Last month, Nick and I went to California to celebrate his friend’s wedding in Carmel. We decided to make a big road trip out of it, stopping to see his friends and family in 6 different places throughout the state! When Nick and I first started dating, all of his friends and family lived near each other. Now that everyone is more spread out, it was a bit harder to see everyone, but it was so much more fun to travel around and see different parts of California. We took a few days in between visits to take an anniversary trip to Napa for some food and wine, just the two of us.
Whether it’s on the couch with a bottle of wine or out for a fancy dinner (or both!), it’s important to me to celebrate moments like these – anniversaries, birthdays, graduations. I think part of that is because there have been so many milestones that Nick and I were not together for. So when we get the chance to be together, holidays become even more special to me. Basically, give me any reason, and I will say we should celebrate.
We decided to go to Napa for the same reason we decide to go most places…. food and wine! Nick is a huge fan of Thomas Keller, and he has a bunch of restaurants in Napa. They are each a bit different from traditional dining in their own way, so we were really excited to check them out.
On our first day in Napa, we went to The French Laundry for dinner. Nick had been wanting to go to The French Laundry for as long as I can remember. There two choices for dinner. One is vegetarian and one is not, but both involved many, many, many, many small courses and lots of surprises. I love tasting menus because you get to try so many different things.
Here’s just a few of the many different courses we had! There was a set menu for the night, but they kept bringing out additional things that weren’t on the menu.
After we left, as I walked outside, I saw this huge window through which you could see everyone working together. It was so cool to see what goes on behind the scenes!
It was such a romantic night. The food was amazing. I think that it was the best meal I’ve ever had, and it was so great to just have that time relaxing with Nick without a care in the world. It was a huge splurge, but the experience was so worth it.
The next morning, we went to Bouchon for breakfast. Bouchon is a bakery that’s also owned by Thomas Keller. I had a latte and a cookie sandwich that consisted of peanut butter and chocolate mixed together. Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite thing ever, so this was without a doubt the best cookie I’ve ever had. Probably one of the best desserts I’ve ever had, too. Luckily, there is another Bouchon in New York City, not far from where Nick and I are moving next! I will be making trips to NYC just to go to here:
That cookie wasn’t all we had! We also shared a croissant and a chocolate macaroon. Because why not?!
After that, we had a full day of wine tasting, lunch, and dinner. It was so much fun and I took so many pictures that I couldn’t fit it all into one post… I will post part 2 later this week!
What are some of the best foods you’ve ever had?!