Mendocino, CA//August 10-2014//Nikon D40
**WARNING**…I’m doing a foodie post.
My oldest brother came to visit us this weekend and we had the best time. It was their 5 year wedding anniversary so they very wisely chose to spend it in the Bay Area with their favorite family members ;-). My brother, Phil, is a foodie and always knows of the best places to try wherever we are. You can put us Vietnam and I’m sure Phil would be able to find the best Pho in all of Hanoi within 10 minutes. Needless to say, when my brother walked in the door, the conversation immediately turned to where we should eat. He did some research and presented us with REDD, in Napa Valley, and after drooling over the pictures of the food, we decided REDD it was. After looking over the menu and agonizing what we should order, my brother wisely suggested that we just do the five course meal…best decision ever. You guys….the things that happened in our mouths over the next couple of hours were everything and we were so sad when it was over. Below you can see some photos of the food (because we were those people) with descriptions of what the dishes were. Now, I can’t tell you what the last four courses were other then they were beef, lamb, and dessert.
OH! and why this looks like far more then five courses is because each couple was served a different menu…which we obviously shared.
Yellowfin tuna and hamachi tartare, avocado, chili oil, fried rice, cilantro
Caramelized diver scallops, cauliflower purée, almonds, balsamic reduction
Petrale sole, coconut jasmine rice, clams, chorizo, saffron curry nage
Crispy duck confit, potato, chantrelle mushrooms, haricot vert, onion
Glazed pork belly, apple purée, burdock, soy caramel
Please, if you’re in the Napa area, please try REDD in Yountville. It’s worth the splurge of $60 a person to experience this food and let me tell you their cocktails were just as yummy as their food. We had reservations but we also arrived earlier then we had planned, right when they were opening actually, and were able to get a table. Arrive early if you don’t have a reservation, otherwise it fills up VERY quickly. In any case, make a reservation just to be safe.
“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”
-Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer
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You guys….it’s so hot here!!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Californian through and through and love the summer but goodness me…WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING AND DO HAVE SKYLIGHTS…it can just be a bit much.
My mind is being drawn to fall and winter and warm clothes and boots and…and…CINNAMON.
I think my mind is drawn to colder weather as I am knee deep in designing Christmas cards and there’s really just nothing I love more than the holidays and I am highly anticipating them…*sigh*
Anywho, what do you think of the little fox in the snow? I can’t escape being inspired by animals and foxes are probably on my top ten list of favorite critters. They’re like the cat of the dog world and we know I love a good cat.