October 1, 2013

Naples Grape Festival (& My Awesome Thrift Find of the Week)

I had to go to the Naples Grape Festival. I also had to try the grape pie above all other things. It was a "Bucket List" item for anyone who lived in the area, and since I didn't know when I would be leaving, I had to go this year. At least this is what my boss told me. And the secretary. And who was I to argue? 

So, Saturday morning, Tony and I got dressed and headed off to Naples for what we were sure would be, at the very least, an interesting experience.

It was also a delicious experience. Our first stop was lunch, followed immediately by wine tasting. We shed a tear over the fact that we had no designated driver, and thus only sampled a small fraction of the offerings.

In the end, the day was also an expensive one, because we literally bought everything we could get our greedy hands on: Wine, pie, grapes (SO many grapes), and honey.* Of course, we had to get some of Tony's Red from Anthony Road Wine. I am thankful for my chivalrous boyfriend who was kind enough to carry all my purchases a mile back to the car, because 4 bottles and a magnum of wine weigh quite a bit.

I don't know how this picture managed to come out the way it did. As usual, we were by ourselves with no one to take a photo. I was determined to have a picture of myself at the grape festival holding some grapes, even if it was in the parking lot. Tony was about to take the photo when the very nice parking attendant offered to take our picture, and so we took him up on the offer. I cannot figure out exactly what in the world we were looking at when he took the photo, because it definitely doesn't seem to be the photographer.

And yes, my awesome find of the week is this Burberry belt that fits me perfectly, which I got for less than a Starbucks tall latte. Winning.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, grape pie is the most amazing pie I have ever had. Tony and I ate an entire pie between the two of us in less than 24 hours. And I have no problem driving an hour each way to go buy more. I think I'm going to buy a whole bunch in the next few weeks and freeze them - my family has never tasted one before and I'm thinking it would be a great Thanksgiving surprise!

* Not actually true. There were many other grape products that we did not partake in. These included candles, cotton candy, cake pops, floats, cookies, soap, lotion, balms and lord knows what else.

P.S. If you didn't see, I am looking for some guest posters. Drop me a line if you might be interested!


  1. This looks like such a great weekend, the Grape festival sounds like a lot of fun. We have a apple festival in a couple weeks near us that I'm looking forward to attending. (Also I would be happy to provide a guest post if you need it!)

    1. Yes, I'd love to have you write a post - Please email me at ragamuffin[dot]design[at]gmail[dot]com so we can chat about it more!

  2. That pie looks to die for! And you guys look so cute! G and I are lucky, it seems like we do most outings by ourselves but there is usually someone who sees our pathetic camera fumbling and attempts to take dual selfies and they take pity on us.

    1. Thank you! I have patented the confused tourist look, thank goodness for good samaritans! And yes, the pie was amazing!

  3. This looks like so much fun! I'm a new follower!



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