Happy 4th of July! For our first Flashback Friday we have chosen Napa, the place we called home before we left to travel the world.  We loved the small town feel, the awesome food and the beautiful landscapes all around the area.  You can check out some of our posts on California and the Napa Valley here.  Watch for more posts, including restaurant reviews.  Feel free to ask us questions if you plan to visit!


One last look at our house as we drive away.

It’s official, we’re bums!  We are now unemployed, homeless, and happy about it, although I’m sure our parents are a little stressed, but they should be used to it by now.  Several weeks ago, we both put in our last day of work and began preparation for our Around the World Trip  . We put our most prized possessions in storage, sold Jason’s two trucks, had a yard sale to get rid of all the things we thought we needed, handed over the keys to our landlord and drove off with our backpacks to go store Simone’s  car.  As this is being typed, we are sitting in San Francisco International Airport waiting to board our flight to Vancouver where we will meet up with Jay’s parents, do a little sight seeing and board a cruise ship for Alaska!  Stay tuned for more to come from Alaska as we kick off our trip of a lifetime.

We would like thank everyone that had a part in making our moving experience a great one, even those we don’t know  that came to our yard sale and purchased the stuff they couldn’t live without.  We will miss Napa and all of our friends that we have made there.  We love you all and we will be back at some point for a glass of wine, a beer and a block of  cheese to enjoy as tales are told from around the globe.

Big Kids sandwich (yes, those are full-sized utensils next to the sandwich) B.L.A.T.-bacon,lettuce,avocado,tomato,with a fried egg on top.

Big Kids sandwich (yes, those are full-sized utensils next to the sandwich) B.L.A.T.-bacon,lettuce,avocado,tomato,with a fried egg on top.

There are just some restaurants that you can count on to consistently be good. The Thomas is one of those places.  Re-opening after nearly 38 years in seclusion and getting a complete makeover that any establishment would want, it has become one of “the places to go” in Napa.  We have eaten dinner there twice and brunch several times, always leaving with a happy belly and a smile on our face.  As you sit in the third floor dining area where the glass doors slide out of the way and open to an uncovered patio with heaters and more seating that looks out over the Napa River and onto the hills, it feels like you’re on vacation, whether you are or not.  The service has always been very good and the food tastes like they waited until you ordered, went out back to the garden, and then picked and prepared it.  If you live in Napa, you should do your stomach a favor  and take it on a date to The Thomas.  If you are visiting, you should set aside time on a saturday or sunday after eleven a.m. and treat yourself to brunch.  You’re on vacation, splurge a little, we won’t tell.  Living in Napa ia a love/hate relationship.  Our stomachs love it and our bank account hates it, but our stomachs always make more noise, so we don’t argue.