Napa Day Trip

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fantastic weekend. I spent this weekend laying low and catching up on some much needed rest after a busy week. Though this weekend was a little more low-key, a few weeks ago my girlfriends and I planned a little day trip to Napa to go wine tasting.

Our first stop of the day was to Jessup, where my friend Meghan is a wine club member. Being a member is really the way to go and we were able to have a wonderful private, sit-down tasting.

Next, we headed to Velo Veno aka the Clif Bar Winery. I first heard about this winery in a 7×7 post and given my love for Luna bars and wine, I thought it was the perfect match up. Oh and then there was the bike riding part. Full disclosure here, I haven’t been on a bike since I was probably 12-years-old and even that’s a stretch. The last bike that moved (aka not spin or stationary) had a fabulous Beauty and the Beast motif with purple and pink tassels coming out of the handle bars. Needless to say, it’d been a while. But I figured there is that lovely phrase “it’s just like riding a bike” which means that once you get back on you remember how to do it.

Posing pre-ride in Velo Veno

Well here’s the thing no one really tells you- it’s actually quite hard to get the hang of riding a bike when you haven’t done it in a very long time. Not to mention that the bike I was riding had gear shifts, handlebar breaks and was without any pretty tassels. I soon realized that it was actually quite hard to get the hang of breaking with your hands, versus just putting your feet on the ground… which I proceeded to do about every 5 feet. Luckily, I have some of the greatest friends in the world and despite them being able to ride circles around me, they stayed with me and encouraged me as I struggled along.

Post-lunch and getting ready to get back on the road. We did wear helmets but I didn’t think you needed to see those attractive pics.

Finally, after a few little tumbles and scrapes, I managed to kind of get the hang of it. It wasn’t easy and I wasn’t by any means good, but I was able to ride along and have a conversation at the same time… a victory in my book. And what would riding through wine country be without a few photo pit stops?

Our Brady Bunch/Partridge Family shot

After a day of riding, we made it back to Velo Veno for a tasting. With the intense heat (96 degrees!) we were all ready for some water, snacks and oh ya wine. Each wine at Velo Veno is paired with a special snack blend, such as Toasted Coconut & Cashews, Sundried Berries & Cherries, and my obvious favorite, dark chocolate almonds with sea salt and olive oil… yum!

Post riding treats!

After Velo Veno we began heading back but made one more pit stop to Domaine Carneros just before closing time. It is a gorgeous winery and known for their bubbles… one of my favorite things to drink!

All in all, it was the perfect day with my girlfriends. We’re so lucky to live close to the gorgeous Napa Valley and what better way to spend a summer afternoon? I can’t say that I’ll be back on a bike anytime soon, but despite some intense bruises that lasted almost two weeks, I’m proud that I managed to complete the bike ride and had a wonderful day!

Questions:

-Have you ever been wine tasting?

-Bike riding, yay or nay?

-Favorite summer activity?

Foodie Pen Pals

Hi lovelies! Happy Friday! I hope that you all have some fun weekend plans in store! I hope to relax a little after my busy week and spend some time with friends and family. I feel like there has been lots of exciting news going around the blog world, but I wanted to do a special shoutout to Julie at Spinach & Sprinkles who is pregnant! So excited for you!

Another fun thing happening in the blog world is that it’s Foodie Pen Pal reveal day! This is an awesome program created by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean where each month bloggers and readers are matched up and send their pen pal a box of goodies and a handwritten note. As someone who loves finding new products and getting stuff in the mail, I knew this was going to be an amazing program!

I totally lucked out and Lindsay was my Penpal and sent me all of these goodies:

Everything Lindsay included is so amazing! I’m such a magazine addict so I was so excited for all these new mags chock full of delicious recipes! And speaking of recipes, the bag in the lower right corner is actually the ingredients to make homemade granola bars. I’ve never made my own bars but am so excited to do so with the recipe Lindsey included. The first things to go in my box were the Clif bar (it seriously tastes like a chewy thin mint) and the PopCorners! These gluten free chips are crunchy and delicious and somehow my hand kept finding it’s way back into the bag! I’m also excited to have an Italian feast using the bruschetta (locally made in Ohio where Lindsay lives) and the protein packed, high fiber pasta! And she has me covered in the mornings too with homemade peanut butter (!) and chia seeds for my oatmeal!

After all of that can you see why this is such an incredible program?? If you’d like to see what I sent my pen pal, check out her blog Opened Earth! She and her Husband are vegan and I had a great time trying to find unique vegan items.

Interested in becoming a pen pal? Here are some specifics:

If you are interested in participating next month click here. Note that you must submit your information by April 4 as pairings are mailed out April 5!

Questions:

-What would you most like to receive in the mail? Food? Clothes? Shoes?

-What are you up to this weekend?