Monday, January 10, 2011

The Bay Area - Friends, Food, and Wine

Bay Bridge

We spent a couple of days in the Bay Area, but they were all about spending time with people, so there isn’t much to say on the tourist front. However, the timing lined up pretty perfectly so that we got to join in two birthday celebrations – one with friends in Oakland and one with family in Santa Rosa

Our hosts in SF, Max and Nicole are always ready with great food recommendations. This time we enjoyed fantastic seafood at the Woodhouse Fish CO. and a delicious brunch at the Elite Café. Well, actually, I had a great brunch at Elite. While I was swooning over my decadent shrimp and grits while conversing with our friends, Greg was still feeling the effects of the party the night before. Oops.


New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp and Cheese Grits

There are a lot of wine lovers in Greg’s family, and several of them are in the Bay Area. Greg’s sister and her husband, Rich, are in Santa Rosa and they know the area very well – and lucky for us, Rich is always ready with recommendations. This time he steered us towards Mazzocco Winery in the Dry Creek Valley. He did not steer us wrong, as they had some decadently rich and delicious Zinfandels.

Sadly, one winery and lunch was all we had time for on this day before we had to hit the road again. We had a long drive ahead of us to get to redwoods in Northern California.

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