First of all, let me begin by saying how much I love living in the Pacific Northwest. I really, really do. However, the month of January often finds me struggling with the blues. No doubt, because of all the grays. It's the one time of the year when I work to stave off a desire to climb back into bed and read all afternoon.
My sis even gifted me with a light box one year to help with my SAD symptoms. I didn't really notice a difference and gave up on it, perhaps too early. I digress. At any rate, the best cure for me is to get out the door and head to the gym, or a nearby trail with Mac, our white Golden Retriever, and Bernie. Exercise is a great way to shake off the winter doldrums.
This morning though, I found myself daydreaming about a trip we took in October to meet our friends Ron and Alexandra Seigel for an fun adventure in the Sonoma area. Thoughts of warm weather, beautiful sunsets, and great wine longingly came to mind. Minutes later, Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR wrote a post about a place called Salt Traders Coastal Cooking.
Reading the word, oysters, in Dorie's post, instantly transported me to a magical place called Nick's Cove in Marshall, California. Coincidentally, we were there during the same October trip I'd been dreaming about all morning. What an enjoyable but circuitous adventure we had while in search of the perfect oyster experience. But, it sure paid off.
As good fortune would have it, or perhaps the magic of co-creating, Nick's Cove was celebrating Wine Wednesday - with wines selling at half price! Therefore, we shared a very nice bottle of Chenin Blanc from Chappellet Vineyards, and two trays of grilled and raw oysters. Full disclosure, we ordered seconds on the oysters. They were that good.
And there you have it, my very legitimate reason for California Dreaming on such a Winter's Day.