Wine, Food and Vacation Coma

I am coming off a wine and food coma.  For real.  The Big Sur recap will be up soon but for now this is a picture gallery of where we went and how I carbed up before AND after the marathon.  Pretty sure I earned back a gazillion calories and more.  Definitely not getting on the scale for 3-4 weeks.  Time to cut back on the wine and food, but in the meantime enjoy my indulgence below.  It was a fabulous, fabulous trip.

Friday
drive from San Fran through the Red Woods to Monterey.  Drove race course to Nepenthe restaurant.

Big Basin Park Red Woods
Drive from Carmel to Big Sur
Sunset view at dinner at Nepenthe in Big Sur 
Me and P at Nepenthe

Saturday
Morning run along beach at Carmel by the Sea, breakfast at the Village Corner bistro, lunch at Le St. Tropez, 17 mile drive (Pebble Beach), dinner in Monterey (no pics).

breakfast burrito (potatoes inside for carb loading)
started with a potato, spinach leek soup and then this crab sandwich.  P had sanddab fish which was AMAZING.
if you go to Carmel by the Sea, eat here!
one of the many gorgeous views of the 17 mile drive 
foreigners ignoring the “don’t feed the animals” sign. but it was cool to see a squirrel eat out of someones hand. 
me and P at one of the stops on the 17 mile drive

Sunday
RACE DAY!  Lunch at Carmel by the Sea at Aw Shucks, drive along Hwy 1 again, and cocktails at the Rocky Point Restaurant

post race bacon cheese burger. oh yes. I derserved it.  along with a dozen raw oysters.  
a foggy view of the pacific coast
Bixby Bridge
view from the Rocky Point Restaurant

Monday

repeat breakfast at Village Corner bistro, drove to Sonoma, lunch at the Girl and the Fig, wine tastings at Buena Vista and Gloria Ferrer, dinner in Napa at Grace’s Table
best sandwich I’ve ever had in my life. seriously.  MANO FORMATE coppa baguette. 
chocolate covered figs and port for dessert!
Buena Vista

bubbles! at Gloria Ferrer
Me and P and Gloria Ferrer
view from the patio at GF
asparagus salad at Grace’s table
steak frites at Grace’s table
Tuesday
day of wine tasting tours- Pine Ridge Winery, PlumpJack Winery, picnic lunch from Dean and Deluca, Miner Winery, and Hall Winery.  Dinner at Oenotri in Napa.

Pine Ridge tasting room 
PR had gorgeous flowers! 
PlumpJack
PlumpJack
PJ-smaller tasting room with tons of personality and good wine. 
P and I split the ham and turkey sandwiches.  Ate on the porch at Miner Winery.
view from Miner
View from Hall
unbelievable tasting room in Hall. This was a sculpture/light fixture
the caves at Hall. 
oh yes, we tasted a lot.

Wednesday
day of wine tasting tours at Rombauer, Sterling, Clos Pegase (picnic lunch), and finished at Schramsberg.  Date night for me and P at Tra Vigne and then PRESS.

view from Rombauer
view from the lift at Sterling 
what mass production wine making looks like (at sterling) 
Sterling 
the view from our picnic lunch at Clos Pegase
huge thumb at Clos Pegase.  They have art all around the winery. The thumb was taller than me.

lots of bubbles!
wine tasting in the caves at Schramsberg
had a glass of bubbles and then grilled bread and mozzarella at Tra Vigne
best filet ever at PRESS.
truffle mac and cheese and grilled asparagus
chocolate souffle for dessert

Yep.  Definitely rewarded myself big time after that 26.2.  We had an amazing trip with some great friends.  I would definitely do a few things different next go round (Napa/Sonoma) but hope to get back out there soon.  I loved it.

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