The Caprese Pesto Sandwich is one of my favorite things to bring on a picnic and a road trip. This sandwich can be wrapped up and the crusty bread will stay nice and firm while soaking up all of the flavors from the pesto, mozzarella, and tomato. Another great thing is that you could find almost all of the ingredients at your local Costco. Man do I love Costco…
Some ripe Houweling’s Roma tomatoes still on the vine. Costco baby! Make sure you keep your tomatoes on the kitchen counter and not in the refrigerator.
Last April, my work brought me out to Denver, Colorado. Jon had a few days off, so we decided to extend the trip and make it a vacation. Flying in only took 2 hours and I must say… the Denver airport was really beautiful. I didn’t take any pictures (Updated 1/9/14 – I guess I did take a picture! Check it out here), but if you’ve been there you’ll know what I mean. It was bright, airy, and felt really fresh. We quickly got our luggage and jumped onto the bus. About 30 minutes later we got off at the Market Street Station and waited for the 16th Street Free Mallride. This 1.5 mile shuttle was comfortable, clean, ran every 30 minutes, and on top of that it was free. We really need to get some of these shuttles back in Los Angeles. After settling into the hotel (which was only a 5 minute ride on the shuttle), we headed off to find us some dinner. After Yelping, we decided to eat at Sam’s No. 3. The restaurant was big, with lots of counter seating, booths, tables and even had a sports bar towards the back.
Fried Cheese Curds – They were so good. It was like eating mini mozzarella sticks but with a cheesier flavor. Plus I loved the extra chewy texture the curds had. Paired with marinara, it was delicious.
After we left Musée Mécanique, we turned the corner and saw the sign for Boudin. I am a huge fan of sourdough bread, and the thought of eating fresh San Francisco Boudin sourdough was too exciting to pass up. We had to have it for lunch.
Upstairs was their museum and Bistro Boudin, where there was a bar and a nice sit down restaurant. It had a gorgeous view of the ocean. Downstairs was the bakery, where they sold cookbooks, teas, official merchandise, and of course their famous sourdough bread. The line was really long, but the people behind the counter moved fast, so the wait wasn’t too bad.
After our hike, we visited the Muir Woods Trading Cafe located towards the beginning of the park. The cafe is attached to a souvenir shop that had really interesting items that would be great for gift giving or to keep as souvenirs. From locally made jewelry, little seedlings that you can plant in your garden, to chocolates shaped like Banana Slugs. Outside there were wooden benches where people sat to rest, and enjoy their food.