Monday, July 11, 2011

Coop Crush ~

I have a major coop crush.  

I cannot stop thinking about these adorable Bantam variety of chickens that have made The French Laundry garden their new home.  It is definitely the equivalent to a five-star resort in the world of chickens....umbrellas for shade, a customized coop with a tres chic blue door, their very own rows of napa cabbage to munch on, and hand-fed snacks of strawberries, carrots, purslane, and more from the chief gardener. 

While admiring our newest neighbors, we had the honor of chatting with their 'land-lord', Thomas Keller.  It was one of those surreal moments for a foodie like me ~ standing in an organic garden, crushing on chickens, and making small talk with one of the most talented chefs in the world.  

Sometimes life is so good you just have to pinch yourself.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]


  1. SOUNDS SO HEAVENLY!!!! Can't wait to visit ... when is a good time to do so :)??!

  2. Sound simply amazing. I would love to read more about your adventure.

  3. I'm going to make reservations now to stay at the coop with your crushing chickens Mel:) With tres chic blue doors and fresh grazing at you feet and a talented chef what more could one want on this beautiful planet we call earth! I so admire that You embrace your amazing moments and then share them with us...Have a good week special one!

  4. i completely understand this.
    i have a, of course, friend for life. she has two twin boys...growing twin boys. they eat her out of house and home....literally. it's all about the eggs in their home. those boys love their eggs. so this year for her birthday she has asked for a chicken coop and a small set of precious, egg bearing chickens. she lives in track home irvine, but is building a country paradise in her backyard where she will gather her families eggs for the day each romantic.
    guess who now wants a chicken coop too?

  5. French Laundry!!! Next time we are in napa that is the top of our list of restaurants. We went to Cyrus, which was divine!! I still think about that dinner. :)

  6. Yah, so I don't even know where to start with this one...can we talk for a moment about the handsomeness of Chef Keller? Good lord, woman. How did you hold on to the camera. I would have been shaking and mumbling and bright red. Oh it would be pretty. And your chicken photos are so darling. I looked at mine last night and they were not so good. I love that I can now remember this through your lens. A lovely post. Miss you.

  7. What a glamorous chicken abode!
    I just returned from a visit with my cousin who lives in the country graced by organic raised beds, a chicken coup, a small black goat with a little bell, and the sunset only obscured by trees and hills. I, too, had a little crush or shall I say envy???

    I hope all is well with you, my friend,

  8. Wow. Seriously. Wow. A chat with Thomas Keller. I would've swooned! And his chickens are certainly living the lush life.

    My sister-in-law started raising chickens last fall, and she's getting pretty serious about it. While their digs are nowhere near as fab as the Keller chickens' coop, my crush grows every time I visit her!

    xoxo Gigi

  9. That is one seriously chic coop!

    I am dying to visit The French Laundry! I have Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc cookbook and every recipe is amazing! You are a lucky lady indeed!

  10. P.S. I just realized that I used far too many exclamation points in that last comment. Clearly, I was a little excited :)

  11. Oh I visited there years ago on my last trip to Napa. I still vividly dream of it! How amazing that you got to speak to him :)

  12. i love thomas keller!!! i'm seriously jealous in a very bad way... love the pics and this post!

  13. you and i have so much in common. it's beautiful. can't wait to spend some time with you and your crumb. xoxo

  14. "Sometimes life is so good you just have to pinch yourself." Love this and couldn't agree more...

    Been pinching myself so often lately.

    Happy week Mel.

  15. Wow... Yes, life IS good :).

    I know I've shared, but I cannot fully express just how much I love that area. Just a few more days until our vacation!

  16. Are you KIDDING me? sigh... (I need me some chickens.)

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