As a followup to The Kindness of Strangers post, I'd like to take a moment to showcase some wonderful strangers you should know more about:
In Italy: Michelle Fabio of Bleeding Espresso and Goat Berries not only gave a big yes to my request to put both of her blogs on our blogroll, but provided me with some much-needed advice on blogging etiquette and what to watch out for. Prior to that email from Michelle, I wasn’t entirely sure that I was going in the right direction.
I’m not the only LostGirls contributor who loves her writing style (Mary sent me my first link to Bleeding Espresso a while back), but I am the one who owes her a debt of gratitude for her Bleeding Espresso post “GutCheck: How Bad Do You Want It.” I happened upon this post right in the middle of my prepwork for the launch of all five sites. It reminded me of why I started the LostGirls project in the first place. And as if that weren’t enough, the day of the LostGirls launch, Michelle posted another great get-off-your-ass post, "What AreYou Waiting For?"
Honestly, I’ve never thought twice about how to raise and take care of goats, but I return regularly to Goat Berries to read what Michelle has to say (and see the pictures of all the goats, of course!). And now you can also find her at Gemelli Press, a boutique book publishing company based in both Seattle, Washington and Calabria, Italy.
In California: I have been a huge fan of the Honig Vineyard & Winery ever since my best friend and her husband first took me there for a tasting. Every time I’ve been there since, I have really enjoyed myself and I always get a kick out of the people who work there. My friends have always raved about Kelly Bria, but I only got to meet her once, in passing. And on my last visit, before leaving California, we had David Cruz as our tasting guide (definitely the highlight of that trip to Napa). So imagine how excited I was when I went to the Honig VISIT page, to send the link to a friend, and found both of our favorite Honig people pictured there.
Honig is one of the things I miss most about California. If you haven't been there, you need to check out that VISIT page right now and tell Kelly you can't wait to visit. While you're in the area, also check out Elizabeth Spencer Wines, just down the street.
Not enough incentive? Check out the badassery: