Monthly Archives: December 2013

Restaurant Month: The most wonderful time of the year.

SLOVCB_logo_comps_9_02_10At long last, after a whole year of waiting, January is here!

We here at Parker Sanpei firmly believe that San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month is the most wonderful time of the year. When else can you get a three-course, prix fixe menu at your favorite regional restaurants for just $30?!?

Thomas Hill Organics

Thomas Hill Organics

From January 1 through January 31, you will find us restaurant-hopping – perhaps even visiting some more than once! Most participating restaurants also offer specially-paired flights of local wine to their menus at an additional cost. We’re particularly excited to dine  in Paso Robles with our dear friends at Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Bar, La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant, and Il Cortile Ristorante. You can view their menus, get contact information, and make reservations by visiting

See you on the town!


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Your 2014 International Festival Punch List

Life is short, travel-hungry friends! And what better time to put together a must-do list of festivals across the world for 2014 than now? Allow us to suggest a few, some you’ve always wanted to try, and a couple you’ve probably never heard of. You’re welcome!


carnival_in_rioRio de Janeiro, Brazil: Carnival
February 28th – March 4th, 2014

Street parades, samba dancing, fireworks, and crazed revelers mark this annual festival – the largest Carnival in the world – held before Lent every year. The first festivals in Rio go back to 1823, and, today, Rio’s Carnival hosts two million people per day on the streets.

Venice, Italy: Festa del Redentore
July 19-20, 2014

Festa del Redentore, Venice, Italy

This massive festival began as a feast to celebrate the passing of the Black Plague of 1576. Today, the festivities are marked by parties across the city, boats filling the Basin of San Marco, an extravagant fireworks display, and even a city-sponsored hangover breakfast on the beach in Lido.

Bastille Day Parade, Paris, France

Paris, France: Bastille Day
July 14, 2014

The first events of France’s democracy in the 18th century are celebrated with Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale. A giant dance party at the Place de la Bastille, a military parade down the Champs-Elysées, and fireworks over the Eiffel Tower are always included.

Sydney, Australia: Vivid Festival
Late May, early June annually

Opera House Test

Top international artists transform Sydney into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark. Immersive light installations mark the festival, but music performances in the Opera House and talks given by leading creative thinkers are also on the bill.

songkranPhuket, Thailand: Songkran Festival
April 13-15 , 2014

Dubbed “the world’s biggest water fight,” the Songkran Festival commemorates the beginning of the solar calendar, but has become a massive excuse to douse thy neighbor. Parades of trucks carrying full water buckets, barrels, and water guns are the norm, and kids especially enjoy the chance to spray anyone and everything they can.

Tunisia: International Festival of the Sahara
End of December annually


For four days at the end of December, thousands of people, mostly from all over Tunisia and other Maghrebien countries, flock to Douz, Tunisia, to celebrate the country’s oldest and most beloved festival. Established in 1910 to make people aware of and appreciate nomadic ways of life and traditions, the festival includes song, dance…and camels, camels, camels.


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IDEAS: Last-Minute Holiday Getaway Destinations

Here we are, a week from Christmas Day, dreaming of the perfect place in which to celebrate. Of course, there’s no place like home for the holidays, but perhaps next year…?

Below, enjoy a few of our (widely varying, yet equally appealing) picks for a last-minute getaway Christmas.  And to you and yours, we at Parker Sanpei wish a season full of wonder and merriment!

Park City, Utah

Holing up in this chic ski resort town for Christmas sounds like heaven. We like the idea of renting a condo and inviting the whole family to enjoy the holiday torchlight parade down the slopes on Christmas Eve at Park City Mountain Resort, followed by toasty drinks around the fire pit and pancakes in the kitchen on Christmas morning.

Park City Collage

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Okay, confession time: We lifted this idea directly from one of our favorite designer’s blogs, Trina Turk.  She spent last Christmas there and describes it as

“a beautifully preserved 500-year-old hill town in central Mexico, and the birthplace of the Mexican Revolution.”


She lists off a few musts including restaurants, churches, galleries, and public spaces where Mariachi bands play. Sounds perfect!

Paris, France

Is there really any comparison, here? Paris for Christmas is superlative in all the right ways. We like the thought of renting an apartment in the Marais, ice skating beneath the Eiffel Tower and attending Christmas services at Notre Dame Cathedral. But then again, what’s not to like about the City of Lights?

Paris collage

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Holiday Wine & Wear Pairings

One of our most successful Parker Sanpei blog posts of all time was one in which we paired wines and wedding dress styles. So, along those lines, we offer a few holiday wines paired with fun fashion ideas. Who knows? Perhaps you will be inspired to sport both a new look and a new wine at your next holiday party!

So…which look/wine are you?

Pairing #1: GLAM


Pairing #2: CLASSIC

Classic Collage

Pairing #3: FUNKY

Funky collage

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