Patch of Green

Totally unintentionally, there seems to be a green theme to my posts this week. Smoothies, farming, and now poetry. This weekend my man and I are sneaking away for a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard. I cannot even tell you how excited I am to get to the island for 2 short days. The Vineyard is a very special place in my heart thanks to my grandparents who kept a home there when I was growing up. Time with my family led to high school and college summers working there and some dear friends that I shared them with. John Belushi said it well when he said: “you have not lived a great summer until you have lived one young, drunk, and on the Vineyard”. Right on. I could go on and on with favorite things to do there, places to eat at, summertime activities. But what really gets me is how I feel when I am there, like all is right with the world. I am totally content in that pristine haven and feel safely cocooned from the stress of life back home. My grandfather wrote the following poem when he was a senior at Penn State but I believe he cultivated his patch of green in his summer home and what later became his permanent residence. Though his generosity of spirit,  all 6 of his kids, their spouses, and his 13 grandchildren think of the Vineyard as their oasis as well. In honor of my Poppi, summer, and those special places that can bring so much peace:

Unfettered and as yet unscathed,

I admit my pose as youthful dilettante,

But per chance this very freedom

Gives me clearer if unleavened by thoughts.

Well cast for my role in neat bourgeois society,

I falter and recoil from much I see,

Not that my lot would be to me distasteful,

Country-wise t’would be all too easy to embrace.

The slides have been well-greased for my approach,

But posed before I slip with abandon down these grooves,

I stop and shield myself from the danger there,

My armour – a patch in which to be aware.

A patch of green untrammeled by the crowd,

Secure from family, friend or man,

A proving ground on which to test the worth,

Of man’s solutions on this God-made earth.

Is it important? Is it Real?

Or is it what “they” want?

Does it matter? Does it count?

Or have “men always done it?”

I’ll live within the pattern,

Society is stronger than I,

But let me have this Patch of Green,

To weigh and test it by.


Fashion Friday: Spotlight on Theory

So when I went on my trip to California last week I was on shopping restriction. I usually take this self-imposed state pretty seriously. I made it through Napa and most of San Fran. Alas, my resolve wavered in a major way when I walked past the Theory store in San Francisco on my last day there. I usually think of this brand as a huge section of dark, often business wear focused items, grouped together in the rear of a high-end department store. This beautifully laid out showroom however was dazzling with pops of color and had an entire wall covered with their spring look book. The cuts were simple and very flattering, the staff friendly and welcoming. I couldn’t resist. Above are my five favorites from the store pulled from their website. Can you guess what I bought???? All these lovely things can be found in more detail on Theory’s website. Happy Friday!!!


48 Hours in San Francisco

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting San Francisco for the first time earlier this week. Although I was only there for about 48 hours, I get the chance to do my favorite things: yoga, eat, shop and run. What more could a girl want? Some quick highlights as I am sure you kind folks are getting sick of hearing about my indulgent travels.

YOGA

YogaWorks I am so happy to have had the chance to practice at the “mothership”. YogaWorks is the organization through which I did my teacher training thanks to having Natasha Rizopolous located here in Boston. Yet all of the YogaWorks studios are in NYC & CA. This place lived up to every expectation. The level of detail in the alignment instruction was incredible with both teachers I took class from. I am counting the minutes until they open a studio here.

EAT

Greens I sat overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and eating the tastiest veggie meal. THese folks have been doing it since 1979.

E & O Trading Company – Butternut squash dumplings in a spicy curry sauce, chickpeas fries.

RUN

Embarcadero Running along a gorgeous waterfront? Yes please. There is also an awesome farmer’s market where Market meets the Embarcadero.

SHOP

Tomorrow’s post!


When in Wine Country

I just spent a wonderful weekend in Yountville, CA, a quiet town halfway up the Napa Valley. While only about 6 blocks long this picturesque town is home to some of northern California’s top restaurants, tasting rooms, art galleries and it is set in a backdrop of stunning natural granduer that is hard to come by back east. If you ever have to chance to visit, check out some of the great spots below:
  • Stay: The Vintage Inn – Why? The landscaping, walking distance to the best tasting rooms & restaurants, the pool, the included breakfast, the comfy beds, the fireplaces.
  • Run: or walk, whatever your cardio style. Find a road heading north through the valley and get out of town. Before you know it you will be very confused, am I in California or Tuscany? We ran through vineyards, cows, art, hills, fields of yellow flowers, stucco, streams, green green grass.  Holy smokes. I can only imagine what my insanely talented uncle Palmer could have done out there with a camera.
  • Have dinner: Bottega – celebrity chef Michael Chiarello and his team were right there in an open kitchen and delivered an italian meal to write home about.
  • Drink: Somerset Tasting Room
  • Eat: Mustards Grill – The mushroom burger is a show stopper and I love their tag line on the front of their building: “fresh produce and way too many wines”.

This area is magical. The food, the land, the quiet, the air. Heavenly.


Napa Food Rules

Eat cheese, way too much, throw in an oil-drenched baguette, and chase with pinot, zin, cab, reisling, and croissants.

This handsome guy and I are in Napa for the weekend having a most fabulous time. Full wine country post tomorrow. Happy Sunday!