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September was our birthday month, yes, we celebrate all month long. So one of our getaways was to one of our favorite places; Healdsburg, in Sonoma county, California. It’s such a beautiful and fun place to go. We always try to find somewhere new to go

explore but somehow also return to our favorites. This trip was no exception. Sunday, our trip started with a visit to Reeve wines, for a wine club member event which was delightful.



Reeve wines are truly delicious and Noah and Kelly Dorrance really have created something special here. The new releases were so, so good. The Libertine is truly interesting, and berry complex. Sorry. Not sorry. 😁

Yummy food with a twist on Authentic Hidalgan specialties was served. It went so well with the Rose.

After that we visited our favorite coffee place, Flying Goat Coffee, for an afternoon pick me up.  We also visited Amphora winery and were so glad to see Ric Hutchinson, the winemaker pouring wine!


That night we opted to have dinner in town at a place we had gone to before, but the food was disappointingly terrible, so no pix of that catastrophe. Just uninspired, overcooked, as though they don’t care at all anymore. Sigh. We will most likely never go back to El Farolito.


To console ourselves, we decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants and sit at their bar. It was so nice. The Chalk Board is just wonderful, the people, service, food and ambiance are perfect.

Elegant without being pretentious.









After a couple of glasses of champagne and a whiskey for Steve, we felt better and settled into our hotel for a good night’s rest.

The next morning before we headed down the coast to Hog Island Oyster Company, we fueled ourselves at The Parish Cafe, a loving ode to the fantastic food in New Orleans, where the owner/chef is from. The Parish specializes in real, authentic NOLA food and you will love it!



Everything on the menu is spectacular, but you must order the beignets! Pillowy deliciousness, light as air doughy goodness. The omelets are fantastic, I got the artichoke with crab filling. OMG.

Now we were ready to head south to Hog Island Oyster Company, where all good things come in the form of oysters, raw on the half shell and BBQ’d. They have other food for those who do not eat oysters, but if you do, you’ll be so, so happy. They have a good wine list. The Sancerre goes really well with the shellfish and great beers on tap. You can’t go wrong here at all.

It was a gloriously gorgeous day as you can see from these images. Such a lovely vibe here. People of all ages enjoying themselves, talking, eating and drinking. You can even come and rent BBQ areas to do you own cookout. Reservations a definitely recommended. We came on a Monday at 12:30 pm and it was packed.


The bread and cultured butter, pretty much devoured.

Oyster close up.  Come to Mama.

Until next time! Cheers and drink your wine!