I realized this morning while walking that we’re leaving for 10 days in 1 day. There is much to be done before departure. But you don’t want to know about any of that stuff. The fun stuff is where we’re going and more importantly, where we’ll be eating. This was supposed to be our anniversary trip, which it is, but it’s also turned into our vacation alone before the baby comes… I believe they call it a babymoon? Or does that come after the baby?
Anyway, we’re heading north by car to the bay area, my favorite place to visit in the fall. And we’re going to spend the entire time doing things that you can’t do with an infant. At least not very easily.
But before any of that happens, we’ll be in San Diego for a wedding. Remember Katya’s invites? That party is in 1 day. I have some planning to do.
Then Sunday, once Katya and Andy are happily married, we pack up and head to Big Sur (staying here, yay), possibly making a pit stop at Full of Life Flatbread that Christine so highly recommended. So here’s the question… Early dinner at FOL or wait and have dinner in Big Sur when we get there? We’re not really sure where to eat in Big Sur, aside from Nepenthe. Which could be good. Big Sur Bakery is closed on Sunday nights (boo), but we’ll be having breakfast there in the am. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
(photo by sfgirlbybay)
After Big Sur, we head to San Francisco for a few nights. Where we will visit the following fine dining establishments:
Rose’s Cafe on Union Street. We love it here. We happened upon it years ago on a fall trip up North and have been loyal (though infrequent) customers ever since. The food is simple but delicious.
Boulette’s Larder. Again, fairly obvious. I am in love with Boulette’s Larder. If one day I have a kitchen like their little restaurant I will be in heaven.
We have one more dinner in SF that we haven’t settled on. I have a whole list of places to try, but perhaps one of you knows the inside scoop. We’re up for driving over to Berkeley too. I adore Berkeley, though thankfully there isn’t a Cal game next weekend or I’d be spending my anniversary at Memorial Stadium.
And then we’re off to Napa for the rest of the trip. We splurged on our lodging up there, hoping to really lay about the mineral pool and read and relax. Maybe hit up a mud bath? Must remember to pack an old swim suit. There won’t be much wine tasting this trip, sadly, but I’m sure we’ll find ways to entertain ourselves all the same. Maybe a few hikes. Our room comes with bikes so we can pedal around the vineyards. If there’s something we shouldn’t miss, do tell.
We have reservations at Bouchon and Ubuntu. Very excited for both. Crossing our fingers for a French Laundry cancellation. We did get the call for one, but it was at 11 am. This probably makes me an impostor gourmand, but we just couldn’t justify (or frankly truly appreciate) the extravagance for lunch. Really, almost breakfast. So I asked to stay on the wait list with hopes of a dinner slot popping up. If it does, yay. If is doesn’t, oh well.
The other two nights are open. And we’d love recommendations for those of you who frequent Napa. We might just picnic in our room with spoils from Oakville Grocery and/or Dean & Deluca. But we might want to get out so do share your favorites.
We’ll probably have lunch at Auberge du Soleil. We have it on good authority that’s not to be missed.
It’s lucky I’m on a gradual weight gain program at the moment or this trip would be poison for my thighs. There are major upsides to eating for two.
Now must pack. Very exciting.