I wish I could say that this post offered recipes, but it is truly just an excuse for me to, ahem, brag about a few things we ate on vacation as well as make a couple recommendations should you in the Mendocino, CA or Portland, OR areas.
At Cafe Beajulois (www.cafebeaujolais.com) in Mendocino we weren't expecting to be impressed. We'd eaten at a place the night before (MacCallum House Inn - it is also a B&B - http://maccallumhouse.com) and found it to be ok, but certainly not up to the hype that preceded it. So when we arrived at the Cafe, which is a small house converted into a quaint eatery, we were hungry but hadn't been banking on what T is still calling "the best meal of my recent life."
|Delicious 2009 Esterlina Vineyards Pinot Noir. Amazing.|
Especially considering we'd had lunch at that very winery.
|T's claim of the best thing he ever ate...as copied from the menu itself:|
Petaluma Duck Two Ways (Crispy Skin Breast and Leg de Confit),Caramelized Onion Buttermilk Spätezle, Wilted Kale & Balsamic Jus Lié.
|No mere filet mignon...more like a truffle-topped step into heaven. |
Again, as per the menu: Niman Ranch Filet Mignon, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes,
Sautéed Broccolini, Truffle Butter, Sauce Au Poivre.
We concluded that meal by not only finishing our wine, but with a cheese platter that did not disappoint either.
On our way back we also stopped in Portland and ate a shockingly GREAT lunch at 50 Plates (http://50plates.com/) which is located in the historic and hip Pearl District of the city. The place has great service, a menu that is both mind-blowing while remaining fairly healthy and is affordable (at least for lunch, though I cannot imagine dinner would break the bank).
|Seafood Chowder, courtesy of 50 Plates in Portland, OR. Chock full of|
seafood including mussels, clams and giants chunks of a white fish. Not to
mention the peppery, tomato-based broth and large cuts of new potatoes.
So that's that. Now, assuming you have all enjoyed a little food porn, I will return to normal food posts with recipes next.....perhaps some grilled Hawaiian Ono and garlic clove & spinach salad? Stay tuned....