Archive for July, 2008

Summer blackberries

July 26, 2008

Hi everyone-

Well, it was a busy, busy week…from San Francisco to Santa Barbara to New York and back.  And by the time I got home, all that I wanted to do was relax and spend some time with Tolan and the boys.

One of the things that Miles and I really like to do together is pick wild blackberries right here in Mill Valley.  Its a such a simple pleasure but truly satisfying.  Hayden’s just figured out how to walk and he’s running rampant all over the house.  So, Miles and I decided that the thorny brush might not be the best place for him and Miles brought along his buddy Kyle to join in the hunting and gathering.  For all of us to be able to take a short walk, throw on some gloves and eat and pick until we can’t eat anymore, is just a lot of fun.  And then, to be able to take it all back home and make jams and pies really completes the whole adventure.  Or, this time, maybe we’ll pick up an ice cream maker at The Shop and churn up some fresh blackberry ice cream.  Sounds like a perfect summer Saturday to me!

I hope you are all having a good weekend and enjoying some time with your friends and family.

Cheers,

Tyler

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Tune in!

July 23, 2008

Hi everyone-

It’s been a big week of travel already and its only Wednesday. I started out in San Francisco yesterday and ended up in Santa Barbara where I made a guest appearance on a fantastic new show that my friend Ryan Seacrest is producing.  I’ll keep the details a secret so you’ll just have to keep an eye out for it this Fall on NBC.  Its a lot of fun down in Santa Barbara and believe it or not, there’s more to the area than just the beautiful beaches.  Santa Barabara and up into the Central California Coast is actually one of the hottest wine regions in the country.  Keep an eye out for great Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara and you might even recognize a few of the more famous producers.  If you’ve seen Sideways, you’ll remember ‘The Hitching Post,’ a fun wine to pick up for a summer bbq.

Today, I’m back on a plane and off to NYC where I’ll be shooting ‘The View.’  Its such a fun show and I hope you’ll all check your local listings to watch on Friday morning, July 25.

Let me know what you think and I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to welcoming baby Dorothy into the world…3 weeks and counting!

Cheers,

Tyler

Christmas with Chuck Williams

July 10, 2008

Hi everyone-

Okay, don’t worry, I’m not crazy…I know its not Christmas.  But, I did get a really nice surprise today at The Shop.

For the past three days, I’ve been shooting some episodes of a great Food Network series called ‘Dear Food Network.’  And, as often happens in the television business, we shoot some stuff in advance, like holiday specials.  Well, right in the middle of my holiday segment, in walks the one and only Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma, a true pioneer and a hugely inspirational man.

Many years ago, Chuck followed his dream to bring the best European culinary equipment and foods to America.  And, as history will show, he truly did help us all fall in love with our kitchens.  He’s built an empire and has set the standard for the kitchen retail business across the country.

I am so honored that Chuck took the time to stop by, say hello and see what is going on at my shop.  I hope the holiday decorations didn’t throw him off! Thanks, Chuck.

Cheers,

Tyler