Showing out-of-town friends around my home, the Napa Valley, has become second nature to me. But last week I decided it was about time to do a little exploring in neighboring Sonoma County! So in celebration of my gal Alanna submitting her final cookbook manuscript (pre-order here!), she came in from San Francisco along with her sweet friend Jessica, and off we went! Here's a little vignette of our day of photo adventuring whilst rocking our ever-present food (& wine) babies. Because let's face it: that's what you do in Wine Country. SO MUCH FOOD. ALL THE TIME.
First stop was the somewhat iconic Fremont Diner, who holds the title for my favorite chocolate malt around and also has delicious house-made pickles, pimiento cheese, and avocado toast.
We did our fair share of gawking over the early spring blooms around Sonoma...
Then we were thirsty, so we decided to try out some sparkling wine on the porch of a castle. Yup, Domaine Carneros is a castle. Psssst...word to the wise: if you go here, ask to try their Ultra Brut Sparkling and Late Disgorged Brut Cuvee Sparkling — they're the two best, yet aren't offered within the standard tasting menu.
Then it was off to one of my most personally frequented spots around the 'hood, Scribe Winery, because any friend of mine simply needs to experience this view, their dry Riesling, and the amazing folks that make this winery a must-see experience in Sonoma.
And finally, we landed about 30 minutes up the road at the exceedingly charming Glen Ellen Star. Known for their woodfired vegetables and pizzas, I have three words for you: Tomato Cream Pie. Imagine the best creamy tomato soup you've ever had, but on top of a pizza and paired with fresh mozzarella. Of course this pizza is the one thing I didn't photograph (it got too dark, and we wanted to eat it too badly to snap anyway). Lucikly the vegetables, like the woodfired cauliflower with almonds and tahini, and the salads are equally as scrumptious and gorgeous.
Be sure to follow along on Instagram for my everyday adventures!