Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eat. Drink. Sleep

Eat. Drink. Sleep. That pretty much sums up our amazing vacation in Napa. My scale and I are no longer on speaking terms but it was sooooo worth it.
Here is my first glass of wine after arriving in Napa 8 hours late. Canceled flights, delays and typical airport chaos were NOT going to stop me! The wine tasted soooo much better after having to fight so hard to get to it.
We did tons of wine tastings and vineyard tours.....
We even went on a tour of a 110,000 square foot castle with a vineyard and a winery.....
We saw some amazing gardens. Just look at this "Alice In Wonderland-esque" place!
We met a friendly vineyard kitty named Caesar.....
We ate tons and tons of gourmet food. Oddly, the food always seemed to disappear before we could take its picture. But I did manage to restrain myself long enough to get a picture of the desert case at Dean & Deluca. Isn't it a thing of beauty? The Red Velvet cupcakes are delicious, by the way.
We tasted lots of olive oil and I discovered a "political" cause that I can really get on board with.....
I learned that I think chickens are absolutely adorable. There's the most amazing garden where one of the restaurants grows their own fruits, veggies and herbs and in the middle of the garden is this.....
An adorable chicken coop with about 25 chickens running around and laying eggs and enjoying life. This one was pretty bold and kept trying to eat my hair through the chicken wire!
And for those Top Chef fans out there you may recognize this guy. It's Michael Chiarrello!!! For those of you who don't watch Top Chef, he's a celebrity chef and we ate at his restaurant one night and he just happened to be there! I thought I was going to lose my mind. He was going through his restaurant and taking photos with anyone who stopped him. He was so warm and friendly and charming......not at all like the "tough guy" he seemed to be on the show. And here I am getting a smooch from Michael Chiarrello and my sweetie, John. And by the way - the food at his restaurant was AMAZING!
And now we're back home getting caught up, giving the pets tons of hugs and kisses and trying to figure out how to get back on speaking terms with the scale. And I'm trying to convince John that we need to make this Napa thing a yearly event. There are about 400 wineries in Napa and I think we missed a few on this trip. I think we need to keep going back until we've seen them all......don't you agree?

Happy Sewing,
Jenny

P.S. Did ya see my Funked Out Peasant Blouse in the first photo? She wanted to go on vacation too!

5 comments:

Wandering Threads said...

Looks like a fabulous vacation! Ignore the scale- it has no idea what it's talking about :)
~Beth (@milr26)

jane ann said...

definitely think you should go back - from your description, it sounds like a wonderful place to relax, enjoy life and wind down.

Kwilt Noob said...

Oooooh sooooooooo JELLY! You went on my dream vacation AND got a kiss from Chef Michael. Some day. Some day I'll get there!

WoolenSails said...

It looks like the perfect place to spend a vacation and relax.

Debbie

Hillcresthome Prims said...

It sure does look like you had a ball, good for you! I loved seeing the pictures!
Blessings,Tricia