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Every time I step into Bouchon Bakery, it steals a little piece of my heart. I always joke that I’m going to set the alarm so that I can run over when the bakery opens and be the first in line. Tobey never thinks that I’m joking.

It all started when I had one simple sandwich- cashew butter and raspberry preserves on brioche. So creamy. So crunchy. So sweet.

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I had that sandwich once and haven’t found it since. I finally asked one of the girls and she told me that they stopped making it. That just means that I need to try to replicate it at home, right?

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There is always a line… always. Even on a rainy day like this one.

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Time for a cherry chocolate scone! Chunks of chocolate chips and cherries, drizzled with a sweet cherry glaze. Add a side of fruit and there’s no guilt involved. 🙂

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And because we don’t kid around when it comes to Bouchon, we went back for sandwiches later in the day.

I had a turkey sandwich, which was kicked up a notch. Bouchon has a way of taking normal things and bringing them to a whole new level.

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And on the last day, it rained!

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I would take this as a sign that it’s time to leave, but well…

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We had to get that guy fixed first. 😉

Thanks for coming along on our trip. I hope that I didn’t bore you to tears with my super long posts!

Do you have a trip planned that you’re looking forward to?

-Laura

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Hi! Is anyone watching the Golden Globes right now? I actually like watching the red carpet special more than the actual show- I love seeing what everyone is wearing!

(rewind to Saturday)

We started the day by walking into town for some coffee. I got a cafe au lait with nonfat milk.

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I felt compelled to take a picture of the Dr Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort sign. It always cracks me up- we stayed here and got mud baths two years ago, if you can believe it. The place is so ridiculous (a total throw-back) and I have to say that a mud bath is worth trying… once.

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Then, we went back to our inn for breakfast. Rick, one of the innkeepers, is a trained chef and is known for his 3-course breakfasts.

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We started with the orange currant anaise scones.

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Fresh mango and granny smith apple with proscuitto, toasted walnuts, and rum-infused cherries:

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Truffled parmesan polenta, sauteed spinach, poached egg:

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The breakfast was so decadent and delicious- it kept us full for hours. After that, we checked out and started our drive through Napa Valley.

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We stopped at Rombauer for a tasting.

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I’m not always a huge fan of chardonnays, but this one was really good.

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Mustard fields…

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And Cakebread! We had a fabulous guide named Paul, who has lived in the area for over 25 years. He was such a sweet man.

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We drove through the town of St Helena, so of course I had to stop at Woodhouse Chocolate.

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Like the Tiffany of chocolate! So sleek and fancy.

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I got a brown butter ganache and a peanut croquant. Surprisingly, I haven’t tried either one yet…

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We grabbed some sushi to share (it was gone so fast that I didn’t even get a picture) from Sunshine Foods since we had to get to an appointment at Beringer.

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I normally prefer open tasting rooms to set appointments, but our innkeeper recommended this tour so we went with it.

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We had an awesome guide named Dean, who spent 2 1/2 hours teaching us how to pair wines. I can’t say that I’ve ever taken interest in pairing before, but learning what foods & wines work together was really interesting.

For example, cabernet sauvignon goes well with salty + citrusy foods, but not with sweet foods. He used salt, lemon and red apple to prove this.

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Look at the scene by the time we were finished!

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We stopped at the original Oakville Grocery in Oakville. Does this sound familiar? We went to the store in Healdsburg the other day. 🙂

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I was so excited, only to find out that they had just closed. 😦

By the time we got to Yountville, we were tired and in the mood for an unplanned night. Who knew that eating good food could be so exhausting?

So, I cancelled our reservation at Ad Hoc (I love Thomas Keller, but the thought of a 4-course meal wasn’t appealing at that point!) and we went to Hurley’s instead.

I had the rosemary & maple roasted chicken, with lemon preserve, carmelized pearl onions, broccoli rabe, and macaroni & cheese with bacon. I prefer boneless chicken, but this hit the spot.

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Tonight is our last night here before we fly home tomorrow! Do you have tomorrow off from work? I love holiday weekends, but I often think that I don’t appreciate the meaning behind the days off. Do you know what I mean?

Time to get ready for dinner!

-Laura

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