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St. Helena – California

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The City of St. Helena is located in the center of the world famous wine growing Napa Valley, 65 miles north of San Francisco. The area was settled in 1834 as part of General Vallejo’s land grant. The City of St. Helena was incorporated as a City on March 24, 1876 and reincorporated on May 14, 1889.

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The St. Helena area was home to the Wappo people, a Yukian-speaking group who were the area’s earliest inhabitants. The local Callajomanes tribelet village was called Annakotanoma or Anakanoma and was located where Sulphur Creek meets the Napa River. The earliest white settlers in St. Helena were John York, who lived on what is now Dean York Lane, and David Hudson, whose house is still located at Beringer Winery.

We loved the quaint feel of the town and so appreciated that the old buildings were kept in their original manner

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We were planning to have lunch at  the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

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….but alas…..they were closed!!!!

We came upon COOK and decided that the place was perfect for a lunch break..

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We loved the décor and found the wait staff to be relaxed and friendly..

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The Menu was quite lovely and promised all sorts of delights…

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The Kitchen was open so the Tin Man went to investigate the happenings…

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A cozy table was found and the culinary journey began…

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The faux trophy in the lobby was beautiful…

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Oh look…….The Model Bakery……..

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It is lovely here in St. Helena ……but we must get back to Napa and have dinner….

Beautiful Vineyards ……..

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So……….finally some food!……….Dinner in downtown Napa..at Celadon..in the Historic Napa Mill

Lovely rustic environment and first class service…..

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Sangria…….Soup………Crab Cakes……….Mussels……..ah perfection…

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It has been a day filled with culinary delights…….hope you are ready for a nap……..I am!

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Baltimore, Maryland

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Remember the wonderful Aztec people we visited in the rainforest?……….. NO!

Well check out Mountain Top Rain Forest, Mexico with the Aztec People.

Turns out our favorite Modern Aztec Warrior lives in Baltimore now so we went off to visit him.

The Daring - Dashing Diego

We had a marvelous visit and so enjoyed Federal Hill Park

which provided the most magnificent views of the Inner Harbor.

 

There be Dragons Here!

We enjoyed some great seafood at some local restaurants

Oyster Stew and Maryland Crab Soup

Crab Imperial and Green Beans

We visited the Famous Cross Street Market and Enjoyed All the Wonderful Merchants

 

Cream of Crab Soup

But enough of this……….the Aztec Warrior takes us off to fare more of his liking………..

A Molcajete fiery hot from the oven filled with Cactus, Shrimp, Beef, Chorizo and Chicken in a rich, thick, spicy sauce!

 

and a visit with Diego would not be complete without him

playing the guitar and singing his most beautiful songs to us……

…..we also took the chance to celebrate Augustine’s Birthday!!!

The food was wonderful, the sights delightful, but most of all it was so, so very incredible to see our Diego……..