Napa...for all the wrong reasons
So if you can't already tell, I'm pretty serious when I say that Napa and Sonoma have so much more to offer than expensive wineries and high end restaurants. Not so long ago, I was speaking with some friends that were about to spend some time in San Francisco. When I suggested Napa as a gorgeous place to spend a night or two, the response I got was "oh, we're not really big wine drinkers". Lets just say, if you appreciate the simple things in life - you will love Napa. By 'simple' I am referring to:
Green pastures, fresh crisp air, all enjoyed while sipping on some of the best artisan coffee in America The most delicious fresh crusty sourdough with locally made berry jam A mid morning hot cup of tea with an amazing coconut cupcake Nourishing organic soups and chowder, with a bit more of that bread on the side Perfect homeware boutiques boasting the best in vintage styling Locally grown vegetables and fruits, lovingly displayed at farmers markets...enough to inspire the average home cook to want to prepare a festive feast...
I went to Napa with the intention of visiting as many bakeries as possible. In the end, Napa was more than just about bakeries. I discovered that more than wine, cheese, fancy markets and restaurants, Napa's colour and enthusiasm for supporting local growers, and fierce appreciation for living off the land was enough to fuel my culinary imagination for a long time to come.
Just a little sign on the road...
Oooh! What do we have here? A Street sign pointing me to another bakery??
The Model Bakery http://www.themodelbakery.com/
Kara's Cupcakes http://karascupcakes.com/
Sweetie Pies http://www.sweetiepies.com/
Bouchon Bakery http://www.bouchonbakery.com/