I have a book, wine, a First Lady’s podcast and a learning opportunity for kids.
BOOK: THE ANSWER IS ?Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, the man who asks for answers delivers few in this memoir just out called "Reflections On My Life." He is somewhat of an enigma and that is reinforced in this skimming the surface book about his life as host of America’s most popular and second longest running (since 1964) game show. Who is Alex Trebek? We may never know. I recommend the audible version.
FARM 2 U: CUESA FARM BOXSupport local farmers and eat healthy with a box of fresh produce from SF’s CUESA (Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture) Farmers Market. Get your order in by midnight Friday for pick-up at the market Saturday. It’s also National Farmers Market Week, so please visit the SF Ferry Building market Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday. Support your local farmers and CUESA.
FOOD: CHOW CIAOEnjoy "socially distanced" al fresco dining on the patio space at LUPA Italian Trattoria in Noe Valley, San Francisco. The Rome-inspired cuisine hit all the right notes during my recent visit: a trio of bruschetta (mushroom, prosciutto & peppers with hot, melted cheese) to get you started. Check the specials board for yummy pastas of the day and don’t say ciao without devouring LUPA’s tantalizing tiramisu. The wines - sourced from ITALY - will take you on a journey from Calabria to Piedmonte to Tuscany. No passport required. You can also order food to go. Grazi Stefano and team LUPA.
GIVE: FOOD BANKSOur food banks urgently need donations by way of food and funds. Please consider a donation, no matter how small. For those in need the food banks are there for you with daily boxes and bags of groceries to-go.
MOVIE: REBUILDING PARADISEAward-winning director Ron Howard presents an emotional roller coaster ride of a doc full of heart & hope about a Northern California community rising from the ashes in "Rebuilding Paradise." The film is available now to stream via Netflix and some other platforms. See a preview here.
MUSIC: STERN GROVE FESTIVALTune in and drop out for BEST OF THE FEST Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on KBCW TV. This week we celebrate world music with Seun Kuti and Sergio Mendes. Log on to the Stern Grove site at 5 p.m. after the TV broadcast for extended performances. Yours truly hosts.
VIRTUAL RED CARPET: BAFTAThe stars of British Film and Television enjoy their annual back-slapping fest Friday at 8 p.m. This "virtual" awards show can be viewed on BBC AMERICA and via the BAFTA website. Who will take home the biggest prize for performances on the big and small screen?
WINE: 1881 NAPAVisit 1881 NAPA in Oakville and enjoy wine and history under one roof. The museum shares the stories behind the faces of NAPA wine country from Vallejo to Yount & many more and takes you on a tour of the wine appellations that produce some of America’s finest wines. Stop by @oakvillegroceryandwinemerchant for your lunch & soak up the sun & vino, socially distanced on the patio. If the pizza oven is cooking don’t depart without a piece of the perfect pie. The 1882 Chardonnay is a French style, oaky, buttery party on the palate. Winemaker & Bon vivant Jean-Charles BOISSET (JCB) is behind the wines and this incredible wine country spot. Salut.
PODCAST: MICHELLE OBAMAIt’s a First Lady podcast by Michelle Obama with first guest former president and husband Barack Obama. They talk family, love, community and the important of service. The First Lady also gently jabbed POTUS 44 about his "cool" factor? Upcoming guests include: CONAN, OPRAH, family members & friends. Listen for FREE via Spotify.
PLAY: A KIDS PLAY ABOUT RACISMA "book for kids about racism" by KHALIA DAVIS has been adapted into a play. It’s available to stream here. Sign up for a free trial and enjoy the 30-minute musical with animation and film. The play has local ties too, produced by Bay Area Children’s Theatre.
TV: MUST WATCHEnjoy the funniest and most creative "at home" videos Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS with host Cedric The Entertainer. Lots of home time amounts to creative energy and AMERICA is going bonkers with crazy, mad skills.
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