Luke’s sister Megan, and her boyfriend Chris were in town this past weekend. We always love having “visitors” because it gives us a chance to show off the Bay Area. Plus the Bay Area was on its best behavior last weekend and provided the most perfect warm weather.
On Friday night we had a bunch of friends over for dinner at our house. Here is what I made:
- Green Goddess Hummus
- Soprassetta and Cheese in Puffed Pastry
- Shrimp Paella (used shrimp instead of lobster to save some cashola)
- Asparagus Salad
- White Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Brown Sugar Ice Cream with a Caramel Swirl (didn’t add the ginger that the recipe called for)
I had the best of intentions in photographing all the yummy food but to be honest between having 9 people over for dinner and a couple glasses of vino, I forgot. BUT I did manage to photograph the bread pudding and honestly nothing else mattered on that dinner table that night compared to the bread pudding. If you ever bake anything from this site, please, please make the bread pudding. I promise it will be worth it.
While I was finishing dinner, everyone went up to the roof of our apartment building to watch the sunset over the bay behind the Golden Gate Bridge.
Saturday -we headed up to wine country. Our first stop on the wine country tour was the OxBow Market which has all sorts of delicious vendors.
We grabbed a couple sandwiches from the Fatted Calf, cookies from Model Bakery, cheeses from Oxbow Cheese and Wine and headed to the first stop of the day – Robert Sinskey Winery. Robert Sinskey is my go-to when we are in Napa. It is a beautiful vineyard with the most perfect area to have a picnic. Plus they might have the best rosé on the planet. We set up camp there for a couple hours and took in the warm weather and the view.
After Sinskey – we headed up the road to Rombauer Winery . This was for Luke because he LOVES Chardonnay. Not sure why but he loves a good buttery oaky Chardonnay – the kind of Chardonnay that waiters shake their heads at in restaurants. Rombauer has this exact Chardonnay and it makes him so happy so we had to make a pilgrimage. We grabbed a bottle and sat outside in their beautiful gardens.
The last stop of our wine tour was to Freemark Abbey. We stumbled upon this tasting room and could not have been luckier. When you go wine tasting, the people you meet in the tasting rooms either make or break your experience. Our new friend Miguel completely made our experience. He was amazing and very knowledgeable about wine – plus he was not stingy with the wine pours – which always makes for a great tasting experience.
On the way home from wine country we stopped in Sausalito to have a drink at one of my favorite spots Bar Bocce. Bar Bocce has amazing food – primarily pizza – and has an incredible views of the bay and Tiburon. We completely lucked out with the weather. It was perfect and warm.
On Sunday we headed to Off The Grid – Picnic at the Presidio . Off The Grid is a local SF company that organizes events all over the city with every food truck you could ever imagine -pizza, creme bruleé, cupcakes, tacos..too many to name. Sunday was the start of their Picnic at the Presidio event which brings food trucks and local farmers into SF’s Presidio park. Since it was a beautiful day it was crowded but a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Megan and Chris – thanks so much for coming out and visiting us, we had a great time. Come back soon.
Who is up next to visit? We are the best hosts, promise.