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Burgers, Cubanos and Vino – Napa Valley

Posted on May 14, 2014 by in Eat & Drink, Travel | 0 comments

 

Domaine Chandon Vineyard. You can't see it from here but I hiked over rocks and crumbling boulders to get this shot! Photo by Sarah Tung.

Domaine Chandon Vineyard. You can’t see it from here but I hiked over rocks and crumbling boulders to get this shot! Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Verdant green valleys ripe with fistfuls of grapes.
Taquerias, clam chowder. Lombard and Haight.

Dozens of sand dollars, dogs in droves.
Bicyclists hard-pedaling up steep slopes.

Wind ripping through, splitting strands of hair.
Leaning out of trolleys, devil-may-care.

This is my ode to dear Napa and San Francisco.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the show!

 

This was my first time in Napa Valley and it was a lovely experience. Please proceed to the captioned pictures. 🙂

 

Gott's Roadside Sign. Gott's was our friend M's suggestion. He said they had really good burgers, and I must say Gott's could be on-par with Shake Shack (though I still prefer the truffle mushroom goodness of the Shack Stack!). This is the Napa location: Gott's can also be found in St. Helena, San Francisco and Palo Alto. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Gott’s Roadside Sign. Gott’s was our friend M’s suggestion, and it was our first stop on the road to Napa. He said they had really good burgers, and I must say Gott’s could be on-par with Shake Shack (though I still prefer the truffle mushroom goodness of the Shack Stack!). This is the Napa location: Gott’s can also be found in St. Helena, San Francisco and Palo Alto. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Gott's Roadside. This was our friend B's meal: Bacon Cheeseburger(?), Onion Rings and a Root Beer Float. That float looks massive and supremely satisfying on a hot day. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Gott’s Roadside. This was our friend B’s meal: Bacon Cheeseburger(?), Onion Rings and a Root Beer Float. That float looks massive and supremely satisfying on a hot day. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Gott's Roadside. Top: Garlic Fries (tossed in garlic butter and parsley). These were gobble-worthy and I could have devoured them all myself (but I shared :P). Bottom, from L-R: Bacon Cheeseburger (American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles & secret sauce on a toasted egg bun), Wisconsin Sourdough (griddled mushrooms, bacon, cheddar cheese, mayo & BBQ sauce on toasted sourdough rounds). Photo by Sarah Tung.

Gott’s Roadside. Top: Garlic Fries (tossed in garlic butter and parsley). These were gobble-worthy and I could have devoured them all myself (but I shared :P). Bottom, from L-R: Bacon Cheeseburger (American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles & secret sauce on a toasted egg bun), Wisconsin Sourdough (griddled mushrooms, bacon, cheddar cheese, mayo & BBQ sauce on toasted sourdough rounds). Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

"Hippies Use Backdoor: No Exceptions." Doesn't get clearer than that. I guess this is where I should be turning right... Photo by Sarah Tung.

“Hippies Use Backdoor: No Exceptions.” Doesn’t get clearer than that. I guess this is where I should be turning right… Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. Menu Board Sign. There were so many drink options! I ordered the Cubano (just $1.95). Photo by Sarah Tung.

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. Menu Board Sign. There were so many drink options! I ordered the Cubano (just $1.95). Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. I didn't realize that the folks here made the Cubano lukewarm so it surprised me. I sent it back to be topped off with hot foamed milk instead, although it seems traditional recipes call for cream. The barista was nice about it. This drink is super sweet, but it's supposed to be! Photo by Sarah Tung.

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. I didn’t realize that the folks here make their Cubano lukewarm so it surprised me. I sent it back for one topped off with hot foamed milk instead, although it seems traditional recipes call for cream. The barista was nice about it. This drink is super sweet, but it’s supposed to be! Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Domaine Chandon. Lush, picturesque foliage. Hello, nature! Photo by Sarah Tung.

Domaine Chandon. Lush, picturesque foliage. Hello, nature! Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Domaine Chandon. Sparkling red wine. As a group, we ordered and split two bottles of wine here - this one and the rose. R and I opted for the sparkling red. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Domaine Chandon. Sparkling red wine. As a group, we ordered and split two bottles of wine here – this one and the rose. R and I opted for the sparkling red. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Domaine Chandon. L-R: Nita Crisp flattened wheat bread crackers (delicious with Cowgirl Creamery cheeses!), rose wine. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Domaine Chandon. L-R: Nita Crisp flattened wheat bread crackers (delicious with Cowgirl Creamery cheeses!), rose wine. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Domaine Chandon. "PLEASE no picnicking." Despite this sign, immediately to the left of it we spotted several groups of people clumped on the lawn with food brought from elsewhere (not allowed either). So much for rules, haha. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Domaine Chandon. “PLEASE no picnicking.” Despite this sign, immediately to the left of it we spotted several groups of people clumped on the lawn with food brought from elsewhere (not allowed either). We may have failed to comply with the no-outside-food rule ourselves…whoops? Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Domaine Chandon. I caught this picture of B under the shade of a large tree as he was exploring the grounds. The sun was beating down on us; trees provided respite from the heat. The sign on the left reads: "No Smoking: High Fire Hazard." Photo by Sarah Tung.

Domaine Chandon. I caught this picture of B under the shade of a large tree as he was exploring the grounds. The sun was beating down on us; trees provided respite from the heat. The sign on the left reads: “No Smoking: High Fire Hazard.” Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Rutherford Hill Barn. Inside, you'll find the tastings, guest sign-in book and rows of wine barrels, as well as cigars, chocolates and wines for sale. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Rutherford Hill Winery Barn. Inside, you’ll find the tastings, guest sign-in book and rows of wine barrels, as well as cigars, chocolates and wines for sale. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Rutherford Hill. Scoping out the open picnic area to lounge around with our drinks. Friends, wine and conversation - what a great way to relax! Photo by Sarah Tung.

Rutherford Hill Winery. Scoping out the open picnic area to lounge around with our drinks. Friends, wine and conversation – what a great way to relax! Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Rutherford Hill. Petit Verdot, a very drinkable red wine. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Rutherford Hill Winery. Petit Verdot, a very drinkable red wine. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Rutherford Hill. These red flowers struck me with their bright color. Kudos to anyone who can tell me what type of flower this is! Photo by Sarah Tung.

Rutherford Hill Winery. These red flowers struck me with their bright color. Kudos to anyone who can tell me what type of flower this is! Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

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