The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

Beautiful Things I Love

    Hangouts

Temecula Library (Pauba Road)
Great views, and since beverages are allowed, I can bring a thermos of tea and sit in a comfortable chair overlooking the canyon below and catch up on magazines. One of my favorite things about Temecula’s other library, the Grace Mellman branch, is their beautiful wisteria arbor. When Pauba Road opened, they planted wisteria on the pathway leading from the parking lot, and it is finally starting to bloom.

Cafe Bravo (Margarita at Date near the Temecula/Murrieta border)
26696 Margarita Road, Murrieta
(951)304-9998

Public House
41971 Main Street, Old Town Temecula
(951)676-7305
Live music on a patio with firepits…need I say more?

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
31938 Temecula Parkway, Temecula
(951)694-0723

Vallee d’Brume
41413 Margarita Road, Temecula
(951)491-0930

    Knitting

Ravelry, A Knit and Crochet Community

Brooklyn Tweed knitting blog

Daily Fiber – a yarn store in Temecula

Knitting Pretty by Kris Percival and Stitch & Bitch by Debbie Stoller

    Tea

California Tea & Coffee Brewery
40315 Winchester, Temecula
(951)693-5727

The Tea House on Los Rios
31731 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano
(949)443-3914

Mariage Freres

Old Town Spice Merchants
41925 Fifth Street, Old Town Temecula
(951)587-2223
Try their Parisian blend. This shop is a feast for all the senses.

    Gardening

Gardens of the World DVD series narrated by Audrey Hepburn (available on Netflix)

Sunset Magazine and books. Their Western Garden Book is a must-have reference for every California gardener

The Private World of Tasha Tudor by Tasha Tudor and Richard Brown. Don’t miss the pictures of her corgis running in the snow.

Organic Gardening Magazine

    Sensory Feasting

Old Town Temecula Farmer’s Market – Saturday mornings year-round. Certified organic. This is a superlative market.

Temecula Olive Oil Co.
28653 Old Town Front Street, Temecula
(951)693-0607

Spice Merchants (see “Tea” above)

Scentsy – Vera Alexander – the most innovative thing to happen to candles since matches

    Yoga

Living Yoga
28544 Old Town Front Street, Temecula
(951) 676-2206
Read the review my friend Natalie Rohwer and I wrote about Living Yoga for Taste of Temecula

Sweat Cardio & Yoga
31754 Temecula Parkway, Suite A, Temecula
(951)302-0088
I love instructor Jean Oshima.

Erica Myers-Russo teaches a weekly outdoor (!) yoga class on Saturday mornings through Temecula Parks & Rec. The price breaks down to an unbeatable $6 per class. This class is popular so enroll early. No drop-ins.

Deb Potts of Yoga for Life offers a FREE yoga class every first, second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at Temecula United Methodist Church (42690 Margarita Road, Temecula.)

    Artists

Local jeweler Tina Steinberg has studio space inside Anela Apothecary (41377 Margarita, Temecula, near Tangerine Boutique.) My current favorite: a silver “I am not afraid; I was born to do this” pendant on a black leather cord.

Katinka (“Tinka”) Clementsmith’s paintings can be found at local treasure Eclectic Bookstore (39520 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta – at Margarita near Sonic and Fresh & Easy.)

    Healers

Dr Mau Nguyen, DDS of Newport Commons Dental has been our dentist for several years. I am a dental-phobe and his competent, soothing manner is wonderful. He is also very honest and ethical. His lovely wife runs his front office.

Dr Tracy Tranchitella of The Stillpoint Center – integrative medicine. Regular readers will remember her from “the saliva test.” She is an expert in hormones.

Chiang Mai Thai Massage (32435 Temecula Parkway, Temecula, (951)302-4777) is restful and pristine. Prices are steep after the initial first-time-customer offer, but it’s well worth it.

    Wine

The Temecula Winegrowers Association has the latest info on wineries in town

Stuart Cellars makes my favorite Temecula-area wines. I love all their reds but their meritages are standouts.

Keyways Winery is one of the prettiest settings in the Temecula Wine Region. I love their cork room, the big Fechin Inn-style fireplace, and the rose-bordered lawn. Their incredible bathrooms are a must-see. Proprietor Teri Pebley Delhamer has the only woman-owned winery in Southern California.

Ponte’s wines aren’t my absolute favorites (though don’t get me wrong; they are good), but Ponte is worth visiting for the setting. Their theme is “A day in the country” (meaning Tuscany, not Arkansas.)

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