3 Places to Escape the City This Summer

The Taste SF photographers and culinary travel bloggers in San Francisco take a northern california culinary road trip out of the city with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5, first stop is El Molino Central for a mexican brunch in Sonoma!

 

You may have seen that we decided to go car-free recently. If you don’t absolutely need a car, we can’t recommend it enough! While we love the city, we still occasionally want get out of the city and enjoy all of the amazing local adventures that are just a short drive away from San Francisco, so we’ve been using Audi on Demand for our local weekend exploring.

We’ve always wanted to visit one of Italy’s famous water buffalo farms (where they make buffalo mozzarella), but have yet to have the chance. Did you know that there are two water buffalo farms in Northern California? You may have seen Double 8 Dairy’s gelato at Bi-Rite or their cheeses at local restaurants like The French Laundry, Quince, and SPQR. It’s one of our favorite local products, so we decided to head north to meet the amazing animals who make it. We ordered our Audi S5 from Audi on Demand and our beautiful car showed up on our doorstep ten minutes early.

 

The Taste SF stops at El Molino Central for some of the best Mexican food in Sonoma during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5.
The Taste SF goes to El Molino Central for some of the best Mexican food in Sonoma during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5.

The Taste SF recommends El Molino Central for some of the best tamales in Sonoma during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5.

 

Scribe Winery’s Andrew Mariani told us that some of his favorite things he had eaten in Sonoma were the tamales at  El Molino Central, which has been on our list of restaurants to try, so we decided to head there for a quick brunch. We’d highly recommend visiting, and we can’t wait to go back next time we’re in Sonoma!

After brunch, we met our friend Kelly at Double 8 Dairy water buffalo farm where we had a tour of the property. Owner Andrew Zlot is a buffalo farmer out of passion. The property and farm was previously owned by the Catholic Church, and they actually made butter on the property before. We learned that butter making isn’t very profitable (it takes an enormous amount of milk for a very small yield), so they eventually closed the dairy.

 

The Taste SF takes a foodie adventure road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5, next to Tomales Bay in California.
The Taste SF meets baby water buffalo when they visit Double 8 Dairy during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5 in California.

The Taste SF gets up close with water buffalo when they visit Double 8 Dairy during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5 in California.The Taste SF meets baby water buffalo when they visit Double 8 Dairy water buffalo farm during their road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5 in California.

 

While Italy is famous for its mozzarella di bufala (buffalo mozzarella), we learned that water buffalo are actually from southeast Asia. The water buffalo at Double 8 Dairy are originated from a flock that was brought to Florida years ago. Water buffalo actually produce 4-5 times less milk than a jersey cow, but it’s much higher quality milk. If you use it to make cheese or gelato, you don’t need to add cream because the milk fat content of buffalo milk is naturally so high.

 

The Taste SF tours the water buffalo farm at Double 8 Dairy during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5 in California.The Taste SF gets up close with water buffalo when they visit Double 8 Dairy during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5 in California. Double8Dairy makes buffalo gelato, mozzarella, and feta cheeses.

 

Double 8 Dairy is known for their gelato, but they are currently focusing on making cheese for restaurants – mainly mozzarella and ricotta. They’re getting a new machine this summer from Napoli to make burrata, which is mozzarella filled with cream and stracciatella inside, and we can’t wait to taste that! If you’re interested in experiencing the buffalo first hand, we’d recommend joining a tour at Double 8 Dairy here.

 

The Taste SF takes a foodie adventure road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5, in search of water buffalo farms in California.
The Taste SF watches Hog Island Oyster Company harvest oysters from the dock at Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Marshall.

The Taste SF from San Francisco take a northern california culinary road trip out of the city with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5.

 

After our tour we needed a little snack, so we headed to Nick’s Cove (they also serve Double 8 Dairy gelato), which is just a short drive down the road to Tomales Bay. Insider Tip: sit out on the dock and order your food from the boat house. If you’re there on a weekend, you have to place your order inside, but you can still walk it out to the boat house on a tray. It’s marvelous! We ordered fish and chips that we snacked on while watching Hog Island pull in their oysters and boats sailing by.

 

The Taste SF recommends going to Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Marshall for lunch at their boathouse on the dock.
Visitors boat in to Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Marshall on Tomales Bay for lunch.

The Taste SF goes to Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Marshall on Tomales Bay for fish and chips for lunch.
The Taste SF goes to Nick's Cove in california for fish and chips.

Stopping at Nick's Cove in petaluma for fish and chips. Walk along the doc with this vintage boat along the dock.
The Taste SFgoes to Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Marshall for lunch at their boathouse on the dock.

The Taste SF photographers and culinary travel bloggers in San Francisco take a northern california culinary road trip out of the city with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5.

 

We were a little sad to see the Audi S5 go at the end of the day, but we’re so glad it’s always available to schedule anytime we’re in the mood for a road trip. We were actually the first people to drive this Audi S5, and between the gorgeous white color, the powerful engine, and luxurious interior, it would be one of our top picks for a another weekend trip.

Thank you to Audi on Demand for sponsoring this post.

The Taste SF visits El Molino Central for some of the best Mexican food in Sonoma on their northern california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5.

The Taste SF gets up close with water buffalo in northern california when they visit Double 8 Dairy during their california culinary road trip out of San Francisco with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5 in California.

The Taste SF stops at Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Marshall on Tomales Bay for fish and chips for lunch.

The Taste SF team in San Francisco take a northern california culinary road trip out of the city with Audi on Demand in a Audi S5.

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