Sorry for the delay in posting more about July trip.
Now it is August and Texas is STILL enduring 100 degree temps!
Reports say we have had over 55 days of the this exhaustive weather.
So I will return to California via this blog and
remember cooler, much cooler days in the wine country!
Where did we start our day in Napa? Grocery shopping!
Seriously, we did!
www.ranchogordo.com is listed as New World Specialty Foods and
we had to have some!
Patty's Napa friend, Sue Jessel joined us for our Napa excursions.
Patty was raised in this part of California and
they raised their boys here too.
Not only does the owner of this business have an obsession with beans,
he collects Mexican movie posters. They are colorful!http://ranchogordo.typepad.com/rancho_gordo_experiments_/2010/10/my-other-obsession-mexican-movie-posters.html
Linda and Madelyn purchased a cookbook.
Patty had a list of beans to restock her pantry.
We did have the discussion here about the pinto beans waffles.
Madelyn and I make them regularly.
Patty and Linda had not tried them,
so we purchased beans to further put the idea to rest
that waffles cannot be that tasty if made from beans.
All of this - thanks to our JSS Quilting Bud, Barb!
Check out her blog:
OK, so you can see that this is not exactly grocery shopping -
more of a shopping experience.
Thus the next stop was Trader Joe's.
Here is a descriptive paragraph:
A chain of nearly 200 stores located throughout the United States. Trader Joe's offers food (fresh and packaged—much of it organic and/or vegetarian) and beverages, including spirits and wines. Their selection includes specialty and imported items, and prices on everything are exceptionally low. Trader Joe's has built a fanatic following of customers, and the public clamor (including letters to the editor) for a TJ's in the Napa Valley took on near-cargo cult dimensions. The pleas were successful.
Sorry, no photos at Trader Joe's. I was shopping!
I did google Trader Joe's to see if there is any update, but found none.
Speculation has it that Trader Joe's is coming to Texas.
Next stop - Oxbow Public Market -
again another shopping experience!
Tasting - tasting - tasting!
Next stop downtown Napa - time to meet Napa friends,
Nyrene Clark and Sandy Ellis
at Angele's French Restaurant!
On the Napa River...
After lunch, time for quilt store in Napa!
Next stop Beringer Brothers' Winery
Informative tour into the cellars.
Then outside to tour the gardens.
Flowers and fruit trees.
Historical marker about this tree!
Close-up of the grapevines.
The Rhine House
Seventeen room mansion
completed in 1884
for the Beringer Family.
Not only were the hydrangea blooms huge,
the bushes were nearly shoulder high!
After the wine tasting, we ended our day
with a delightful evening on the patio at
The Culinary Institute for more tasting
Soup and much more: