Friday, February 25, 2011

Celebrate Beer!

Photofile from Wend Magazine

It’s still dark, wet, and cold. What better way to pass the last of winter’s chill than with good friends sharing a golden pint of ale? Beer is not for everyone’s palate. But there are now so many breweries across the country, just about every taste bud can find a happy flavor that makes them go mmmmm. And lucky us, we have the perfect opportunity to find that perfect beer with the Sacramento Beer Festival. Valentines Day may bring out the wine and chocolate, but March and upcoming St. Patrick’s Day brings out the golden nectar of the gods – beer!

10 Days of Beer
Starting today, Feb. 25th through March 6th, there will be an abundant flowing of tasty beers. So many brewers, so few nights. And just about everyone is getting into the act. Nugget Markets are offering beer tasting on certain dates.  Capital Garage downtown is having a Stouts and Chocolate night. Bonn Lair is hosting the Sacramento Women’s Brewers Association. Come on guys – women who can make a fine beer. How great is that? The list of beer and fun events goes on and on. Bike shops promoting a race and environmental responsibility – with green beer, of course. A ping pong tournament. Old School Happy Hour at the Monkey Bar with $1 beers. A free Bluegrass concert at Hoppy Brewing. A scavenger hunt. Pizza and beer. Music and beer. Classes on beer making. There is something going on every night all over the Sacramento area. And i checked – many of these events are pretty inexpensive considering all the beer you get to sample.

The Stranger the Name, the Tastier the Beer
OK – that may not be true, but like a really cool record label or book cover, quirkiness and creativity get our attention. A great name for a beer is like the top SEO hit of blog advertising. And the stranger, more creative, and funnier the name, the more we want to try it. Especially if there’s a really good – and highly unlikely – tall tale to go with it. Here’s a list of names i came across that i would love to sample: Moose Drool Brown Ale, Double Bastard Ale, Portsmouth Kate the Great, The Perfect Storm/The Mother of All Storms (the name has been changed to protect the innocent – or trademark infringement), Supplication, La Fin du Monde, and i certainly have to try a beer with the name “Darkness” – by Surly Brewing Company no less. With so many jaunty names and saucy labels, it may take the rest of my life to sample them. I should start tonight.

Party with a Responsible Friend
All this partying though must be tempered with one thought – getting home safely. Before you go out, find a responsible friend – yes, i know you have one, we all do – and give them a healthy gas tip so they don’t feel quite so bad about ferrying all of us inebriated people home.  Whatever you do, DON'T DRIVE DRUNK!


For the home of all things brewing...Sacramento Beer Festival...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Inspiration - Tibetan Monks...

If you are interested in the Tibetan monks and their stay in Roseville, see my main page, "If It Were Real" or hit the "back to home" button at the top of this page.  Their visit was an inspiration to all and i want to share with all my readers and not just we lucky Sacramento folk!  I will be adding another post shortly in the next day - so stay tuned!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate Festival this Saturday the 12th!

This Saturday, Feb. 12th

OK, OK, OK...  I know.  I said that the New Year's resolution for this blog was to be skinny and frugal.  Well, gosh, i just can't help myself.  I saw this and i had to post.  But come on!  It's CHOCOLATE we're talking about here!  And it IS free to go.  And there's nothing saying that you have to buy anything.  Or eat anything.  Right.  Lame.  OK - how about - it's Valentine's weekend?  Does that work of you?  Does for me!  Yes - everyone has a weakness and chocolate is mine.  At least i'm not alone.

Here's the venue - Whole Foods in Roseville is hosting a Chocolate Festival complete with a band and various vendors - henna tattoos, aromatherapy and more.  Starts at 4 pm.  Be there or be square.  ;-)

Whole Foods Market
1001 Galleria Blvd, Roseville 95678

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tibetan Monks in Roseville!

Photo courtesy of the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation.

I seem to be on a roll – the Universe must be talking to me. I should listen. The last two posts have been about places and things relaxing and meditative, and then today i came across this flyer presented by the Center of Wellness. Tibetan Monks are here in Roseville creating a sand mandala at the Children’s Art Center. This actually started last weekend but runs through this Sunday. I’m super excited to visit with the monks and watch them create this extraordinary piece of art. It isn’t free. But it’s well worth it, many times over. I plan on attending at least one event, possibly more, and i will post on this event.

To Peace, Compassion, Clarity, and Kindness – i hope all of you find your way to this place!

Here is a link to the flyer with all events and details:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rivers Run Mighty

We are so fortunate to live in the vastly varied and magnificently marvelous state of California. And having a day like today – with the weather near perfect while all the rest of the country is buried in snow – i’m beginning to think that this is God’s country. Well, at least until the earthquakes and floods take us.

Today was most amazing. And not because it was the Super Bowl. I took a stroll with a dear friend along some of the most beautiful and inspiring part of the American River as you could dream – The American River Confluence. It’s a spectacular area where the north and middle fork of the American Rivers meet and lies just south of Auburn at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Old Forest Hill Road. Right now the rivers are clear as a bell and roaring. In a few more months, when the snows melt, they will get muddy and violently turbulent for a short while. So this is a great time to explore and enjoy. I’ve been here before, many times in fact. But there was something in the air – a kind of soft, electric energy that was both relaxing and restorative at the same time. Just breathing made me feel giddy. I had this sudden vision of me leaping along the rocks wearing a tie-dye shirt and head band singing, “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now…” It was just that kind of day.

Everyone needs a day like this. Like defragging the hard drive and plugging into a recharger – cleansing and rejuvenating. So now’s your chance to get that energy back that you lost over the holidays. And it’s completely free. Totally fun. Involves no consumption of calories and in fact will burn a few more than just sitting on the couch. All my New Year’s Resolutions for this site have been met and exceeded. Now go out and celebrate your own inner hippie! I’m already planning my next trip…

Some notes if you go:

Saturday afternoon can get crowded, especially in the summer, and tends to get a bit rowdy though the Park Rangers try to keep a tight lid on things. I suggest getting out of bed early and hitting the site by 10 am.

Bring water – but please do not leave the bottles behind except in proper trash bins.

Please be kind and bring a plastic bag with you to pick up any trash. This is part of the State Park system and, once again, the Park Rangers work at keeping it a clean place. But they shouldn’t have to pick up after our lazy selves! I always bring a bag to carry out any trash i see. Share the beauty!

Wear sturdy shoes. There are no paved paths and some of the trails can be steep and crumbly. Take care where you step.

Paths on both sides of the Rivers are shared by hikers and bikers alike and the trails tend to be narrow. There are horse trails too. Check out this map before you go and keep alert while on the trail.

I have to mention PARC because they have so much great information and do so much to keep our rivers beautiful.  PARC is a grass-roots operation based out of Auburn whose prime purpose is to protect the north and middle forks of the American Rivers.  They have a festival once a year, organize river clean-ups, and provide educational presentations.  Check out their site and join!