(cont'd from A Girls Weekend in the San Fransisco Bay Area)
Let's talk about the next amazing meal I had on that California trip, shall we? I've already shared about breakfast in San Francisco and lunch in Sausalito, but those were just the tip of the iceberg. Let's talk about dinner in Yountville.
My friend Sarah moved to Napa Valley to work for Chef Thomas Keller, who her family has a longstanding relationship with. Her family has a recipe in a Thomas Keller cookbook(whoa), and he has trusted her brother to open and/or run several of his restaurants.
TK (as she calls him) basically OWNS the adorable, little town of Yountville. The French Laundry, Bouchon (as well as Bouchon Bakery), and Ad Hoc are all restaurants to his credit. The latter, where Sarah was working at the time of our trip, was actually intended to be a temporary restaurant. But, it was so well loved that it became permanent.
It is a family style restaurant with a prix fixe menu, meaning there is one 4-course menu set for the day, with an additional protein you can choose to add if you wish. Which of course, we did wish.
Whole Roasted Black Bass
Hangar Steak with Grits
Roasted Chicken on a bed of Root Vegetables and Israeli Couscous
And, ahhh, the cheese course. Lambchopper, accompanied by local honey and nuts. Eating local honey when I'm out of my home region usually makes my mouth itch a little - it's an allergic reaction to the foreign pollen - but that hasn't stopped me yet.
By this course we were giddy from all the good food and, let's be honest, a little drunk on the endless wine and cocktails they were sending our way.
We were absolutely stuffed. But, when they brought out the chocolate panna cotta (and a little surprise - leftover ice cream sandwiches from dessert the night before), we couldn't refuse.
At the end of the meal, they offered to give us a kitchen tour. Having worked in restaurants for over 10 years myself, I found it really interesting how everything was laid out. I had to laugh at the sign over the clock which said 'Sense of Urgency'. Something my boss/chef at the time was ALWAYS yelling at us.
We left feeling very full and very spoiled and very happy to have shared a wonderful evening and meal together.
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Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.