Sunday, May 31, 2009

[trip] Napa

Who: Christine, Tamera, Justin, Pierre, Me

- Dinner with Danny, Charlotte, Harry and Gavin
- Marriott Courtyard at Oyster Pointe. Midnight beer.
- 1801 First: Suite 3 Bella Fresia. Gorgeous gas fireplace and tub.
- OMG these chocolate chip cookies are crack cocainne
- Delicious port in the sitting room
- The warm pool at Exertec
- Hendry's: Tasting at the wine lab. Each of the wine barrel probably was ... $20k?
- Oxbow Market and oysters at Hog Island
- The Elements: Foi Gras, Burrata Cheese, Seared Scallop with Egglant salsa, two really large steaks
- "This wine is corked"
- "Do-do-do-do-do-do this water is hot!.... zzzzzzzzzzz"
- Damn those mini chocolate croissants
- Waking up at 6am to the beautiful smell of the kitchen
- Charming Sonoma square
- Lunch at ?
- Shot of espresso over soft-served ice cream ad ED Kithen
- "Half-shot!"
- Afternoon hor deurves, cheese, and wine
- Dinner at Tamera's - Amazing Pallella with chorizo, chicken, shrimp, and clams
- And let's not forget the manchego cheese with quince
- Pierre's magical power to keep the rubber duck lit with his forehead
- Poker - The Musical!
- Melt-in-your-mouth blueberry scones
- Delicious Strata with ham, egg, and cheese
- Whestones: Jamey and Michelle host the perfect tasting picnic
- Charbay: "Port is fortified with brandy and is twice as strong as regular wine? No wonder!"
- Bounty Hunter: Really? we are going to have dinner after all these bbq ribs?
- Long walk around Napa downtown
- Bottega: Michael Chirello? Chimichango? Chilerelleno? Do another impression of him!
- Wow, star-lined limo
- Yes, really, Bilco's Billiard was closed at 11pm
- Crepes with banana compote
- Artesa: Absolutely gorgeous view of Napa rolling hills
- So relieves to see that the four bottles of wines stayed intact!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

[outing] A Sunday Afternoon Brunch

Sunday May 18th

- Marie's spicy and sticky baby back ribs
- Pierre's slow-braised beef ribs
- Mike and Shelbey's apple cake and raisins and walnut
- John and Jamie's hummus and mozzarella
- Top Valu carnita tacos
- Ray and Linda's strawberry and raspberry pies
- Pork and shrimp shu mai
- Savory crepe with pastrami and asparagus
- Sweet crepe with banana and nutella
- Pierre's sangria
- Alan and Maureen's Hornitos, Coronas, and Pyramids
- Josh and April's spinach salad with craberry, candied walnuts, and feta
- Josh and April's blueberry scones and zucchini bread