See Saw Seen Eyewear; Travel Vacation Necessity

Friday November 29, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 1 Comment

See Saw Seen Eyewear

See Saw Seen Eyewear

I’m not a fan of shopping for anything; clothes, shoes, groceries. If I can buy it online, I’m happy. So when the folks at See Saw Seen Eyewear asked me if I wanted to review their prescription glasses from the comfort of my house, I jumped at the chance. Have you ever heard of an eyewear company that makes house calls?

See Saw Seen Eyewear

Family owned and operated by a San Francisco, California-based optometrist, See Saw Seen Eyewear was started by Jenny and Eric Tse who saw an opportunity to offer high quality and fashionable prescriptive and non-prescriptive eyewear at affordable prices, combined with in person try on services in the greater bay area. The company offers a wide variety of glasses, available online, without the costs associated of a brick and mortar store.

 

glasses

Nancy D. Brown wearing her glasses from See Saw Seen Eyewear

Online optical boutique

While I love my optometrist, her office doesn’t always carry the frames I’m looking for. With See Saw Seen Eyewear, patients go online, upload a head shot of themselves and begin trying glasses on virtually. Next, send your eyewear selections to the website and See Saw Seen will bring the frames to your house (or a mutually agreed upon location) for you to try on.

In my case, Jenny Tse selected several additional glasses for me to try on, as I was purchasing computer glasses and prescriptive sunglasses. The company offers three categories of eyewear; light and flexible, wooden and retro – think thick plastic frames. There is a frame-fitting guide on the See Saw Seen Eyewear website and live chat is available online.

The in person try on service takes about an hour and provides professional advice on fit. The glasses are then sent to a professional lab and mailed to you within one to two weeks.

Pricing

All glasses start at $88, including frames, single vision cost and shipping. Bifocals and progressive lenses are available for an additional cost.

See Saw Seen sunglasses

See Saw Seen sunglasses

Safety, fits, performance eyewear

While glasses can be a fashion statement, everyone from children to adults should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from damaging UV rays.

“You don’t see the effects of UV damage until your older years,” says See Saw Seen Optometrist Jenny Tse. “Be proactive to delay early onset of cataracts and macular degeneration.”

Eyewear should reflect the personality and style of the wearer. “Since we are a San Francisco based company and we live in San Francisco, it made sense for me to name each frame after a San Francisco street,” said Jenny.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @SeeSawSeenEye on Twitter and visit their Facebook page for tips on eye care.

Where to buy:

See. Saw. Seen Eyewear  (415) 603-202 or (855) 683-2093

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Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. See Saw Seen Eyewear supplied me with these single vision prescription glasses for review.

Flavor Napa Valley: Celebrating California Food and Wine

Wednesday November 27, 2013 at 6:06 AM | 2 Comments

chefs, Appellation Trail, Flavor Napa Valley

The Appellation Trail underway at the CIA Greystone, Flavor Napa Valley 2013

Wondering what wine to serve at your holiday dinner? Looking to travel to Napa Valley wine country in the off season or perhaps you simply enjoy fun food and wine events? I recommend the California wine country event Flavor! Napa Valley.

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is the belle of the ball at this multi-day event, as proceeds from Flavor! Napa Valley support programs and scholarships at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena, California.

Flavor Napa Valley

Currently in its third year, this November food and wine event is a favorite for locals, as well as wine connoisseurs from across the country.

“A signature event in Napa Valley was long overdue,” said CIA graduate and Bottega Chef and Owner Michael Chiarello.

Chef Bill Heubel

Chef Bill Heubel at Flavor Napa Valley

November in wine country

With the grape harvest over and the crowds dissipated, November is an ideal time to travel to the Napa Valley before the Thanksgiving holiday. From wine lovers bootcamp to cooking demonstrations, The Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley, interactive lunches and Dinner with Napa Valley winemakers, there is an event for everyone.

I attended The Appellation Trail Friday evening at the CIA at Greystone and Saturday night Dinner with Napa Valley Winemakers. Both venues offered excellent opportunities to taste a wide array of wines, many new to me, as well as old favorites.

At the Dinner with Napa Valley Winemakers, the evening began with a wine reception at Meritage Resort and Spa, followed by a dinner with twenty five Napa Valley winemakers.

I had the pleasure of being seated with Dario De Conti, owner and winemaker of Ca’ Momi Napa Valley and his wife and business partner Valentina Guolo-Migotto. It was at The Appellation Trail event that I discovered their bignes from Ca’ Momi Enoteca and learned of their Italian restaurant inside Napa’s Oxbow Public Market.

Ca'Momi Reserve Pinot Noir

Ca’Momi Reserve Pinot Noir

As I mentioned, both events offer consumers an opportunity to taste the food and wine and interact one-on-one with the Napa Valley chefs and winemakers. Our table hosts introduced me to several Ca’Momi wines, including the 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve from Carneros (my Thanksgiving dinner wine) and the luscious 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.

Bing also introduced their new Food & Drink app for Windows, designed for use in the kitchen. The app offers access to recipes from top chefs to food bloggers and a wine encyclopedia with information on over 1.5 million bottles of wine.

Insider Tip

Whether you plan to attend one event or multiple food and wine events, I recommend you bring a designated drive or stay overnight at a Napa Valley hotel.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @FlavorNapa on Twitter.

If You Go:

Flavor! Napa Valley

I was a guest of Flavor Napa Valley and Bing. All photos courtesy of food and wine writer Nancy D. Brown.

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Passports with Purpose: Alderbrook Resort helps Africa

Monday November 25, 2013 at 9:09 PM | 4 Comments

Alderbrook Resort

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Imagine sitting on the deck, a glass of wine in hand, while watching and eagle catch thermals above the canal.

With your $10 donation, you could be kayaking on Washington’s Hood Canal, enjoying dinner at The Alderbrook Restaurant or relaxing at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa. This is just one of  the travel prizes up for grabs at this year’s Passports with Purpose.

Passports with Purpose is celebrating their sixth year of fund-raising for a cause. I’m pleased to say that this travel blogger has supported Passports with Purpose from the start and I continue to be involved in 2013.

Last year we raised $100,000 for Water.org to fund five water wells in Haiti.

This year, close to 150 travel bloggers from around the world will participate in Passports with Purpose 2013.

Together with your support, the money will fund buildOn to help construct three primary schools and fund three Adult Literary Programs in the Sikasso Region of Mali, Africa.

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Building schools in Africa with buildOn

Passports with Purpose Prizes

To see a list of prizes on the Passports With Purpose website check here. Each donated prize will link back to a full description of the prizes on the blogger’s website.

Your purchase of a $10 raffle ticket will help support Passports with Purpose and ultimately build three primary schools and several Adult Literacy Programs in Mali, Africa. For each $10 in donations that you make to Passports with Purpose, you will be entered to win a prize (or prizes) of your choice. The fundraiser begins on November 26th and closes at midnight on December 9, 2013. On Monday, December 16, 2013 Passports with Purpose volunteers will notify prize winners. All proceeds go directly to buildOn.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa, located a convenient two hours from Seattle on Washington’s Hood Canal,  is donating a one night stay in a Canal View guestroom, a $50 dining credit at The Restaurant at Alderbrook and $50 spa credit at The Spa at Alderbrook.  The suggested retail value of this Alderbrook Resort & Spa package is $385. Thank you Alderbrook Resort & Spa  for your generous donation.

Certificate is based on availability
Valid Sunday through Friday
Not valid on holiday weekends
Certificate includes resort fee and applicable room tax
Promotional Certificates are not replaceable if lost or stolen

Article written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip

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