Friday, March 4, 2011

Mendocino Weekend Getaway

We wanted to get away for President's Day weekend and decided on Mendocino. We both wanted to try staying at a Bed & Breakfast (I got the idea after watching Tori & Dean season 1 where they managed a Bed & Breakfast). I found a cute B&B in downtown Mendocino called the Headlands Inn for a pretty reasonable price. One of the reasons we booked this place was because the breakfast was supposed to be pretty good!

The drive from our place to Mendocino was around 4.5 hours. We arrived really late at night due to the long drive, so didn't really do much the first day. We booked Annie's Room, which is located towards the back of the first floor. The room itself was a little small but enough for two people. It also had a small table/eating area. Since this was our first time staying at a B&B, we didn't really know what to expect. We could kind of hear the people upstairs and their conversations a little bit, so it really felt like we were staying at someone's house.

The next morning we woke up in time for our breakfast! Breakfast was delivered to our front door around 9AM. Portions was huge, and the food was yummy! We got french toast topped with fruit and powdered sugar and filled with creme filling on the inside, grapefruit halves, and a side of sausage patties. We also got juice, coffee, tea, and the Sunday newspaper.

Breakfast - 1st day

After breakfast, we walked around "downtown" Mendocino, which was really small. There were several trinket stores, art galleries, and small restaurants. We then walked towards the cliff to see the ocean. The view was very beautiful. Before we knew it, it was time for lunch. A couple of friends recommended Cafe Beaujolais, so we decided to go there. It was a short walking distance from the inn. The restaurant was very small and cute! Food was good and reasonably priced.

Mendocino Coast

We were so full from lunch we went back to our B&B room to take a nap. Afterward we had afternoon tea and cookies on the second floor of the inn. From watching Tori & Dean, I had the impression that people who typically stay at B&B like to socialize with each other, so we made the effort to go to afternoon tea :p

Because of the big lunch and then tea and cookies, we were not hungry until around 9PM. We walked around the downtown area and found most places were closed, except for this one small pub that was still open and serving dinner. The pub definitely had a local feel to it, and it looked like we were probably the only tourists there. Everyone else looked like they lived/worked in the area.

For breakfast the next day, we were served baked eggs and cheese in a taco shell topped with salsa, sour cream, and black olives. It was pretty good! After our meal, we rested a little before checking out. We met with the B&B owner, Denise & Mitch. They were really friendly and nice! We couldn't believe our trip was almost over.

Yummy breakfast - 2nd day

On our drive back down south, we tried to grab lunch at Rustic @ the Coppola winery in Geyserville, but the wait was 1.5 hours! Fortunately Yelp came to the rescue and we found another place close by, Diavola Pizzeria. This place was pretty busy also, but we got immediate seating upon arrival. The burata cheese was sooooooooooo good! It had been a while since we last had burata cheese. :D

LOVE Burata!

Overall, it was such a nice, relaxing trip! I usually over plans and pack too many activities into one trip. But this time, we decided to not do anything, and it was actually nice. :)
Staying at a B&B was definitely an interesting experience. We think we still prefer staying at a hotel, but we would not rule out another stay at a B&B.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Valentine's Day Weekend

We originally didn't have anything special planned for Valentine's Day. Dan suggested steak dinner and that we should celebrate Valentine's on February 13th instead of the 14th since it's cheaper...he he. Being the understanding wife, I agreed :p

On Saturday, February 12th, I suddenly craved "high tea". High tea is an afternoon English tea time where people (mostly women/girls/ladies) gather together to chit chat and sip tea and yummy scones, tea sandwiches, and petit fours/desserts. Since it was kind of last minute and I didn't make any previous plans, I asked Dan to accompany me. At first, Dan hesitated (as most guys would), but being the wonderful husband that he is, he reluctantly agreed!

I found this really cute place in Pleasanton called the English Rose. We managed to grab a last minute reservation at this place. The place was really cute! Loved the shabby chic decoration and the soft pink/green color combo (just like our wedding color combo!).

Poor Dan, he was the only guy in the whole room! :) The place was packed with all kinds of females ranging from 5 year old girls to grandmas! I think that Dan secretly enjoyed the experience...he he.

Dan ordered the "Serene Green" tea and I ordered the "Strawberry Kiwi" tea. The food finally came in a three tiered tray. The scones were sooo good (served warm). Almost everything we tried was pretty good and hopefully Dan will accompany me again back to this place!

The next day we went to Forbes Mill Steakhouse in Los Gatos for our Valentine's Dinner. The restaurant was packed with nearly all couples. They had a Valentine's special which was not too bad price wise. The food, however, was a little disappointing. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't awesome. The Kona Coffee creme brulee was pretty good though!