Monthly Archives: June 2013

New books and why I love Pinot noir

Today I’m happy about: starting a new book, all be it a chic-lit summer read “All the Summer Girls” by Meg Donahue, and I’m loving it so far. Buying books that I actually have time to read during the summer is one of my greatest pleasures and I am really excited to be getting back into it.

I’ve recently (in the past 3-4 months or so?) become quite the red wine-o.
For a while I was that girl who would only order white, and even better if it was a Riesling or a Moscato- the sweeter the better right? WRONG. Oh those wines definitely have their place, but how could I possibly have overlooked the fruity, complex wonder that is Pinot Noir? And Merlot? And Canernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel? I am ashamed to admit it took me so long to discover them but thanks to the (not-so-gentle) prodding of a dinner-mate, I’ve seen the error of my ways, and I now relish the chance to enjoy a new glass of red when dining out.

Let’s chat: red or white wine? Any favorite brands? I’m especially enjoying the past few Merlots and Pinot Noirs I’ve had.

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Relaxation central

Today I’m happy about: massages and kombucha!
Got my first (and WONDERFUL) massage this afternoon when a last minute cancellation allowed me to book mine. After becoming the most zen I have been in at least 4 years, I enjoyed a delicious vegan dinner with my mom, made even better by my favorite drink, kombucha. It’s fermented. And probiotic-filled. And smells like vinegar. And has bubbles. But I love it.

What’s YOUR favorite drink? My other top two are red wine and margaritas. 😉

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Re: The Tales of Hoffmann – San Francisco Style

Last night. Tales of Hoffmann.

First up, the production was pretty minimalist in set and I loved that, the focus was able to totally remain on the singers and the music- GO SF OPERA! 

Second, Matthew Polanzani was out of this world. To carry the entire show vocally with hardly a moment to breathe, much less leave the stage for a glass of water: he was superb. His tenor voice is so natural and free, it was a pleasure to listen to him for 3 hours. Other notable singers were Hye Jung Lee (Olympia), Angela Brower (Nicklausse) and the evil Christian van Horn, playing the devil in different incarnations in each act. Natalie Dessay did a good job of staying on her voice throughout the 3rd act and delivered a captivating Antonia (go her!), but I am happy for her vocal health to hear she’s taking a break. She has been going nonstop for years and pushing the envelope on numerous occasions with her role selections, so this time off comes at what seems to be an appropriate time. 

My only complaint is the choice to include every aria ever associated with this opera in SF’s production of it, because it made for quite a long night of music, but nonetheless an incredibly enjoyable one. (And of course after a lovely dinner at Uva Enoteca with my mom, it made for a truly wonderful night in the city.)

 

Next up to see is The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, a controversial new work that still has 4 performances left if anyone is interested in seeing it. I believe I’ll be catching the next-to-last performance of it. 

Opera, love it? Hate it? Don’t get it? Talk to me, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Love, 

Happiness Starts Here

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Thrift shopping

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Today I’m happy about: thrift shopping! And my outfit to do so. It’s pretty dang hot here so I’m keeping cool with my sunnies and some denim shorts. Happy about the simple things today.
And a little review of the wonderful Tales of Hoffmann should be up later today.

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Night at the Opera

Today I’m happy about: seeing Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) at San Francisco Opera. I’ve heard great reviews about Matthew Polenzani and I’m curious as to how Natalie Dessay will get through the evening, considering she’s deciding to take some time off from opera indefinitely after her final performances of Massenet’s “Manon” in the fall in France. Though I have my own reservations about her voice especially after seeing Giulio Cesare with the Met Opera, I’m betting it’s still going to be an overall very exciting performance. 

A brief review might be in order later this weekend. In any case, here’s some background about the show: http://sfopera.com/Season-Tickets/2012-2013-Season/The-Tales-of-Hoffmann.aspx.

 

Love,

Happiness Starts Here

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Young and Beautiful

Can’t stop listening to this. Really enjoyed the movie and the conductor in the video makes me laugh because one of my good friends would find at least 27 things he’s doing wrong.

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Let’s get this started

Hi blogworld,

Chances are, if you’ve stumbled upon my little corner of the internet, you are also looking for happiness. I just graduated college and I am still trying to figure out what really makes me happy, so this will be an exploration of what motivates, terrifies, inspires, fascinates and excites me about life. I can’t promise you’ll like what I have to offer but in this beautiful world we live in, I just want to be happy. 

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Happiness Starts Here

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