Dessert blogger Karyn Granrud, a.k.a. the Pint Sized Baker, spent some time sampling Calistoga’s sweet offerings. Although she arrived ready to satiate her sugar craving, she left with some savory satisfaction as a bonus. Read below for an excerpt of her blog post highlighting her downtown Calistoga experience, originally published on Pint Sized Baker.
You know at some point between the massages and the desserts, we had to eat real food, right? Dinner and dessert at Bosko’s Trattoria was a great place for a family gathering. We met up with my parents, my brother and his boyfriend, and my aunt and uncle for dinner. Bosko’s has this wonderful wood fire hearth to make handmade pizza’s. We stuffed our bellies with Burrata cheese platters, lemon baked artichoke, pizzas, chicken Marsala, and way too many desserts! Dining at an Italian restaurant, one must order the Tiramisu, but we also enjoyed the chocolate triple layer torte, cheesecake, and caramel pudding. Yeah, we went to bed full.
When you wake up on a Saturday morning and you’re on vacation, what do you do? We went for brunch of course! Weekend brunch at Evangeline is a MUST! It was a wonderful atmosphere with amazing food! We toasted to the weekend with a passion fruit Bellini and a sloe gin & tonic. Of course there was coffee involved, it was still morning after all. My husband Erik broke his fast with a Croque Marin and I indulged in buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. Calling this yummy is an understatement. I haven’t had fried chicken like that… ever. It was crispy, but not greasy and it was moist and tender inside. I’m drooling just thinking about it again. Following our meal, we were treated to brunch dessert! Hubby just had ice cream, but I went for the Baumkuchen! It’s a German layer cake, kind of like crepes but thicker, with huckleberry compote and creme anglais. After brunch, we didn’t eat again until 5.
Believe it or not, I was treated to two massages during my visit. The first massage at the Roman Spa was relaxing and tranquil, but when I saw Ron Rose from Rose Bodyworks, my aching muscles turned to jelly. He specializes in Esalen LomiLomi massage and let me tell you – it was a great massage. The LomiLomi technique is all about long strokes from my neck to my hip and down to my legs. Instead of just revealing my back and working on my shoulders, he worked on the entire length of my body. This was definitely more of a therapeutic massage catering to those who have more chronic body aches. My step-dad also laid down on the massage table and commented on how strong Ron’s hands were and how much better he felt afterward.
My final visit to Calistoga Pottery led me to a final purchase. Owners Jeff and Sally have been making handmade pottery for over 35 years and they couldn’t be happier. Tucked away off Highway 29 (just around the corner from Lincoln Avenue), their shop and studio are filled with specialty bowls, plates, dishes, mugs and serving trays. They make a lot of specialty spittoons for the wineries, as well as dishes for the local restaurants and inns. I bought a serving dish, mini creamer and a matching bowl. The creamer and bowl are covered with an ash glaze. The ash was collected from local grapevine ash from burn piles at the vineyards. Each piece is unique and I like knowing nobody else has the exact some one that I have. When you’re in Calistoga, stop in and say Hi!
Thank you to the Calistoga Visitors Center for helping me plan my stay. While some of the services were discounted or complimentary, all opinions and experiences were my own.
Karyn Granrud has been blogging at Pint Sized Baker sing 2011. She enjoys baking for a crowd as well as baking with her daughter. Karyn loves everything about sweets and treats. Follow Karyn and her baking escapades via Pint Sized Baker on Facebook and Instagram