On the tenth date of Christmas my true love shared with me…an early dating memory. We were dating long-distance, and often met in New York City for breakfast or brunch, followed by shopping. My husband John is a great shopper, even clothes shopping for me, which is of course a real treat! He has great taste and a great eye for what will look good on, even when it's not on the hanger. In New York one of our favorite breakfast places was Balthazar in Soho, which is also a great neighborhood for shopping and walking off the calories.
Here in Napa at Christmas season, we hit the historic Model Bakery on Main Street and let the kids indulge in something just a little decadent. We love their breads for a cheese board, and the pastries are to die for. But if you are visiting in the morning, try a breakfast sandwich on their house-made English muffins, which are truly worth a special trip.
In case you're wondering what happened to the Ninth Date of Christmas--we took a hiatus yesterday to welcome home friends who'd just arrived home to Napa from college. There were bottles of Schramsberg to be sabered--what fun!