Murphys California, My Fave Destination

The eves have been cooling down with October is just a hop, skip and a jump away. We have more heat on the horizon, but notice has been given. Summer is over. And, I’ve been off-line hastily trying to complete all those tasks I planned to get done before the cool weather and rains arrive. I’ve remembered to snap a few shots, so composing blog posts is one of the items on the endless to do list.

My friend Kim came out for the weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed touring about town. Newsome Harlow opened a restaurant called The Kitchen adjourning their tasting bar. I knew it was wonderful as I’d already hit it once before. I also knew their desserts are simply not to be missed and their sandwich portions are quite large. We split their marvelous organic Diestel Farms Turkey  barbecue sandwich with potato salad (that’s HALF in the photo folks) then topped the meal with a truly unforgettable Kahlúa crème brûlée. Our waiter, Travis, is also the dessert chef and he graciously jotted down this fabulous recipe for us. I forgot to ask him for permission to post it, so you just have to wait till I bake it up a few times and check-in with the restaurant.

I love the three-dimensional primitives by Nancy Klann that decorate the space. Word on the street is she’s related (remember, small family owned artisan shops and wineries here) and this is her gallery.

Side note, I must get this grass. I have one pot of Japanese blood grass, but it doesn’t make the lovely plumes. This is the tasting room – we stopped in to say hi to Barbara and for Kim to nab a bottle of one of their marvelous reds.

Then we were off to Allegorie. It’s a craft art gallery plus tasting room. The Allegorie labeled wines are supplied by the fantastic Val du Vino.

The tasting bar is a work of art with the stream down the center that empties into the tiny pond with fish.

Elie Frey of http://www.mirabelbijoux.com was our proprietor. She and husband Florent Guillon craft the artisan jewelry displayed here. They’re planning an All Hallows Eve party and masquerade ball on October 29th, complete with child, and separate adult, art crafted marionette puppet shows.

It’s a great weekend to plan to be in Murphys as the shops here will also be having a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Here are shots from Tanner last year. The local business association has already held a workshop for making paper picados to help get folks in the mood (thanks to Facebook’s new news feed, I didn’t know about it until after the fact, rrrrgggghh).

Then home in time to catch another spectacular sunset off the back deck.

This weekend (Oct 1st) is our fantastic, not to be missed Grape Stomp with stomping contests and packed street fair. The day can end with Don Henley performing at the last summer concert at Ironstone Amphitheatre – and our weather forecast is looking fabulous. Love this town :-)

This post is participating in Sundays in My City.