Where I've Been

Phew! The past few months have been a whirlwind — good and bad, mostly good, but above all FULL. Have you ever had those times in your life where you just have to stop, take a deep breath, and consider all of those magical little balls you've got up in the air? Then how you'll manage to keep all of them flowing up there simultaneously? Inevitably, one will fall here and there. For me, that has been keeping my personal blog and portfolio up-to-date. Perhaps this will be the impetus to bringing back some me-time to my life in the new year. Let's hope so.

I'm about a dozen blog drafts deep with adventures, photo shoots, and fun projects I want to share with you guys — soon, I promise. In the meantime, I'm excited to share some work I recently shot for With The Locals. Two weeks ago, I did an Instagram "takeover" of their account in order to show folks around the Napa Valley through the eyes of a local. Showcasing a few of my favorite moments during the week-long takeover here...for all of my favorite stuff, click back to the week of Nov. 9 on With The Local's Instagram feed. 

Farm to table at it’s best, Farmstead in St. Helena is one of my favorite spots to hang out and have a cozy cup of morning coffee. Their adorable outdoor cafe sits underneath towering redwoods and is open daily.

Farm to table at it’s best, Farmstead in St. Helena is one of my favorite spots to hang out and have a cozy cup of morning coffee. Their adorable outdoor cafe sits underneath towering redwoods and is open daily.

Being a vegetarian in the Napa Valley is easy with so many restaurants sourcing local + in-season produce…like Sam’s Social Club! It’s in a cute little town called Calistoga that’s located just up-valley (as the locals say, but what it really means is “North”!) from Napa. Each time I stop by Sam’s, there are new, inventive veggie dishes to enjoy, and holy heck they have the best french fries in town! And also, let’s talk about fried brussels sprouts served with house made garlic aioli. If you’re into classic cocktails, this place is not to be missed — try “The Plunge” which is gin, St. Germain, lemon, verjus, and homemade grapefruit bitters.

Being a vegetarian in the Napa Valley is easy with so many restaurants sourcing local + in-season produce…like Sam’s Social Club! It’s in a cute little town called Calistoga that’s located just up-valley (as the locals say, but what it really means is “North”!) from Napa. Each time I stop by Sam’s, there are new, inventive veggie dishes to enjoy, and holy heck they have the best french fries in town! And also, let’s talk about fried brussels sprouts served with house made garlic aioli. If you’re into classic cocktails, this place is not to be missed — try “The Plunge” which is gin, St. Germain, lemon, verjus, and homemade grapefruit bitters.

Art is alive in the Napa Valley! And it's great news because that means every time I get the itch to see a great exhibit, I don't always need to drive to San Francisco. Locally, my favorite art spot is DiRosa sitting pretty amongst the vineyards, this is a progressive art museum.

Art is alive in the Napa Valley! And it's great news because that means every time I get the itch to see a great exhibit, I don't always need to drive to San Francisco. Locally, my favorite art spot is DiRosa sitting pretty amongst the vineyards, this is a progressive art museum.

Though I try to eat pretty healthy, it's tough in Napa sometimes...and I most definitely got my pumpkin fix today! This is the best milkshake of my life, made with local ice cream and organic milk, and available at Gott's for the month of November only. Then I have to wait a whole year for it again! Who needs a pumpkin spice latte when you could have this instead?!

Though I try to eat pretty healthy, it's tough in Napa sometimes...and I most definitely got my pumpkin fix today! This is the best milkshake of my life, made with local ice cream and organic milk, and available at Gott's for the month of November only. Then I have to wait a whole year for it again! Who needs a pumpkin spice latte when you could have this instead?!

There are more than 450 wineries in the Napa Valley and Frog's Leap has been my absolute favorite since the first time I visited, before even moving here. Their cozy wrap-around porch, gorgeous garden, and friendly staff make it feel like my second home. Much of their organically grown fruit is located on the property, and 100% of their operation is dry-farmed which means it's totally free of irrigation. This is particularly important being in the midst of one of CA's worst droughts in decades. Their beautiful wines are a bit lower in alcohol to embrace the depth of flavor in each distinct varietal — each of which have been dry-farmed for the entirety of their lifespan. As owner John Williams once said "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" They were ahead of the curve. I can't tell you how much this place means to me - pay them a visit next time you're in town! And be sure to give winery dog, Abbie, a good belly scratch for me.

There are more than 450 wineries in the Napa Valley and Frog's Leap has been my absolute favorite since the first time I visited, before even moving here. Their cozy wrap-around porch, gorgeous garden, and friendly staff make it feel like my second home. Much of their organically grown fruit is located on the property, and 100% of their operation is dry-farmed which means it's totally free of irrigation. This is particularly important being in the midst of one of CA's worst droughts in decades. Their beautiful wines are a bit lower in alcohol to embrace the depth of flavor in each distinct varietal — each of which have been dry-farmed for the entirety of their lifespan. As owner John Williams once said "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" They were ahead of the curve. I can't tell you how much this place means to me - pay them a visit next time you're in town! And be sure to give winery dog, Abbie, a good belly scratch for me.

The Napa Valley has its share of fantastic wineries and food options, but it’s also chock-full of incredibly progressive small businesses and artists. I have the pleasure of styling and shooting much of the work created by my favorite letterpress company, Shipwright & Co., a duo made up of my sister Jen Kruch and dear friend Jessie Alberts. Shipwright is an environmentally conscious mountain-top printshop with a distinct style, sense of humor, and impeccable craftsmanship that sets them apart from the pack. Whenever shooting their work, my righthand styling tool is always locally-sourced and seasonal botanicals from The Monkey Flower Group. A Bay Area Green Business, TMFG is owned and operated by amazingly talented florist Jaime Giorgi. When visiting, you’ll find both greeting cards from Shipwright and floral arrangements from TMFG for sale within the vendors at our public market.

The Napa Valley has its share of fantastic wineries and food options, but it’s also chock-full of incredibly progressive small businesses and artists. I have the pleasure of styling and shooting much of the work created by my favorite letterpress company, Shipwright & Co., a duo made up of my sister Jen Kruch and dear friend Jessie Alberts. Shipwright is an environmentally conscious mountain-top printshop with a distinct style, sense of humor, and impeccable craftsmanship that sets them apart from the pack. Whenever shooting their work, my righthand styling tool is always locally-sourced and seasonal botanicals from The Monkey Flower Group. A Bay Area Green Business, TMFG is owned and operated by amazingly talented florist Jaime Giorgi. When visiting, you’ll find both greeting cards from Shipwright and floral arrangements from TMFG for sale within the vendors at our public market.

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