Weekend Getaway (with a focus on food)
January 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
How nice it is to leave town, even for a couple of days. Alex and I spent Friday afternoon driving, and arrived Friday night with just enough time to peruse the tiny grocery store and pick up a few essentials (essentials, for us, were tortilla chips, corn tortillas, hummus, apples, bacon, milk, eggs, cheese (gouda and cheddar) and butter. Oh, and two pints of icecream. we also brought popcorn and candy. Not the most well-rounded diet. so what.)
Saturday we perused antique shops and went wine-tasting. And then we went out for dinner. And oh my, was it delicious. And affordable.
Every January, the upscale restaurants in the wine country area participate in something called restaurant month. In this, the restaurants offer three course meals with wine pairings for only $30. This is a good deal, people.
My meal consisted of (sorry for the absence of wine pairings, I can’t remember any of them):
1st course: baby greens tossed in a citrus vinaigrette, with a warm goat cheese round, tomatoes, cooked onions, and HALF A BULB OF ROASTED GARLIC (with a miniature fork to remove the cloves).
2nd course: salmon with wasabi mashed potatoes (probably my favorite part of the meal), green beans, and cooked spinach
3rd course: ginger creme brulee. with fresh berries. and orangey spicy jelly stuff.
There you have it. A memorable meal.
Alex and I thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing weekend away. And after a drive back on wet roads, with rainfall and traffic, we are safely home.