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Oxbow Public Market

Kara's Cupcakes

Exploring markets can be great fun if only I can control myself from rich temptations. Take for instance this beautifully presented Kara’s cupcakes which are individually created by hand. My cousin (who is one of the most generous people I know) gave me two. I should only have eaten one but there they were – a passion fruit cupcake with a pink heart and a “healthy” carrot cupcake with a sliver of nuts. I ate them on separate days so I was able to stretch my calorie intake over 48 hours. Small comfort because I couldn’t resist a crêpe du sucre from a French crêperie, no less.

It was hard to pass by Annette’s Chocolates without buying any. A photo of their chocolates will have to suffice. Yum yum!

Annette's Chocolates

A real find was The Olive Press where we tried their Verde hand lotion. This moisturizing lotion is not only soothing to the skin, it also has a pleasing fragrance.
The Olive Press

Next door to The Olive Press is Tillerman Tea. How beautiful their furnishings are! And as for their specialty teas, it would be a pleasure to sip a perfectly brewed puerh while ensconced in one of their Oriental chairs. 

The Oxbow Market is a small marketplace but its offerings are big and varied.  There are several restaurants to choose from, a bakery, an artisanal cheese shop, a seafood market, a charcuterie and not to forget, the Oxbow Wine Merchant. This is Napa after all.

For more information about the Oxbow Market, follow this link: http://www.oxbowpublicmarket.com/.

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Images by Charie

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