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Northern Cali 2011

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S: Daryl & Vanessa Adventures: Northern California 2011

BC: Only for 15 minutes.. on the way home FACT: ROAD TRIP AMAZING

FC: Daryl & Vanessa Adventures NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 2011

1: July 10 - July 16, 2011 Road trip right after our engagement party at Vanessa's house. Sonoma, Napa, Bodega Bay, and San Francisco Road Trip Song: "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster by the People

3: Driving through Oregon

4: More driving through Oregon: Anytown USA

6: First Outlets, Sonoma That's how we would eat watermelon.. America thinks of the unthinkable

8: CHP Station, Napa - Stop No. 1 Random, and unplanned but Daryl's dreams come true sitting in CHP car "Ya CHP GOOD"

10: Darioush Vineyard, Napa Our first stop after the drive - wine & cheese pairing in private cellar.

16: Wine & Cheese pairing: Mimolette Extra Vielle Cheese paired with Darioush Signature Merlot OR DUEL Big Woods Blue Cheese paired with DUEL Cabernet/Shiraz Beecher's Flagship Reserve - Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hawk (Cowgirl Creamery) paired with Darioush Shahpar Additional Plates: Seasoned Pistachios to cleanse palette Dark Cherry Perserve and Champagne Marmalade to taste with cheese and bread - specifically the Big Woods Blue Cheese with the Dark Cherry.

18: Hotel Luca, Yountville Our hotel, our little Italy

21: First Food Stop - French Dinner at Bouchon by Thomas Keller. | Yountville, CA Just outside of Napa

23: Complimentary bread and spread - butter and cauliflower, garlic pate with fresh baguette

24: Vanessa's Meal Moules a la Basquaise: Mussels with house cured chorizo sausage and broth served with hand cut fries | Daryl's Meal Contre Filet a la Duchesse et Moelle: Prime sirlion, potatoes, crispy bone marrow, pearl onions and sauce Lyonnaise

25: Our Dessert: Chocolate Bouchons served with strawberrysorbet and white chocolate | The "idiot" fly that got trapped inside

26: A walk through Yountville

27: The restaurant we couldn't get into... French Laundry by Thomas Keller | That's ok.. we got over it when we got back to the hotel and found that they had left chocolate chip cookies for a night cap

28: Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller , right beside Bouchon Bistro

29: Breakfast after the hotel breakfast: Almond Financier | Then to GO: "TKO" - Chocolate Sable cookie with white chocolate ganache in between.. basically a french oreo and a Pistachio Macaron - 2 pistachio meringue cookies with pistachio butter cream in the center

30: Second Wine Tasting: Reserve Wine Tasting at Cake Bread Cellars

33: Opus One Vineyard, Napa A Robert Mondavi collaborative vineyard

36: Oakville Grocery, Napa Rustic sandwiches made on the spot and a picnic area in the back... oh and rustic everything, think Whole Foods but cuter

37: True Mexican Coca Cola

38: Daryl's Choice On the fly lunch... Oakville Grocery Classic Italian Sandwich: Salami, Havarti Cheese, Ciabbata Bread, Organic Mixed Greens, and Balsamic Vinagerette | We don't know what happened, but I believe this face was part of "YA YA GOOD sandwich"

39: "YA CHP" Although the entrance is now one way.. Kip couldn't do it

40: Oxbow Market, Napa Discovered through Ricardo at Darioush Vineyard Wine and Cheese Tasting session We came for the cheese: Mimolette (paired with Cabernet Souvignon) & English Breeze (paired with Merlot)

41: Ricardo's Cheese Shop: Oxbow Cheese Market

42: Daryl's Food Choice: Gillwoods Cafe, Napa (recommended by a local) Butcher for pancakes and waffles

43: Vanessa's Dish: Regular Waffle with Maple Syrup | Daryl's Dish: Blueberry Pancakes and a side of scrambled eggs

44: Casual Walk Around Napa

47: Model Bakery, Napa Even though we had breakfast, we had to get something: Daryl: Cinnamon Bun Vanessa: "Best Thing I ever Ate", Micheal Chiarello: English Muffin

48: Artesa Vineyard, Napa Said to have one of the best views of Napa

52: Don Carneros, Napa There were lots of "Carneros" Vineyards, but this one served sparkling wine

53: There was another vineyard across the street and it had a patch of field fake wooden sheep

54: Robert Mondavi, Napa

55: Those trees aren't just trees, they were black olive trees

56: Bodega Bay, CA

65: Guernerville, CA Dinner: Boon Eat & Drink

66: Vanessa's Meal: Grilled calamari with over arugula with fennel, white beans, green olives, and a citrus vinagerette | Daryl's Meal: Boon Burger - grass fed beef, arugula, white aged cheddar, served with truffle fries | Appy to start: Local cheese with prosciutto

67: To the left: House made ketchup and Mayonaisse To the right: DESSERT: Salty Chocolate Fudge Brownies with House made vanilla ice cream and Balsamic Reduction | Police car count #No. 5

68: Breakfast after Bodega Bay - another Boon Boon Fly Cafe at Carneros Inn, Napa

70: Vanessa's Meal: House made granola (cinnamon, pistachios, almonds, dried apricots, walnuts) served with organic yogurt | Daryl's Meal: Apple Cinnamon pancakes - with actual apple in the pancake | Cinnamon Sugar House made Donuts to start

71: The Carneros Inn, Napa (more like the \Carneros Village)

72: Highway to Sacramento (I80).. "Good highway, ah REALLY GOOD highway"

73: Jelly Belly Factory, Sacramento

74: Crescent Hotel, San Francisco | The hotel door was vintage, only 4 people allowed and was operated by weights

75: First Dinner.. unplanned but we needed comfort food after accidentally walking through the Tenderloin District Burger Bar by Hubert Keller, Union Square in San Francisco Vanessa's Meal: Build your own - Bison Burger, with caramelized onions, baby spinach, and avocado. Daryl's Meal: Hubert Keller's Burger - all the above like Vanessa's but with blue cheese.. and we shared dessert: berry sorbet

76: Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

77: Union Square, San Francisco

78: Daryl's Morning Coffee Stop.. Il Caffe, Union Square San Francisco

79: CHP Academy, Sacramento Private Tour

80: Shooting Ranges: Outdoor and Tactical

81: More PC's and Service area

89: Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco

90: Shared Appies: American Proscuitto: Organic Melon, Fava Beans, Shaved Parmesean, and Proscuitto Yorkshire Pudding instead of bread | Vegetarian friendly shared appy: California Avocado & Hearts of Palm: Cucumber, shaved onion, cilantro, lime dressing

91: Vanessa's Meal: Seared Day Boat Scallops - summer gazpacho, coriander blooms, and whipped almond milk | Daryl's Meal: Cowgirl Ricotta Ravioli - roasted zucchini, sweet corn, cherry tomato confit, fried blossoms, basil

92: Daryl's Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie | Vanessa's Dessert: Berry Granita | Nicole's Dessert: Berry Shortcake | Aunt Jean's Dessert: Financier

97: Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

99: Daryl's Food Choice: In and Out Burger Vacaville, California No details, just the CLASSIC - best fries ever

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