Posts Tagged ‘Yountville’

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.


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?


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




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. 🙂



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.


And on the last day, it rained!


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


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?



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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.


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.


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.


We started with the orange currant anaise scones.



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


Truffled parmesan polenta, sauteed spinach, poached egg:


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.


We stopped at Rombauer for a tasting.


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


Mustard fields…


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.


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


Like the Tiffany of chocolate! So sleek and fancy.


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



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.


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


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.


Look at the scene by the time we were finished!


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


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.



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!


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