My Future Hometown

Our first full day in California was spent in Napa.  I could write pages on this place.  I could move to this place.

Here’s the impressive part – I woke up and did 30 mins on the hotel elliptical and Whittled My Middle(Can’t remember the exact numbers to post!)

Before hitting the road, we have to have breakfast!

Best. Coffee. Ever.


Laura took us to a place in her neighborhood called Philz Coffee.  The walk there included instructions to “watch out for puke on the sidewalk.”  Admittedly, I was skeptical.

A 10 minute walk later and I was drinking the best coffee I have ever had and enjoying an unbelievably amazing VEGAN scone

Trust the local!

Apple Pecan Vegan Scone


Then we were off to Napa!

First stop: Mumm

Favorite Taste: Sparkling Pinot Noir or Brut Rose

Notes: Great way to begin the day – all sparkling wines, helpful staff (they even gave us extra vintages to compare!), and a stunning view.



Second stop: Groth

Favorite Taste: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes: The wines were very good.  I even bought a Chardonnay (I typically don’t care for them).  The presentation could have been better, but definitely still worthy of a stop.

Yep – It’s pink.

Pit stop: Brix for lunch

Favorite Taste: Crusty bread and butter sprinkled with pink salt

Notes: Brave the 45 min wait at Mustard’s instead.  We actually sent back a $21 burger… and they brought it back in worse shape.

Basic, but good!


Third stop: Cakebread

Favorite Taste: 2007 Syrah

Notes: The wines were decent and the view was great… but not our favorite experience.  It is the only one I would have skipped.

The view from Cakebread


Fourth stop: Sullivan

Favorite Taste: 2005 Coeur de Vigne

Notes: By far the best winery in every regard.  The tasting was personal (we met the vineyard owner!), the tasting room manager was knowledgeable and so nice.  And the wines… perfect.

I want to live HERE.


We even met the owner’s son.  He is in charge of the wine making… and gave us a sip of this juice:

Good even before fermentation!


After such a great experience, we decided it was the perfect winery to end on.  And we were hungry.


Pit Stop #2: Rutherford Grill

Best Taste: Green Chili Cake Cornbread

Notes: Thanks to Fred, the tasting manager at Sullivan, we ordered the chili cornbread.  You should too.

This could have been served as cake. Seriously.


After a hunt for gas (no stations for 10 miles!), we got lucky with dinner.  Table for 3 at Redd.

I could talk forever about how the fine gentleman cocktail waiter served our drinks and said – and I quote:

“Allow me to bid you cheers, ladies.”

Or how the pork belly was heaven-sent.

Glazed pork belly, apple puree, burdock, and soy caramel


Or how the sweet and sour glazed butternut squash in the fall salad paired perfectly with the Roquefort cheese and apples.

Fall Salad


Or the dessertOh, the dessert. The cherry on top of a meal so incredible that it moved us to tears.

Peanut butter milk chocolate gianduja, peanut honeycomb parfait

But I wouldn’t want to make anyone jealous. :)

Back in the real world…


The 21 day challenge.

Mom and I are doing the Standard Process Cleanse (lord, do I need it after the Cali gluttonous foodie experience).

For the first 10 days, you are only allowed veggies and fruit.  More raw than not.  Preferably organic.

And shakes with their special protein powder.

At day 11 we can add certain fish and chicken.

Obviously, we needed to raid the DeKalb Farmer’s Market to start off right!

Lots of these

None of these!

So, the blog will focus on clean, vegan eating for the next 10 days.  Followed by clean, vegan-except-for-chicken eating for the remaining 11.

First lesson: if you can’t add any sweetener, don’t put cranberries in a shake.  *pucker*


  1. says

    I just came across your blog and had to say hello to a fellow Atlantan. :)

    I’ve always wanted to go to Cali but have never been. Maybe next year though. I hope so.

    Good luck on the three week clean eats. I think my body would go into shock. LOL


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