Napa, California is one of my favorite destinations. The wineries are beautiful and there is so many great restaurants. I enjoy going in to the town of Napa itself, which is away from the hustle and bustle of Highway 29; the winery road. If you haven’t been to Napa it is worth going for the restaurants and shops, and the beautiful Riverfront and River Walk. What I really like is there are so many attractions within walking distance.
|Oxbow Public Market in Napa, California|
One of my favorite places in Napa is the Oxbow Public Market –http://oxbowpublicmarket.com/
If you are familiar with the Ferry Building in San Francisco this is a smaller version without the crowds. The first time I went I only had an hour to peruse all the shops and eateries; not enough time for a foodie like me. Seriously, I was in a bad mood on the way home, I just know I missed some food treasures.
My next visit to Oxbow was specifically to just go to Oxbow so I could take all the time I wanted to see what Oxbow has to offer. This time I took my daughter who is just as much a foodie as I am. With over twenty different store fronts and eateries we slowly made our way through, nibbling here and there. Here are some highlights:
Anette’s Chocolates – we bought an assortment of truffles, loved them all.
The Olive Press – no olive oil this time, but I did buy some olive oil lotion that smells divine.
Three Twin’s Ice Cream – this place has a great selection and really superb ice cream, I went with the bittersweet chocolate. This is really good ice cream, next time I’m getting two scoops.
Napastäk – which is Armenian for “The Rabbit” – I love this shop, the displays are beautiful and it is full of food and cooking items. I bought some syrups and jams. Their rabbit logo is adorable.
Cate & Co – has an amazing display of gluten free pastries, oh my they all looked so delicious We bought the dark chocolate chip cookies and were not disappointed. YUM!
Ritual Coffee Roasters – brewed me a perfect of of drip coffee. I can still taste the rich deep brew.
Now I have to leave some space to talk about my favorite shop at Oxbow called Whole Spice
Their display is just beautiful ~
Wait there’s more – in front of this display are tables filled with more spices and herbs
|Whole Spice – Oxbow Public Market|
Just looking at all the spices is overwhelming. I just kept staring at this beautiful display. There were spices, herbs, salts, sugars, teas and blends, some were familiar and others I have never heard of but want to try. I had no idea there were so many types of chili powders available, and what the heck is galangal root powder or cubeb berry powder? These jars are full of all types of new flavors which makes it hard to not want to buy some of each.
I really like different types of salts and Whole Spice has an amazing variety. This presented a huge problem for me since I wanted to buy one of each, but there had to be over fifty kinds, so I had to start whittling down my choices. It was hard, but in the end I came away with three bags of salt.
Sel Gris Rosemary and Lemon which is a blend of Sel Gris Sea Salt, Lemon Peel, Rosemary, Lemon Juice and Black Pepper. I love this salt on my chicken and I just used it to top deviled eggs.
Maple Salt – this is a blend of maple and sea salt sel gris. Try this, make some popcorn and sprinkle the maple salt on it, it’s like instant kettle corn.