No rain on this parade!!!
After an attempt to walk in the rain, we settled into Starbucks to get MamaPea a coffee.
Especially when we borrowed 5 red umbrellas from the Drake Hotel
Other than drink Amazing Grass sludge, what do food bloggers do in Starbucks on a rainy afternoon?
The Saltine challenge!!
MamaPea has been doing Wacky Wednesday Challenge’s and she was unable to complete the “6 saltines in 60 seconds” challenge. I challenged her to a duel! VIDEO IS COMING!!!
You will have to wait until the video to see which ones of us were able to master the saltine challenge!
After our interlude, we gathered our red umbrellas and marched through Chinatown towards Pier 39
There was lots of sightseeing inbetween
It was a miracle when just a few blocks into our walk the clouds broke and the sun came out!
Guess what our destination was?
I wasn’t in a Latte mood when we arrived at 2PM, but I sure had to try a cookie right then and there
I really wasn’t that hungry all day, but soup + bread sounded GOOD on this blustery day, so we dove into bread bowls.
Allie and I shared one – which was absolutely divine!! The bread especially.
I finished the meal with my Frog Hollow pear
We ventured outside to find gorgeous sites of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate
We took the long way home by Ghirardelli and Lombard Street
And then….Matt arrived!!
We said our goodbyes to our friends and headed out of town towards wine country
Shortly after arriving to our hotel, we ventured back out to explore the Russian River Brewing Co., Matt’s heaven on earth.
We had one of their samplers to taste them all
Pliny The Elder lived up to expectations
Loved the Belgium Dark – so sweet and thick!
And the music rocked!!
After the RRBC visit, we met up with AnneP, Tina, Jenna and Adam for a little restaurant action. They took us to Syrah Bistro in Santa Rosa
We were treated to some mighty fancy and approachable Kendall-Jackson wines. The Cab of the Jackson Hills brand was IN-credible!
All I want in a wine is complexity, and this one totally had it.
ENxt up, bread and cheese
Three local cheese varietals that were stinky as can be!
With the cheeses we had a brand new brand of Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, which may have been the best Chard I’ve ever had!! It was perfect in every way: butter. oak. acidity. balance.
Amuse me. Skate, apple, celery, flavor.
I think I got the hit of the table for dinner! The Cod with Black Barley, Cauliflower Puree and Mushrooms in a Pinot Reduction. AMAZING!
Matt had the Duck, which was awesome. So glad he could join me out for this gourmet meal. I’ve never seen him beam so!
Desserts just kind of happened!!
The Fig Tart with Latte Ice Cream
And this Chocolate Puddle (yes, puddle!) of brownie batter goodness!! Like Arch’s Fro Yo minus the yo. A pot of brownie batter. Loved!!
Matt crashed an hour ago – I’m ready to join him! Can’t wait to get my wine taste on tomorrow!