Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cali Recap part 1

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for being MIA for the past couple of weeks but things have been super busy at home, work and school... There is so much stuff going on I barely have had time to think straight! I had planned out (in my head) a really detailed, long blog about California and all the pretty places we went and the delicious food we had....but I'm afraid it's going to have to be slightly more topline than that.... so I can try to get in all the other stuff that's been going on at some point!

So let's get started shall we!

We got up Thursday morning (at a crisp 3:30am) made some coffee, got dressed, threw some last minute things in our bag and headed out the door around 4am for our 6am flight out of Dayton. I won't get into this with too much detail but let's just say that morning involved a (torrential) downpour, poor planning by the Dayton airport parking team and a slight freakout about actually making our flight.

Fast forward to a layover, an egg mcmuffin and a couple of hours later and we are in beautiful San Francisco! As you can recall I posted some pictures of the castle on the Ocean that looked like it was floating on some kind of cloud....well these were pics from google images of the "Cliff House" apparantly from it's glory days.... It doesnt look like that anymore...apparantly it didn't just look like it might slip from that cliff at any moment into the ocean...but it actually almost did. So it was gutted and rebuilt with a more modern style.... not as glitzy...but still amazing views from the inside



Not exactly how it looked in the pics but still pretty awesome.




This was the view from our table!

After lunch we headed over the the Ferry Building which was a foodies dream. They had the freshest most delicious looking cheeses, breads, pastries, etc. They also had lots of shops with authentic foods and spices from various other countries. I wanted to eat everything in site...except I was still so full from my portobello burger and fries (with THREE kinds of aoli- Basil aoli was my favorite and I can't wait to try to recreate it) at the Cliffhouse.

Of course instead of taking pictures of the beautiful view or some of the interesting and delicious food...Rob and I snapped a picture of this jar of "baconnaise" (wtf) and this Pork Store. Good thinkin.....


Tasty Salted Pig Parts..... maybe not the way I would have worded it...


Baconnaise: The "Ultimate" Bacon Flavored Condiment...

The next day we got up early and ate breakfast for our day trip to Napa!! Which was the trip I was the most excited for. Rob's parents know so much about wine so it was fun to have people who actually knew what they were doing as our guides... we went to a few of their favorite wineries and ate lunch at a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the valley.

Here are some winerie pics...

Rob's Parents Favorite Winery (and for good reason): Chimney Rock... it was fabulous!


Self Portrait in front of the vineyard

Rob and I with his mom outside ZD Winery... (ZD= Zero defects apparantly.. oh lala)

Herbs were growing like bushes everywhere...sage, rosemary...it smelled so good. I need to get something like this going at my house... for sure.


After a couple glasses of wine, we had lunch at the most gorgeous place ever. The waiters/waitresses were SO nice..and the view was beautiful. When we sat down they gave us a bowl of salty delicious olives to munch on while we perused the menu... here was the view from our table:


I also decided that since this is trying to be a food blog, I should at least try to capture on film some of our delicious food...so here are a couple of our yummy dishes. It's been a while, so I can't remember exactly what Rob had...but I do remember one thing...those French Fries were delicious!

Rob's fish sandwich and (delicious) fries

My Crisp Chicken Caesar Salad. mmmm


We hit one more winery (a boutique winery) before heading back to Danville for the night...but not without a stop to the sushi restaraunt that Rob is always telling me about. It is a little dive place that has nothing fancy about it, except for really yummy, affordable and enormous sushi... my kinda place!.. as long as the food is good.. I'm a happy girl. We stuffed our faces with sushi, went home and probably fell asleep at like 9pm. Ok, lunch time! San Fran update to come after lunch.....or maybe Monday.... we'll have to see :)

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