This is supposedly the last day of a weeklong heat wave in the Bay Area, and after we ran some errands in Santa Rosa, we headed due west for the coast, through Forestville, Guerneville, Jenner, south on Highway One to Bodega Bay, then on to Tomales, Point Reyes Station, Olema, then turned onto Sir Francis Drake east through Samuel Taylor State Park, then Fairfax where we tarried awhile, then home.
But first we had some errands to run in Santa Rosa, and decided to check out a relatively new (one year old) Burmese restaurant that's mind-blowingly good. I'll review it later, but above you can see the server mixing up Tea Leaf Salad, and below their Chicken & Shrimp Biryani. Easily one of the best restaurants in Santa Rosa!
Shots on the coast itself, where temperatures were much lower than in Santa Rosa. These are shot just south of Shell Beach in Sonoma County. Click on the photo below, and look at the boulder in the middle, it has purple flowers growing on it! On the photo above, one of the boulders, above the middle, had a bunch of seals!
Frances getting muddy at Bodega Bay.
Tomales Town Hall.
Suddenly, Point Reyes Station's got a bunch of great restaurants. Above and below are salads at Station House Cafe, both using local fresh ingredients, perfect execution. The Steelhead Trout below has a nice char on the outside, but is still slightly raw (sashimi grade, I'm sure) in the middle. As someone who used to cook fish 5 nights/week, I gotta say, that chef's got game. The flank steak salad above, wow--so tender and spot on, great counterpoint in texture and flavor.
And then onto the Marin redwoods. This is shot in downtown Fairfax.