Here are some things that have been catching my eye this summer in CA:
1.) Oxbow Public Market: I could spend the rest of my life there. Between the Three Twins Ice Cream, the sandwiches at Folio, the spice market, tea and coffee shops, the Model bakery and The Fatted Calf Charcuterie, this new downtown Napa market provides everything necessary in life. Plus, on tuesdays, it's host to the Farmer's Market in the morning, and Local's night in the evening. Of course, it being Napa, everything closes at 8.
2.) Sunset Magazine is quickly becoming a favorite. In fact, I think I'll start subscribing to it when I'm in DC, so I can keep the west in me. They cover from the rockies to the coast, with special section on gardening, food and travel for the particular region you (the subscriber) live in. Their recipes are fresh, light, and flavorful, their design ethos is distinctly western (yay!), and they have great photos, and writers. I'll look forward to getting it every month in the mail--this little piece of western sunshine in the concrete jungle of D.C.
3) Metro Mint water: Ok, so, the first time I drank metro mint, I felt like I was drinking mouthwash--only a little less biting. But I've been slowly won over: when it's cold its just about the most refreshing thing possible. More amazing still is the new Metromint chocolate water. it tastes just like after-eight mints, but it's only WATER. No sweeteners, all natural, and no calories. I mean, dieters across the world unite: this stuff will save you when the chocolate craving hits. You just have to get over the fact that it's not a truffle, IT'S A BOTTLE OF WATER. Crazy. crazy good.
4) SFGirlByBay: Is it just because I'm here, so I can go check out every shop she posts about, or has my favorite San Francisco design blog gotten better and better these last few months. Whatever the answer, Victoria, I'm loving it! (And I'm so glad I'm not the only one in the world who lets a favorite T.V. Show known for zaniness influence her style!).
5) Dillon Beach, in Marin County: (pictured below) Need I say more?