Point Reyes. California. 3.4.2021-3.7.2021.

We are very lucky in California in that we have many options for local travel. I love going to Point Reyes because it has minimal reception, which is such a luxury nowadays and amazing nature. I am rarely on a schedule when I unplug in nature and I just drive around and stop and take pictures randomly and hike. 

Obligatory Cypress Tree Tunnel.

Hiking around Point Reyes.

Everything was in bloom!

There were lots of wildlife roaming free. I even saw elephant seals up close. They were massive at 3000-4000 pounds and made very funny noises!

When in Point Reyes Station be sure to grab pastries from Bovine Bakery. Also, pop into Monk Estate to see if anything is to your liking. Hilariously, Lazuli and I have a mutual friend in Claire Ptak!

Around the corner is also Captain Okō for more retail therapy.

Olema House. Point Reyes. California. 3.4.2021-3.7.2021.

I had booked myself the Drake Suite at Olema House for the week of Christmas last year. Sadly, due to the surging COVID cases, I decided to do the responsible thing and postpone my travels. This was the soonest I was able to make a run for it. It was perfect timing as I had just delivered a big commercial, so this mental break was much needed.

There is little reception this part of Marin County and no TV in the rooms. Which was exactly what I needed. I brought a few books and finished 2. The only thing missing was a tub. But I sat outside on the swing by the brook and enjoyed the sunsets and nature.

Olema House
10021 Coastal Highway 1
Olema, CA 94950

Crown and Crumpet Cafe. Ross. California. 3.4.2021.

This would be my second time leaving my tiny apartment since beginning of 3.2020. I decided I desperately needed a break away and booked myself a stay in Olema. I was supposed to spend the entire week of Christmas here last winter, but decided to postpone it to be responsible during peak COVID season.

En route to Olema, I had lunch, a high tea, with a friend at Crown and Crumpet in Ross, as they have outdoor seating. I would also recommend checking out their cakes. Many were having their chicken pot pie, which I was also eyeing. Next time, it will be the pot pie!

Crown & Crumpet Cafe
22 Ross Common
Ross, CA 94957


SingleTread Farms. Kistler Vineyards. Forestville. California. 10.18.2020.

This meal was supposed to be for my birthday on 3.21.2020 before I left for Japan. Then the world went mad with a virus then the Northern California fires came, so it was postponed twice. My friend and I decided to go for the outdoor dining experience at Kistler Vineyards when that was an option. While I was disappointed that I did not get to experience SingleThread in its own space, I was so happy to have had this incredible experience when I needed it most.

SingleThread Farms

131 North Street

Healdsburg, CA 95448


I walked by SingleThread in Healdsburg Friday evening on my stroll around town. You can still book a room in their inn and they are also doing rooftop drinks.

I can only describe this meal as exquisite California kaiseki. Its ethos echoes that of the traditional Japanese kaiseki from Kyoto, where you use the most seasonal ingredients for each course and plate it accordingly with the serveware to match. The amuse-bouche was a very great indication of the meal to come and even for this extreme cynic I was actually impressed, a rarity. We opted for the wagyu addition and one of us got the wine pairing, since the other 2 had to drive back home after this 4.5 hour meal. If you are looking for an exceptional fine dining experience, then I would highly recommend it. Especially since they are extending this outdoor dining experience at Kistler until end of November. It's actually worked out better as dining at night in Sonoma County means you can see the stars. Since we went during a tiny crescent moon, the stars and planets were glowing brighter than usual. The price is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it was worth every penny. So perhaps you can make a weekend out of it like I did too. Perhaps even spend the night so you are able to have more wine. I look forward to my return in another season!



Farm tomatoes, Cucumber, and Pickled Wasabi


Matsutake, Purple barley Crepes, and Shio Koji Vinaigrette


Cured Wild Salmon, Smoked Roe, and Chive Bavarois


Spot Prawn, Squash Blossom, and Prawn Head Broth


Calimyrna Fig, Turnip, and Kanpyo *with Wagyu addition


Wagyu Shortrib, Pickled Ramps, Maitake, and Beef Consommé


Mushroom and Oak


White Chocolate, Sake Kasu, and Shiso


Melipona Honey "Yakgwa"

Japanese Cheesecake with Umeboshi

Suiteki with Apricot

Miso Custard with Spiced Nashi

Guerneville + Forestville. California. 10.18.2020.

On Sunday we went to Guerneville to grab lunch and hike Armstrong Woods. We stopped by Big Bottom Market to get sandwiches. My friend Bob owns the Guerneville Bank Club and I poked through the window to get a look inside finally. Sadly it was high fire warning so we had to skip the hiking. So instead we went to Andrea's vineyard and did a walk around there.

All the grapes on Andrea's vineyard were destroyed this year due to all the smoke from the fires. 

We met Harvey, nicknamed Fabio due to his blonde mane. And I found my new sound system.

We also stopped by Lynn's art studio across the street.

Hilariously, Andrea's vineyard is right next to Kistler's where we were to dine at for the SingleThread Farms dinner.

Healdsburg farmer's market. Healdsburg. California. 10.17.2020.

 In the tradition of my farmer's market every Saturday...