I’M BACK!!!!!

I’m back from my wonderful vacation! I hope I don’t bore you, but I wanted to share some pictures with all of you. In all it’s wonder the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, fog and all!!

Boudin bakery at Fishermans Wharf, home of the famous sourdough bread. Friendly baker putting on a show for us.

He created all different shapes of bread, I bought a turtle.

We visited Muir Woods and saw the majestic redwoods!

Aren’t they beautiful?

Steaming crabs right outside on the wharf!


A little clam chowder and a seafood sandwich!!

Napa Valley vineyards, looks like Italy dosen’t it?

Lots of the Italian vineyards have deli’s in them where you can buy lunch. Gourmet sandwiches, cheese, salads, and wine to be packed up an eaten right on the gorgeous grounds, we did that quite often!

Check out all the cheese!

I had that for lunch….. delicious!

A little shopping at the Le Creuset outlet! I was in heaven!

Of course I had to buy something for the blog!!! It’s being shipped.

Yummy crab cakes

Fresh halibut

Hubby ate this delicious pasta

Mumm Champagne tasting, the views were breathtaking!

I could have sat out there all day!

Can I tell you how excited I was to go here!

CIA Greystone Napa, Only 101 lucky students get to go here. Of course the big one is in New York. Chef Cat Cora was there the day before we were arrived. Many celebrity chefs visit and teach here.

If I didn’t know better I would have thought I was in Tuscany!

Viansa winery, the grounds and views were beautiful.

A view from Viansa.

Ahhhh, La Dolce Vita!!!

Back to reality! I have a lot of catching up to do with all of my blog friends, see you soon!!

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  1. Oh that trip ;looked fantastic. One day I’m going to make the Mr. take me.Just a beautiful adventure.Did you bring back wines?

  2. Thank you for the beautiful post! Your pictures were great. I love Napa – and the Viansa winery is a definite must see. It’s so beautiful. And all your food shots were yummy!

  3. This looks like an amazing vacation. A perfect combination of food and beautiful scenary.

    I went to the Mumm winery in France a few years ago. It was very neat to learn about the process of making champagne.

  4. Oh Marie, great photos, how fun for you!
    Can’t wait to see the Le Creuset!

  5. Welcome back.
    I love lecruse pots, i have few of them. The oldes one is 20 yrs old

  6. We went to SF/Monterey for our vacation last year. It was wonderful, and many of your first photos were familiar.

    We didn’t get to Napa. After seeing your pics, that’s definitely a must-see next time. I also had no idea there was a CIA in CA.

    It looks like a simply wonderful vacation!

  7. wow! What a wonderful time you must have had! The views are spectacular! The food! The wine!
    Bet you didn’t want to leave 😉

  8. Great photos! Glad to see that you ate your way through San Francisco & Napa Valley – the ONLY way to travel. I LOVE the Le Creuset outlet. I find myself buying things that I have to figure out their use later. Glad to hear that you had your purchase shipped! Did you make it to Stella’s in North Beach? That’s my favorite Italian pastry shop in the city. How fun to go to CIA!!!! What a gorgeous place – you’re right, it could pass for Tuscany. Alfredo & I are going to swing by Napa for Father’s Day, maybe take our bikes with the kids.

    Welcome home!

    xoxox Amy

  9. Looks like a great time. I went to Muir Woods about a year ago – it was really cool.

  10. I LOOOOOVE San Fran and Napa… we went there for our honeymoon! We also went to Viansi… its SO GORGEOUS up there… very Italy…

    So glad you had a lovely time.. I miss it so…

  11. I saw the pictures lastnight Marie, are really lovely!!! Love them and Im happy you had a lovely trip.
    Is curious some pictures look how some sites here in summer of course, we have know loads of rains!!! xxxGloria

  12. Marie the pictures are gorgeous!! That cheese display..cowabunga!! Can’t wait to see what you cook up for us with all that inspiration. 🙂
    Ciao and welcome home!!

  13. Marie, welcome back! I know you had a wonderful time, are armed with new inspiration and ready to share your new ideas with us. I was there a few years ago and I’ve promised myself to go back for more.

  14. The seafood has me drooling all over my screen, and the cheeses .. oh my!

    Loved the pics, thanks for sharing your trip 🙂

  15. Looks like you had a fabulous, inspiring time, Marie.

    I adore those cunning loaves of bread — I’ll take the teddy bear, please!

    Me and my Creusets cannot be parted. I can’t wait to see what you will concoct in one of those wonderful new vessels.

  16. What great pics Marie!
    Looks like you had a wonderful time, I love all of your pictures. I am the same way on vacation, snapping pictures at everything! I love those Le Creuset shops, so fun! Welcome back home!

  17. I am sooo jealous! Looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing.

  18. San Francisco is a wonderful city. Glad you had a great time.

  19. Thank you so much for the round about trip – I loved it!

  20. What an absolutely dreamy trip. Everything that I would have loved. Hubby and I need to plan a trip up there sometime soon.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures!!

  21. Welcome back Marie…rejuvenated & refreshed I can see! I had a comment on every picture coz I’m mesemeised (but they would fill pages!). Brought back memories of my SFO trip many moons ago…the bridge & the wharf! YAY for the shopping, the awesome sights, the vineyards, the delicious food,CIA…:0)

  22. Looks like you had a wonderful time; can’t wait to take a mini vacation myself.

  23. Looks like a great trip Marie! Nice to see you back!

  24. Oh WOW!!! A lot of it does really look like Italy!! What a fab holiday, I love all the food and could easily eat it all, want a buddy next time??:) If there’s food and wine like this involved I’m permanently available:) I noticed Amy B’s comment above, is this where she lives the lucky sausage:)Glad to have you back btw


  25. Glamah, CS has to take you! And yes the wine is being shipped along with everything else I bought. The airlines are not so generous with weight anymore, and anything liquid.

    Thanks Dish!!

    Phychgrad, Mumm in france? Wow, that must have been great!

    Lori Lynn, I’m awaiting it’s arrival!

    Happy Cook, It last forever dosen’t it?

    Jen, Try to get to Napa you won’t regret it!

    Maryann, all good things must come to an end, but yes, I didn’t want to leave.

    Amy, Swing by Napa on your bikes?? I’m so jealous!!

    Andy, Muir woods is beautiful isn’t it?

    Meghan, What a great place for a Honeymoon!

    Gloria, Hi, Sorry you have loads of rain.

    Laurie, So much cheese, bread and wine, all delicious!!

    Peter, go back for more!!

    Ohio, Hi, and thanks!

    Hi barbara, the possibilities are endless!

    Jenn, Thanks, I guess its nice to be back! Ha ha

    Hi Jenny, Thats the first time I ever came across the outlet, I thought I died and went to heaven!!

    Michelle, Thanks for stopping by!

    Linda, It is!

    Nina, Thanks!

    Lori, Get Hubby to take you, very romantic!!

    Deeba, Glad it brought back some good memories for you!

    Pix, Take a trip!

    Lor, It does look like Italy, dosen’t it? Darn that Amy!!! I’m jealous too!

  26. Welcome back! Those are some nice photos! Those bakery animals are great!

  27. Looks like quite a fun trip with lots of good food! I’m jealous and welcome back

  28. Thank you for the virtual trip! I loved it. Wonderful photos of one of my favorite places in the world.

  29. Welcome back- although it looks as though your were having a grand time! I love Napa and go there at least once a year- your photos were like having my own mini-break!

  30. WOW! Indeed, Napa Valley vineyards DO look like Italy, a lot!!! I’m impressed. And the photos are amazing!!!

    I want to visit California!!! I need a bit of dry Mediterranean summer days!!!

  31. Ah Marie! Welcome home!
    I visited San Francisco and Napa Valley for the first time last year and loved it all!
    I wish I knew about the the La Creuset oulet — where the prices really good? Maybe next time!
    My nephew went to the Culinary Institute in NY — he’s a magnificicent chef!
    I have photos of what we ate in Ireland on my blog today. They love Italian and Thai food over there now, but we tried to eat more traditional meals.
    Hugs, Pat

  32. Now this is a vacation! Sounds like you had a really good time. I loved all the pics you shared but I have to say that my heart beat a little faster as I scrolled to the Le Creuset outlet, I am so jealous, I think I would have run myself bankrupt! (lol)

    Glad to have you back.

  33. What a fab looking trip. Love all the photos, gives you a real sense of your trip. I’ll bet you have much more to say about it and we’ll all be interested.

  34. Oh how I miss Muir woods! I used to live about an hour or so away when I called the Bay Area home many years ago. Yes, the trees are so beautiful!

  35. Ahhhh! That area is my favorite here in the US. So glad you had a great time! Thanks for the pics!

  36. Marie at first sight I thought you were in Tuscany!! From the pictures I can tell you had a wonderful time.

  37. Fantastic pictures and story! Thank you so much for sharing!!
    The food looked divine and the scenery was beautiful! Now I want to go!

    the CIA…how fun!! I would have been too excited!

  38. Hi Marie! Thank you for inviting me to check this post! It loks like we share some experiences! I didn’t go to the CIA (and I’m still kicking myself for that) but I went to Copia where they filmed TOP CHEF! It was cool.
    GREAT PICTURES and great buying (le creuset.. are you kidding me????!!!)

  39. I had my first trip to that same area for a work conference in February this year, and it was a breath-taking place for sure. We did a lot of eating in the business district, but I sure wish I had your shopping memories-Yum!