wine country III

We stayed at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa. It was basically out in the boonies, but the resort was nice. We got a bottle of wine with our room and some drinks. And most importantly, free wifi so I could watch Weeds. Our view wasn’t so great, but in the close distance, we could see mountains of vineyards. And most importantly, as you can see, the room was clean. That’s important when choosing a place to stay at!

After catching up on some Weeds, we went to Ad Hoc for our 9:30pm reservations. The ambience was romantic and chill, and the service was superb. The food, in my opinion, was overhyped. We went here because many of our friends had recommended this restaurant to dine at. It was still a delicious 5-course dinner though!

The next day we visited Sattui Winery, where we had a nice lunch on the grass. The sandwich took me by surprise! It was more delicious than I thought. Thinking about it now actually makes me drool.

And this concludes the Napa trip!

The Meritage Resort and Spa
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

V. Sattui
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574


wine country part II

After we dined at Boon Fly Cafe, the first winery we visited was Domaine Caneros. I thought Brian was going to kill me because we drove around in a big, big circle before arriving here, and funny enough . . . it was only down the street from where we had brunch.

Since neither of us really indulge in the greatness of alcohol, these wine country entries will revolve around sightseeing and good eats. Sorry to disappoint!

Afterwards, we stopped by Yountville to visit the infamous Bouchon Bakery. The line was long, but we only waited about 10-15 minutes. It wasn’t too shabby. And the weather was enjoyable; not too cold and not too warm; in fact, it was a little bit humid. When we entered their fine establishment, we had a colorful arrangement of pastries to choose from. I wish we had opted out on getting the pink pig because that was probably my least favorite from the bunch. The macaroons are a must try here.

And as far as the wineries, we visited Peju, Del Dotto, and our favorite, Castello di Amorosa.

Coming up in the next entry includes our dining experience at Ad Hoc and the resort we stayed at!

Domaine Caneros
1240 Duhig Road
Napa, CA 94559

Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

8466 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA 94573

Del Dotto Caves
1055 Atlas Peak Road
Napa, CA

Castello di Amorosa
4045 North Saint Helena Highway
Calistoga, CA 94515

wine country

We went to Napa, and it was so great to get away from the city for the weekend!

Our first stop was at Boon Fly Cafe. I’ve been here once about two years ago so, and I have fond memories of this brunch spot. We arrived around 11am hoping to beat the crowd since they don’t take breakfast/brunch/lunch reservations. We only waited for ten minutes or so for our table. And while we were waiting, we hung out on the porch and had fun on the swings. They did offer free coffee though too!

You can see below what we had. Everything we had was delicious. I’ll definitely be back to try their other selections.

And I’ll have to update the rest later because I’m trying to get better from my sickness!

Boon Fly Cafe
The Carneros Inn
4048 Sonoma Hwy
Napa, CA 94559

dumpling kitchen

My parents and I dined here today for dinner. This is probably my favorite Shanghainese place to eat thus far. I like it better than Shanghai Dumplings. Dumpling Kitchen is much cleaner, and the it’s even more inexpensive! The steamed pork dumplings were so juicy and filled with soup! Loved it. And my favorite was the crispy egg puffs; it’s a must order.

Dumpling Kitchen
1935 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

cherry blossom festival and nopa

Saturday evening Brian and I celebrated his birthday with a cake from Schubert’s Bakery. I had picked it up that afternoon, and there were a plethora of cakes. I couldn’t decide which one to get, but I picked the prettiest one–the raspberry mousse cake!

Sunday we took the bus to the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. It was packed like every other year, and we only waited in the shorter lines at the food stands. The line for takoyaki just wrapped insanely; we opted out. I tried to pawn off my frozen takoyaki, but no one would bite; I admit, it’s pretty disgusting and doesn’t taste anything like the real thing.

After walking around the festival, we killed time at YakiniQ Cafe. I love the decor at this cafe, and it feels very relaxing and comfortable there. I was thirsty, but I had the Mitchell’s green tea ice-cream which I couldn’t finish. I also didn’t want to get full before our delicious dinner at Nopa.

After resting up for a bit, we walked to Nopa which was about 1.5 miles. It was some good exercise to help build up our appetite. And you can see below what we ordered. The flatbread and the pork chop are my two favorite items from there. Delicious. My appetite must have gotten smaller too because I couldn’t finish my pork chop. And Brian’s appetite is that of a girl’s so I can’t count on him ever to finish my meals for me!

Schubert’s Bakery
521 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

YakiniQ Cafe
1640 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115

560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117