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Ad Hoc, CA

Ad Hoc, CA Executive Chef: Thomas Keller Cuisine: New American, Comfort Food Price: $$$ Address:  6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 Phone: (707) 944-2487 Hours: Dinner five nights a week: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (closed Tue and Wed) Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm One week to Hermielle’s wedding in Napa… T-6 The last time I was back … Continue reading

Bottega, CA

Bottega, CA Executive Chef: Michael Chiarello Cuisine: Southern Italian Price: $$$ Address: 6525 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 Phone: (707) 945-1050 Hours: Lunch: Tue – Sun 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Mon – Sun: 5:00pm – 9:30pm The countdown to Hermielle’s wedding continues with another post of Napa nostalgia… It was June 2012 − Natalya and I were … Continue reading

Auberge du Soleil, CA

Auberge du Soleil Chef: Robert Curry Cuisine: California, French Neighborhood: Napa Valley Price:$20 appetizers, $20-40 mains Phone: 800-348-5406 Address: 180 Rutherford Hill, Rutherford, CA 94573 Hours: Breakfast 7:00am – 11:00am (Daily) Brunch 11:30am – 2:30pm (Saturday & Sunday) Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm (Monday – Friday) Dinner 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Daily) So confession: We actually went … Continue reading

Farmstead, CA

Some old throwback posts of Northern California restaurants are coming your way… I am going back to visit the Bay Area in a few weeks, which I am incredibly excited about as it will be almost a year since I was last home.   Two good NYC friends and frequent travel companions are getting married in … Continue reading

Pulled Duck Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa

So normally, I am much more organized in advance with my dinner parties but my Cinco de Mayo taco party last weekend.. well, clearly just didn’t happen.  I usually throw food parties midday Sunday because it gives me all Saturday to prepare, but my friend Cherie (who has never missed any of my kitchen adventures) asked for Saturday night … Continue reading

Mango Pineapple Salsa

I made this version of Mango Pineapple Salsa as an accompaniment to Pulled Duck Tacos for my pre Cinco de Mayo taco party recently.  It is a bit sweeter than the recipe Natalya used when she made her Cajun Chicken with Pineapple and Mango Salsa (the original recipe actually only called for pineapple but she added it for more … Continue reading

Skirt Steak Tacos

This weekend, I hosted a taco party for pre Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Quick background on the holiday, May 5th commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the US, this date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which in present day loosely … Continue reading