As I mentioned in the Friday Facts post, we spontaneously went to Napa Valley on Friday to meet up with some friends from Germany/Switzerland who are traveling in California right now and who had contacted us on short notice to see if we wanted to meet up with them. Of course, we wanted to! It gaves us a very welcome excuse to get out of the house and since Napa is only an hour drive from here, it was a convenient place to meet up.
My friend suggested to meet up at Robert Mondavi Vineyard & Winery (which is my Dad’s favorite and I assume he shed some tears when I sent him a picture from our visit). The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the wine and the scenery.
It was so nice to hang out with some friends. We don’t get to many visitors over here, so whenever we get the chance to meet up with friends who are passing through our neck of the woods, we jump on the opportunity (screw what I said about not traveling and spending money – this was worth the exception!).
my friend Ilka and me
We went and had lunch at “Rutherford Grill” up the road, a pretty popular place. There was an hour wait and we ended up getting drinks on the patio while we were waiting for a table. The time flew by quickly because of great company and conversation. We got a table inside and had delicious food for lunch. J had ribs and I had Bangers and Mash. My friend’s husband ordered kale salad and I have yet to figure out what kale is in German. The dictionary says “Grünkohl“, but I am not sure if this is really the same thing (fellow Germans, enlighten me, if you have a clue).
In the afternoon, we decided to stop at Dean & DeLuca Delicatessen. It’s not really an option to not stop there when you’re in Napa, am I right? We got some afternoon coffee and perused the store for a while. After some more talking, we had to say goodbye and J and I headed home and our friends drove back to San Francisco, where they were staying for the night. I am so glad we had the opportunity to spend the day together!
Other good things this weekend:
Red Sox baseball (did you see the game last night? The Red Sox were down 1:5 until the 8th inning against the Detroit Tigers and came back with a Grand Slam in the 8th and a hit in the 9th to win 6:5 – woot!) ♥ Zucchini bread ♥ gym time ♥ afternoon naps ♥ reading ♥ phone calls with my family ♥ tea ♥ candles ♥ a little rearranging in the living room ♥ hazelnut creamer ♥
How was your weekend?