July 26, 2009

Something Sweet

These are just a few pictures we took on our three year anniversary a couple weeks ago. I wanted to capture more pictures of the places we went to and write all about them on here but well, it was our anniversary and I ended up not photographing as much as I wanted to - we were having such a good time! Anyway, I'll just give you a few links and then if you're ever in Petaluma you can swing by 'em.

The first place we went to was the Petaluma Farmer's Market. They have a Wednesday evening market here in the new theater district of downtown Petaluma. This area is adorable and an upcoming part of Petaluma that I can't wait to watch develop. I definitely regret not taking pictures because it's truly one of the best farmer's markets I've ever been to. It's not very big at all, in fact, it has a very small town feel with every vendor selling a few quality things. Everyone is so nice and they all invite us to help with their harvests when Michael starts sharing our aspirations in vegetable farming. It's cute. I will definitely make a post all on its own of this market as soon as I get there again.

Then we stopped at one of our favorite new places in Petaluma, La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge. The place is very European feeling (though maybe I shouldn't say that as if I know what European feels like - I've never been!) with an array of modern and classical tables and chairs as wells as sofas and love seats. The wine list is amazing. All the wines are hand picked by the owner, Sahar Gharai, and the list is constantly revolving. One of my favorite features is the fact that all the food is chosen to emphasize the wine instead of the wine emphasizing the food. Oh, and I almost forgot one of my other favorite things is that they project old movies onto the wall above the bar. So fun!

After we had a glass of wine (and complimentary champagne!) at the wine lounge, we headed next door to Powell's Sweet Shoppe. It's the sweetest (ha! no pun intended) little candy store. It's kind of an old fashioned candy store theme and they carry every candy you can imagine and especially those brands from when my parents were kids. We got our favorite - chocolate covered gummy bears.

And finally, for dinner we went to Dempsey's. This restaurant has been here as long as I can remember and it has been a staple family restaurant all my life. It features locally grown and organic foods (they grow their food on their own farm!) as well as their own brewed beer. The atmosphere is so great - not pretentious like most locally grown and sustainable food restaurants but hospitable and down-to-earth. It really is a must if you are looking to eat lunch or dinner in Petaluma.

Phew, that was a bit of info, yeah? Hope you find it enjoyable and I promise to have more pictures and posts of these places because, really, those are the best part!

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