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National Tequila Day: Try This Super Summer Sipper

July 24, 2016

Happy National Tequila Day! What’s YOUR favorite tequila? Cheers

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While this blog is called “WINE PREDATOR,” I am definitely ALSO on the prowl for spirits! And one of my favorites is TEQUILA.

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And while I bet you thought that May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) was National Tequila Day…

because Cinco De Mayo is a day where a lot if us, myself included, take a moment to enjoy tequila, the truth is that July 24, for some inexplicable reason, is National Tequila Day.

And in case you were wondering, National Margarita Day is Feb. 22.

So today I have for you a bit of tequila history, a few fine tequila, and one of my favorite tequila cocktails to make at home.

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Summer Music: From Surf Rodeo to Baaba Maal to Thao and the Get Down to Ianna

July 16, 2016

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Summer is such a fun time for free and low-cost outdoor concerts!

And this coming week is exceptional!

Here are a few highlights for Art Predator: Baabal Maal at the Annenberg in Century City (LA) Saturday July 16, Surf Rodeo on the beach in Ventura Saturday and Sunday July 16 and 17, and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at the Skirball Center, LA on Thursday July 21. Read on to find out why!

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Guess Who Is Speaking at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi? Art and Wine Predator!

July 8, 2016

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I’m very excited to announce that my proposal to speak at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi has been accepted! Check out my wine blog, Wine Predator.

Ten bloggers will speak for five minutes each in a session called “Wine Blogger Reports” about a different aspect of blogging with the intention of inspiring our fellow bloggers.

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New Patagonia Film “Unbroken Ground” Shows How To Join The Food Revolution

July 6, 2016

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“If you want to feed your family healthy food,” says  Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, “you’ve gotta ask a lotta questions.”

Helping to answer these questions and aiming to change our relationship with the land and oceans is a new 25 minute film by Chris Malloy, Unbroken Ground coming soon to a Patagonia store near you.  Read more…

Think Pink June 23 on Nat’l Pink Day

June 23, 2016

Happy National Pink Day! Cheers!

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While National Rose Day is the second Saturday of the month of June, National Pink Day is June 23.  It’s also Pink Flamingo Day!

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Seriously though, National Pink Day is a day set aside to celebrate all things pink:

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to wear pink, to enjoy foods and beverages that are pink, and to give a donation to any of the charities that use the color pink. Use #NationalPinkDay in social media. You even listen to “Pretty in Pink”!

In particular, the color pink and the pink ribbon is associated with breast cancer; when you wear pink today, who do you wear it for? Who are you remembering or honoring?

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As Wine Predators, we should toast those who have battled breast cancer too.

With ROSE of course!

But which one?

How about one made by women? One that’s estate grown and sustainably farmed?

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How to Toast United Nation’s International Yoga Day: ROSE!

June 21, 2016

Here’s a Sun Salute to United Nation’s International Yoga Day!

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Today is the United Nation’s International Yoga Day! Have you seen this video of how to drink wine while doing yoga? It’s a fun one!

I started doing yoga when I was in college at UC Santa Cruz, but I didn’t get into it until I had a serious rock climbing accident where I fell 15′ onto my back and my chiropractor was my yoga teacher. Later, when I moved back to Ventura, my teachers kept asking me to sub; one of the first classes i subbed was a Patagonia where I had two students: Yvon and Malinda Chouinard! When I learned one of my favorite Yoga Journal writers, Erich Schiffmann, was doing a 40 hour teacher training in Santa Barbara, I figured it was time to take the plunge. A few years later, I followed that up with Iyengar teacher training with Bryan Legere who I studied with for…

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Tribute to Muhammad Ali 1/17/42 – 6/3/16: float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

June 5, 2016

What I knew a week ago about Muhammad Ali I could write on the palm of my hand. I knew the song. I saw a few of the fights. I knew about rope a dope.

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And I had a portrait of Muhammad Ali on my garage door with the inscription “mess with the butterflies …mess with me” painted by gauvin for $200 for gas money to get to the Taos Poetry Circus.

And honestly, I had no idea I was going to have Muhammad Ali painted on the garage door.

But when it was done? I loved it. It totally made sense as I had planted a guerrilla garden on a vacant lot to provide food and shelter to birds and bees.

Following his death on Friday, I have been learning so much about Ali, and learning to respect what a great man he was.

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Ali applied for conscientious objector status: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong,” Ali told a reporter. “They ain’t never called me nigger.”

And now I have even more respect for the man on my garage door. Here’s some of what I’ve learned along with a tribute and a memory from Ron Wells. Read more…

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