I love, love, love food. Well, I should be more specific. I love to eat out. I’m not so keen or good at the cooking of food. I will drive an hour to get the most talked about fresh-baked artisanal bread, pastry, sandwich, cookie, etc. For those not in Northern California, bread is the hot “it” item. There are bakeries that only open Friday and Saturday to sell bread in Marin. There is another bakery in San Francisco called Tartine, which bakes 240 loves of bread a day, which go on sale at 5 PM and sell for $8 a loaf. Needless to say, there’s a line for the bread of which I still haven’t had the pleasure of tasting, since it would take a half-day to secure.
I bet you are wondering how my love of food relates to my dad. Well, my dad likes food (he’s not obsessed like me but I’ve been told most people aren’t). What he loves is being able to take a nice drive and see the sights of Marin. In the past two weeks, we’ve gone to Della Fattoria in Petaluma (about 45 minutes North of Marin) and Bouchon Bakery in Yountville (an hour away with beautiful views of the vineyards).
I’d never been to Della Fattoria but my friends have raved about the bread and pastries so I’ve been anxious to try this bakery. Before I write about the logistics, I must say the bread is delicious but the bear claw was the winner. It was the perfect combination of flaky pastry on the outside, crunchy toasted almond slivers on top and creamy moist almond paste filling.
Ok, now for the logistics getting to Della Fattoria. I knew parking was on the street, which always makes me nervous with my dad and his walker. But, I thought, how hard could it be on a weekday around 11:30am? We were lucky and found street parking right in front of the bakery. The only challenge is that it’s a BIG step up from the street to the curb for someone using a walker.
Our next outing was to Bouchon Bakery, which I’ve been to many times, so I knew where to park and how to get around. The only challenge I didn’t anticipate was how uneven the dirt and sand patio would be for my dad using a walker. And, how difficult it would be to maneuver between the tables, chairs and baby strollers. But, the other patrons were all very nice helping to clear a path for my dad.
A note about the food at Bouchon Bakery. Everything, and I mean everything, is amazing from sandwiches to baked good. My favorite is their Ho Ho. It may look like the Hostess version but it is the most decadent pastry… premium chocolate outside, moist chocolate cake with fluffy pastry cream inside. You can hear the crunch of the chocolate shell as you take your first bite.
I’m so lucky to be able to spend time with my dad. He gets to see new sights and I get to eat. It’s a win-win for us. Off to dinner. Seriously, I’m having dinner with my dad and his friend tonight and dinner starts at 4:45pm.