Phew, I need to catch my breath for a minute! Sorry about the lack of posting. I was nestled between a beach and some mountains for several days with little outside contact to the world.

Life is tough, I know.

After several days of relaxation, and some serious munching at Stinson Beach (thanks Celeste and John!), we headed to San Francisco to finally explore some culinary schools. San Francisco is a city like no other, that’s for sure. The city may only be 7 miles, but it is a foodie’s oasis!

After a long day in the city, we headed to Napa Valley to check out the Culinary Institute of America.

I was blown away by the beauty of this building. We arrived just before sundown,  so I couldn’t get any great shots, but just imagine a mini Hogwarts.

Perfect. It was everything you would hope for in a culinary school.

As we stepped outside of the car, the scent of orange trees infused the crisp air. Upon walking further up the path to Hogwarts (as I shall call it from now on), I screamed at the discovery of rosemary bushes!

Oh, did I mention that they just casually use rosemary as landscape  decor at grocery stores in California? Yeah, I made quite the scene in LA. There were olive trees hanging over the stonewalls, and miles of vineyards as far as the eye could see. A culi’s dream!

Unfortunately, since it was around the Holidays, admissions was not open, but the school and restaurant were open for visitors. It was an eventful day, and a giant step in the right direction.

Never underestimate the power of passion.


Breakfast with Harry

Tonight is Harry Potter night at Rose Court.

Yes, I will be one of those 21 year olds outside of the movie theater dressed up. If you see a girl with a lightning bolt on her head, prancing around with a stick in her hand shouting, Wingardium Leviosa!, don’t be alarmed it’s just me.

Hey, don’t leave just because you don’t like Harry Potter. I have something else you may like!

I love breakfast. I literally jump out of bed, and run to the kitchen every morning. Today’s breakfast was extra special when I found the Harry Potter mug in the cabinet. How awesome is it that my rental house came with a Harry Potter cup!

Yeah, maybe that’s just an HP thing.

Anywho, tonight LJ, Tadz, Zach (bribery was used) and I will be going to see Harry Potter!

So, I thought I’d kick it off early by having a little breakfast with Harry. Nerdy? Maybe, and I’ll admit I definitely looked like a super nerd at 7:30 A.M. taking pictures in my kitchen.

I love when raspberries on are sale….

Sorry about the picture quality. I’m still learning!

For breakfast: Oatmeal with milk, raspberries, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Served a long side a single Van’s blueberry whole wheat waffle with maple syrup, and more crushed raspberries. Yum.

Oh, and French pressed coffee….SO GOOD.

Dedicated to all those Potter lovas out there!

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