I’ve been gone way too long from my blog and all my loyal and faithful readers. And yes, the Italy blogs are coming soon! I promise. In the past month, I have traveled to Italy, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; and have a short cruise leaving from Miami coming up in a couple weeks. Never have I traveled so much in such a short period of time. All of this means lots of photos, endless stories, and of course, a new pile of cookbooks. But let’s start from when I returned just a few days ago.
There is no airport like the one in Sonoma County California. The teeny-tiny Santa Rosa Airport features Snoopy and his cast of characters because Charles Schultz lived nearby. No, one does not have Snoopy as a pilot on a flying dog house, although I did fly from LA to Snoopyland (as we now call it) on a prop plane, flying over the beautiful vineyards of Sonoma and Napa right before landing.
Charley Brown and Linus are out front to greet passengers.
Charley also brought along his friends Lucy and Woodstock.
There is even a cartoon on the wall…
And help is offered for 5 cents…
After picking up my rental car, I was off to visit my mom in Point Reyes Station, a very small, picturesque and touristy town up a twisty, winding mountain, where you will also find some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Point Reyes is also home to the prize-winning famous blue cheese that many of you know and love. It’s one of the first things I bought upon arrival – after going the bookstore, of course.
I love this store. You can find new and used cookbooks, and I bought plenty of both.
Toby’s is another one of my favorite places in Point Reyes. It has cookbooks, too, along with food items, baked goods, and an incredible organic Farmer’s Market in front of the store on Saturdays.
I never miss the tiny and cozy Bovine Bakery where I bought my mom her favorite bear claws, and a gorgeous loaf of whole grain bread with sunflower seeds.
This is the only grocery store around for miles and miles!
If you go through town on Highway One, Point Reyes National Seashore, known as the “Haven for Humans,” is just a few miles away. There are several beaches to visit, including one where you cannot even wade because of extremely dangerous undertows, not to mention sharks. The big ones.
My daughter Kara also flew in to visit with us. Kara was evacuated from the hurricane in NYC and was homeless as her building was in shambles. Upon her return, she found a new place to live, and is just finishing up moving into her new place, away from the water. We had a marvelous time with my mom, and two of my brothers and their families, but now it is back to reality with Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping – and- my mom will be visiting us for Christmas! We’re very excited as she hasn’t been here for Christmas in a long time. She will have to leave Snoopyland, and settle for Lake Michigan instead of the Pacific Ocean, but I’ll have lots of good food, and probably snow, upon her arrival. And she will have to bring along some Point Reyes Blue Cheese.