Day Trip to The Barlow, Mother’s Day Brunch Idea, Cinco de Mayo Cocktail + More

Today I’m sharing a fun day trip to The Barlow in Sebastopol. If you’re planning a visit to Sonoma County, add it to your list. Plus a simple Mother’s Day brunch idea, a Cinco de Mayo cocktail and more. 

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Blue and white planter filled with white and pink flowers sitting on a kitchen island.

Kim’s arrangement from last weekend inspired me to give it a try.

I found this little pot at Orchard Nursery.

They have a ton of cute planters right now.

We’ve got a lot to cover today so let’s get to it.


Visiting The Barlow in Sebastopol

Last weekend Jim and I took a day trip to Sebastopol to check out The Barlow and see what all the fuss is about. The Barlow is an open air market filling about four city blocks with restaurants, shops, art, winery’s, and taprooms. It opened about ten years ago …I know, what took us to long to get there?

The Barlow entry sign.

From Orinda it took nearly two hours to get there. Traffic was dreadful. It’s hard to go anywhere in the Bay Area without traffic, but had we gone from point A to point B without traffic, it’s only 65 miles. Once off the 101 we exhaled and enjoyed the drive through the beautiful, rural countryside. By the way, it was a perfect 72-and-sunny kind of day. We found parking easily and conveniently behind one of the most popular spots at The Barlow.

The Barlow entrance.

Since this was our first visit, we took a stroll from one end to the other taking it all in. The Sarmantine Artisan Boulanger caught our eye and we bought a croissant and pain au raisin to take home for breakfast on Sunday. Raisin snails are my favorite and it’s not easy to find a good one … or any one … these days.

Pastries at Sarmantine at The Barlow.

Our (my) first priority is always food and we wandered into the Wm Cofield Cheesemakers and ordered a glass of wine and a meat and cheese board. We found a table outside and took advantage of the DJ spinning 70’s hits across the alley at Blue Ridge Kitchen. We love a good cheese board and the Boom Island camembert was so good we bought some to take home.

Then we were off to do some window shopping. I found a darling dress at Rust, but didn’t succumb … and now regret it.

Acorn is a home store I could browse in all day … Jim has a time limit for this sort of thing. It has everything from decorative pillows to tableware to baby clothes to cocktail syrups and bitters.

We stopped in at PAX Winery, where Jim’s patience is endless, for a glass of wine – Pinot Blanc for Jim, Cheney Blanc for me – and settled into a room in back – that felt very library-ish + western  – to sip and people watch. This tasting room had so many cute places to sit, from pretty green bistro tables out front, picnic tables lining the side patio, bar height tables in the main tasting room and the back, library room.

Sandwich board sign outside PAX winery in Sebastopol.

Tasting room at PAX Winery.

Our final stop was Region, a self-serve wine bar featuring over 50 Sonoma County wines.

Sign outside Region wine bar at The Barlow.

Jim bought a 4-tasting card and got busy. I settled into the covered patio area where there’s all kinds of seating, fire pits and a very lively atmosphere.

Believe it or not we were hungry again and ordered slices from Acre Pizza delivered to us on Region’s patio. One of the really fun things at The Barlow is being able to order food from the food vendors delivered to you in the wine bars and beer gardens. Charcuterie boards and pizza seemed to be the most popular choices and we watched the food runners zipping around all day.

Sign with QR code to have food delivered at The Barlow.

Before departing I ran across the sidewalk to Two Dog Creamery and brought back a small ice cream sundae.

Two Dog Night Creamery at The Barlow.

I’m not sure what took us so long to get ourselves to The Barlow. It’s totally charming with flowering spilling out of planters and onto the sidewalk, happy people with their happy dogs … and tons to sip and see. If you live in the Bay Area or are planning a visit to Sonoma County, The Barlow is a great place to spend a few hours … or a day. We’ll definitely be back.

Map and shop listing of The Barlow shopping area in Sebastopol, CA.

I’ve been nibbling on the Boom Island Camembert all week. Along with my favorite Raincoast Crisps and a bottle of Campuget rose.

Wood board with cracker and cheese and glass of rose.

Ivy Cove Ojai Wine Tote

On our way home from The Barlow, we made an impromptu stop at a farmer’s market and I put my wine tote from Ivy Cove to good use. It may be intended for wine, but it’s perfect for grocery shopping, farmers market visits and picnics. You can use my code SPRITZER20 and take 20% off site-wide on the Ivy Cove website.

Canvas and leather tote bag filled with produce and groceries on kitchen counter next to plant, lemon artwork and a jar full of granola.


Frank & Eileen’s Popover Henley

I know you live for my style content, and this week I posted a couple outfits-of-the-day over on Instagram. I’m kidding no one cares what I wear. But that won’t stop me from telling you about my love for Frank & Eileen’s Popover Henley. It’s a great alternative to a standard white tee (which I wear all too often). A little bit elevated but just as comfortable. I adore a long sleeve, and with the open neckline and relaxed, slightly cropped raw hem it’s light and airy even on warm weather days. When I wear it I get lots of compliments so I thought it was worth mentioning. It comes a bunch of colors and stripes (I have the navy and white stripe too). It’s not inexpensive, but it’s well made here in California, and its lasts. I’ve been wearing mine on repeat coming up on 3 years.

Woman wearing long sleeved white henley tee shirt and khaki green pants with Birkenstocks taking a mirror selfie.

F&E Henley | Old & Long Gone Target Khakis (these are similar) | Birks


Simple Mother’s Day Brunch Idea

Mother’s Day is next weekend. Which quite honestly makes me sad. My mom has been gone for 25+ years and I have no children of my own. My family is small, and fractured. I’m sure many of you can relate. Anyway, I certainly never intended not to have children but let’s not get into that sad saga. I’m an outstanding dog and cat mom, and exemplary aunt … if I do have to say so myself. My grandmother used to say that all the time and it makes me laugh to hear myself doing the same.

Overhead shot of cat next to bowl of lemons, hydrangea stem, chives in water glass, one tulip, a cookbook with mug of cocoa on top.

The last Mother’s Day I spent with my mom, I brought brunch over to her house. Her gift was the stoneware quiche dish and pitcher in which brunch arrived. I made Quiche Lorraine, squeezed fresh orange juice and I’m sure I brought a fruit salad and some kind of muffin or quick bread. Both the dish and pitcher came back to me after my mom passed and having them in my kitchen brings back memories of our last Mother’s Day together how animated and happy she was that day.

I’m not sure what recipe I used that day, but for the last 20-years my go-to Quiche Lorraine is adapted from Southern California Cooking from the Cottage. The Cottage is a very popular restaurant in La Jolla.

Overhead shot of Quiche Lorraine in white pie plate.

Squeezing orange juice for a crowd isn’t for the faint of heart and I’m glad I upgraded to this Black & Decker juicer. This is the mack daddy of juicers and quite popular with the serious citrus juicing set.

Overhead shot of orange in juicer with oranges and a lime surrounding it on kitchen counter.

The recipe ~

Overhead shot of Quiche Lorraine in white pie plate.

Quiche Lorraine

5 from 2 votes
Servings 6


  • 1 Pie Crust
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 cup Yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup Ham, diced
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup Greyere Cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup Chives, chopped into small pieces
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 cup Half-and-Half
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
  • Pinch Nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Grease a 10" pie or tart pan, add pie crust and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove crust from oven and reduce temperature to 350.
  • In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium to low heat and add chopped onion. Sauté until light brown and slightly caramelized.
  • In a mixing bowl, add cheeses, ham, half of the chopped chives, sautéed onion and thoroughly combine. Spread out evenly in bottom of pie crust.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, white pepper and nutmeg. Pour into pie crust over top of ham and cheese mixture
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 1 hour or until center is set.
  • Sprinkle with remaining chives before serving.

Taking brunch to your mom is the grown-up equivalent of serving her breakfast in bed.

Overhead shot of table set for Mother's Day brunch with yellow and white tulips and a quiche.

I hope Mother’s Day is a very happy occasion for you and your family, and if you experience any sadness around it please know you’re not alone.

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Aperol Margarita’s for Cinco de Mayo

With all this talk of Mother’s Day we’ve gotten a little ahead of ourselves. Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, a day in which I participate fully. A few weeks back I shared a recipe for Aperol Margaritas. Jim discovered this version of the margarita and it’s quickly become one of his favorites. Not only because it’s delicious, but with only three ingredients it’s super easy.

Ingredients for Aperol Margaritas on kitchen counter.

Aperol Margarita’s (makes two) ~

  1. 2 oz Blanco tequila
  2. 1 oz Aperol
  3. 1 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it up and strain over a chilled glass filled with crushed ice. Oh, and of course, rim your glass with salt (or sugar) if you like … before pouring! Are you a salt or no salt margarita drinker? I’m in the no camp. Jim of course, is a yes. I have to admit it is pretty. Oh, and I made a Reel!

Two glasses of Aperol Margaritas on a wood board surrounded by lime wedges, flake salt and a jigger.


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Odds & Socks ~

Have you seen Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2024 ready-to-wear runway show? If not, you’re in for a treat.

Home and garden tour season is in full swing and the local chapter of American Association of University Woman hosts their Annual Garden Tour next week, May 10 & 11th. Tickets here.


Current Favorites ~


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And that’s what I have for you today.

Let’s visit Kim and Elizabeth to see what’s inspiring them.



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If you missed last week’s post, you can catch up here.

We’re off to the Lafayette Juniors 25th Annual Lifestyle Tour.

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  • I did see the Ralph Loren fashion show—loved it. Never miss watching especially the one filmed at the Huntington Library. I even bought his latest book. I did visit the Barlow and it’s a nice place to visit. The margarita recipe looks tempting and plan to make the quiche. Thanks!

    • Hi Sheila, oh yes, the Huntington Library show was next level. I have it saved on YouTube. Looks like I’m very late to The Barlow party. I’d like to go back and see many of the things we missed … but the drive is a tough one. Hope you try the Aperol Margarita … so easy and so good. And the quiche too. Wish you the best weekend … can you believe this rain?! xo

  • 5 stars
    Good morning Juliet,
    The Barlow looks like a wonderful place to while away the afternoon. You had me at cheese! I love cheese, especially French cheese.
    Your Mother’s Day memory brought tears to my eyes. YOU are a great mom not only to your two sweet pups and cat but also to all of your nieces and grandnieces and nephews as well as your step-son. They are all blessed to have you.
    As for your mom, I am sure that she is so proud of the amazingly talented woman that you are and that she loved her homemade Mother’s Day brunch. It looks delicious. I cannot wait to make it.
    As for the Aperol marg, I am going to add this to my menu tomorrow!
    Have a wonderful day Juliet!
    P.S. I LOVE YOUR fashion sense and picks, you always dress effortlessly stylish.

    • Elizabeth! You are the sweetest, thank you for your comforting words. As for tomorrow, you must try these Aperol Margaritas … they’re so easy and should please everyone. Hope you’re weekends’ off to a great start. It’s raining here … on Lifestyle Tour Day. Uh oh. xo

  • Hi Juliet…I’m looking for olive pants. Which ones were you wearing with the Frank and Eileen top ? Thanks!

  • Hi Juliet — What a fun day you had at The Barlow! Thanks for taking us along with you! My mom is gone too and my kids all live far away, so Mother’s Day is a tough one for me too. I have been eyeing that Frank and Eileen popover top for a while. Maybe it is time to finally make the purchase. I might have to celebrate on Sunday with that Aperol Margarita! Have a lovely week!

    • Good morning, Molly! It’s hard when we lose our mom’s, right? It really doesn’t matter our age. We miss them and Mother’s Day brings back a lot of memories. I really love the Frank & Eileen henley … but there are so many choices and it’s hard to narrow it down. You can’t go wrong with white. I hope you do indulge in an Aperol Margarita. You deserve it! Happy weekend! xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    The Barlow looks amazing thanks for sharing. What a gorgeous day out. And for the recipe too…l am going to make that for my mother -in-law who is staying with us for Mother’s Day. I love Frank and Eileen and that top looks so perfect. On my wish list !
    Happy weekend:)

  • My Bro-on-law is a winemaker in Sonoma County, I can’t believe we’ve never stopped at The Barlow on our way up from the South Bay! Pinned it for future road trips…love your blog, never miss it.
    Heading to the beach for the weekend so that Quiche looks great to make there…our anniversary is Cinco de Mayo so I love it too!

  • Mother’s Day can be bittersweet for many of us. I lost my mother 17 years ago but will remember her (and think of you!) next Sunday when I share a toast with my daughter and granddaughters.

  • My goodness – this one was chock-full!
    I think Jim was VERY good to go on a shopping/browsing trip with you, I’m sure the food and wine venues helped! Such cute shops.
    I DO care what you wear. You always look great. I just bought a F&E travel set (it killed me) and now I want 3 more. The stuff really is that good.

  • Aww, I miss my Mom too. My heart still aches at the loss of my parents at times.
    I am grateful for my children, and grandchildren. I have lots of memories and stories from my grandparents, and now have those little ones in my life. I’m the bridge between the past and the future.
    It’s a good reminder to be extra kind to those around us, especially on meaningful days that revolve around family and tradition. We never know what others are dealing with.

    P.S. I’ve been thinking of your new historic cottage. I think we’ve settled into our forever home. It’s got everything we need on one level, it’s got a small and manageable yard, with beautiful views. It’s also in a very walkable part of town.
    It’s fun to look, and dream as I see other possibilities!

  • Loved everything in your post today. I do enjoy the way you style clothes, so please keep on doing that. Your “minimal” wardrobe is EVERYTHING! I like seeing the occasional sightings of your fur babies. They look healthy and loved, so you are definitely a good dog/cat mom. I too know the heartache of the planned children I dreamt of bringing into my family. Alas, that wasn’t to be. You are such a giving, talented person and have a good partner and extended family that you are the Queen of. Hard to lose our parents and cherished family members. Never gets easier, but you addressed it so beautifully in your post today.

  • PS – Juliet – somehow I missed your Mother’s Day thoughts the first time I read this.It is on of the hardest days of the year for me. So I know something of how you feel. I never set out not to have children either and have still not resolved that in my head. Also a sad story.
    I like to tell myself that I’m a great auntie as well. Cheers to great aunts!

  • Hi Juliet,
    YOU, yes YOU have extraditory talent, and have so many gifts. It’s always fun to see what you are styling.
    The floral arrangement that you created that Kim inspired you to do, turned out beautiful.
    The Barlow looks like a fun place to visit. The Acorn store looks like you could spend lots of time in just browsing around. Jim is a good sport to go into stores like this. My husband had zero tolerance for shopping unless we are at Home Depot.
    The croissants and snails looked outstanding.
    I know you are the very best Aunt any niece, great niece and nephews could ever ask for.
    The last Mothers Day you spent with your mother will stay close to your heart forever. How many daughter would do what you did? You gave so much love to give. We share so many things in common, I too never became a mom, when I wanted too it became too late. Instead my honey and I became a blended family of two young boys that we raised together. My mom has been in heaven for 24 years, I miss her terribly, she was my best friend. It never feels good to come from a fractured family, I do as well.
    I learned as I matured that being an outsider looking in on couples and families that seemed like the perfects never were.
    You are the best Auntie roll model any family could ever ask for. Your nieces and nephews probably see you as another mom.
    Thank you for all you shared.

  • Holidays can be difficult for so many, and for so many reasons. I’m sorry Mother’s Day is sad for you. You seem to be a very loving, generous person, and I expect you are a true joy to your nieces and nephews and family members. Your memory of Mother’s Day brunch with your mom was lovely.

  • Happy Cinco De Mayo, Juliet! I enjoyed reading about your Barlow experience. We have been a couple of times, but I can’t recall seeing Region at the Barlow. What a cool idea to be able to wine taste and order food from the other venues. Isn’t Acre Pizza delish?! We have also enjoyed a good sandwich at The Farmer’s Wife. I love browsing at Rust. You could probably call them and order the cute dress you didn’t buy. . Sounds like the weather was beautiful the day you went. Xo

    • Oh Juliet, I am so sorry that Mother’s Day makes you so sad, but totally understand. My mom’s been gone many years as well and I miss her everyday. You are a loving and caring momma to your nieces and nephews, and also to your fur babies. I only wish I could remember my last Mother’s Day with my mom. May you relish your sweet memories of your mom and honor her in some way next Sunday.

  • 5 stars
    Juliet, The Barlow looks like a lot of fun! I love a destination where you can go and have little things to do all day. Love the mix of shopping and food there. I wish we were closer to wine country like you are.

    Your outfit is the perfect California look- especially for now! That top is cute on you with the khakis and Birds! Don’t you love F&E? I love my shirtdress and really want one of those tops too! They are go-to pieces. You really don’t need a lot when you have the most perfect pieces like those.

    I totally get how you feel at Mother’s Day. I do not think about myself, but my mom and how very much I would love to be with her. It has been nine years now and I almost get more sad about her being gone, with each passing year. The first Mother’s Day without her was especially hard. My kids won’t be around this year, so I will do something for myself!

    I have some thoughts about Mother’s Day. I think we should change it like they have in the UK to ‘Mothering Sunday’ as SO many are doing the work of mothering with family members, pets, and even caring for parents. It really seems more fair to celebrate that, than just biological parents. It’s the work and love we honor.

    You are one of the best aunties I know and the best pet mama. I hope you get a little spoiled by your nieces. They are so lucky.
    Sending you hugs.
    x Kim

    P.S. Your quiche looks So good. What a lovely thing you did for your mama. I’m so glad you have the dishes to remember that. She would be proud of you Juliet and all you do for your family.

  • Loved hearing about The Barlow for the next Sonoma trip! CA traffic is one of the bummers that I did not adjust to when I returned home 20 years after ‘going away’ to college! But I am proud to be a native Californian, and will always consider it “home”, even as we plan to move from the Midwest back to the Southeast for ‘retirement’.

    And good thing you will eventually be walking distance from downtown Lafayette’s charms! That is our plan, too, for a similar cute town 3K miles east!

    Although I think I am very maternal by nature, I never wanted to be a human mom. But I have always felt deeply sorry that some women in my life who really wanted to be a mom did not get that opportunity

    Maybe I am fortunate that holidays do not generally sadden me for my loved ones lost — usually something that I read or hear about reminds me of a parent or dear friend gone, instead.

    Thanks, Juliet, for the Aperol Margarita recipe: I’m happy for a SECOND option for my Aperol, as much as I enjoy a good Spritz .

  • Beautiful Mother’s Day post! Lovely brunch, sentiments and everything!
    Quick question. What size do you wear in that popover henley. Stylish polished and elegant! You look lovely!

    • Thank you, Brigitte … and Happy Mother’s Day to you. I’m wearing XS in the Henley. I’d say they’re generously sized. xo

      • Thankyou kindly for the info re sizing of the popover henley. I love your blog and enjoy your writings comments photos fashion food and ALL!!
        Have a great day. With greetings from Canada.

        • Hello Brigitte in Canada … I appreciate your kind words. If you decided to buy the henley, let me know what you think. xo

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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