Hello Healdsburg!

Our morning of wine tastings at Goosecross Cellars and Venge Vineyards was really hard to top, but we were really excited to hit up Healdsburg, my favorite town in all of Northern California.

Our first stop in Healdsburg was the UPS store where we were able to pack up and ship our Rodney Strong wine. This store was great! The staff was very helpful, and they will even go to a winery and pick up your wine and ship it for you.

My favorite part of the store was Bella.


Once we left the UPS store, I discovered that there was a self serve frozen yogurt store in the same complex. I have been wanting self serve fro yo since reading about it on Kelly’s blog, so we went for it.

Yogurt Time


I had a blast loading up the toppings like a kid in a candy store.



Chocolate and Oreo fro yo with caramel, brownies, and chocolate chips, NOM.

After the fro yo, we were recharged and ready to wander around Healdsburg. It is such a beautiful, adorable, foodie town.

We stopped in at Murphy Goode to taste a few wines. I really liked their Petit Verdot, but I actually didn’t love their Liar’s Dice Zinfandel, which I have heard great things about. I want to give it a try on another day. The tasting room staff at Murphy Goode was very friendly and helpful.

Murphy Goode

After leaving Murphy Goode, we walked past Dry Creek Kitchen. I had wanted to have my birthday dinner at this restaurant, the home of the famed Charlie Palmer, but when I called to make a reservation, I was told that they were closed for Pigs and Pinot. :( Walking by, I noticed a couple of familiar faces, Kevin Gillespie and Brian Voltaggio from Top Chef. I nervously walked over, asked for a photo, and Kevin was friendly enough to stand with me for this shot.

Top Chef Kevin at Pigs and Pinot

I was so excited! Meeting celebrity chefs is way more exciting than actors and actresses, in my opinion!

Could my birthday get any better?! It was perfect timing. After collecting myself, we continued walking around Healdsburg. We visited Ferrari-Carano’s tasting room, but I will post about that in a separate post as we visited their BEAUTIFUL winery the next day.

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Tags: California, Food, Healdsburg, San Francisco, Sonoma, Travel, wine, wine country

  1. brandi’s avatar

    How awesome!!! The froyo looks amazing, and that’s SO cool that you got a picture with Kevin!


  2. Lazaro’s avatar

    What happened Voltaggio was too good to stand for the pick? Have a wonderful birthday!


  3. Constance C’s avatar

    Happy belated birthday! This sounds like a perfect day!


  4. Abby’s avatar

    That is the perfect birthday for you!!! I’m kinda jealous :)
    And Bella is so precious.


  5. Simply Life’s avatar

    Oh I´m drooling over that frozen yogurt!


  6. Caroline’s avatar

    I love self serv fro yo! Good choices on the toppings. I find you either have to go chocolate or fruit, it’s sometimes hard to mix them. Happy Birthday!


  7. Lizzy’s avatar

    Amazing!!! So jealous… Kevin and Brian were my favorites! Happy Birthday : )


  8. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

    Let’s go on a Dry Creek Kitchen date when you’re back in the Bay Area! Great photo with Kevin. I hope to get some great snaps tomorrow at Pebble Beach Food and Wine!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Yes! A Dry Creek Kitchen date sounds perfect, and you can show me all of your favorite wineries too :)


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