more glasses of wine.
‚ėź¬†BOOK this hotel:¬†http://www.barolomeriame.com/eng/agriturismo.html
‚ėź¬†Book this dinner:¬†http://www.trattoriadellaposta.it/indexeng.html
‚ėźBook this winery:¬†http://www.sobrerofrancesco.it/index.php?idLinguaSel=2
‚ėź¬†Book dinner (request hillside):¬†http://www.villatiboldi.com/en/ Can also choose to hotel here.
‚ėźWinery, hotel:¬†http://castellodiverduno.com/
Barolo:
‚ėźWinery visit: (no ressie needed):¬†http://www.cantinedamilano.it/en-eng/
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Mon, May 16
1 week email confirmation for Arzak
Antico Podere Tota Virginia
Localit√† Baudana 69, Serralunga D’Alba, 12050, Italy –¬†Show directions
Phone:¬†+390173613026Serralunga D’Alba

Check-in Monday, May 16, 2016 (2:00 PM Р12:00 AM)

Check-out Wednesday, May 18, 2016 (11:00 AM Р12:00 PM)
Free cancellation: Until May 11, 2016 11:59 PM
Cavallotto Tenuta Bricco Boschis – May 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Traditional:
Cavalotto: traditional, ageable (I think mandatory) wines to put away and drink on a far future anniversary if you cellar it PROPERLY. Tend to be a bit tannic and tight young but with age holy shit.
Cavallotto Tenuta Bricco Boschis
12060 Castiglione Falletto, Piemonte, Italia
tel. +39.0173.62814
fax.+39.0173.62914
info@cavallotto.com
http://www.cavallotto.com
Centro Storico
Also in Serralungo: Centro Storico is where I would go for a really authentic experience.
Wines from the owner’s friends that we’ve never heard of, tableside prosciutto carving, and so reasonable $$.
(Note – this is a 4 min drive from our hotel! But closed Mondays??)
We Must Go Here for lunch or dinner!!!
La Spinetta – May 16 at 3:00 pm
Giorgio Rivetti. Modern style Nebbiolo. Even affordable Barberas (Ca d Pian!) are very good in addition to the revered Barolos and Barbarescos. The moscato di Astis are prob some of the best made even though somms make fun of people who drink moscato.
http://www.la-spinetta.com (Note, Castagnole Lanze is located just northwest of Barbaresco)
We will be very happy to have you visit us and would like to suggest the  16th of May at 3 p.m. at our main Castagnole Lanze winery, outside the little town of Castagnole Lanze.

Please note that we only consider this appointment booked, if we receive an e-mail from you affirming the date and time.
You will then receive a PDF document with the directions to our winery. 
Please print this document and bring it along to your visit.

The tasting and tour, of course also depending on your interest, take about 90 minutes and can be held in English or Italian.

Since we take our time with you and since we always make sure one can taste the best (e.g. we will open a bottle also just for your visit), please understand that we have to charge 15,00 Euro a person to taste 4 different wines and 20,00 Euro a person to taste 6 different wines. However, if you purchase wine for more than 50,00 Euro a person, the tasting fee will be covered by us.

Trattoria della Posta – May 16 at 20:00, 8:00 p.m.
OK PRENOTAZIONE PER 2 PERSONE PER LUNEDI’ 16 MAGGIO ORE 20:00.
SALUTI.
RISTORANTE TRATTORIA DELLA POSTA

http://trattoriadellaposta.it/indexeng.html

E-mail: info@trattoriadellaposta.it
Tel.: +39/0173/78120 
Fax.: +39/0173/78120 
Indirizzo:¬†Localit√† Sant’Anna, 12065 Monforte d’Alba, Italy
Barbaresco:
Pickup food in Alba before exploring Barbaresco wineries.
‚ėźBook
‚ėźWinery visit:¬†http://cigliuti.it/en/
‚ėźWinery visit: Socre
‚ėźWINERY visit: Gaja — most famous Barbaresco producer
In Barbaresco town, send them to Antica Torre at the top of the hill past the Gaja Winery.  Lunch or Dinner.
Order Tajarin, the famous egg yolk pasta or anything else and they’ll be stoked. ¬†Once again, reasonable $$.
(Note, right next to Produtorri Barbaresco winery)
Over towards Bolgheri, Il Doretto is a killer low key restaurant in a person’s yard basically. ¬†Lunch or Dinner.
    (Above looks south of Livorno, too far southeast)
In Montalcino, Il Giglio is great.  Dinner.
     (Above also far, south of Florence)
In Sant’Angelo en Colle near Il Poggione Il Pozzo is a great lunch spot.
    (Same)
OK to bring up to 12 bottles of wine in suitcase.
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Tues, May 17
Paolo Scavino: May 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Modern style Nebbiolo that drinks younger but great examples of the style. Silky. You might be parents sooner than you expect though ūüė≥ (located just northwest of Barolo)
Az. Vit.¬†Paolo Scavino¬†‚ÄĘ Castiglione Falletto (CN) ‚ÄĘ Tel.¬†+39 0173 62850¬†‚ÄĘ CF/PI¬†01799950041¬†‚ÄĘ

It will be a pleasure to welcome you at Paolo Scavino. Our only availability is for Tuesday 17th at 10:00am together with some other guests. If it works for you, I kindly ask a phone number in case of any communications.

(Confirmed via email with Roberto)

Roberto Boggione  
Azienda Vitivinicola Paolo Scavino
Via Alba-Barolo, 157 – 12060 Castiglione Falletto (CN)
Phone  +39 017362850 | Fax  +39 0173 462042
roberto@paoloscavino.com  www.paoloscavino.com

Piazza Duomo: May 17 at 12:30 pm
No. 27,

piazza duomo, Alba, Italy —
Tues, May 17 12:30p

Ristorante Piazza Duomo 
P.za Risorgimento 4, 12051 Alba (CN)
Tel. 0173- 366167 
Les Grandes Tables du Monde - Le Soste

Dress code:smart casual


Socre – May 17 at 15:30
Perfetto!!!
At 15,30 May 17th.
Ciao,
Marco
Marco Piacentino
Socré
> Strada Terzolo, 7
> Barbaresco
> mobile +39 348 7121685
Cigliuti – May 17 at 6 p.m.
Confirmed with Claudia via email
AZ. AGR. F.LLI CIGLIUTI
Via Serraboella, 17    I-12052 NEIVE (CN)
Tel +39/0173/677185   Fax +39/0173/67142
E-mail   info@cigliuti.it    www.cigliuti.it
Produttori di Barbareso – No Res Needed, see Hours Below
Uber traditional style barbaresco.  Ageable. Good value for wines that can go the distance. A favorite for classic style that is well made and you can even buy it at Costco.

Hello,

you are more than welcome to come and taste our wines.

We have a tasting room open every days from 10 to 13 and from 14 to 18, also Saturdays and Sundays

You can come when do you prefer, no reservation needed, and the tasting will be free of charge.

Sorry but we don’t give tour of the winery but just tastings.

Thank you so much

See you here in Barbaresco

Best regards

Luca Cravanzola

Produttori del Barbaresco

Via Torino 54

12050 Barbaresco (cn)

tel:   +39 0173 635139

fax:  +39 0173 635130

luca@produttoridelbarbaresco.com

www.produttoridelbarbaresco.com

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Villa Tiboldi – May 17, 7:30 pm

We are very glad to inform you that we have reserved for you a table for 2 people at our restaurant for dinner on 17 May 2016.

The service starts at 7.30 pm.

ATTENTION!

The correct address for you GPS device is:

Via Santo Stefano Roero, 75 ‚Äď 12043 Canale (CN) ‚Äď Italy (this is not¬† our address: drive about 40 meters¬† on and you will see our sign)¬†(please note that in the area there are 2 villages with the name Canale. The correct one is located 15 km far from Alba, while the other one ‚Äď the wrong one – is located a 80 km far from us!!)

GPS/Navigator coordinates

E¬†¬† 7¬į 58‚Äô 32. 79‚ÄĚ

N 44¬į 47‚Äô 44. 62‚ÄĚ

VILLA TIBOLDI

Case Sparse Tiboldi, 127

12043 CANALE¬†‚Äď Piemonte –¬†Italia

tel: +39 0173 970388¬† –¬†fax: +39 0173 959233

www.villatiboldi.it

GPS:¬† N 44¬į 47‚Äô 44.¬†62‚Ä̬† –¬†¬† E 07¬į 58‚Äô 32. 79‚ÄĚ

Centro Storico – May 17, dinner (7:30 or 8:00)
Alessio confirmed available for dinner
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Wed, May 18
 
Verduno Pelaverga DOC…I do recommend these wines for delicious factor…might be nice to taste something lighter after all of these tannic nebbiolos below

Producer: Burlotto. Importer Estelle imports http://www.burlotto.com/it/
Producer: Castello di verduno http://www.cantinecastellodiverduno.it
Castello di Verduno – May 18, 9:00 a.m. (awaiting final confirmation)

The winery is open for visit and tasting from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1 pm and from 2pm from 5pm. Sunday only in the morning from 9am to 1pm. Visit at the cellar and tasting of 3/4 wines is free of charge.

Please to tell me when you would prefer to come.

Cordialmente

Marcella Bianco

Via Umberto I, 9

12060 Verduno – CN

Tel + Fax    +39 0172 470284

E-mail:info@cantinecastellodiverduno.it

www.cantinecastellodiverduno.it

Italian Riveria
San Remo?? Best spots between Piedmont and Menton??
 
 
No. 11 Mirazur, Menton, France —

May 18 8:15p

 

Best Western Prince de Galles
4, avenue du G√©n√©ral de Gaulle, Menton, 06500, France –¬†Show directions
Phone: +33493282121

Your reservation 1 night, 1 room Change
Check-in
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

(from 4:00 PM)

Check-out
Thursday, May 19, 2016

(until 12:00 PM)

$139 euro

Cancellation policy
If canceled or modified up to 7 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If canceled or modified later or in case of no-show, 100 percent of the first night will be charged.
Any cancellation or modification fees are determined by the property. Additional costs will be paid to the property.
Cancellation cost
  • Until May 10, 2016 11:59 PM [Menton]:¬†‚ā¨¬†0
  • From May 11, 2016 12:00 AM [Menton]:¬†‚ā¨¬†139
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Thurs, May 19
French Riviera – leave Menton – Nice, Cannes, Others??
Email Mugaritz to confirm ressie
H√ītel Proven√ßal
25 rue des √Čcoles, Bandol, 83150, France –¬†Show directions
Phone: +33494295211
Make changes to your booking
Your reservation 2 night, 1 room Change
Check-in Thursday, May 19, 2016 (3:00 PM Р9:00 PM)
Check-out Saturday, May 21, 2016 (7:00 AM Р11:00 AM)
Parking included: 9 eur/night — we have 1 space reserved for 2 nights.
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Fri, May 20
 
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Bandol: just go hang out on the wont and drink rose and eat flan and octopus for lunch. 
 
Domaine Tempier: May 20 at 10:00 a.m. (awaiting final confirmation)
Bandol: domaine Tempier. Best dry rosè in the world.
Enough said. Also Funky meaty reds to drink with funky cheese.  Do it.
Importer: Kermit Lynch
 

Domaine de Terrebrune: May 20 at 17:00

Bandol: Domaine de terrebrune. Second best dry rose in the world. Guzzle it.

Importer Kermit Lynch

Our domaine is open from 9h30 to 12h30 for the visit and from 14h30 to 18h.

Thank you to come one hour before we close.

See you on the 20 th May.

Thank you for the interest in  our wine.

Best regards

Camille

Domaine de Terrebrune
DOMAINE DE TERREBRUNE
724 Chemin de la Tourelle
83190 Ollioules
France
Tél. : +33 (0)4 94 74 01 30
http://www.terrebrune.fr
Coordonn√©es GPS¬†43¬į14N 5¬į83E
 
H√ītel Proven√ßal
25 rue des √Čcoles, Bandol, 83150, France –¬†Show directions
Phone: +33494295211
Your reservation 2 night, 1 room Change
Check-in Thursday, May 19, 2016 (3:00 PM Р9:00 PM)
Check-out Friday, May 21, 2016 (7:00 AM Р11:00 AM)
Property Details

Property name H√ītel Proven√ßal
Address 25 rue des √Čcoles
Bandol, 83150
France
Phone +33494295211
Fax +33494296757
Email 541239187-znau.tqcb.sgk4.qvku@

property.booking.com
Travel information Show directions 
Your reservation details

Check-in Thursday, May 19, 2016 , check-in 3:00¬†PM ‚Äď 9:00¬†PM
Check-out Saturday, May 21, 2016 , check-out 7:00¬†AM ‚Äď 11:00¬†AM
Your reservation 2 nights, 1 room
‚ā¨ 224¬†Please note: additional supplements (e.g. extra bed) are not added to this total.¬†
VAT (10%) included 
City tax (‚ā¨ 0.99 per person per night) not included
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Sat, May 21
Dave Phinney winemaker, in Maury??
Provence Chateau Pibarnon – May 20 OR May 21 (can fit at 2:00 pm on May 20)
Wine nerds love this shit as well. Google pics of this joint
Per website, open Sat and res not needed

Hi,

Thank you for your mail.

We will receive you during your trip in Bandol on May 20 or 21.

It’s not necessary to have a reservation if you are only 2 persons.

We are open Morning : 9 ‚Äď 12h / afternoon : 14 ‚Äď 18h

Best regards

Beno√ģt RICHET

Responsable Commercial

Tél : +33 (0)4 94 90 12 73 / Fax : +33 (0) 4 94 90 12 98

www.pibarnon.com

logo pibarnon pour signature

Chateaux Pradeaux
Provence: saint cyr
Chateaux Pradeaux
Just google for hours and contact info. Wine nerds love this shit.

(Per email, no availability May 20 or 21 (possibly an event, Le Salon Du Vin but ref Paris??)

Marseille

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187253-d2630035-Reviews-Stade_Velodrome-Marseille_Bouches_du_Rhone_Provence.html?m=19904

Hotel du Parc

Check in: May 21
Check out: May 22

Address: Hotel du Parc
8, rue Achille Bege
34090
France

Classic Double Room – Non-refundable
2 adults

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Sun, May 22
Lac de Bouillouses
Foix

Inter-H√ītel du Lac
Le Couloumi√©, lieu-dit Labarre, Foix, 09000, France –¬†Show directions
Phone: +33561651717
Can't see this map? Click here to view location and directions. Hotel info
Your reservation 1 night, 1 room
Check-in Sunday, May 22, 2016 (4:00 PM Р11:00 PM)
Check-out Monday, May 23, 2016 (until 11:30 AM)
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Mon, May 23
Cirque du gavarnie
Sanctuary and grotto of Lourdes
Lourdes

Your reservation is confirmed.
Your hotel reservation at Hotel Atlantic is confirmed.
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Hotel Atlantic
224 Reviews 
2 Boulevard de la Grotte
+33 5 62 94 02 33
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Tues, May 24
 
13:30p – Lunch at No. 17 Arzak!
Rerservation Number: 242907
Restaurante Arzak

Avda. Alcalde José Elosegui, 273
Tel: 943 278465
Fax: 943 272753
20015 – San Sebastian
Call or email 1 week before ressie.
Walk around San Sebasti√°n.
NH Collection San Sebasti√°n Aranzazu
Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1, Antiguo, San Sebasti√°n, 20018, Spain –¬†Show directions
Phone: +34943219077
Make changes to your booking
Your reservation 1 night, 1 room Change
Check-in Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (from 3:00 PM)
Check-out Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (until 12:00 PM)
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Wed, May 25
Day in San Sebasti√°n. Tapas on the famous street!
Bike ride. Minimal surf. Shops closed from 2-4p
 
8p No. 6 Mugaritz dinner
     Date:        25th May 2016   Hour   : 20:00
     People  :    2
We finally ask you to confirm your visit 5 days in advance by calling +34 943 522 455 or by email at reservas@mugaritz.com.

Please remember our cancellation policy; rest assured that no charges will be made to your card even if you cancel your reservation up to 3 days in advance.¬† If the reservation is cancelled in the last 48 hours, a fee of 117‚ā¨ per person will be charged to the card.¬† If the reservation is cancelled on the booked date, or if the guest does not arrive, a fee of 185‚ā¨ per person will be charged to the card.

How to get here http://bit.ly/1x1BhOL

 

A√Īarre Zarra
Carretera Gi 2132 KM 12- 13, Renter√≠a, 20100, Spain –¬†Show directions
Phone: +34943523751

our reservation 1 night, 1 room Change
Check-in
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

(from 1:00 PM)

Check-out
Thursday, May 26, 2016

(until 12:00 PM)

$48 euro

Cancellation policy
If canceled or modified up to 30 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If canceled or modified up to 15 days before date of arrival, 40 percent of the total price of the reservation will be charged. If canceled or modified up to 7 days before date of arrival, 60 percent of the total price of the reservation will be charged. If canceled or modified later or in case of no-show, the total price of the reservation will be charged.
Any cancellation or modification fees are determined by the property. Additional costs will be paid to the property.
Cancellation cost
  • Until April 24, 2016 11:59 PM [Renter√≠a]:¬†‚ā¨¬†0
  • From April 25, 2016 12:00 AM [Renter√≠a]:¬†‚ā¨¬†19.20
  • From May 10, 2016 12:00 AM [Renter√≠a]:¬†‚ā¨¬†28.80
  • From May 18, 2016 12:00 AM [Renter√≠a]:¬†‚ā¨¬†48
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Thurs, May 26
Email Extebarri for 48h confirmation
Basque Country
Ameztoi
Lugar Barrio Eitzaga, 10, 20808 Eitzaga, Gipuzkoa, Spain
High acid seafood friendly whites reds and rose.

(Emailed, no availability)

Day in St Jean de luz: day hike
Surf in Biarritz
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Fri, May 27
San Sebasti√°n walked around. Had more pintxos. Tried keler beer.
 
No. 18, azurmendi, larrabetzu, Spain —

May 27 8:30p

The restaurant is at the EXIT N¬ļ 25 of the Txorierri motorway. E70/N8. Once you get to the first roundabout you should turn to your right, then after 300 meters you would find a bridge on your right were you should pass through and just at the end of the bridge take the first one to the right.
CANCELLATION POLICY¬†With the purpose of improving our services, and in case you cannot attend the day of reservation, we beg you to contact us by e-mail to¬†reservas@azurmendi.biz, otherwise by telephone to +34 94 455 88 66, as soon as possible. In case that the cancellation takes place 24 hours prior to the reservation time, or you do not attend to the restaurant, we will charge you 100‚ā¨, plus the 10% by way of VAT per person, to the credit card or debit card provided for its case.
 

Get the print version
Paperless confirmation
Casa Rural Miamendi
Barrio Legina, 1, Larrabetzu, 48195, Spain –¬†Show directions
Phone: +34944557084

Your reservation 1 night, 1 room Change
Check-in

(4:00 PM Р9:00 PM)

Check-out
Saturday, May 28, 2016

(until 12:00 PM)

Cancellation policy
If canceled or modified up to 3 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If canceled or modified later or in case of no-show, 100 percent of the first night will be charged.
Any cancellation or modification fees are determined by the property. Additional costs will be paid to the property.
Cancellation cost
  • Until May 23, 2016 11:59 PM [Larrabetzu]:¬†‚ā¨¬†0
  • From May 24, 2016 12:00 AM [Larrabetzu]:¬†‚ā¨¬†68.75

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Sat, May 28
Walked around Bilbao. Saw Guggenheim. More pintxos.
No. 13

Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Bizkaia, Spain — May 28, 8:30p (email confirmation 48 h prior to ressie)

Gran Hotel Durango
74 Reviews
Bolshaya Yushunskaya str., 1 A, bldg. 2

Check in: 5/28/2016
Check out: 5/29/2016
1 night
1 room
2 guests
Total Price: 107.33 USD
Cancellation Policy: We understand that sometimes your travel plans change. We do not charge a change or cancel fee. However, this property (Gran Hotel Durango) imposes the following penalty to its customers that we are required to pass on: Cancellations or changes made after 6:00 PM ((GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris) on May 27, 2016, or no-shows, are subject to a 1 Night Room & Tax penalty.
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Sun, May 29
Durango to Bilbao airport: https://goo.gl/maps/8WHPp19nrp62
30 minutes with tolls
Car Rental Drop-Off
HERTZ
May 29, 2016 – 06:00
BILBAO AIRPORT
AEROPUERTO DE LOIU
*** MUST HAVE FLIGHT INFO *** – BILBAO , ES
Tel: 34 944 530 931
OPEN Mondays-Fridays 07:00 AM-midnight
OPEN Saturdays-Sundays 07:30 AM-11:30 PM

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Day, Date Flight Class Departure City and Time Arrival City and Time Aircraft Meal
Sun, 29MAY16 LH1147 X BILBAO INTERNATIONAL, SPAIN 
(BIO) 6:50 AM
FRANKFURT, GERMANY 
(FRA) 9:00 AM
A-321
Flight operated by LUFTHANSA.
Sun, 29MAY16 UA961 X FRANKFURT, GERMANY 
(FRA) 11:20 AM
NEWARK, NJ 
(EWR РLIBERTY) 1:55 PM
777-200 Lunch
Sun, 29MAY16 UA513 X NEWARK, NJ 
(EWR РLIBERTY) 6:01 PM
SAN DIEGO, CA 
(SAN) 9:09 PM
737-900 Purchase

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Mon, May 30

Restaurants tackled on the World’s Top 50 restaurants

World’s Top 50 resties — 2014

It took me about 5 years to build up this list.  The amount of work and attention to detail that these restaurants perform is incredible.  In the same trip, I ate at Geranium and Noma.  At the time, Geranium was #50 and Noma was #1.  The two were almost indistinguishable.  2 fave restaurant in the US: Per Se and Alinea.  Bravo to the chefs and staff.  My culinary journey was nothing short of a blessing.

The 2016 World’s Best Restaurants list and with my updated dining list from 2015-2016:

  • (6) Mirazur
  • (7) Mugaritz
  • (10) Asador Extebarri
  • (12) Quintonil
  • (16) Azurmendi
  • (17) Piazza Duomo
  • (21) Arzak
  • (25) Pujol
  • (31) Nihonryori RyuGin
  • (46) Combal Zero