Birthday Bonuses

March 18, 2011

in travel

Abe turns 35 today!!!

This morning we walked across the street from our hotel to Benkyodo

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It looks like a coffee shop…

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…but their specialty is handmade Japanese confections

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We each got a piece of mochi – soft, pillowy, melt-in-your-mouth amazing. Went perfectly with some herbal tea:

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Stuffed with blueberry – mmmmm

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We picked up a rental car (<—upgraded because of Abe’s birthday!) left the rainy city, and headed into Wine Country!

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It was almost 2pm by the time we arrived at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa

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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

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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).

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We ordered the Marinara, which comes with garlic, oregano, and EVOO

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Split in two, mostly eaten with a fork/knife – it was saucy!

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What flavor! You don’t even miss the cheese with tomatoes like that. And the crust…

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Because it was Abe’s special day, we got hooked up with complimentary dessert!

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Except mine was empty (still delicious)

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Don’t worry, I still got in on some cream action

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After leaving that little foodie paradise, we drove through Yountville and along the windiest road ever. Quite romantic, with this weather!

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Just checked into our bed and breakfast. Look what’s in the room:

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Birthdays rock, even when they’re not your’s!!!

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{ 25 comments }

1 Tamara Christie March 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Agreed, when you’re in love it’s like getting two birthdays each year! Happy happy to Abe. (Mine’s tomorrow!) Enjoy the B&B and wine!

2 Evan Thomas March 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Happy birthday to Abe! Today is a big day for birthdays; Abe makes the third person I know about.

3 Gail March 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

HAPPY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY TO ABE…Napa, what a great place to be for the celebration!

4 Sara K March 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Mochi is delicious! And I love Wine Country! I’m from Marin County (right between SF and Napa, so I get to be super close to all the incredible restaurants that Sonoma and Napa have to offer! I think I’ll be having pizza for dinner :)

5 Lauren March 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

That pizza sounds incredible!! I need to bookmark this place for when we go to Napa this summer.

Happy Birthday to Abe!! Enjoy your night.

6 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Happy birthday to Abe!! I LOVE pizza marinara. There’s a place in the Bronx whose marinara pizza makes me swoon…simple and delicious!

7 emily (a nutritionist eats) March 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Happy Birthday Abe!!! :) Hope you guys enjoy wine country!

8 rebecca lustig March 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

ugh your posts remind me of how much I loved California! I worked on an organic farm in northern cali as an alternative spring break one year. it was incredible! wish i got to spend more time in san fran though

9 Jenn@slim-shoppin March 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Happy Birthday!!! My son’s birthday is today and mine is tomorrow!

Have a great birthday weekend!!

10 coffeeandthepaper March 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Happy Birthday Abe!

11 Pure2raw twins March 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Birthdays do rock! Happy Birthday to Abe!!!

12 Christine T March 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Oh my, that marinara pizza and profiterole looks amazing!

13 Amy @ Second City Randomness March 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Awww… Happy Birthday, Abe! I hope the birthday weekend treats him just as well! :)

14 RebeccaNYC March 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Happy B-day Abe! My birthday is today also, and I’m 53! oh to be 35 again!

15 Amanda March 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Happy birthday to Abe! Have a great time!!!!

Mochi is sooo good! That looks delicious.

16 LeQuan March 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Happy Birthday to Abe!

17 Samantha Tan March 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Happy Birthday to ABE !

18 TheCreamFilling March 19, 2011 at 2:03 am

Oh my goshhh I love mochi! Especially on top of some dairy-free fro yo. Mmmmmmm…

On another note, happy birthday to Abe!

That pizza, by the way, looks absolutely delicious! Nothing beats real, rustic Italian pizza in my opinion :)

19 Simply Life March 19, 2011 at 4:47 am

what a fun way to celebrate!!!

20 emily March 19, 2011 at 5:47 am

Happy Birthday, Abe!
Looks like you two spent a wonderful day together. :)

21 Pure2raw twins March 19, 2011 at 6:14 am

Hey girl, we just wanted to let you know that we passed on an award to you :)
http://www.pure2raw.com/2011/03/4-minute-bodyrocktv-workout/

22 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Happy Birthday to Abe!!

23 RoseRunner March 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hey, napa’s my hometown! love the shout out. And that little windy road you speak of is probably Silverado Trail — the road I’ve run 26.2 miles on during 3 different years for the Napa marathon!

24 katecooks March 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

happy belated birthday to abe! looks like you had a few great days of extra delicious food. you must be so relieved to be back home though. i love traveling, until i get home and it’s like AHHHH sweet relief! glad your ankle is feeling better too!

25 marites April 5, 2011 at 3:13 am

well hello!:) just as promised im now reading your blog too bad i missed your wonderful husbands birthday..so to the love of your life abe.,,belated happy birthday sir!!

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