Chez Christenson (aka Vikingshem aka our house) was a slice of bliss for our very favorite holiday of the year: THANKSGIVING! We hosted our 9th annual Friendsgiving. Inspired after a trip to Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant in New York, I began my Thanksgiving table madness in the early summer. The cream colored ceramic plates with the organic deep brown edges were actually used at Blue Hill (designed by Mondays and I was able to purchase them from the Blue Hill Market ( I decided to mix it up this year with a second set of insanely gorgeous black plates by Eric Bonnin Ceramics ( which I found at Spartan Shop

I obsessively hunted down the most perfect Laguiole cutlery with black and brass handles, and accented with black linen napkins from Dot and Army which I found on one of my favorite CURATED sites: Food 52 ( And I could not resist the brass touches from the coolest napkin rings from West Elm (  The table was anchored with the perfect shade of grey linen table cloth from Crate and Barrel (

Of course, cozy grey Icelandic Sheep Skins from DWR ( gave us the feel of fall as draped a bench and a few chairs.

The table was the perfect setting to share a loving and delicious meal with my most treasured friends.

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Cooking wth Cristina Brino at Finca Adalgisa – Modern Mendoza Barbecue

Amid the majestic Andes mountains lies the Finca Adalgisa Hotel, Vineyard, and Winery.  This gem is quietly situated in Chacras de Coria, a small village in the north province of Mendoza, Argentina.  As you will find with a simple google search, we are not the first to be enchanted by the magical Finca Adalgisa and it’s prized attraction: a cooking class with chef Christina Brino.  Hosted in an outdoor kitchen featuring a clay stove fueled by wood and fire, just adjacent to the the estate garden and vineyard, we embarked on a tasty journey with the charming Chef and her modern take on traditional Mendoza barbeque. Fresh, estate grown ingredients were featured throughout the night as we started from scratch making empanadas, garden fresh chimmichurri, fresh veggies, then ventured to grilling thick steaks on the open flame and finished with a caramelized fresh grilled fruit desert. The class was a casual blend of demonstration and hands on cooking techniques, accompanied by bountiful amounts of Finca Adalgisa’s opulent estate bottled wine(we really loved the malbec).  This beautiful evening of cooking, eating, and drinking fine food and wine was one of the most memorable events of our adventures in Argentina.

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Bar Agricole, Another San Francisco Treat

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In a metropolis of legendary food and drink, where quality is not only expected but easily found, Bar Agricole is one more gem to be enjoyed in the “City by the Bay”. This clean, modern, and warm space, with industrial accents, creates an  inviting environment that allows the food and drink shine. The vibe is friendly and laid back, but the cocktails and menu are nothing short of creative and sophisticated. Cocktails are constructed using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, and we especially enjoyed Rum Agricole drinks. The menu, like one would expect in San Fran, changes daily and is littered with the best available ingredients from local farmers and artisans. If you are having a hard time justifying a visit to the amazing San Francisco food and drink scene, Bar Agricole is reason enough.

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Bar Agricole355 Eleventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

High West Distillery & Saloon, good whiskey and times in Park City, Utah

In the picturesque mountain town of Park City, Utah, sits an unassuming structure where a new style of American Whiskey is being realized. High West Distillery finds its home at the base of the of the Park City Ski Resort and during the winter months may be the worlds only ski-in distillery. High West was founded by David Perkins in 2004 and is the first legally licensed distillery in Utah since the end of Prohibition. They are producing some of the most innovative and delicious New-American whiskeys and spirits ranging from Vodkas made from oats to whiskey blends featuring rye, bourbon, and scotch, and a barreled aged Manhattan (of which we are huge fans).  The Distillery’s self proclaimed Gastro-Saloon serves up refined comfort pub food featuring locally sourced ingredients. We were pleased to discover that the High West Distillery gives all their finished mash (which was used to make the whiskey) to a local farmer who feeds it to his dairy cows then, in turn, makes cheese for the saloon’s restaurant from the cows milk. High West will will satisfy the hardcore whiskey enthusiast and intrigue those new to whiskey. The high quality craft approach, which embodies the essence of the wild west, can easily be tasted in the spirits produced by the forward thinking yet traditional alchemist at High West Distillery.

The whiskey at High West is well crafted and quite enjoyable we love the them all especially the American Prairie Reserve, Campfire, 21 Year old Rocky Mountain Rye, and the 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan!

Well worth a visit or three, Cheers! Eat, Love, Live, Be Merry, and Drink Curated.

For more information on High West Distilleries fine whiskeys, spirits and history, see below (most of there whiskeys are available throughout the United States):

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Five Vivid Albums for a Picturesque Autumn

Autumn has recently bestowed its vibrance upon us blanketing the hillsides with rich, illuminating, and spirited colors. There is subtle hint of chill in the air and the sun’s soft light is now kissing the northern hemisphere. We recently took some time experiencing this awesome annual transformation from Mother Nature in the Hills of northern Utah. We found the following 5 albums to be the perfect accompaniment for this brilliant time of year, and hope you can enjoy these as much as we have.

Enjoy! We have selected a song from each of the 5 albums for your listening pleasure.

Grizzly Bear: Shields, song Sleeping Ute

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First Aid Kit: The Lions Roar, song Wolf

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Band of Horses: Mirage rock, song, Knock Knock

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Tallest Man on Earth: There’s No Leaving Now, song Leading Me Now

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Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan, song, About to Die

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Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, Breathe Fall, and Listen Curated.