Napa Valley is one of the best destinations around — often referred to as Disneyland for adults — and the site of a very recent journey. Remember all you newbies to Travel with Teri B., click on any text in bright colors for informational links.
|Gaga, Me, Ryan Cobb & Jen Bialosky|
While it’s virtually impossible NOT to eat well in Napa, we regrettably skipped the requisite stop en route at the gastronomic haven long located in Berkeley– Chez Panisse. I momentarily digress from the current trip to say it is worth a special journey there to sample Alice Waters’ incredible cuisine. Enough said. We did have a fun lunch while enjoying the incredible view at the Berkeley Marina eating fresh goodies at Skates on the Bay with my niece and her hubby.
|With Cousin Mary Rabb|
And on to Silverado where we enjoyed family on the first night. Monday was the grand tour of Napa, starting with a new fave — Oxbow Public Market.
Separate from the fact that our cousins and hosts had a major involvement in the development of this food emporium, I just loved it. It reminded me very much of the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco with all the fun eateries. Had THE MOST AMAZING pizza margherita at Ca’ Momi; could have closed my eyes and been right back in Italy!
|Fruit tarts – yum!|
|Barely a cookie crumb was left!|
|Pole beans at Mustards|
|Dave Rabb, our other host ~~|
|French Laundry hothouse tomatoes …|
After dinner we made a stop by the world-class French Laundry to pick up tips at their amazing garden that feeds the various Yountville kitchens of Chef Thomas Keller. Have eaten there a few times and it is incomparable.
|Holly and Bob in Petaluma|
|From another table — amazing charcuterie, etc.|
|Our lamb sausage pizza|
For dinner that night, it was downtown Napa for patio dining at Oenotri.
|Chocolate panna cotta and olive oil cake with cherries and lemon gelato|