Oakville Grocery – Oakville, CA

During our second day of wine tasting in Napa Valley, we stumbled upon the very adorable Oakville Grocery. Located in the small village of Oakville, California on State Road 29 (the main drag through Wine Country.)  The grocery looks almost just like it did when it was started in 1881, the building has vintage handRead more

Bobby’s Burger Palace – Las Vegas

On our recent trip to Vegas, we had a free afternoon which lead us to wander along the strip.  All the walking made us work up an appetite and having late evening dinner reservations, we decided to drop in and sample a “snack” at the fairly new Bobby’s Burger Palace. Bobby’s Burger Palace is theRead more

ad-hoc Yountville, CA

When traveling to the Napa Valley, one of the greatest attractions besides the wine is the concentration of great chefs and restaurants. Foremost amongst these chefs is Chef Thomas Keller, who owns one of America’s most iconic restaurants, The French Laundry. Located in Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley, The French Laundry isRead more

Watermelon Strawberry Smash

The hot days of summer are perfect for growing watermelons, and with our summer finally getting enough sustained heat to ripen the local watermelons it was time to bust out the watermelon cocktails. I experimented with a couple of different combinations before I settled in on one I liked, which combined watermelon, strawberries, basil andRead more

The English Affair

This cocktail is a spin on Brett Elser’s  London’s First Love Affair, which was the winning entry for the Southern region of the Broker’s Gin Bowler’s Cup cocktail contest.  Since I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand (oregat syrup) I decided to change things up a bit and modify the recipe.   Refreshingly sweet withRead more

Grilled Banana S’mores

This is a great summer treat for a warm evening by a camp fire, Grilled Banana S’mores.  We made these over the Memorial Day weekend and all of our friends really enjoyed this.  The combination of melted marshmallow and chocolate is a great combination with the caramelized banana. Start by cutting a banana in 1/2Read more