I have never enjoyed the ritual of making New Year’s resolutions, because I seem to make personal resolutions more frequently than once a year.

However, I do think that at the end of the year we all get time to renew connections with family, friends, and ourselves.  For me, it also involves the opportunity to travel somewhere where I can unwind and relax away from the feverish activity that accompanies the end of each year. 

We drove up to Santa Barbara to celebrate the New Year with some dear friends at their family-owned vineyard, Sunstone in Santa Ynez.  Our friends were gracious enough to open their stunning estate created from all-imported French salvaged materials.  We opened favorite bottles of wine, rare champagne and uniquely crafted port.  We feasted on gourmet foods, talked, laughed, and toasted 2011, while sitting around the pizza oven and long kitchen table.  It was such a memorable New Year’s Eve, that it occurred to me how important it is to spend time with friends.

Sunstone Estate Courtyard

Sunstone Estate Courtyard

Sunstone Estate Side View

Sunstone Estate Side View

For the New Year and always, it is imperative for me to keep my mental and physical being in optimum condition, so that I’m able to be the most creative and available for my business and family.  As a result, I’m always searching for places, foods, and unique items that make me feel alive.

Among my most recent obsessions that I have found over the holidays:

For the home: I think rejuvenation is being able to take a bath at home with a favorite candle.  Lafco candles are currently one of my favorites, which is ironic because Oprah had it as one of her favorite things.  We have some new scents on their way and I can hardly wait.

Lafco Candle

Lafco Candle

For the soul: Camilias are finally blooming at our home and it is such a decadent pleasure.  Not only are they beautiful but their delicate, fragrant scent is spiritually uplifting.



For the heart: Swimming, like yoga, is a therapeutic exercise and finding beautiful places to swim are inspiring to me.

For the mood: The song “You’ve Got The Love“ by Florence and the Machine has been on the radio several times recently when I get in the car and it is really an uplifting gorgeous song.

And for those of you who have resolutions regarding Extraordinary Desserts, don’t stay away too long.  We have healthier options on our menu to indulge in.  Enjoy.

About Extraordinary Desserts

Over 20 years ago, Karen Krasne opened the first Extraordinary Desserts at 2929 5th Avenue near San Diego’s Balboa Park. Since then, Extraordinary Desserts has become one of San Diego’s most prominent dining establishments and has expanded to include a second location in San Diego’s Little Italy area at 1430 Union Street as well as a line of gourmet products and a robust online store. From the dazzling artistry and sublime taste of its award-winning sweets to the attentive customer service, Extraordinary Desserts has built a strong reputation for its decadent, gourmet dessert creations, elegant eats, and extraordinary experience. As a result, Extraordinary Desserts is consistently a top pick by critics and readers of both local and national publications. Owner and executive chef Karen Krasne studied at Paris’ best pastry schools. She uses only organic ingredients when possible, and adorns each luxurious dessert with locally-grown fresh flowers, her signature edible gold leaf, autumn leaves, and sinfully sweet sauces making her creations a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Extraordinary Desserts, Little Italy 1430 Union Street San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 294-7001 Extraordinary Desserts, Balboa Park 2929 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 Phone: (619) 294-2132
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