My Culinary Adventures in Napa (Part 3)
Sunday May 10th...Mother's Day
I am staying in a 2-bedroom condo off of a very beautiful golf course country club in Napa, California. I did a little shopping of my own so I can cook and make coffee, have wine, etc....
I ate breakfast at home this morning. I took an early long walk up and down the hills where I was staying. I took a mother friend out for brunch. She made the reservations.
There must have been literally hundreds of places open this Sunday for some brunch or Mother's Day special in the direct area of Napa. Multiply that by the many other small cities up and down the Napa Valley and you have quite an assortment to choose from.
This place was quaint with bright colors and it was busy.
They offered a Mother's Day brunch menu AND a Mother's Day Special Lunch and Dinner Menu.
My dining partner and I opted for the Brunch Menu, since it was only 11:30 in the morning.
Never to early for Champagne Mimosa's though, and we had a few.
I had Steak Eggs Benedict, which, if I read the menu right was a toasted English muffin with slices of tender steak, a lightly poached egg and Hollandaise sauce.
It was supposed to come with fresh fruit, a croissant and roasted rosemary potatoes. It did, but the fruit was hard and not sweet, the sauce broke and was a puddle of butter on my plate. The croissant was hard, like it had been microwaved and it looked smashed down somewhat.
Oh...and yeah....the poached eggs were all of medium well done.
My partner had the same set up but with a crab cake instead of the steak slices. She said her's was cold.
We both gave this place a 4.
For dinner, I opted for wine cheese, baguette and fresh fruit out on the patio to watch the sunset off the golf course.
Monday May 11th,
Today I am in San Francisco staying at a Bed and Breakfast. I chose a place right in the heart of the city central so I can get around on foot or by public transportation.
I started out at Pier 39 a rather large tourist trap of small stores and innocuous restaurants. In fact, the best part of the whole place was watching the sea lions sleeping and playing on the floating piers out in the small bay.
I did manage to make it to the Boudin Bakery for a loaf of San Francisco Sour Dough. I even begged the manager for a small amount of their started, to which he said...and I quote...
"Yeah, right...like I'm going to give YOU some of this stuff....... I guess not huh?
The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around the neighborhood of my B&B and taking in the sites. After walking for some 2 hours I grabbed a taxi home and was amazed at how far I'd walked...
I decided to go for Sushi as my dinner choice today. San Francisco must have literally hundreds of these places dotting every street. I chose one just a half a block from where I was staying.
I sat at the Sushi bar and greeted the Chef in Japanese. I ordered about 25 pieces of sushi, sashimi and tempura. I also had a large Saki (warm) and tea.
My experiences with Sushi have varied and I can see when one Chef will shave the fish too thick or too thin, the rice may be a little sweeter than others, this Chef may be more artistic then the other. These things, I have found to differ from place to place.
This Chef was the artist kind making beautiful displays with fresh fruit and vegetables. Even the California Rolls were very artistically displayed.
I have tried Tempura Shrimp head before, only once, so I tried to order it again here. It is very hard to get over the idea that you are eating a shrimp head with antennae, eyes, and tentacles so I just close my eyes dip it in the sauce and go for it. Unreal. It is soooooooo good.
One of my favorite Sushi to eat is Unagi or BBQ eel. It's usually served warm and, is, to me very good. I ordered 4 as a "dessert." My brother turned me on to this, and I agree with him.
I offered my best "Domo-Origato-Zushi-San" and left full and happy. My score...9.0