Um, where has this past month gone? After looking at today’s date and the date of my last post, I realized it’s been over a month since I’ve blogged. I am the absolute worst.
It’s been one crazy month with travel and work, but I am making it a priority to carve out more time for blogging! Stay with me, friends. I promise to get better at this.
While I was on hiatus, however, my wonderful friend, Grace, designed a new header for my blog! I’m so happy with it. She’s such a talented designer and the good news is she does free-lance work if you’re looking to hire anyone!
Anyways! I wanted to share a quick recap of our SF and Napa vacation (which was almost a month ago.. ha). We had an absolute blast exploring both areas– the delicious food, wine, beer, and of course, the sights. Here are a few of my favorite things we did/food we ate. If you’re traveling there soon, I highly recommend the following:
— Dinner at The Slanted Door
— Breakfast at Buena Vista Cafe (The Irish coffees are a MUST)
— Bay cruise around Alcatraz and under Golden Gate Bridge (full bar on board – we obviously took advantage of that)
— Biking the full loop of Golden Gate Park. It’s absolutely gorgeous and a great way to see everything in less than two hours.
— Lunch at Nick’s Cripsy Tacos. It’s in a completely random location in Russian Hill, but hands down was the best tacos/guac I’ve ever tasted. So glad my coworker recommended a stop here!
— A stop at Muir Woods. We loved seeing the Redwoods.
— A stop (or longer) in Sausalito. It’s so adorable, a lot warmer and a totally different feel than SF. We had a fabulous brunch at Le Garage on our way up to Napa.
— Highly recommend Napa River Inn in downtown Napa. They upgraded us to a large King bed and room with a patio upon arrival (no extra charge). Every morning you can select three breakfast items from the bakery next door, as well as the time you’d like them to arrive, and the staff delivers you breakfast in bed — all included in room price! We had some delicious breakfast sandwiches, pastries and fresh fruit parfaits every morning.
— Wine tastings at: Duckhorn, V. Sattui (had an amazing deli and store on site with fresh sandwiches, salads, cheese and crackers, etc. Perfect if you’re starving for lunch — like we were!) and Castello di Amorosa — gorgeous castle that has several different types of tours and tastings to choose from. This was a favorite of ours — had to ship a case home to enjoy!
— A stop, day or stay in Yountville. It’s so adorable and one day when we can afford it, we’ll stay there and eat Bouchon Bakery goods and dine at The French Laundry every day
— Lunch at Taylor’s Refresher in St. Helena
— Dinner at any of the downtown Napa restaurants. We were so lucky they were steps away from our hotel. We absolutely loved Celadon— incredible Moscow mules, sweet coconut fried prawns salad, and maybe my favorite dessert everrrrr: chocolate and hazelnut mousse bars. Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant was also delicious. I just had sushi and miso soup since we had a large, late lunch, but the spicy tuna roll was the best I’ve ever had and the s’more dessert was amazingggg.
— A stop at downtown Napa’s new-ish Oxbow Public Market. Much like DC’s Union Market, it had tons of great little shops with spices, coffees, bath products, etc. And then obviously a great food presence — pizza, burgers, oysters, etc. Zan and I hit up Hog Island Oyster Bar for happy hour and split a bottle of wine. He ate a salad and I slurped down tons of oysters.. ha.
Hope this helps any of you planning a trip out west! We had the best time and we can’t wait to go back again one day. Helpful hint: you really can’t go wrong with food and wineries out there. All of it is amazing and the experience is one you’ll remember forever!