napa part 3

Last Napa post I promise! Writing these just makes me want to go back so bad.

Saturday

On Saturday we started off our day right – Kara’s Cupcakes for breakfast and a quick walk through the farmer’s market at Oxbow Market.

After cupcakes we headed to brunch at Auberge Du Soleil. I’m pretty sure Auberge has the best views in Napa. It was so quiet and peaceful. Let’s not forget why we were there though – to eat some brunch! They serve a 5 course brunch, so Jared and I made sure we ordered different things so we could share.


Rise & Shine: We both chose a bloody mary, but neither of us finished them. They were good, but not amazing and we wanted to have room for everything. We didn’t realize dessert was included.

Easing In: Muffins, house-made pastries, and artisanal breads with butter and a lemon spread.

Beginnings: I ordered the Beet & Burrata salad and Jared had the corn soup. Both were excellent, but the soup was a little more special.

Sustenance: I went with the Shrimp Risotto and Jared had the Duck Hash & Eggs. Again, both were good, but I have to admit Jared had the better orders for once. Typically, I always choose the best dishes.

Dessert: I had the Blackberry Tart and Corn Ice Cream and Jared had some kind of peach dessert. I definitely had the winning dessert, but luckily Jared liked his as well. It had bourbon in it and definitely tasted like it too.

After brunch we headed back to our hotel to relax before it was time to meet up with our friends Dave and Michelle. They arrived around 3:30, so where else would we take them besides the Oxbow Market? Jared and I ended up getting a bottle of red zinfandel and Dave and Michelle got white wine flights. We relaxed outside with our wine and good conversation. Next stop was the wine store at Bottega. We shared a bottle of red and hungout until it was time for our dinner reservation at Ad Hoc. Ad Hoc is Thomas Keller’s more casual restaurant. He is also the chef and owner of French Laundry, which is on our list for the next trip! Ad Hoc serves a 4 course family style menu that changes each day. I was very nervous about this mostly because of the desserts. I had been watching the menu for a couple weeks before our dinner and saw lots of carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, etc. and I just prefer to end my meals with chocolate. We got lucky and had an amazing menu. I’m sure everything tastes good from Thomas Keller, but I love being super excited about a few dishes. We didn’t snap any pics, but here’s the menu:

Course 1: Endive and Mizuna Salad with haogen melons, cherry tomatoes, shaved cipollini onions, tondo balsamic vinaigrette

Course 2: Grilled Beef Short Ribs with garden squash, charred sweet onions, fingerling potatoes, peppered beef jus

Course 3: Heublumen (cheese) mushroom conserva, puff pastry

Course 4: Peanut Butter Bars with concord grape sorbet

Sunday

Sunday was our last day in Napa. That afternoon we headed to San Francisco, but not before one last stop at the market. We ended up sharing an oyster po’ boy from Hog Island Oyster Company, a pizza from Ca’ Momi, I needed one more cupcake, and then we finished with some Three Twins Ice Cream. It was an excellent lunch!

San Francisco

I’ll be quick about San Fran. We only had a day and a half there, so we spent most of it checking out a few neighborhoods recommended by friends just to see what the city was about. We were able to meet up with a few of those friends for dinner at Zare at Fly Trap, which was a really great time. I hadn’t seen my friend Kim in over a year so it was great to catch up. Jared and I also went to Frances for dinner, which was amazing. Below are a few pics we snapped of the food.
Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets – Maple Creme Fraiche and Chive

White Corn Soup – Ancho Chili Creme Fraiche, Lime Scented Sea Salt

Grilled Peach Salad – O’Henry Peaches, Stracciatella Cheese, Wild Arugula

Trottoloni Pasta – Chanterelle Mushrooms, House Panchetta & Fiore Sardo Pecorino

Chocolate Almond Clafoutis – Caramelized banana, Burnt Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Overall, it was a great vacation. I wish we could have spent a couple more days in Napa, but now we know for next time!

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