Category Archives: San Francisco Bay Area

What I Learned from the Monks About Mindfulness and Compassion

Guided Mindfulness Meditation with monks at Dreamforce conference in SF - photo © Love to Eat and Travel

Guided Mindfulness Meditation with monks at Dreamforce conference in SF – photo © Love to Eat and Travel

What an amazing gift Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave to attendees of Dreamforce at this year’s annual tech conference in San Francisco, CA. He personally invited 24 monks and nuns from Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region of southern France, founded by Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hahn, to teach daily mindfulness walking and sitting meditations. Only in California!

Like Marc, I truly believe in the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. I’m always looking for ways to deepen my meditation practice and learn more. So what did I learn from the monks?

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10 Tips To Meditate Every Day To Reduce Stress

Working Vacation Photo credit: Pixabay

Working Vacation Photo credit: Pixabay

Does today’s fast-changing technology, non-stop barrage of information and “always on” social media make your head spin? You’re not alone. It seems almost impossible to keep up with everything and everyone these days. Juggling work, family, personal life – and an epidemic of multi-tasking and constant busyness in our lifestyles has become the norm. Even while on vacation, how many can’t resist texting, checking emails, or posting on social? It’s no surprise that stress levels are through the roof.

So how do you deal with all this noise, disruption and technology-related stress?

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New and renewed Napa and Sonoma Wineries

Gloria Ferrer Terrace - Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

Gloria Ferrer Terrace, Sonoma – Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Napa Valley and Sonoma present a bounty of new opportunities to taste wine and learn about wine with food. Exploring wine country in Northern California is a delicious blend of the new and the historic.

A Napa Valley winery owned by an heir to the Coors beer company and the unveiling of several renovated tasting rooms lead the news for wine country. We’ll begin our vinous journey in Napa Valley and then venture to Sonoma County.

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Our Favorite Napa Breakfast Spot… on Hwy 29

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Whenever we drive up to Napa Valley, we like to stop at the Hwy 29 Cafe for breakfast, brunch or lunch. It’s nothing fancy, but this small all-American diner has all the right ingredients for a satisfying meal – good food, enormous portions, reasonable prices, casual atmosphere and fast, friendly service with a smile 🙂 If you’re planning a day of wine-tasting, this is a good place to grab a quick bite on your way up the valley.

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New SF Museum of Modern Art: In a word… Breathtaking!

New SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

New SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

It took three years to transform and expand the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) but it was well worth the wait! With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the stunning 7-floor museum features a vast collection of modern and contemporary art, photography and sculpture. And SFMOMA’s transformed digital program creates a cutting-edge experience for all of its visitors, including a groundbreaking new mobile app to help people engage and learn. We got a sneak peek prior to the museum’s May 14, 2016 opening to the public… and in a word, the newly expanded museum is “breathtaking!” We’ve highlighted below some of the favorite parts of our tour.

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Bees, Herbs and Cocktails… Oh My!

Bee keeper on Rooftop Bee Sanctuary, Clift Hotel, SF - photo credit: CLIFT Hotel

Bee keeper on Rooftop Bee Sanctuary, Clift Hotel, SF – photo credit: CLIFT Hotel

What do you get when you combine a Rooftop Bee Sanctuary, a Cocktail Herb Garden and a new Spring Small Bites and Happy Hour Menu?

… A feast for your senses, at the luxurious Clift Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

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San Francisco Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour -– Photo Credit: Viator

San Francisco Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour – Photo Credit: Viator

This year’s Chinese New Year “The Year of the Monkey” is in full swing. San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of North America’s oldest and largest. What better place to celebrate the Chinese New Year than in one of the nation’s top foodie capitals – Dim Sum never tasted so good!
Book your SF Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour now

Centrally located in the heart of the city (just off Union Square), Chinatown’s streets and alleyways are jam-packed with little shops and stalls, specialty stores, food and fish markets, herb shops, antique stores, bakeries, Dim Sum parlors and exotic Chinese restaurants.

Treat yourself and your family to a fun Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour – and see the cultural side of San Francisco where the old world meets the new.

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