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Labor Day weekend v3.0

October 17, 2012

It’s become a bit of a tradition to drive up north to celebrate the long Labor Day weekend with the sights, sounds, and tasty eats of Northern California. This year we decided to do things a tad bit different and take the slow & windy coastal route up PCH to Monterey.  We’ve both done the drive before but never together & we remembered it being beautiful… but ya know what?… now that we’ve done the full length of the Oregon coast it’s sorta sad to say that California’s famous golden road isn’t quite as awesome as we had remembered!  Yes, it’s still a scenic drive but I think next time we’ll stick to the fast & boring route through California’s crop country so we can get the relaxing weekend started a bit quicker.

After our stop over in Monterey we spent two nights sandwiched between our other destinations of Napa/Sonoma valley and Point Reyes National Seashore.  Our days were filled with tasty snacks, good beer, hiking Muir Woods and plenty of relaxing. Which is just the way we like to spend the last weekend of summer.

On our way out of town we stopped off for a first for both of us… walking {half} way across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a chilly & foggy morning (of course) which made for dramatic views of the bridge towers as they came in and out of focus in the thick mist.

Road trips are our excuse to snack all day long! An ice cream or donut snack between breakfast & lunch, maybe some pre-dinner oysters and a beer as well!  We always run out of time to try new places & still hit up our favorites… a few of our recommendations are…

Dynamo Donuts  – maple bacon is a must try, but the surprising win during this visit was the toasted coconut.

Humphry Slocombe – Ice cream is a must for us when we travel. Our favorite stop in San Fran is bi-rite, but HS is a solid scoop as well.  Summer corn was our flavor of choice this time.

Whole Spice Company – I absolutely love this stall at Oxbow Public Market. The customer service is fantastic and the selection is so much better than any of spice stores here in LA. I restocked on my favorite blends… Vadouvan (secret to great chicken soup) pizza spice & Ras el Hanout, plus picked up some fun new mixes to test out… smoked sea salt and smoked tea leaves.

Hog Island – oysters are a must on our trips up north. Combine that with a cold beer and perfect weather to sit outside in Napa Valley… you’ve got the makings of a nice midday snack.

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