What we are watching. Pick of the Litter. The 2018 Netflix documentary by Dan Nachman and Don Hardy about a two-year odyssey following puppies training to be guide dogs for the blind is guaranteed to warm your heart. Given that Guide Dogs for the Blind is headquartered locally in San Rafael, California, you may recognized a fellow do-gooder (or feel inspired to get involved). Can’t get enough of your puppy fix? A docuseries will soon be released on Disney+.

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji. From the creator of Survivor, 66 teams descend upon Fiji to compete in the most epic global adventure race ever attempted. Bear Grylls hosts this 10-episode, 11-day expedition that pushes competitors to their physical and emotional limits. You may lose a few pounds just by watching this series!

What we are listening to. Podcasts (via the web and the Podcasts and Spotify apps on your phone). The Art of Charm with AJ Harbinger. AJ is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. Through this podcast you can learn strategies to improve your career, confidence, lifestyle, and relationships from top experts including life and business-hackers. With more than 700 episodes, there is something for every person and every situation.

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. Writer, director and actor Dax is endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human. He interviews notable and successful people who are surprisingly candid about their struggles and shortcomings. Recent podcasts include Tom Brady and Seth MacFarlane, and the series includes 257 episodes and counting.

What we are eating. Take-out or delivery (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) from our favorite local restaurants! We were heartbroken to learn that, after 43 years, one of our favorite East Bay Italian restaurants closed: Prima Ristorante in Walnut Creek. (Thankfully the wine shop next door remains open). Local businesses need us more than ever. Some of our favorites are Pancoast Pizza in Walnut Creek, Postino (Lafayette), Jack’s Restaurant Bar & Grill (Pleasant Hill, San Bruno, San Mateo, and Newark), all the Starks Restaurants in the North Bay including Willie’s Wine Bar (Santa Rosa), Monti’s (Santa Rosa), and Bravas (Healdsburg). Also, Sweet T’s Restaurant + Bar (Windsor) and The Parish Café (Healdsburg) for more casual offerings.

How we are getting our travel fix. Watching the series Street Food: Latin America on Netflix. In this vibrant docuseries, Latin American chefs tell their stories and bring a taste of tradition and innovation to their delicious offerings. Need more? Watch Street Food: Asia (also on Netflix). Explore street food in nine Asian cities and hear the stories of the people who craft the delicious fare.

Are you hungry yet? Don’t forget to stop by your local breweries and wineries for libations too!

Cheers!