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Field Trip: Jimtown Store

Jimtown Store is an old fashion country store and cafe located in the vineyards of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. They have delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts all created in house from scratch. It's the perfect pit stop while road tripping through California wine country. We love stopping here for a little rest, relaxation and refueling. I especially love their small outdoor patio.


Their iconic 1955 Ford pickup is always parked out front. And their chalkboard menu greets you at the front door announcing their specials for the day.





Along with the full service cafe and deli you can shop their selection of Jimtown Goods, pick up fresh local produce, fun nostalgic toys or a few great cookbooks.


There's plenty for everyone in the family! You can read about the story of Jimtown Store or even better, stop by the next time you're in the area!

Jimtown Store
6706 State Highway 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448



The Tyler Florence Shop

 Continuing with the obvious shopping/food theme on this trip, we stopped by the Tyler Florence Shop in Mill Valley, CA. The design of the store is very open with the exception of a cookbook library tucked in the back. What I loved most was the mix of new culinary items and vintage finds. Think worn hotel silver, rustic crates, antique cutting boards along with a superb selection of new delights for the chef.

There was a gorgeous teaching kitchen filled with pantry staples and gift items like candles and tea towels. Wouldn't it be fun to have a party here? And the walls of open shelving piled high with stacks of white dishes…swoon!

I picked up a couple jars of  CC Made Artisinal Caramel Sauce. Their delicious Grey Sea Salt caramel sauce is perfect for ice cream or sliced apples. 

And I was very tempted to buy both crates of these vintage bottles. Very tempted. The colors are so lovely and I can think of a thousand ways to use them! Party favors, picnics, oils/vinegars, handmade gifts, as water bottles for fancy schmancy dinner parties….see? I should have bought them!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Thanks for taking the time to stop by this week. Always love hearing from each of you here and on FB. :-))

The WINNERS of the Library Pillows Giveaway are posted HERE! Hooray!


Dean & Deluca and Recent Finds

Have you ever been to Dean & Deluca? This was my first visit…in fact, we made a u-turn on the highway just so I could pop in and see what all the fuss was about. I really loved the warm wood floors against the white walls. It looked so crisp and clean. And what do you think about the elk mount above the deli counter? I'm kinda liking it…a lot. Sorry vegetarians, I mean no disrespect.

Their signature tins of spices, salts and condiments were overflowing and it was so hard to choose. Plus, I couldn't remember what I might be out of at home. 

And you wouldn't believe the enormous amount of Mast Brothers Chocolate they carry! Stacks and stacks of bars with their gorgeous patterned papers.

The packaging on the Mast Brothers line is simply perfection. Have you seen their videos? They take chocolate making to an entirely new level. Serious business.

Here's a few fun things I picked up during my recent travels.

An antique pewter tray from a flea market along the coast (2 bucks!), assorted spices, an olive wood spreader and brush, a dozen or so Weck canning jars and a glass bottle for my bubble bath. At the same flea market I also scored some beautiful ironstone pieces including this pedestal bowl that holds a few heart rocks from the beach.

And I couldn't pass up this old cash box with the rivets along the sides! Love, love. I also bought a couple of the old Martha Christmas books. They're almost 10 years old and the photos and ideas don't seemed dated a bit.

Well, I'm almost finished with the wine country vacation posts and then we'll go back to our regularly scheduled program. I feel some crafting coming on!