Travel Diaries: Tuscany

So are you ready to hear all about my trip to Italy?

A stunning view of the Tuscan countryside from Villa Fabbroni in Greve.

I hope so, because I’m so excited to tell you about it. And because we basically split our trip into two parts (five days in Tuscany and three days in Venice) I’m going to break it down into two posts for you. This will also make it easier for you to find all my recommendations when you’re planning your next trip to either of these areas!


First off, it’s been far too long since my last Travel Diaries post. It’s been just about five months, in fact, since I brought you my Travel Diaries: Quebec City. We slowed down a bit in the New Year, after the craziness of the holidays, our wedding, and a ton of travel in between. We were also saving up vacation time for this big trip to Italy, which made it just a little bit easier to stay put knowing we had it to look forward to!

The hillsides of Montepulciano in Tuscany, overlooking the vast countryside.

So, without further ado, here are all the deets for the Tuscany portion of our trip!

Where We STayed

The beautiful, historic Villa Fabbroni nestled in the hills of Greve in Chianti in Tuscany.

For this first portion of our trip, we parked our luggage at the beautiful, historic Villa Fabbroni. Now, I may be biased, but if you are traveling anywhere in the greater Tuscany area, I highly recommend that you stay here. We found it thanks to friends of friends of friends, and the owners, Sergio and Stefano, quickly became dear friends of ours after my aunt and I first visited their property back in 2013.

Think of Villa Fabbroni as a huge step up from your average AirBnB. You can’t expect all of your average hotel amenities or daily maid service, but you CAN expect delicious meals prepared for you daily by Sergio and Stefano themselves (unless you opt to cook for yourself in your apartment’s kitchen,) as much estate wine and olive oil as you can manage, and the quiet, relaxing and friendly atmosphere of a country villa.

View of our apartment at the beautiful, historic Villa Fabbroni, looking over the Tuscan countryside.

View of the pool and surrounding countryside at Villa Fabbroni, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany.

The villa is located just outside of Greve in Chianti, so if you are planning to do any exploring of the Tuscany area during your stay, plan on either renting a car (if you feel comfortable navigating windy country roads in a manual) or hiring Sergio and Stefano (if they’re available) to chaffeur you around for the day. Seeing as we had a group of seven and the guys had a big enough passenger van to hold all of us, we opted to have them show us around and are so glad we did. I’ll go into more detail about each of the little towns we visited below, but first I want to tell you about our cooking class!

Learning how to make authentic Tuscan food at our cooking class at Villa Fabbroni.

Menu for the delicious cooking class hosted by Sergio and Stefano at Villa Fabbroni, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany.

The last time my aunt and I visited Villa Fabbroni, the group we were with had jam-packed all of our days with off-site adventures, so we really didn’t have any time at the villa. However, one night we were treated to a delicious four-course meal (as just about every dinner in Italy consists of this many courses….so much food!) prepared during a cooking class that Sergio and Stefano had hosted for another group staying on the property that day.  As soon as we found out that S&S offered cooking classes, we knew we wanted to take advantage of it the next time we visited. And take advantage we did!

When we were planning our trip this time around, we made sure to block out a day to stay at the villa so we could spend the afternoon learning all of the regional cooking methods from two legit Italians. Guys, it was amazing! So much fun and I can’t wait to recreate some of the recipes we made and share them here on the blog. We made antipasti, gnocchi, bolognese, ravioli, and THE BEST stuffed pork tenderloin. Oh, and did I mention tiramisu? We seriously learned so much from them in just a few hours. So if you stay here, DEFINITELY book a cooking class! You will not regret it one bit.

Learning how to make the best Italian antipasto from a homegrown Italian!

Hands-on at our Italian cooking class, learning how to make some classic Tuscan antipasti at Villa Fabbroni!

Making hand-rolled ravioli during our cooking class at Villa Fabbroni.

From-scratch gnocchi, to be covered in delicious bolognese at our Italian cooking class at Villa Fabbroni, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany.

Cheese and apple-stuffed pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto during our cooking class at Villa Fabbroni.

Okay, enough about the Villa (although can you tell I can’t say enough good things about it?) Let’s talk about all of the other places we got to visit during our stay!

Where We Went (and ate!)

Volpaia

This quaint hamlet was quite sleepy  and quiet when we visited, due to it being a largely agricultural-based town and it not quite being “farming season” yet. Sergio informed us that, in a few weeks, its seasonal residents would start trickling in and getting ready for the harvest season ahead, which lasts until about mid-October. We were, however, able to purchase some of the city’s famous wine which we promptly enjoyed back at the villa that afternoon.

The quaint cafe at the entrance to town in Volpaia.

The well-known wine of Volpaia.

Windows outlined with beautiful greenery. There's beauty in every corner in Volpaia!

Beautiful springtime wisteria blooming on the streets of Volpaia.

One of Tuscany's regional specialties: light-as-air almond delights.

Vertine

Another quiet little town, albeit a tad busier than Volpaia as there are more year-round residents. There’s nothing incredibly significant about this area, but it’s sheer calmness and nearly empty streets made it that much more magical, and made for lots of great photo ops!

The quaint, sleepy town of Vertine in Chianti, Tuscany.
Don’t mind our disheveled look 😉 Our luggage was delayed so we were working with whatever we had in our carry-on!

Panzano

This was a MUST visit for me as we had gone on our last trip to Villa Fabbroni and I had absolutely fallen in love with two things there: the butcher and the wine shop of course! If you’re anywhere near Panzano during your Tuscany travels, you MUST stop in at Antica Macelleria Cecchini to get a taste of a TRUE Italian butcher. Complete with a glass of house wine when you walk in, a buffet loaded with samples of their seasoned salt and house lard spread on crunchy baguette, and music blaring from the speakers, this is a super-fun stop that you will NOT want to miss.

Antica Macelleria Cecchini - the best butcher in Panzano, Chianti, Italy!

The butcher counter at Antica Macelleria Cecchini, Panzano, Italy.

Help yourself to the samples at Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano, Italy!

The other must-visit in Panzano is the Accademia del Buon Gusto, where you will have a wine-tasting experience like no other. Stefano (not the same Stefano that runs Villa Fabbroni, although they are in fact good friends) is the quirky, passionate owner who will take you on a journey through all of the vineyards of Tuscany and beyond, in just his little, stuffed-to-the-gills wine shop. He relates many of the wines he tastes to stories depicted on canvas by a local artist (which he also sells,) stories that will leave you cracking up and with a hilariously memorable experience that you’ll be telling friends about for years to come.

The owner of Accademia del Buon Gusto in Panzano, Italy is sure to entertain you as you taste through the wines of Chianti!

Greve

The largest town in proximity to Villa Fabbroni, although it’s really just a huge plaza surrounded by cute artisanal shops, restaurants and, of course, another butcher! Although not as lively as Antica Macelleria Cecchini, Antica Macelleria Falorni is much larger with a huge range of offerings, from freshly butchered meats to house charcuterie to a whole cellar filled with cheese, this was a great spot for us to stop on our first day and stock up on snacks to take back to the villa with us for the rest of the week.

Antica Macelleria Falorni, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

The butcher counter at Antica Macelleria Falorni, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

And for all you food bloggers/kitchenware snobs out there, this is also a great town to shop for unique, handmade wood pieces and beautiful Italian pottery. Just take a loop around the square and you’re bound to find something!

Florence

Although my parents, aunt and me had all been to Florence before, we felt it was a must-see for the newbies in our group. Before even stepping foot into the city, Sergio and Stefano took us up to San Miniato al Monte, a stunning church (where my aunt and I had actually attended a beautiful Mass on our last visit) with expansive views of the entire city. Most visitors to Florence know to go to the Piazzale Michaelangelo for these gorgeous views, but skip the massive crowds and lines of tour buses and drive a little further to the church. You’ll get the same panoramic views and less than half the crowd!

The view of Florence from San Miniato al Monte.

Me and the hubs in front of the beautiful Florence view at San Miniato al Monte.

After snapping our obligatory photos of the city from above, we headed down and got dropped off right outside the city walls (you need a special permit to drive in the streets of Florence, so if you don’t have one be ready to walk!) We started out at the Sant’ Ambrogio Market which is a smaller version of the well-known Mercato Centrale. We then made our way through the city and eventually to the city center to gawk at the impressive Piazza del Duomo, where you just might end up with a huge kink in your neck from looking up at the massive, incredibly intricate architecture that looms over the city.

Vendors at the Sant' Ambrogio market in Florence.

Beautiful fresh produce at the Sant' Ambrogio market in Florence.

Chiesa di Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

Copy of David located in the city streets of Florence.

Upwards view of the Duomo and surrounding buildings in Florence.

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Fiore next to the Duomo in Florence, Italy.

Il Duomo, Florence, Italy

We’d worked up quite an appetite traversing the rather large city on foot, so we stopped into Antico Ristorante Sasso di Dante for a late lunch before making the hour and a half drive back to the villa. Be sure to order the broiled Gnocchi with Creamy Gorgonzola sauce. I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed.

Gnocchi in creamy gorgonzola sauce from Antica Ristorante Sasso di Dante, Florence, Italy

Oh! And I can’t forget what began our daily love affair with an afternoon gelato stop – right outside of Florence’s city walls, be sure to stop in to Badiani for a couple of scoops of what we determined was THE best gelato of our trip (and we tried a lot of gelato.) It’s worth trying to find a parking spot on the city streets!

Montepulciano

Another area that some of us had been to before, but that we definitely wanted to revisit on this trip. Not only is this what could be considered the heart of Tuscany’s wine trade, it’s also a great city to wander around aimlessly, take in the beautiful views down the random alleyways, and pop into shops for some great souvenirs. TBH, we spent most of the day wandering and shopping, although I did stop for a Nutella crepe. We also had a delicious lunch at Caffe Poliziano (seated on an outdoor terrace overlooking the countryside outside of the city walls) and picked up some chocolate truffles at Dolce Vita to enjoy for dessert at the villa that night. On our way out of town, we stopped in for a tasting of the area’s best wines at a little Enoteca, and were sure to stock up on more bottles for the villa (and for packing in our luggage to take home!)

The outside of a salumeria in Montepulciano, Tuscany.

The Enoteca where we did our wine tasting in Montepulciano, Tuscany.

The views outside of Montepulciano.

Quaint building facades in Montepulciano.

Stopping for a Nutella crepe while wandering around Montepulciano!

Delicious chicken liver pate toasts from Caffe Poliziano in Montepulciano.

Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup) at Caffe Poliziano, Montepulciano

The beautiful streets and buildings of Montepulciano.

And, all too quickly, that sums up our time in Tuscany! What do you think, did we hit some of the best places or do you have more recommendations? Be sure to stay tuned for a recap of the rest of our trip on Travel Diaries: Venice in the near future! xo

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Travel Diaries: Quebec City

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that we’re all in recovery mode from a fun and festive weekend. Am I right?

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My family, for one, is keeping the New Year’s party going for a couple more days up in Tahoe, but I realize that many of you are stuck with facing work either today or tomorrow, so I thought I’d cheer you up a bit with a quick recap and LOTS of photos from my trip to Quebec City a few weeks ago. Sound good? Great, let’s do it!


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First, the quick backstory. Ever since I started working for myself full time, my friend Johanna and I have been talking about planning a trip using her flight attendant benefits. Now that I don’t have to “report” to anyone (well, in person at least) for work, it’s much less stressful having to fly standby to take advantage of her airline employee benefits.

Because she flies for American, the closest airport we could fly into was Montreal, which is about a three-hour drive from Quebec City. We initially planned on taking the train into the city, but after some further research we decided to rent a car (well, SUV – we needed that four wheel drive!) This allowed us to make the trek from Montreal to Quebec City at our own pace, and it also allowed us to get out and explore a bit more than we would have been able to if we were relying on public transportation. It was such a good decision on our part!

We got in on a Wednesday morning and didn’t even end up checking in to our hotel until mid-afternoon. So, I’m going to pick up on our first half day (once we arrived in Quebec City) and go from there. And I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking!!

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Day One

Checked into the Chateau Frontenac, where we stayed for just one night. Highly recommended. We were able to get the room on my credit card points so we didn’t have to shell out, and it is THE landmark hotel of Quebec City. Please, please, please be sure to stay here if at all possible. Plus, they have the cutest dog!! //

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The beautiful Chateau Frontenac…
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The view from our room…
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The festive trees in the lobby…
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THE DOG! <3

Explored the Old Town of Quebec City //

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That’s our hotel peaking out all festive there!

Had drinks and appetizers at 1608Chateau Frontenac’s wine and cheese bar //

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Ummm can I please have this cheese cellar in my dream home??
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Day TWo

Breakfast in bed //

Montmorency Falls //

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That’s a long way down!

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Checked in to our cute loft we got on AirBnB //

Explored Le Marche Du Vieux-Port Quebec – A cute public market where we picked up snacks and a quiche for breakfast the next day. //

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Dinner at Le Renard et La Chouette where we had the delicious Chilled Shrimp and Fennel Salad I recreated last week. //

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Day Three

Enjoyed our quiche at the loft for breakfast //

Snowshoed through Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier //

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Spent the afternoon warming back up at the Siberia Station Spa  (We don’t have any photos of this because we probably would have gotten thrown out for busting out our cameras, but trust me when I say this is a MUST DO. You pay for a day pass and get to hop in and out of their numerous hot tubs, cold tubs, saunas, steam rooms and yurts for as long as you want, as long as you’re quiet! This was so relaxing and the perfect thing to do after our morning of snowshoeing in 10-degree weather.) //

Grabbed a brewski at Archibald Microbrasserie //

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Made our own version of “poutine” at the loft for dinner (I’m so sorry I don’t have pics of this, but it was basically hashbrowns topped with onions, raclette and a variety of sausages…so funny, but delicious!) //

Day Four

Breakfast from Paillard to get our croissant fix //

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Explored Ile d’Orleans tasting at quite a bit of the local wineries and cideries because they were the only things open. It was a blast but I definitely want to go back in the spring, summer or fall when you can see all of the farms and crops.

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Sugar shack that was unfortunately closed 🙁

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Explored Basse-Ville, the “Lower Town” of Old Quebec with tons of cute shops and restaurants //

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Rode the Funicular to Upper Town //

Drank Caribou at D’Orsay Restaurant Pub //

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Wandered through the German Christmas Market //

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Ate raclette at Le Petit Coin Latin //

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And on the last day (Day 5) I was up at the crack of dawn to catch my flight home. The whole trip went by so fast and I can’t wait to go back and see more. Maybe in above freezing temperatures next time?

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Travel Diaries: Napa and Sonoma

Two Travel Diaries in one week??

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I know, I know, you can hardly believe it. But it’s happening, folks! I’ve been traveling to so many amazing places lately that it’s been hard to keep up. And I’m finishing this Napa and Sonoma post just in time to jet off on my next adventure….to Quebec! I can hardly wait to eat poutine and drink beer and see all of the Christmas lights (and snow!) and maybe give tobogganing a shot? Has anyone done that? OMG it looks like so much fun, I really hope we can squeeze it in!


But before I take off on this next adventure, I feel that it’s absolutely necessary for me to share all about my latest trip to Napa/Sonoma with my gal pal and fellow blogger Hana-Lee of Wander & Wine (check her out!) Seeing as I’m a food/travel blogger and she’s a wine/travel blogger, we figured it was absolutely necessary to plan a joint trip up to Wine Country and really do it a solid. We pooled our resources, reached out to our contacts and before we knew it we were headed north on our quick, two-day excursion!

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We left Santa Barbara early on a Tuesday morning and made it to Sonoma by lunch. We spent the day in this more western valley before driving over to Calistoga to check into our hotel for the night. We spent the second day on the Napa side, mainly focusing on the Calistoga area so we didn’t have to do quite as much driving on our one full day there.

I know that in my last Travel Diaries post I shared a lot of photos as well as where we ate and what we did in pretty much bullet point format, but today I’m going to give you a quick rundown of everything because there is so much to talk about. Literally every person that hosted us at all of the wineries and restaurants we visited had such a wealth of knowledge, it would be a shame not to pass it along to you. So here goes!

Day 1: Sonoma
Lunch at The Girl & the Fig

Even after having lived in Napa for three years AND getting married in Sonoma last summer, I had never been to this iconic restaurant in the Sonoma square. Boy had I been missing out! The food is typical wine country fare, nothing too creative, but what makes it special is the quality of ingredients used in every dish. They even make their own charcuterie here, and I’m kicking myself for not asking if they sell it so I could take some home with me!

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Fig & Arugula Salad
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Half Moon Bay Brussels Sprouts
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Grilled Pork Belly Sandwich
Tasting at Kutch Wines

We were so lucky to get hooked up with a special tasting here, as it’s most definitely not your typical tasting room experience. Johanna, the assistant winemaker, showed us around the winemaking facility (which is shared with a few other producers) and told us how they make their whole-cluster Pinot Noirs. We then headed up to the “offices” to taste through a slew of 2014 Pinots from various vineyards. Unlike Kutch, most wineries remove the grapes from the stems before fermenting, so the whole cluster technique that they are using is very unique. If you ever get the chance to try wines made using this method, you’ll notice it tastes earthier and a bit more tannic, more similar to the Burgundian style.

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Tasting at Three Sticks Wines

Three Sticks has been getting a decent amount of press lately, and deservedly so. We visited their (somewhat) new tasting facility, The Adobe, located right in the heart of downtown Sonoma. The Adobe is hardly new though, it was built in 1842! It’s been lovingly restored by the Three Sticks family, which you can see in every single detail from the wallpaper in the bathrooms to the original kitchen. Being in Sonoma, Three Sticks is also heavily focused on Pinot Noir, however we were duly impressed with the white blend and Chardonnay as well. I have to say that this was my favorite winery of the trip, and I can’t wait to bring family and friends back to try!

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Bathroom wallpaper…no joke!
Dinner at Evangeline Napa

After our tasting at Three Sticks, we headed back to Calistoga to check in to our hotel (more on that below) and grab a late dinner at Evangeline Napa. This restaurant is fairly new and wasn’t around when I lived in the Valley, but it’s just what Calistoga needed. Modern and intimate, showcasing French Creole cuisine, it’s a great spot for “fancy” comfort food.

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Parisienne Gnocchi
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Shrimp Etouffee
Day 2: Napa (Calistoga area)
Breakfast at Sam’s Social Club

After hearing some buzz about it, the hubs and I had tried to make it here on our last trip to Napa, but to no avail. Since we were staying at the hotel that this restaurant is housed in this time around (Indian Springs Resort) there’s no way we could pass it up. We grabbed breakfast before heading out for a day of wine tasting, and it was the perfect filling, balanced meal to keep us going. Annnddddd….you pretty much HAVE to order the Candy Cap Churros. ‘Nuff said.

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Candy Cap Churros
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Truffle Scramble
Tasting at Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Our tour started here bright and early, so I was grateful for a little tour of the property before we sat down to taste any wines. We hopped in the golf cart and made our way up the side of the canyon (they are the only canyon vineyard in the Napa Valley) and spent a good half hour just listening to the family’s story and taking photos. It didn’t hurt that we were there at the perfect time of year for all of the leaves to be changing color, but the property is gorgeous and I’m sure it would be photogenic at any time of year. Plus, it’s a family-run winery  with great values, a talented winemaker, and no ambitions to get really huge. Definitely worth a visit, just be sure to make an appointment in advance!

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Tasting at Davis Estate

Four words to describe this place: Ralph Lauren rustic chic. Designed by the well-known Wine Country Architect, Howard Backen, this newly opened tasting room just off of the Silverado Trail leaves no nook or cranny untouched. There are numerous locations to host tastings here, and we just happened to be lucky enough to snag the couch-sized outdoor swings on the patio overlooking the entire Napa Valley. Each wine in our tasting (a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Franc and Zephyr, a Bordeaux blend) was paired with a small bite, which complimented the wines’ flavors beautifully. I kind of wanted to stay there and swing gently on my chair, sipping wine the whole afternoon, but we had more tasting to do!

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Our “tasting room”
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Tasting at Larkmead Vineyards

At our final tasting of the day, we were greeted by Dan Petroski, who has been the head winemaker at Larkmead since 2012. It was such a treat getting a tour of the winery from the winemaker himself, and hearing about his journey from working in the high-paced media industry to now not only making the wine for Larkmead, but also for his own label, Massican.  Our tasting immersed us into the world of Cabernet Sauvignon, with Dan showing us three different Larkmead cabs, made from three different vineyards with three different soil types. It was fascinating tasting all of these side-by-side and being able to notice the differences in palate firsthand.

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Happy Hour at Sam’s Social Club

After being teased by such a delicious breakfast (and not having eaten a real meal since then) we decided to pop in again for a quick cocktail and some appetizers before heading to dinner in St. Helena. Yum! We sat at the bar, ordered a drink, and let the bartender choose which appetizers to order us. Let’s just say the blue cheese-stuffed dates we had were reincarnated by yours truly for Thanksgiving appetizers last week 🙂

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Housemade Ricotta Crostini with Pepper Jam and Bacon-Wrapped, Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates
Dinner at Press Restaurant

Yet another place that I am ashamed to say I never visited while I lived in the Valley, even when it was right in my own backyard and directly on the route I took to and from work. So sad, because I now know that I was really missing out. The wine list alone is to die for, which is conveniently presented to you at your table on an iPad. And, even though it’s technically a steak place, let’s not look past the amazing appetizers, salads, and soups. In fact, we were way too full to even order a steak, but you can bet it’s at the top of my list for the next time I go back there!

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Vegetable Cocktail with Seasonal Emulsions
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Beet Salad
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Housemade Bread Basket
Day 3: Homeward Bound
Breakfast at Dean & Deluca

We hit the road early on Thursday morning to head home, but not before stopping for a quick breakfast first. Dean & Deluca is the perfect place for a gourmet grab-and-go (because, when in Napa, right?) There’s a full espresso bar, baked goods and (my favorite) breakfast burritos. If you’re looking for a quick, transportable breakfast or lunch, this is the place you need to go!

Where We Stayed
INDIAN SPRINGS CALISTOGA

I have to admit, back in the day, I always brushed this place aside, thinking that it was old and run down. Well, after a 2014 expansion and renovation, I’m happy to say that this is no longer a place that should be overlooked or ignored. Not only does the resort now boast a hip and happening restaurant (see above,) it also has every activity under the sun (we’re talking bocce, bicycles to rent, ping pong and, of course, the naturally-heated mineral pool!) plus a full-on spa. We didn’t have time to make it to the spa during our short time there, but we did take a dip in the mineral pool and, boy, was it a treat after my long run in 39-degree weather that morning. The entire grounds are very peaceful and relaxing, so I’d definitely recommend this place as a relaxing, quiet getaway with a significant other or couple of gal pals as opposed to a hip, wild party scene (but then, do you really ever find that in Napa?)

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So that was our trip in a nutshell! As always, we barely felt like we scratched the surface and already have a long list of other places we need to try the next time we are up there. What about you? Do you have any recommendations of places we need to check out (whether eating, drinking, or some other activity) the next time we’re in Wine Country??

And if you’re headed to Wine Country and looking for even more suggestions, be sure to check out the Travel Diaries: Napa post I did a couple of years back. A lot of the great places I recommended then are still around and as tasty as ever!

Travel Diaries: Honolulu

After much too long of a hiatus, I’ve got oodles and oodles of Travel Diaries comin’ your way!

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I figured after a weekend of nonstop eating you might be ready for a little break from the recipes, so today I’m telling you all about my trip to Honolulu last month. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll be hearing and seeing plenty about food in this post (since we basically ate our way through the entire island) but it’s at least food that you can look forward to on your next trip and nothing you have to worry about eating right away 😉


I’m still trying to figure out the best format to tell you all about my travel adventures, so please feel free to comment below about what you’d like to see more or less of! For today, since I have so many amazing photos to share, I thought I’d keep it simple and minimize the chatter. I also broke it down by day so I can stay organized and make sure I don’t miss anything.

So here goes!

Day 1

Lunch at The Pig & the Lady (Chinatown)

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Laotian Fried Chicken
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P&L Pho
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Pho French Dip

Dinner at Doraku Sushi (Waikiki)

Day 2

Farmer’s Market at Kapiolani Community College (Diamond Head)

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Juice at Tucker & Bevvy (Waikiki)

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Breakfast at Big City Diner (Kaimuki)

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Uncle Danny’s Kim Chee Fried Rice & Eggs
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Kalbi & Eggs

Dinner at MW Restaurant (Ala Moana) – FAVORITE RESTAURANT OF THE TRIP!

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Kona Lobster Bisque
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Pork and Foie Gras Wonton
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Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi with Kahuku Corn and Black Bean Sauce
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Mountain View Farms Pork Chop with Baby Tomato Relish, Baby Bok Choi, Matsutake Mushroom Gravy

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Day 3

Dim Sum at Happy Days (Kaimuki)

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Beer at Pint + Jigger (Ala Moana)

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Dinner at Mahina & Sun’s at The Surfjack (Waikiki)

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Pitaya Cocktail
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Grilled He’e and Watercress Salad
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Mochiko Fried Whole Deep Sea Snapper
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Day 4

Breakfast at Kaimuki Superette (Kaimuki)

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Chia Seed Pudding with Fresh Fruit, Bee Pollen, Granola Dust and Manoa Honey
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Bread Pudding

Beer at Honolulu Beerworks (Kaka’ako)

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Lunch at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot (Ward)

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Dinner from Tamura’s Fine Wine & Spirits (Kaimuki), Gina’s B-B-Q (Market City), and Foodland (for the poke!)

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Day 5

Breakfast at Lanikai Juice at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (Waikiki)

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Acai Bowl (with a scoop of peanut butter!)

Kahumana Farms

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Lunch at Fish House at the Four Seasons Resort Ko’olina (Ko’olina)

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House Beer Bread with Sea Salt Whipped Butter and Smoky Tuna Dip
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Chilled Avocado Salad
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Carolina BBQ Pork Ribs (that corn bread was amazing!)

Dinner at Mud Hen Water (Kaimuki)

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Yaki o Pa’i ‘ai
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Beet Poke
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Basket Cheese on Tropical Fruit Platter
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Day 6

Breakfast at Tropics at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (Waikiki)

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Dinner at Lucky Belly (Chinatown)

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Lamb Lumpia
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Lobster Shu Mai
Day 7

Tour of the Honolulu Fish Market & Auction

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Breakfast at Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

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Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs

As I mentioned above, we were most blown away by our dinner at MW Restaurant. Just about everything we had there was spot-on, including the desserts. The owners are a husband and wife team (Michelle, the wife, is the Pastry Chef, and Wade, the husband, is the Head Chef) that came from long stints at Alan Wong’s, so you know they’re making good food.

We also really enjoyed our (few) non-eating activities. I’d been to the KCC Farmer’s Market many times, but it was such a treat to actually get to go out to Kahumana Farms and see all of the fresh produce being grown. We sadly didn’t make it to their organic cafe this time around, but I definitely want to try it out on our next trip!

So what do you think? Is there anywhere we missed? What should I start putting on my list for the next time we’re on the island?

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Travel Diaries: Vancouver

It’s about time I got around to sharing my Vancouver trip with you!

Travel Diaries: Vancouver

It’s been so long since I’ve done a Travel Diary post and I must say I am SUPER excited to change things up a bit and not write a recipe post for once. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing all of my recipes with you! But it’s always refreshing to get into some different content every once in a while. I hope you don’t mind? Oh, and rest assured, there is plenty of food to talk about here, too!


I actually had to go to Vancouver for a work conference, so I didn’t have TOO much free time, but I did drag my newly-retired mom along and we managed to get into plenty of trouble (or at least eat at plenty of restaurants) in the small amount of leisure time that I had. Side note on that, it really was so great to have my mom along with me. We haven’t been on a trip with just the two of us for somewhere around five (maybe more?) years and, especially with this wedding of mine coming up, I really cherished our time together. Who knows how often we’ll have the chance to do that once I’m hitched?

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But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty so I can tell you all about the fun things we did/ate/saw. Are you ready for this? Buckle up because it’s going to be a quick and crazy ride!

Where We Stayed:

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The host hotel for my conference was The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. What a charming place! Although the lobby went through a renovation recently, the old-world charm of the hotel still shines through. I guess they don’t call it the “Castle in the City” for nothing! The staff was so warm and welcoming. The gentleman that checked us in took a good deal of time telling us about where we should eat, how we could get there, etc. And his job was just to check us in! This leads me to how unbelievably helpful the actual Concierge was as well. After our first visit with him he had dinner reservations for us at some of the best restaurants in the city for every night of our stay. Not to mention, the hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown and a short cab ride away from all of the charming little boroughs that make up Vancouver, B.C.

What We Ate:

Okay, in the interest of time, and so as not to completely lose your attention, I’m going to make this as short and sweet as possible. We ate so many amazing things on our trip that it’s a wonder I was still able to fit into my jeans when I got back. I’ll let the photos do as much talking as possible. Feast your eyes, folks.

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BLUE WATER CAFÉ + RAW BAR

Located in the borough of Yaletown, an upscale seafood restaurant whose dishes are just as impressive as their seafood towers. Not to mention highly knowledgeable staff and a Sommelier on the floor to assist you with all of your wine pairing needs.

We ordered…

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Mixed Ceviche – I LOVED that they served this with crispy spiced chickpeas as opposed to something like tortilla or won ton chips. Definitely going to give this a try sometime at home!

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Baked Bay Scallops with Parmesan Crust

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Sablefish with Miso Sake Glaze, Baby Bok Choy, Edamame, Quinoa and Shiitake Mushrooms, Yuzu Dashi – I just have to say that this was probably THE favorite dish of the trip. And yes, that means I am going to try and recreate it someday. Stay tuned!

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Warm Dark Chocolate Cake with Brandy Truffle Center, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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I must also mention their two delicious flavors of butter that were served with warm bread: red pepper and nori. I died. So good.

NOTCH 8 AT THE HOTEL VANCOUVER

We stopped in at this happenin’ little spot more than a few times since it was in our hotel! I was quite impressed with their offerings (coming from the gal that works in the “big box” hotel biz herself) and so I felt that I MUST share them with you. It was a convenient spot for us, but I would recommend stopping in for at least a light bite and a drink if you’re ever in the area.

We ordered…

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Tableside Cocktail of the Day – On Friday afternoons during Happy Hour, they have a bartender that wheels around a little cart with ingredients for a “Cocktail of the Day” that he mixes tableside. So fun!

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Maple Hickory Old Fashioned

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Earl Grey Blueberry Tea – Yes, this was a tea cocktail and yes, I have plans to recreate it.

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Notch8 Poutine with Cheese Curds and Kennebec Fries – In case you don’t know, poutine is a classic “must-order” Canadian dish…French fries + gravy + cheese curds = amaze-balls.

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Stout Pull Apart Bread with Whole-Grain Mustard and Comte Cheese – Let’s just add this to the list of things I’m going to try and make at home. Seriously, a savory pull apart bread? Music to my ears (er…mouth.)

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AMAZING LOCAL WINE ALERT: So, this wasn’t technically a restaurant we ate at, but I had to mention it because it was YUMMY! And you know I love my wine. We got a great lesson in British Columbia Wine Country from the manager at the liquor store, and we seriously enjoyed the Painted Rock Syrah he recommended from the Okanagan Valley. Sadly, he said that the production of BC wine is so small, we’ll likely never see it widely distributed here in the U.S., but it was so fun to try their local goods. Guess I’ll have to plan a wine tasting trip up there someday!

HAWKSWORTH RESTAURANT

This ultra-fine dining restaurant has been named Vancouver’s Restaurant of the Year. Conveniently, it was right across the street from our hotel and, conveniently, our Concierge was able to get us a seat there. Score!

We ordered…

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Foie Gras Torchon with Green Apple, Pecan Crumble, Yogurt and Warm Brioche – I still have not gotten over the fact that (for a  very short time) they outlawed foie gras in the U.S…I’m making up for lost time by ordering it whenever I see it on a menu now.

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Parsnip and Vanilla Soup with Dungeness Crab, Hazelnut, Pickled Chanterelle and Brown Butter – They serve this “deconstructed,” with all of the toppings sitting in the bowl when they serve it while the waiter brings out a carafe of the soup and pours it tableside. What service! (And so delicious to boot! I need to try and pickle mushrooms.)

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Red Kuri Squash, Potato Gnocchi, Cavolo Nero and Black Truffle – I know what you’re thinking: “Why order chicken at such a fine dining establishment?” Well, let me tell you, this dish was AMAZING. Far better than the fish I ordered.

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Pan Roasted Sablefish with De Puy Lentils, Cauliflower and Crispy Chicken Skin Gremolata – see above.

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Vanilla Bavarois with Raspberry and Meyer Lemon

GRANVILLE PUBLIC MARKET

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I just have to say, this Public Market puts many of the ones I’ve been to here in the U.S. to shame! Think of S.F.’s Ferry Building but three times the size. I’m not kidding, it goes on forever! So much beautiful produce, representation from all corners of the world. I was in heaven! Definitely worth the five minute ferry ride (or 10 minute drive) if you’re ever in the area!

We ordered…

A French 75 Macaron from Bon Macaron Patisserie Ltd.

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Blue Brie from Duso’s Italia

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A Honey Dip Raised Donut from Lee’s Donuts

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A Spinach, Tomato and Cheese Crepe from Muffin Granny de Paris Crepes

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Local Goat Milk Brie from Benton Brothers Fine Cheese

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Salted Caramel Apple Focaccia from Terra Breads

BAMBUDDA

A hip (but small) Chinese/Vancouver-ized restaurant in Gastown. With inventive cocktails to boot!

We ordered…

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Post Opium – Don’t worry, it’s a cocktail, not a drug! And it’s very good. This is one of those places you just have to order something that you know has a few ingredients you like, and just trust that the rest of what’s involved will make it taste amazing.

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Lobster and Shrimp Dumplings with Chipotle Mango Mayo and Cilantro Pesto

Smoked Cauliflower with Arborio Rice, Mushroom X.O. and Nori Peanuts – Add the scallops. You won’t be sorry.

House Made Gnocchi with Woodland Mushrooms, Chicken Broth and Shaved Parmesan

MEDINA

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The number-one recommended breakfast spot that our Concierge recommended we hit early Monday morning so as not to find a line wrapping out the door and around the corner. We were seated right away and the food was so creative, and tasty!

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We ordered…

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Milk Chocolate-Lavender Mocha – They have so many amazing-looking cocktails on the menu here but I opted for the mocha instead. All I can say is “Yum!” So glad I went that route.

Dark Chocolate Mocha – My mom went for more of a classic espresso drink, but hers was super-tasty as well!

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Liege-Style Waffle with Passion Fruit Topping – Are you hating me yet for saying I want to try and recreate just about everything we ate in Vancouver? Well, you can add this to the list! So chewy and comforting and delicious.

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“La Sante” – Soft Boiled Egg, Marinated Tomato Salad, Olive Tapenade, Avocado, Oyama Charcuterie (local charcuterie company alert!) with Grilled Ciabatta – Served in a “build your own breakfast” style. What a cute concept!

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Le Sandwich Peameal – House Cured Peameal Bacon, Over Medium Egg, Cabbage & Medina Pickle Slaw, Tomato Jam & Seasonal Greens – Served open-faced. Must eat with a knife and fork but the balance of flavors is on point!

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What Else We Did (Besides Eat):

Shopped. A lot. It was a bit dangerous that in close proximity to our hotel were both (a) Lululemon – we’re talking flagship store status…Did you know Vancouver is where Lululemon began? And (b) one of the largest Victoria’s Secret stores in North America. We of course also had to check out the local outdoor outfitter, Roots (think Canada’s version of Patagonia) and the humongous Nordstrom’s that happened to have a bar in the middle of the women’s section. Dangerous!

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Stanley Park – Don’t worry, we fit in some (non-food related) sightseeing as well. On our last morning in Vancouver (since I wasn’t in conference that day) we took a cab out to the park, which, did you know, is larger than NYC’s Central Park? Our ambition was to hit the museum, but we got there before it opened and then got sidetracked taking in all of the sights. And the totem poles! Did you know that these crazy-looking totem poles are Vancouver’s most visited tourist attraction? I have to admit it is quite impressive to see so many in one place. With such a gorgeous backdrop of the city!

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Travel Diaries: Vancouver | CaliGirl Cooking

Even though it was a short one, this first trip of mine to Vancouver was packed full of great experiences, delicious food and also so many learning opportunities. It was also so great getting to spend some quality one-on-one time with my mom. This little introduction to the city provided me with the perfect foundation to make a return trip, explore even more and, most importantly, enjoy more delicious food and drink!

Have any of my readers out there spent some time in Vancouver? What did I miss? I’m already taking suggestions for my next trip! XO

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And if you want to check out more of my travels, check out some of my past Travel Diaries!

Travel Diaries: Leavenworth & Seattle, WA

Travel Diaries: Yosemite

Travel Diaries: Oahu

Travel Diaries: Napa

Travel Diaries: Colorado