Saturday, October 18, 2014

EATS :: Travels to Napa Valley

I recently went to Napa Valley in Northern California. Although, I'm not much of a wine drinker, there was still lots for me to enjoy as a foodie. We didn't dine out at the fanciest places there because we were traveling with the family, but we did check out some really cool casual places. Here's some highlights on some of the places we stopped by:

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ
This place had some delicious BBQ with amazing sauces, we picked some up to bring home on of the nights. They also do wine tastings here.

Oxbow PublicMarket
This was a cute little marketplace w/ small shops and restaurants inside. It is very reminiscent of the Anaheim Packing House or a Small version of the SF Ferry Building.  Here's some of the amazing places found inside:

Whole Spice: This place had almost every spice blend imaginable that you could buy by the oz. I picked up some truffle salt and ghost pepper salt. Can't wait to cook with these!

Fatted Calf Charcuterie: Who doesn't love a meat shop? They have amazing house cured meats and also lots of other meats and sausages that you can buy for cooking on your own. They were so helpful here and let us try the meats before buying them to ensure we would really enjoy them.

Hog Island Oyster Co.: I've had the SF Hog Island on my Yelp bookmarks list for as long as I can remember so I was super excited when I saw they had one in Oxbow. We got a sampler of the oysters and oh man! They were amazing! The mignonette sauce that was served with the raw oysters was absolutely perfect. It was light and accompanied the fresh oysters perfectly to bring out the best flavors.

V. Sattui WineryThe best way to describe this place was the Disneyland of Napa. This was definitely a family friendly place, as most of the places we visited. They had a beautiful large picnic area outside where they offered BBQ selections. Wine tastings are available (check in on Yelp for a 50% deal for 2). There was a really nice deli area to get meats, cheeses and sandwhiches. I really enjoyed this place, but be warned it gets just as crowded as Disneyland. We arrived a bit before 11:30 on a Saturday right as they were opening and by noon, it started to get packed so arrive early to avoid lines and to find a nice spot to relax.

And now some shots at V. Sattui in one of my favorite outfits of all time - I wear this everywhere because it's so comfy; this maxi skirt is like having a blanket on at all times, a very fashionable blanket. :)

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