2 Day Itinerary for Napa Valley

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WHERE TO STAY:
Napa Marriott - You can always expect a lovely stay at the Marriott Napa. From the service, the outdoor eating patio, beautiful modern rooms and a excellent
location. Very close to downtown Napa and overall easy to navigate around many of the great wineries from this location.

WHAT TO DO:
Napa Wine Trolley - The Napa Wine Trolley was a great addition to our trip to get a lay of the land. If you are going to Napa for the first time, the trolley ride is very helpful because it provides a lot of information about many of the wineries in and around Napa Valley. It will take up most of your day, so be prepared.

WINERIES WE VISITED ON THE NAPA WINE TROLLEY:
Castello di Amorosa - It's a beautiful castle and the “Top Ten Must-See” landmarks in Napa Valley. I feel this visit provided more Napa Valley views and great photos rather than the actual wine itself. Still, a must-visit!

Beringer Vineyards - One of my absolute favorites! Beringer Vineyards is a winery in St. Helena, California. And it's the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. I found the grounds stunning and such a wonderful welcome by the staff.

Long Meadow Ranch - Though we only did a small tasting outdoors here, I have heard incredible things about this winery and their restaurant, Farmstead. I hope to revisit this place and spend a longer amount of time here.

TRYING TAPAS IN NAPA
La Taberna - Spanish pintxos (tapas) & drinks served in a contemporary space with a full bar. This was a wonderful experience. The food is excellent and highly recommended. It was one of the best tapas I have tried in the Bay Area due to the creative mix of ingredients and flavors by the head chef! Also, they have a sister restaurant just next door called Zuzu which does tapas and paella.
Here is a direct link to both La Taberna and Zuzu

COOKING CLASSES - CIA AT COPIA
We loved this experience because of the hands-on cooking we got to do in the modern, fully equipped kitchen with the chefs. We took the brunch course, but there are so many other options for classes at the CIA at Copia! They offer couses such as:
Creative Demonstrations
Hands-On Cooking Classes
Wine and Cheese Presentations
Wine Tasting Courses
Having worked at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris for 4 years, it was so wonderful to be back in such an incredible kitchen.
Click here to see if there is any course you might want to take!

BEST THING WE ATE IN NAPA
Bouchon Bakery - The Pork Belly Fouee. Oh WOW. This by far has been one of the best things I ate in 2019. Incredibly juicy, tender in all the right places, very flavorful and came with a creamy savory white sauce. The bread enveloping was perfectly baked. If you go to downtown Napa, I hope you make this your first stop in the morning! You will love it if you are a foodie.
I was so busy eating this, that for the first time I didn't even take a photo.
But check out the full Bouchon menu here and an internet photo of The Pork Belly Fouee

SANDWICHES ON THE GO

The Girl and The Fig - This trolley provided us lunch from Girl and The Fig and it was perfect. Well dressed, light and seasonal ingredients. My favorite was the combination or caramel and salt cookies. Oh wow!

There are so many incredible things to explore, eat, drink in Napa, but if you are going here for just 2 days, the above places are very recommended. I hope this helps you plan your visit a little better.

Keep Explore. Keep Growing.

Much love,
Preeti

11 Things To Do in Carmel California

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Travel Diary ⁣⁣

Carmel By The Sea ⁣⁣

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There is a calming energy that only the ocean brings me. This little picturesque beach town with a Mediterranean climate always rewards me with good vibes, breathtaking scenery and excellent restaurants. The town was founded in 1902 and quickly became famous for its artist colony. With its white sandy beaches and lush green grass, Carmel by the Sea is my all time favorite weekend getaway. Below is where you will find me recharging my mind and soul. ⁣⁣

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Top Things To Do In Carmel⁣⁣

1. Champagne at Little Napoli ⁣⁣- "I designed the interior to reflect the look and feel of my grandparents' living room in Napoli with photographs, pictures and

Italian memorabilia on the walls and Italian music playing in the background," says Chef Pèpe. One of Carmel's most well-known restaurateurs. This restaurant feels like a family affair.

2. Food at Corkscrew Cafe ⁣⁣- In a gorgeous garden setting. The Corkscrew Café offers a California menu inspired by seasonal ingredients.

3. Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo⁣⁣ - Founded on June 3, 1770, this is my favorite Mission I have ever visited. The calming energy and the rustic design instantly make you feel at ease. Highly recommended to visit during your trip.

4. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve ⁣⁣- Considered the “crown jewel” of California's 280 state parks, is also home to plenty of wildlife and also offers plenty of activities such as sightseeing, photography, painting, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging.

5. 17 Mile Drive & Pebble Beach ⁣- Get in your car and be ready for breathtaking coastal views. The 17-mile drive hugs the coastline and is the most scenic drive in Monterey County.

6. Carmel Bakery
⁣⁣- A great place to stock up for little snacks to take to beach!

7. Food at La Bicyclette ⁣⁣- European bistro sourcing fresh, local ingredients, open kitchen and excellent wood-fired oven pizza.

8. Brunch at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch ⁣⁣- 22 acres of spectacular views of Point Lobos. Sheep grazing in the meadow. The patio is excellent for an outdoor glass of wine. Food and service come at a price but a very memorable experience to have.

9. Carmel Wine Walk
⁣⁣- An on-going self-paced, self-guided, dog and child-friendly, tour to 13 wine tasting! Well worth it.

10. Tor House
⁣⁣- An incredible stone cottage next to the beach. This is where you can learn more about Robinson Jeffers. A beautiful look into the poet's life and home.

11. Scenic Road Walkway ⁣⁣- This is a hiking trail in Carmel and the pathway makes for a great sunset walk. This is something I highly recommend towards the end of your trip to fully take in the nature vibes and energy of the sunset.

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August 1 Five Modern Indian Cuisine in San Francisco

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This is it! There is an incredible modern Indian restaurant in San Francisco and it's absolutely gorgeous food and a major flavorful culinary experience! Just like the bejeweled maharajah painted on the wall inside August 1 Five, this restaurant is a jewel itself to this city.

That first crisp sip of the Jaipur emerald cocktail to being so kindly greeted by all the staff, August 1 Five is a must if you love a good food adventure like me.

Why is it called August 1 Five? Because it's the date commemorating India’s independence from British rule and it seems the menu itself has its independence from traditional gastronomic expectations. You can expect seasonal small bites, specialty cocktails (I loved the Jaipur emerald.) and a beautiful marriage of the regional cuisines of India mixed with modern styles.

Our favorite starter was the Gol guppa, a common street food in India. Crispy shells stuffed with masala and potatoes with flavored waters like tamarind, mint-cilantro and mango that you pour into the little shells and pop in your mouth for an eruption of a crunch and flavor.

The magician behind these celebrated and artistic dishes is chef Manish Tyagi.. I always find my food tastes better when the chef has taken the time to see his guests and explain his creations if he can. Chef Tiyagi was so kind and humble and brought us over one of the best dishes I have ever had! The lamb chop with pistachio dust, roasted carrot puree, beet jelly and broccolini. Each bite was tender, simple and memorable.

Still reading? Well then I guess you might be headed to August 1 Five soon. Let me share some of the items I tried and highly recommend for your visit:

The chili truffle chicken kebab with cheddar cheese, summer truffle, pink peppercorn.
The masala & pea naan, tomato & cheese naan, multi grain paratha .
And the award winning spinach and cheddar paneer with white cheddar, fenugreek, tomato, cashew.

This was truly a diverse culinary experience of flavors, textures, and colors in modern Indian cuisine. A true voyage into contemporary Indian food.

Listening to what other people thought and how their experience was is always so fascinating to me. So if you have anything you want to share with me, you can always send me a message on Instagram, Facebook or YouTube .

Book that trip, eat something new. Keep growing and stay inspired Little Life Table family! #LittleLifeTable

Healthier Thin Chocolate Cookies in 5 Easy Steps

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My friend Jasmine came across this incredible little recipe on Eating Bird Food! We both love chocolate cookies but we also love eating healthy and this is now our go to for some indulgence without too much guilt! We also modified it to our liking so it’s not exactly the same as on the Eating Bird Food site.

We think you will love it. It only takes about 15 minutes!

1. In a big bowl, combine 1 cup of almond flour
- Two tablespoons of coco powder
- Two tablespoons of maple syrup
- Two tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- A pinch of sea salt

2. Mix everything together until you have crumbly dough
- Wrap the dough in a piece of parchment paper
- Chill in the fridge for 15 - 20 minutes
- Preheat your over to 180 Celsius/ 350 Degrees
- Once your dough has been chilled, roll it out thin (thickness of your pinky finger) between 2 parchments papers
- Then cut the cookies to the shape you desire (we like circles)
- Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes and then let cool for about 15 minutes before eating

Let us know what you think. We are listening!

Peruvian-inspired Cuisine in Paris

Oh hey! If you have come this far and are reading this, well you really do love food and restaurants as much as me. Which is why I hope this post brings you some value if you are thinking about trying Peruvian food in Paris.

Peruvian cuisine: In Paris you have the range between the fancy and well known Manko (by chef Gastón Acuri) and you also have El Chalan, a friendly, family run and humble restaurant. But now add Inka (inside the 1K Hotel) to the list because not only is the space trendy, beautifully designed, yarn coverings on the wall, bright colors inspired by Peru, lush green plants and high rise ceilings, but the most important, this place is just as much a feast for your eyes as it will be for your appetite.

Newly arrived Chef Juan Carlos Recamier is making big changes here with his adventurous new fresh menu. What you can expect is:

- Tartare of Nikkei Beef (wow)

- Shrimp El Puerto Ceviche

- Succulent Duck with Peruvian Flavors

- Arroz Con Poulpe

- Traditional Nikkei (this ceviche is the result of the fusion between Peru and Japanese cuisines.)

Be prepared to really taste the fresh fish, swimming in a tangy mix of lime, peppers, red onions, and cilantro. If there’s one item you will order from the fish section, make it the El Puerto.

I sincerely left the meal feeling THAT feeling. You all know THAT feeling. When you have just eaten some satisfying, flavorful, fresh food without feeling like you wasted your money or need to take a nap but rather you are more energized because it was a little culinary voyage of colors and taste that are still flirting with your tastebuds long after the meal.

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