Mochi at Benkyodo in San Francisco and pizza at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.
Abe turns 35 today!!! This morning we walked across the street from our hotel to Benkyodo.
It looks like a coffee shop…
…but their specialty is handmade Japanese confections
We each got a piece of mochi – soft, pillowy, melt-in-your-mouth amazing. Went perfectly with some herbal tea:
Stuffed with blueberry – mmmmm
We picked up a rental car (<—upgraded because of Abe’s birthday!) left the rainy city, and headed into Wine Country!
It was almost 2pm by the time we arrived at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.
This is like a high-end gourmet food court, full of organic and sustainable choices.
Abe’s favorite food is pizza, so the choice of where to eat was a no-brainer.
Ca’ Momi is one of those authentic Italian places where you don’t ask for extra parm or red pepper flakes. Or spinach on your pizza (woops).
We ordered the Marinara, which comes with garlic, oregano, and EVOO.
Split in two, mostly eaten with a fork/knife – it was saucy!
What flavor! You don’t even miss the cheese with tomatoes like that. And the crust…
Because it was Abe’s special day, we got hooked up with complimentary dessert!
Except mine was empty (still delicious)
Don’t worry, I still got in on some cream action.
After leaving that little foodie paradise, we drove through Yountville and along the windiest road ever. Quite romantic, with this weather!
Just checked into our bed and breakfast. Look what’s in the room:
Birthdays rock, even when they’re not your’s!!!