There is nothing better than home sweet home. As you all know, I began my Thanksgiving Break yesterday morning as I made the (wet) drive to Sonoma to celebrate my friend’s 21st birthday. I’ll just let you know now that I was a terrible blogger and did not capture any of my eats from the past 36 hours. That habit officially ends now as I plan to capture an entire week full of fabulous fall food.
We celebrated my friend’s birthday by going out to dinner at Flavor, a favorite restaurant of mine in downtown Santa Rosa. The menu makes me salivate every time. I ordered one of my usuals, the Harvest Salad, and the Polenta Cake. It was out of this world – crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, on a bed of fresh marinara with a dollop of gorgonzola – definitely a new favorite!
After a late night of additional celebrations, and a few sips of strawberry champagne, I woke up hungry and ready to hit the road north. I stopped at Starbucks for a soy latte and Perfect Oatmeal…it was a perfect combination : ) Even though nothing beats a homemade bowl of oats, Starbucks’ version with a medley of nuts and dried fruits is a great substitute for any sugary, carb-loaded pastry.
With a full tank of gas, I was ready to hop on the 101 and head home. Ahhh, it was such a b-e-a-u-tiful drive. How can one not love the beauty of Northern California’s diverse landscapes? I always love driving this route during the autumn months as the vineyards are at their prime. I wish I had the capability to drive and snap photos simultaneously. Then came the Redwoods, tall and magnificent as always. The dazzling blue sky faded the farther I drove north, until I was greeted by the Humboldt fog, per usual. It wouldn’t be home without it.
I pulled up to a freshly-painted house, but no dog to greet me with her wagging tail. When you’ve had a pet since the 3rd grade, home feels empty with her. I refreshed myself from the drive with a warm shower as my dad made a wonderful, welcome-home dinner. His ideas + my two cents = tasty goodness.
- acorn squash with a bit of butter and brown sugar filled with wild rice, dried apricots & cranberries, and toasted pecans
- butter lettuce & spinach salad with avocado, red onion, olive oil & balsamic
I am looking forward to more roaring fires in the wood stove, the glow of candles in my window, and meals with family and friends during this special week.