Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

A Treat for our "Post Racial" Society

I was so consumed by the MLK/Obama festivities last week that I totally missed this crazy story. Apparently a bakery in New York's Greenwich Village was selling racially-offensive cookies to commemorate the Inauguration of Pres. Obama. There's an example of the twisted dessert to your left. Ted Kefalinos of Lafayette French Pastry called the cookies "Drunken Negro Face." That's creative. According to the Gothamist, when pushing the cookies, Kefalinos allegedly told customers that Obama is "following in the same path of Abraham Lincoln" and "he will get his."
Much of the hype is over the cookies' image. They are offensive but I have a problem with is the baker's alleged "he will get his" comment ( I'll let the Secret Service tackle that one). There's been so much talk during Obama's rise to the White House that we live in a "post-racial" society. No we don't. Since when is this country post race? This cookie along with the baker's alleged comments disproves that idea. So does the New Year's killing of the young Oakland man by the BART police. And I can type a host of examples. Just because our president is black doesn't mean that racism isn't an issue. If people start to believe the society is post-racial will this lead to more slashing of affirmative action programs? Will complaints of racial discrimination on the job be ignored? While I'm proud that Americans looked past Obama's skin color and elected him, I know there are some people who aren't thrilled over the idea that leader of the most powerful country in the world is a brotha. We live in a great country, but it's not perfect.

Baker Ted Kefalinos has since apologized for "offending" people with the cookies. Oh and it gets worse. Remember the plane that recently crashed on the Hudson River because geese flew into the engines? Well the crash inspired the baker's other creation, "Dead Geese Bread." His heart must be made of biscotti.

Photo Credit: Gothamist
Also See: The Assimilated Negro