Oh the food…
In case you couldn’t tell, I just love good food. Of course the eating part is fun – but that’s not even it! I love reading about it, talking about it, shopping for it, cooking it, following foodie trends, watching cooking shows, researching recipes, finding new restaurants, just everything. It’s creative and passionate and beautiful and since you need food to live, I can always justify spending way too much money on it all :).
So one of the reasons I love Northern California so very much is that not only are you surrounded by awesome food, everyone seems to enjoy it just the same. Not in a pretentious way, just like enjoying good food is a part of loving life…and I think it really should be.
My usual strategy is to eat to feel my best (mostly healthy and sometimes decadent). But when in California, on vacation, I say live it up! I don’t know when I’ll be back and there is so much great cuisine to explore.
And explore we did. Foodie highlights include:
- Tartine Bakery in San Fran for flaky almond croissants and creamy fish bowl-sized lattes
- Cafe de la Presse in San Fran for chewy-sweet French toast (pictured)
- Kuleto’s in San Fran for red wine, pillow-soft gnocchi and decadent chocolate dessert (pictured)
- The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma for well, everything <- best ever
- Sunshine Caffe in Sonoma for bacon-studded waffles and fresh fruit smoothies
- Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg for the classiest “boxed lunch” you will ever see
- Chalkboard in Healdsburg for incredible cheese and super creative – did I mention to die for – dessert
- Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg for wine-drunk mid-afternoon cupcakes
I realize not everyone can eat this well – and I certainly don’t everyday! Which is what made California so special. I feel very lucky to have been able to enjoy a wonderful vacation full of beautiful scenery, a best friend, amazing wine and outstanding food. California was a fabulous reminder to feel thankful for every delicious part of this very happy life. And I do.
So that’s it California! Normal Cleveland blogging will resume next.