This was our real reason for going towards Napa Valley. We drove around 2 hours from San Mateo to Yountville. We were so lucky to get a reservation at The French Laundry! What a blessing! Hoping we could come back and stay overnight to tour Napa Valley
Across the restaurant is the organic garden of French Laundry
The garden of the restaurant - How I wish they would convert it to more restaurant space so more people can dine without having a hard time reserving or maybe even part of it
Bread basket - you can take as much as you want
Love the butter!! At the end of the dinner, they give you a folder and it includes a list of all their purveyors
The photos will show the complete meal with all the supplements
Wow!! Chocolates!! Again take as much as you like!
We could not finish everything, it’s a good thing they gave us this bag
with our menu and giveaway which was shortbread in a French Laundry tin can :-)
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We drove towards Napa Valley and went to Yountville for dinner. We were early so we followed the recommendation of my friend Triccie to pass by Bouchon bakery
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After having two meals in PAL - dinner and breakfast upon arrival, James is still hungry arriving at 830pm San Francisco time Good thing Pepe knows where to take us! He told us that in Old Town Sushi there is always a line - so of course I am curious and agreed to try it
But I am here for the rolls! I love American Japanese rolls. James doesn’t but I like trying and having variety
James on his healthy mode - everything grilled
Tuna sashimi for James! Now I know why he lost 30 pounds!
As usual James orders the most simple with no frills since it is healthier
This is mine Avocado is something I don’t really eat but it’s almost in every roll, the Americans love it and they say its very healthy. It’s a good thing when it is together with other ingredients I do not get to really taste it I got the Dragon roll which had tempura, unagi, avocado, mani and cucumber
Close up! Oishi!
Aside from all Allen and family did for us, we each had two boxes of goodies from Iloilo!!! Thank you!!!!
There are so many namit things from Iloilo. We did not have time to go to any pasalubong centre anymore so I chose a few which I saw in the airport
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On the way to the airport, we stopped by Sta Barbara’s Golf Club. It’s the oldest in the Philippines yes still so beautiful and well maintained
In the PAL airport in Manila
Nightclub nearby the Esplanade. Cool
A tree growing by the Esplanade - another proof of hope for good things to come
We had a short time to tour and I am sure there are many other beautiful places in Iloilo. No wonder I love Iloilo, its the Land of Love It is the HEART of the Philippines, the Athens of the Philippines. It is the centre for learning with 7 universities becoming 9 and 4 medical centres. Iloilo produced 8 senators including Tito Frank
I did not even get a chance to visit Starbucks there Yipee, another good reasons to come back.
Our stay in Iloilo would not have been the same without the group we were with! This is us in our van - we did everything together and it was a lot of fun!! Part of enjoying a place is having many people to share it with you. It’s like eating It’s more fun when you are not alone or when you are with friends and family. I am not very very close to these ladies but we will alway shave this bond called Iloilo Such a fulfilling trip!
Our tour guide Erlyn! The best!!! I want to take her with me wherever I go!!!
San Joaquin coastline facing the Panay Gulf. It is the longest coast line in Iloilo which measures 6.5 kilometres
Lots of photos here
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Iloilo is the seafood capital of the Philippines. They entertain in their dining room instead of their living room. They can spend the entire day eating I can blend in easily here I think Our lunch was in Tatoy’s this time!