Happy Halloween! I hope you had a great weekend and your week is off to a great start!
We had a pretty low key Friday night. It’s been rainy and cool the last couple of weeks so I decided to make chili for dinner. It was a perfect lazy Friday night meal and we had plenty of leftovers to get us through the weekend.
On Saturday morning B and I had breakfast and then decided to ride our bikes to the farmers market downtown. I was so excited to see all of the fall veggies! Checking out the local farmers markets is one of my favorite things to do on Saturday/Sunday. There are so many close by and they all have different varieties. The produce is so fresh and you can find great deals! As someone who tries to eat mostly organic I love that there are so many options for much less than what we would pay at the grocery store. This trip we picked up some okra, zucchini, bell peppers, brussels sprouts, fresh herbs, and champagne grapes. After we wrapped up our shopping we headed over to one of our favorite locals pubs for a quick beer before heading back home to shower and get ready for our Halloween celebrations.
On Saturday night a couple of our close friends hosted a Halloween party complete with a costume contest. It was great getting to see some friends that we don’t get to see very often. My intention was to dress as a bunny (so original, I know) but I ended up getting called a cat most of the night. You win some you lose some. All in all we had a great time. We didn’t stay out super late because we had plans to head up to Sonoma on Sunday.
After stopping to pick up a couple of our wine shipments on Sunday we were off to try a new to us winery. There are so many in Napa/Sonoma that I am dying to try so we’re making an effort to get up there more often. It’s such a pretty place with great scenery. I’ll post a review of the wineries from Sunday later this week.
We had reservations at The Pastaria & Market on Sunday evening. If you live or are visiting the Silicon Valley area you have to do yourself a favor and go (but make a reservation because the restaurant is very small and quaint). The food is absolutely fantastic. Their pasta and gnocchi are homemade and it’s always so fresh. The waitstaff has always been super sweet and helpful as well. We’ve been several times and I have yet to have something I didn’t love. My favorite dish is definitely the Gnocchi Salsiccia but you literally can’t go wrong with any choice. Since moving we’ve been looking for a go to place that we can take friends/family to when they are in town to visit and The Pastaria & Market is definitely it!
What did you do over the weekend? What are your Halloween traditions? Do you have a go to restaurant in your area?