Archive for December, 2009

Vino & Vinyasa

December 23, 2009

Hi Ladies,

I am really excited to announce DOWNPOUR will be featuring its first winery promotion in the month of January. While details will be revealed on the blog and facebook soon, I wanted to put this out there especially for us BeWellers, because I think it is perfect for our group!

The winery I am working with, Dobbes Family Estate/Wines by Joe is hosting a Vino & Vinyasa day January 16th. My blog followers get $5 off registration.

Info is below…please let me know soon if you are interested. It could be a really fun excursion for us.

DETAILS:  We are holding an awesome event on January 16th called Vino and Vinyasa that entails 90 minutes of yoga in our barrel room followed by food and wine pairing. (I’ve included the menu below.) The Vino and Vinyasa event costs $30; we’d like to offer your readers $5 off their registration fee for the event. We will also offer a 20% discount on the wines featured that day. Let me know if you are interested in this.


Endive with Bleu Cheese Mousse and Roasted Hazelnuts
Pinot Gris

Artichoke Truffles with Goat Cheese, Tarragon tossed in Parmesan Cheese
Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir

Polenta Cubes topped with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Grand Assemblage Syrah

Aged Irish Cheddar and Chocolate Truffles
Late Harvest Viognier


It’s the season for giving, so do it

December 19, 2009

I feel a little weird writing this post, but I figure if it inspires any of you to take action, then it’s worth it-there are beneficiaries on both sides.

This morning after a long run and a grocery shop at Whole Foods I was walking home and was kinda cold. I swore off Starbucks last New Years, but I figured a coffee would make my walk home that much warmer, so I sauntered in. Behind me in line was a woman who was clearly going through chemo. Though her pale skin and covered head made her seem much older, in looking at her face, she was probably mid-30’s. Ouch. We exchanged a quick smile-like thing and I was up to order. After what must have been a semi-second of deliberation in my head, I order my coffee and said to the barista girl “I’ll get hers too, the lady behind me-tell her happy holidays”. The barista girl replied “great, I already know what she’s getting, she’s here all the time”. I got my coffee and was off. It happened like that. I literally walked on water the few blocks home. Not because I cured cancer, but because it was SO EASY. To think for a moment, I almost didn’t do it wondering “is that weird?” Luckily, the rational side of me kicked in saying “It’s only coffee, step up”.

I’m happy we are focusing on giving in the new year. Cleanses make you feel good, exercise makes you feel good, but for fuck sake, people make the world go round-so spread some love to a stranger now and again! You deserve it.

Dr. Perricone on Wine

December 12, 2009

Yay!!!! News on the health benefits of drinking red wine just keeps coming. Check out this video from the TV Wine Library  where Dr. Perricone, one of my most favorite food/skin/health gurus talks with Gary Vaynerchuk, the irreverent wine dude I’ve come to love, about the latest developments on the benefits of red wine. They also address organic/biodynamic wines…

Girls who give

December 10, 2009

Great meeting on Friday night! I am excited and inspired by our decision to focus on giving for this term’s BeWell project. I am going to post the links for Care that I was talking about. Check out all the ways you can give if this speaks to you.

I love this video- so simple and powerful…

makes it really easy. I chose to send a girl to school for one year, but there are many other options including Microloans which have been super successful.

I’m looking forward to hearing about our experiences in giving!

Friday Eve

December 1, 2009

Okay ladies,

Shall we meet at Barre 3 in SE at 6 on Friday? I will make a reservation at Portobello for 7. Sound good?

You can get the Barre 3 address on their website, which is linked on the blogroll.