One Day Getaway (Half Moon Bay)

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Well folks, we are smack dab in the middle of event season. And as you can tell from the length between the blog updates lately, we have been working 15 hour days. Each hour has been filled to the brim with a whirlwind of phone calls, meetings, client requests, vendor coordination, lack of sleep, hours of production, day of management, metric reports, and post event wrap-up’s every day for 16 weeks straight.

During event season, we get to the point where we only have time to take less than 24 hours off at any given time. When these little time slots come up, we usually pack the boys in the car, and take a trip.  That moment happened a few weeks ago and we took a one day  trip to The Beachhouse in Half Moon Bay to regenerate our energy and reconnect with what matters most to us: enjoying this life we are creating for ourselves.

Although it seems like a short amount of time, we were all more than content with how we spent the day. Noah and Parker played in the ocean until almost sunset. Maritza spent her time relaxing to the sounds of the water crashing against the shore. And me, I spent half of the day enjoying the smiles on all of their faces and the other half deep in one of my favorite books.

It is amazing what a one day getaway can do to create a little balance in this crazy life we choose to live. For us, it is hitting the road and traveling (usually to some ocean). For others, it might be laying beside the pool. So, we are interested in hearing from you. Where do you go when you need to check out for a minute?

Below are a few pictures from the trip.

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Creating You Own Path

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Maritza and I were recently asked by the lovely Jennifer Snyder to talk about “Creating Your Own Path” and how we balance all aspects of our life while building Unseen Heroes on her podcast. If you have some time (49 minutes to be exact), take a listen… Not only to hear us ramble about how we created our own path, but to support a local creative that is creating her own path as well…

Week One: Learning The Basics

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As some of you might know, I have been accepted into a Academic Talent Search program at CSUS and it has been an amazing first week!! I have successfully completed my first week and I have learned so much already. Because of your help, I was able to take two courses this session.

My first class is called “Study Skills For College Learning” and it is the inside scoop on how to have good study habits. My second class is called “Decoding Vocabulary” and is showing me how to decode words and break them down to their latin or greek roots.

My second week starts this morning and I am excited to continue learning throughout the session! Once again, I want to thank everyone who donated to me to make this experience possible. Keep in contact with me here and I will be posting pictures from time to time. I would love to hear your feedback on how to make my college experience better!!

- Noah Davis

The picture below will gives you  an idea on what goes on in my classroom for Decoding Vocabulary. It is really fun.

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Reset Button

When Maritza and I started this blog, we really had no idea what to expect. We knew that we wanted to build an outlet to share what we do and how we do it. We had brainstorm sessions about what to post and the frequency to post it. We had this entire plan of how things would roll out, and how we get the information out.

And although it sounded good at the time… That is exactly what it feels like we need more of… Time… It feels like there is just not enough time in the day for us to sit down and write a blog post. We are so busy living, working 12 hour days, and figuring out some way in between there to spend time with our little DAVILLES, our extended family, and not to mention dedicating time to our marriage.

This thought lead me to an idea that most of us know, but rarely stop to internalize during our daily shuffle called life. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MORE TIME (I use caps to remind myself, not you). We all have the same amount of hours, seconds, and minutes in the day. We cannot change that fact. But, what I have learned (and must remind myself from time to time) is that we CAN change how we allot that time. We CAN change what we focus on, and give our energy to on a moment to moment basis.

With that being said, I am pushing the proverbial reset button today. I am looking at what is most important in my life and giving energy to those things first. The amount of people that read this blog is not what is most important to me. The amount of  times we post on a week to week basis is not what matters most.

From now on, we are going to use this blog as a living document of our lives together and the way we blend all the aspects that intertwine to make us The DAVILLES. And more importantly, so that we never forget the moments we had along the way.

 Because at the end of the day, I would like to be able to say that I inspired others to live their dreams… but not at the cost of living ours. Not at the cost of showing our boys how to live theirs.

And if there is one thing that I have learned in life, it is that life isn’t about the big things. Life is about the small moments like walking to the park and spending focused time with two of the most important people in my life. It is about actually WATCHING when you hear, “Dad! Look at me jump off of the swing.” or “Dad! Slide down the slide with me!”

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MOTHER (Special Preview)

We had the honor and the privilege to enjoy a special preview of MOTHER. Here is a quick wrap up of what you can expect when they open the doors on January 20th, 2014.

MOTHER Sneak Preview from Unseen Heroes on Vimeo.

For more information visit their website: www.mothersacramento.com

All Things Tomato

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A few months ago, while we were at Shoki Ramen House, we were invited to the 17th Annual Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival in Sonoma County. Over the years, we have developed a close relationship with the family that owns Shoki. Partly because Roshaun needs his Shoki fix so we are there almost once a week, but mostly because we just naturally love connecting with people. Getting a sneak peak to the festival is one of the perks of of doing both I guess.

One of the things we love most is being able to use our blog to share the things we experience with you. So here is an inside look at the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival.

Their signature event reveals the delicious flavors of more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in their expanded estate culinary gardens. It was an amazing day of garden tours, exceptional wine and food pairings, dynamic wine and garden seminars, live music, and tomato-inspired bites.

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^^It is always good to see a well produced event, and the Tomato Festival is definitely one of them. From the tenting on the grassy green to the decor and color layout, everything went together to create a great ambiance.

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Shoki even made THE MOST DELICIOUS tomato ramen that we have ever tasted.

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Amongst other things, Kendall-Jackson also makes various flavors of Verjus. I was excited to find a good Verjus because I have a few ideas for recipes. We bought a few bottles, and will be posting them on the blog soon!Kendall-Jackson-Hierloom-Tomato-Festival-Smoked-Olive-and-Sosu-Ketchup-SrirachupWe love going to events like this because you get to meet so many wonderful people. While checking out the vendors we met the team that created SOSU. They make artisan ketchup out of the Bay Area. Their ketchup is so good that we actually had them come out to DISPLAY in Emeryville.

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^^These are just a few of the places we stopped along the rows of vendors. Each had their own twist on tomato based meals. Each one was as delicious as the other.

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Who knew all the things you can do with a Tomato. Hopefully that gave you a good idea at what to expect at the next one!

Dine Downtown (Part Two)

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We recently posted about our work with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership for the 2014 Dine Downtown Campaign, and hinted at this post. Well… It is finally here!

Last night we had the wonderful opportunity to support the California Food Literacy Program and the Dine Downtown Campaign with a special preview dinner at The PilotHouse on the Delta King.

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^^The walkway to the Delta King and The Pilothouse. This entrance definitely gave us the “you have arrived” feeling. The sunset over the Tower Bridge was amazing. It isn’t all the time that we get to stand and watch the sun set over the river, so we stopped to take some pictures before we went on to the boat.

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 ^^While we waited to be seated we explored a few of the decks and learned as little history about the Delta King. We were impressed by the ambiance at The Pilothouse. It was what we coined “refined historic elegance”. You could feel the history of the boat, but the Pilothouse was refined and elegant at the same time.

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^^We loved the fact that the Dine Downtown flyers were laid out around the restaurant, and the fact that the Dine Downtown menu was readily available to look out before we got seated. Check out the official Dine Downtown menu from The Pilothouse.

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^^There was also an option to add on wine paring with each entree of each course.

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^^On the left is an AMAZING Arugula Salad with Point Reyes bleu cheese, red onion, macadamia nuts, and blood orange vinaigrette. On the right is the Braised Short Rib Ravioli with natural jus reduction, wild mushrooms, comté cheese, baby arugula and fried yam hay. We  should note that we are vegetarian, so we didn’t eat the Braised Short Rib Ravioli, but there was a person next to us that ordered it and told us multiple times that it was one of the best dishes that they’ve tasted in a long while.

More-Food-At-Delta-King-Pilot-House-Restaurant^^On the left is the Roasted Cauliflower Soup with garlic herb crostini. It comes with crispy pancetta, but we asked them to sub it for obvious reasons. Words don’t even describe the flavor of the soup. We literally almost fought over who would have the last spoon full (Maritza won just in case you are wondering). On the right is the Grilled Shetland’s Scottish Salmon with Meyer lemon-caper butter sauce, and herb gnocchi. We are still dreaming about this meal, and if there was one reason we will be back to The Pilothouse this week is to have this dish again. Yes people… It is THAT good.

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Delta-King-Server-Food^^Chef Julian (Executive Chef of The Pilothouse) came out to greet us and deliver a special dish.

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^^We even had the dessert wines to pair with the third course. On the left is the Michele Chiarlo Nivole Muscato d’Asti Piedmont that was paired with the Salted Caramel Crème Brule (shown below), and on the left is the Alvear Cream Sherry Andalucia that went perfectly with the Heavenly Flourless Chocolate Cake (shown below).

flan-delta-KingOverall, we had a great time at The Pilothouse on the Delta King. One of the things we loved most about Dine Downtown is that it gave us a reason to go out of the normal places and try something new and find hidden gems of the city. And we are glad we did. The ambiance was great (I mean there are very few places that beat a window seat that overlooks the river). The service was amazing, and the food was DELICIOUS. We will definitely be back!

Dine Downtown week is from January 8th through January 17th, so you have some time to explore the downtown restaurants that are a part of the campaign. For a full list of participating restaurants go to the DSP website.

You will most likely find us out at a few of the participating restaurants over the next few days. Not only do we get to try new places, but we are supporting a good cause in the process. You can’t beat that!!

 *This post is in partnership with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. From time to time, we team up with like minded brands and organizations to help spread information to our readers. In return, they help support our family. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

Dine Downtown (Part One)

We recently had the chance to work on the 2014 Dine Downtown campaign with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. Each year, DSP teams up with over 20 restaurants in downtown Sacramento to provide diners with a unique culinary experience for $30.

This year, DSP asked us to help tell the story of a new component they are adding to the Dine Downtown offerings. We sat in a few brainstorming meeting and we came up with the idea to tell the story of why it is important to participate in Dine Downtown this year.

Here is what we came up with:

Also, later this week we will be doing a special preview of one of the restaurants, and we will be sharing our experience of dinning downtown! So, make sure you stay tuned!

*This post is in partnership with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. From time to time, we team up with like minded brands and organizations to help spread information to our readers. In return, they help support our family. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

In Search Of The Perfect Apple

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It has been a long time tradition for our families to take a trip up to Apple Hill during the fall season. Just by chance that you have been under a rock or have recently moved to the Northern California area, Apple Hill is the perfect spot for… Well… Apples. But, besides the obvious, it is the perfect location for a quick get away and a break in the everyday routine.

A few weeks ago we took a trip up the hill to pick up 50+ candy apples for a grand opening in Kings Beach, and since it was Parkers first time, we decided to make a day out of it.

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The best thing about Apple Hill is seeing all of the different ways that you can consume apples. There is apple pie (in various forms), apple juice, candy apples, apple cheesecake, apple beer… I can go on for days.

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The apple juice was definitely Parkers favorite thing throughout the entire day.

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Apple-Hill-Pumkin-Patch-Hay-StacksThere is also a huge ponds at one of the stops. We always grab a bite to eat and sit around the pond and eat.

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Apple-Hill-Tamales-Green-SalsaOne of the main reasons we love going to Apple Hill is the quality/freshness of the apples. We watched the staff make all of the apples we ordered.

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Of course you have to have at least a few snacks while you are there. We each shared a little bit of everything.

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Three Years Ago…

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Three years ago we packed our bags, got on a plane with our closest family and friends, and took New York to get married. It was an adventure of a lifetime that continues to get better with time. It is truly a blessing to be able to share a life with someone, and work so closely together on a daily basis to achieve all of our dreams. We hope our adventure will inspire you to follow your dreams, follow love, and create a wonderful life. Here is to three years!

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