Saturday in the Park
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Today was one of those days that was good and just got better. I got and went to watch my niece Stafani take here belt test for Tai Kwan Do. She was pretty good. Talking with the other parents sitting around cheering their kids on was even more fun. Everyone’s child is so much better, so much smarter and just so much more than the other. It was very interesting because I really thought I was in a movie. Now, there were some really cute kids there. The one that sticks in my memory has to be this small kid who must have been about 10 yrs old. He was a tiny little thing that had already earned his Brown Belt and was going for the next level. One of the things he would have to do was to break a board. You should have seen the fear on his face. The crowd there did and that brought on words of encouragement from everyone. It was like cheering on David while Goliath was standing over everyone. He calmed down smiled a big smile and whack; he broke that board in town.
I was excited about going home to my brother’s house because I was going to get to do something that I have hoped to do for some time. It seems as though every time I called home, all of the family was getting together to have dinner. I longed to sit at the table with my brothers their families and mostly my dad. We had a great lunch of salmon and salad. Couldn’t beat it with a stick. I didn’t get to stay as long as I wanted because I was heading downtown for the Raley’s Grape Escape: a local food and wine tasting in the downtown are.
PF Chang’s was there and served their wicked salad and gave away some goodies, they had a chef’s challenge with some pretty crazy chefs and some crazy ingredients. Fat Cat Scones were great as was the people serving them, Bandera Restaurant has some smoke salmon that was to die for, Mix restaurant had a tuna tartar that was out of this world and there were many more.
We can't forget all the great fresh fruit and vegtables Raley's and BelAir had there. They grilled some sweet peaches as well as corn and had a variety of sauces and spicey flavored butters to pours on top. They also served a bubly with a scoop of raspberry sorbet.
Some of the better wineries included the Vino Volo, a winery that now sells wine in the airport, Shadow Ranch, and the guy at Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. He was really cool, pouring way more than the 2oz shot. He and his wife, who was pregnant, were having a blast. They made that muscato taste even better.
It was a good evening for a good price. I went home full and satisfied and with about 4 of the souvenir glasses. I do hope I will be able to make it back again next year.