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The Fremont Diner

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Alrighty, where were we on the wine country posts? Sorry for the brief interruption but heck, it did seem like a party around here! Thanks for all the congrats and warm wishes on my new gig with Country Living Magazine. Seriously, you guys completely rock! :-))

Now getting back to amazing places to visit…an ABSOLUTE must is The Fremont Diner. Trust me on this one. You won’t get more authentic home cookin’ and atmosphere than this place. I first learned about it last year from EmmaBunny and it’s been on my “Must See” list ever since.

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They’re famous for their breakfasts and in fact, have 200 hens out back laying fresh eggs daily. They also raise their own hogs and make their own pickles and jam. Why, just take a look at these homemade biscuits. They’ll make your grandma weep.

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 Here’s the owner Chad doing his thing. We had a chance to visit with him while we had lunch at the counter. He used to be a caterer and we chatted about the Napa food scene, Nashville and menu items. Enormous armloads of fresh greens came in and he started cleaning them by hand while we talked. Seems side dishes with a southern flair such as collard greens are very popular here.

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The Man ordered the Fried Oyster Po’ Boy and since I couldn’t decide, I had two appetizers…the Ham Biscuit and the Chicken Sandwich. And because they’re also famous for their Fried Pies we were “convinced” to try one of those too.

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Over the counter they had some cool wire cage pendant lights. And in the photos below you can see their running Grocery and To-Do List chalkboard that hangs near the kitchen along with bushel baskets full of fresh produce.

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An old parts rack is repurposed into a serve yourself coffee cart and recycling center. You all know my fondness for stuff like that.

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You can also sit out back on their turquoise picnic tables but I highly recommend sitting at the counter if possible. You’ll get to watch all the comings and goings in the kitchen, visit with the friendly staff and watch unbelievably great food being prepared right before your eyes.

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Since I shared my fondness for chickens with Chad, he gave us a tour out back of their henhouse and gardens. They grow many of their own vegetables but what I thought was most charming was the cutting garden. Fantastic food and fresh flowers await you. What could be better than that?

The Fremont Diner
2660 Fremont Dr.
Sonoma, CA
Open: Mon-Fri 8am to 3pm and Sat-Sun 8am to 4pm

Update: The Fremont Diner was featured in the March 2012 issue of Country Living Magazine!

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Bouchon Bakery

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We’ve returned from our vacation and now begins the posts of some the highlights from our trip. We thoroughly enjoyed walking to Bouchon Bakery for a morning latte and sweet treat.The weather was incredibly gorgeous and the courtyard was the perfect spot to start the day. And I must say I adore their pistachio green and chocolate brown packaging….ADORE.
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It was nice to be able to watch the baker doing his magic through the glass windows. Bouchon is rather known for their enormous macarons so of course, we had to try them. Below is Hazelnut, Pistachio and PB&J. You can see we tasted each for you. Our favorite was the Hazelnut…classic and delicious.

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There were a few tourists mixed in with the locals who I imagine absolutely love having such a wonderful place right in their neighborhood. I know I would!

So what treat would you choose with all those delectable sweets right in front of you? Croissant, crumb cake, chocolate bouchon, macaron, eclair……

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California Wine Country

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Hello, hello! I've been spending the last bits of summer vacationing with The Man in Napa Valley wine country. There is so much to share when we return. Everyday there seems to be another amazing "can't miss" place to visit and the entire valley is having a glorious indian summer.

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We loved touring the Rubicon Estate owned by Francis Ford Coppola. The history of the estate is very intriguing which they document quite well in their wonderful museum. And the grounds are absolutely stunning with their gravel walkways, bocce ball courts, large fountain pools and French bistro furniture. 
I highly recommend putting it on your Bucket List! See you very soon! xo, H

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