My husband's birthday this year fell on Black Friday. Because shopping is not what we enjoy to do on Black Friday, we chose to do what we enjoy the most - go for a drive and take photos. The destination? Where else but nearby Napa Valley. In the past we have found the day after Thanksgiving the perfect time to go for a photo shoot.
Having started late in the day it was getting dark quickly and continuing our drive deeper into the valley. However, we were in need of some caffeine and thought the best place to get it at the popular Bouchon Bakery in Yountville. To our surprise we found the road blocked and a festival of sorts was going on. It turned out that there was the Festival of Lights happening that day. While we were pleased to time our arrival, we were more horrified that we didn't know about this festival at all, especially since we pride ourselves in making sure we attend every single food/street festival in the Bay Area at least once.
Our late arrival at the festival meant that the $35 ticket to unlimited tasting had sold out. We ended up buying single glasses. We didn't have the patience to stand in line at the Bouchon Bakery. The festival made the line much much longer than I had seen it.
Not able to have some sweet stuff and coffee from Bouchon, we hopped back into the car drove up north to another of our favorite go-to places, Dean and Deluca, purveyor of gourmet food. We got our cup of joe to go and this sweet little thing to complete the birthday of one who insists he has everything he needs and wants for his birthday.
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