1.02.2012

Pt. Reyes & Wine Country: Ending 2011

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This is the first job I've had where the office is closed for a week after Christmas. It reminds me of being in school, but better, because I'm not actually in school. I wanted to take full advantage of the precious time off, so we planned a mini trip up north. Destination - Pt. Reyes, with a night in Napa.

We rented a car, booked our lodgings, and drove north on the 5 freeway. It's been a while since we opted to drive that far north and the ugly 5 reminded us why. It is a sad freeway, with cattle farms, dirty truckers and some of the worst drivers you'll come across. But, seven hours later, we were in Pt. Reyes, and all was right with the world.

This is our third trip up to Pt. Reyes. Despite the fact it's far, and small, and there's not much to do in town, the place keeps drawing us back with its breathtaking scenery, local and delicious food, and peaceful charm. We had two goals for this trip. Hiking and eating. The husband was all about the hiking (I played along). I was all about the oysters. We accomplished both goals, and more.
 Coastal hike - a pleasant 5 mile loop, which I didn't complain too much about.
 Tomales Bay - our view as we ate oysters, chowder and mussels.
 The Marshall Store - serving amazing BBQ oysters.
 Tomales Bay Oyster Co.
 The golden nugget. The most perfect oyster.
 Pt. Reyes cows. Unlike the cows off the 5, these beasts eat grass, and have the best views.
 Murphy Beach.
Osteria Stellina. Above - pork osso bucco with chard and mashed potatoes. Below - chocolate hazelnut torte, with pear butter, and a scoop of house-made vanilla ice cream.
Don't be fooled, this only looks like the husband is fishing. Appearances can be deceiving.
 Spooky evening hike in the fog. I was so scared, I actually hiked.
 Champagne truffle in Sonoma.
 Before heading back, we stopped for lunch at the Oxbow Market in Napa.
At the Kitchen Door, the husband enjoyed Korean sweet short ribs, with a delicious fried rice (I will be making attempts to recreate), and I devoured a steaming bowl of pasta bolognese. The finishing touch, churros with dark chocolate and dulce de leche sauce. 
Not a bad way to say farewell to 2011. 

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