Exploring Napa Valley
Napa Valley speaks volumes of handcrafted delicacies and souvenirs. From Bouchon Bakery to OxBow Public Market, everything boasts of taste and finesse combined with the magnificent surroundings and views of valleys and trees. I feel like I've stepped into a town set in a classic movie where everything just seems perfect.
During the first week of our stay with our brother last January, he and his girlfriend drove us to some of the most gorgeous places in NorCal. The main reason he wanted to visit Napa Valley was because of his craving for Bouchon Bakery and their savory bread. So the moment we arrived, we headed straight to the baker's shop and ordered a baguette, some macarons, muffins, and latté. Their bread went perfectly well with their homemade marmalade that I instantly fell in love. My brother had made me taste it, and it was a winner. I, myself, got a Pumpkin Spice Latté and a chocolate muffin to-go.
After our little rendezvous, we explored the V Marketplace which housed local crafts and galleries. We went around window shopping and at one point, I couldn't help but purchase a locally crafted candle that smelled divine while my sister got herself a pair of vintage sunnies. One of the boutiques that housed these candles and other local brands sold Olivina Soy Wax Candles, which I got in Milk & Honey scent. I've been into scented candles lately and have been searching high and low for the perfect one. Needless to say, I was more than happy with my purchase. My siblings and I were also amazed to find out that once the wax liquifies, you can use it as a lotion or moisturizer for your skin. I never knew soy lotion candles to have a lot of benefits, but apparently it does!
When we've had our fill of local boutiques, we then headed to OxBow Public Market where we tried some of the local epicurean food — from ice creams, to balsamic vinegars, to chocolate syrups and so on. Everything tasted exquisite and delicious. I personally favored the Coconut Balsamic from Napastäk as seen on the second to the last photo.
If you ever find yourself wandering around the town of Napa Valley, The OxBow Public Market is a must stop especially for food junkies out there.
For some reason, Napa Valley reminds me of a never-changing Fall season. From the mountains to the houses, markets and boutiques, it's atmosphere and colors sings of heartwarming and welcoming tunes, making it a lovely town to get lost in.