1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle on the brain. Wondering why all these restaurants in California's Wine Country sell European wine. Last night at dinner, roughly half the wines by the glass were Italian. Why would anyone order Chianti in the Alexander Valley? Isn't that like drinking Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay in Bordeaux?
2. Tripe. Yummy, but a little goes a long way.
3. The Old Crocker Inn, which we are about to depart, has vaulted to the top of my list of favorite hotels in the world. Not swanky or particularly luxurious, but peaceful and beautiful and cozy. The proprietors are lovely.