Fish Tacos which pack a punch! They cost about USD7 for one.
3-part series of the wine tour I embarked on in California, I mentioned that we stopped by the Oxbow Market in San Francisco for lunch.
The Oxbow Market in Napa Valley was pretty crowded when we were there.
Now I’ve dedicated a post to the Oxbow Market, because like many markets round the world, it struck me as being so vibrant, colourful and full of life. The best part of it all? It had Ritual Coffee, one of the best cafes in San Francisco.
Plenty of food, wine and coffee options were available.
The food was expensive, but boy, I did enjoy the oysters, albeit guiltily. But what the heck I thought – I had travelled halfway round the world. With good food and wine at my disposal, why not?
The sign sums up what the Oxbow Market in Napa Valley is about – Cheese, Wine, Beer and Eats
It was then did I realise, that spending money to travel sometimes can bring out a different and slightly more pleasant perspective to a place.
The steaks look delish. If only we had a kitchen to fry them up.
Fresh salmon sashimi? Jars of spice.
Fresh apricots – yum!
Lovely sweet nectarines.
Lovely baguettes for sale
Freshly baked bread – Yum! Oysters
Hog Island Oysters
We had our fill of oysters at Hog Island Oysters Co.
We had a dozen for USD36, which is comparable to the price of oysters we get in Singapore from
Greenwood Market at $4.50 a pop. The were medium-sized oysters from different parts of US and Canada. The ones from Canada were the best.
Shucking oysters is tough!
Most of the oysters had a price range of between USD3 – USD3.40 per pop. It gets cheaper if you were to buy more. We had the oyster platter, which comprised oysters from Canada, Washington and Massachusetts. They were really good. For more information, visit Hog Island’s Napa Valley outlet
Oysters which seem small, but tasty. The Travelling Squid’s Take
My conclusion is that to go on a wine tour, one has to have sufficient resources (money). Not only that, one has to be ready to spend this money, be it for tips, to purchase a good bottle and to spend on lunch. Some part of me feels it would have been great to rent a service apartment near the Oxbow Market, which comes with a kitchen. It would have been fun to make one’s own breakfast with the freshly baked baguettes on sale, or fry up a steak with the fresh cuts of beef.
According to some of the tourism websites and brochures I’ve read, Sonoma and Napa Valley are great honeymoon destinations, for couples who know their wine and are looking for a peaceful getaway in the Californian hills, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco. (Great tip for the friends who are in the midst of planning for their honeymoon).
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Phebe is the author of The Travelling Squid, a travel blog filled with tips and anecdotes of her "career of travelling", which began at a tender age of 19. Despite having been to many top destinations, India continues to remain as Phebe's favourite place in the world. Phebe has a bad sense of direction but continues to travel, sometimes alone because of her quirky habits and intensely inquisitive mind.