Friday Food Foto – Cuvee Napa Oh! Benedict

Napa Terrace Inn Cuvee Breakfast

I love eggs. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to them.  I can eat them any meal, any way.  So having eggs benedict is nothing new, but I had a very original version of it while staying at the Napa River Terrace Inn during my #Trafalgar2012 trip. I had breakfast at their restaurant, Cuvee, and I ordered their Oh Benedict! made up of "two gently poached eggs, a top grilled baguette with p … [Read more...]

Making Dinner at Ramekins Culinary School

Ramekins Culinary School kitchen

After a full day of some of Trafalgar's best Northern California guided vacation highlights, including wine and olive oil tasting at Round Pond Estate, a lovely lunch at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, and Italian medieval adventures at Castello di Amorosa, we ended our day with dinner at Ramekins Culinary School.  I was familiar with this place as it was a venue for films and events when I worked at … [Read more...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #179: “Secret” CIA Collection

CIA Corkscrew Collection

One aspect of every guided vacation with Trafalgar is that it includes at least one “hidden treasure.”  When we left Castello di Amorosa our Travel Director, J.P. Smith, the main man responsible for making our #Trafalgar2012 experience the incredible trip it was, told us we were going to make a quick stop to check out one of these hidden treasures. When we pulled up to the CIA, the Culinary Inst … [Read more...]

Napa Valley’s Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Wine Tasting

After a wonderful lunch at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, the #Trafalgar2012 group headed to another surprising spot, one that I was completely unaware of.  Located in Calistoga, the Castello di Amorosa is more than a winery, it is Disneyland for anyone who loves medieval Italian history!  Think that sounds boring? You'd be so wrong!  I absolutely could not take in everything, I wanted to take photos … [Read more...]

Top Chef Treat in Napa – Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

Cindy Pawlyn

Leaving Round Pond Estate where the #Trafalgar2012 group had the pleasure of olive and wine tasting in the most beautiful facility that I have seen in wine country, we headed into St. Helena for lunch and to what would be the biggest thrill for me during the entire weekend.  Despite being a Top Chef geek I have never been to any Top Chef alumni restaurant so when I learned we were going to Top … [Read more...]

Napa’s Round Pond Estate

Napa's Round Pond Estate

Bright and early on the last day of my trip with Trafalgar, the group headed out to Round Pond Estate, an olive oil orchard and winery in Rutherford (near Napa). Like the wine blending we did at Ravenswood Winery this spot is considered a ‘Local Specialty from Trafalgar's Northern California guided vacations, and it is very special.  Round Pond Estate is by far the most beautiful winery I have e … [Read more...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #178: Champagne at Carneros

Carmeros champagne

After our lovely lunch at El Dorado Kitchen the #Trafalgar2012 group headed to Domaine Carneros a chateau in Napa where we toured the winery and tasted a variety sparkling wines. This was another highlight of Trafalgar's Northern California guided vacation that I had the pleasure of sampling. As a bonus I spotted Brian Solis. Anyone working in social media will understand the celebrity … [Read more...]

Sonoma’s El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen Wild Mushroom Tart

After a wonderful morning of wine blending at Ravenswood Winery, the #Trafalgar2012 group hopped in the coach and headed into downtown Sonoma for lunch at El Dorado Kitchen. It was another facet of the Northern California guided vacation that the I experienced with the amazing Trafalgar team - the total satisfaction of my inner foodie, okay who am I kidding...it's both inner and outer with me! … [Read more...]

Friday Food Foto – Tres Leches at Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha Tres leches cake

After the holidays we've just had the last thing you might be thinking of is food....but I can't help it.  It is a topic that I am insatiable about! There are still so many foods I haven't tried yet and I am constantly on the look out for new ones. Sometimes it is just a matter of not getting around to it yet.  Like in the case of the famous tres leches cake, a Latin American treat made of b … [Read more...]

Wine-blending at Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma

Wine blending tools at Ravenswood Winery

After spending some time in San Francisco, the Trafalgar team rounded everyone up onto one of their lovely coaches and we headed out of town towards the wine country.  We made a quick stop to check out the Golden Gate Bridge which, as usual, was being coy as she hid behind late morning fog.  No matter, our enthusiasm could not be dampened, we had some very special activities on the agenda for the d … [Read more...]