Birthday Bonuses

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!!!

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  • Tamara Christie

    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!

  • Evan Thomas

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

  • Gail

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

  • Sara K

    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 :)

  • Lauren

    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.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

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

  • emily (a nutritionist eats)

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

  • rebecca lustig

    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

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin

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

    Have a great birthday weekend!!

  • coffeeandthepaper

    Happy Birthday Abe!

  • Pure2raw twins

    Birthdays do rock! Happy Birthday to Abe!!!

  • Christine T

    Oh my, that marinara pizza and profiterole looks amazing!

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness

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

  • RebeccaNYC

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

  • Amanda

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

    Mochi is sooo good! That looks delicious.

  • LeQuan

    Happy Birthday to Abe!

  • Samantha Tan

    Happy Birthday to ABE !

  • TheCreamFilling

    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 :)

  • Simply Life

    what a fun way to celebrate!!!

  • emily

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

  • Pure2raw twins

    Hey girl, we just wanted to let you know that we passed on an award to you :)

  • Jolene (

    Happy Birthday to Abe!!

  • RoseRunner

    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!

  • katecooks

    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!

  • marites

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