At the end of last year, my nephew, Brad Gruno, and I took a little road-trip to San Francisco and Redwood Valley - 'wine country'. Ohhh yeahhh.
First stop was Starbucks, so Brad could get some healthy, green tea.
We're both raw foodists, so healthy eating is really important to us!
As a matter of fact, he's the one that got me started on raw food.
"On the road again." Sing it Willie Nelson!
We stopped along the way for some healthy, organic fruit to nibble on.
(We eat healthy you know.)
We went to a place that had a dehydrator that could eat Chicago!
Brad's expanding his business and is considering buying this big ol' honkin' thing in the near future.
And to think I was so proud to show him my nine-tray dehydrator, before we left. What a dufus.
Since they were packaging food at that company, everyone had to wear a hair-net.
"Heeere sheee iiis, Miiiss Ameeeriiicaaa."
Ohhhh... I am not a fan of bridges, high places, or deep water!!
After I took the picture, I slammed my eyes shut until we were on the other side!
Did I mention that Brad likes to talk on the phone? A lot.
It puts a smile on his face.
San Francisco, here we come!
By then we were hungry again, so we stopped at one of the restaurants on the pier.
We were going to have 'a salad', since we are so good about what we eat.
I had fish & chips and Brad had shrimp, oysters and chips.
So much for being good. (Ya gotta love a man that wears a bib.)
Here we are mingling with the crowd. (Who's watching that kid?)
I was hoping the stranger that was nice enough to take our picture,
would also be nice enough not to take off with my expensive camera!
One of the locals, giving us an earful. Sorry dude, no left-overs.
Brad and a pretty girl - nothing new there.
Alcatraz and the Cat in the Hat together in one picture. That's just wrong.
Wheeeeeeeee! Boing, boing, boing.
Oh, good grief! Here we go again!!
Almost there?!! Please!!
Heading to Redwood Valley -
And there it is - what we all want, "the light at the end of the tunnel".
Hello? Hello? Can you hear me now?
Our final destination - the beautiful Frey Vineyards.
This is a painting, waiting to happen! I may have to give it a shot.
(Before we left, Katrina Frey, invited me to come down for a few days and be
"the artist in residence"! Be still my heart!!!! Thank you, Katrina!!)
Here is Katrina Frey, Executive Director, and our new friend - a kindred spirit.
Here she is, giving Brad a tour of the warehouse, where the wine is stored.
I suddenly wished that I could drink wine. (Allergic to grapes.)
The wine is kept in these 'things'. (A technical term.)
A delicious combination!
As some of you know, Brad is the owner of "Brad's Raw Chips".
Please check out his website & blog for store locations and other great info. His chips are the best!!
Please also check out "Frey Vineyards", makers of organic and biodynamic wines.
The first ones in America to do so. Look at the variety!
Brad wanted to meet the Frey's, because he's considering going into the wine business and they have the best organic and biodynamic wines.
The story and history of the Frey family is fascinating.
Katrina's dad joined the party!
He was delightful - a family tradition it seems.
It was almost time to go, but before we left, there was something Brad wanted to do -
Let's put some of those cases of wine in the car!!
(He was probably wishing he'd rented a van.)
And off we went. More driving... more phone calls.
Leaving the wine country and heading home.
After awhile, we both got hungry again. Really hungry.
We joked that we would stop at the first restaurant we found, near the highway,
even if it was an IHop! We found a Denny's.
Brad said he could probably eat there if he had 'a salad'. I said, I could too.
The waiter came, and without hesitation, I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and fries.
He ordered chicken fried steak, fries, and topped it off with pumpkin pie and whipped cream.
Two raw foodists on the road. (Willpower anyone?!)
That's some goood stuff!!
Unfortunately, my stomach didn't agree. And then I got a headache!
(I'm such a delicate petal.)
Heading out once more.
I love how the landscape changes from area to area.
(And that we're finally done with the bridges!!)
Brad, stretching his legs - and arms. Ready for take-off.
He remembered to stop for gas this time... and to make a call.
We got to my house, he dropped me off and went on his merry way.
To make another call, I'm sure.
Bye-bye, Brad. It was great fun! Hope to see you soon!!
"Once, during prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."
- W. C. Fields
"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four, unless there were three other people."
- Orson Welles
"I'm not saying my wife's a bad cook, but she uses a smoke alarm as a timer."
- Bob Monkhouse
"The food here is terrible and the portions are too small."
- Woody Allen
Here's more info about Brad, raw food and my artwork.
There are SO many things to love!
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Signing off for now,