We started off the weekend with a nice breakfast at Craftsman and Wolves. This is a beautiful cafe with delicious pastries in the Mission District. They make a savoury muffin called the Rebel Within which contains a soft boiled egg in the centre. It costs $7 but worth every penny.
Right next door was another unique store specializing in chocolates called Dandelion Chocolate. We couldn't help but order another mocha even though we've just had coffees. It would've been nice to take a chocolate class here. Their mocha was rich but not too sweet. Both stores were located inside this old factory-like building. Very unique!
Hog Island Oyster Bar, another beautiful restaurant. We ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell, an oyster po-boy and a clam chowder filled with fresh clams.
Humphry Slocombe ice-cream stand, so I decided that we must try some of their ice-cream and I was right. I ordered the Blue Bottle Coffee flavoured ice-cream and it was so creamy. Probably some of the best ice-cream I've had in my life. As per 2hung's friend, you can taste that it's expensive stuff.
Philz Coffee. This is a famous coffee chain in the Bay Area and they prepare each cup of coffee made to order. You can choose from a wide variety of dark, medium and light roast coffee beans. I chose the Jacobs Wonderbar, which is one of their most popular dark blends. When they make your dripped coffee, they blend in the coffee with the milk/cream/sugar by pouring it between two cups a few times, and the coffee tastes extra smooth.
B. Patisserie to grab some pastries for the road. This is an elegant little patisserie that I would enjoy any day of the week. Their brioche was excellent and the other cakes were very tasty as well.
Hess Collection and Sterling Vineyards. Hess was a very nice winery, tasting room and an art gallery, so it's definitely worth a visit. We first learned about Hess at the Wine and Food Show in Toronto a few years ago. At that time, they didn't distribute their wines to Canada, but now LCBO carries their Allomi collection.
Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa for some lunch before heading to Sterling. We ate some burgers and garlic fries at Gott's Roadside, grabbed a delightful profiterole from Ca'Momi and a dripped coffee from Ritual Coffee Roasters all at the market.
La Toque which was conveniently situated in the Westin Verasa Napa where we were staying that night. We each ordered three savoury dishes plus dessert and 2hung got the wine pairing.
Beringer before we left Napa. We did a short introductory tour of the Beringer Estate and tasted many wines along with a nice cheese plate. After this stop, we headed back to the city where we met up with a couple of 2hung's ex coworkers, and then we were homeward bound the next morning.