after an extremely helpful dialog with the SF hounds here:
this is what i did:
friday night i drove up to santa cruz and hung out with one of my best friends who is a professor over at the UC. we drank til 6am.
drove up to woodside and ate home cooked jia jiang noodles for lunch with my dad uncle and aunt. picked up my friend and booked it out to napa valley. arrived and met my friends at zuzu around 4pm where we had fancy beers and some tapas (bachalau, skirt steak and boquerones) all was tasty...
we then booked out of there and headed to white rock caves where my buddy has 15 barrels of petite syrah gettin good.. we thieved some young juice and tasted his current wine which is tannic to the max.
i then headed out with my date to ad hoc for dinner. the place is nice, the food is well prepared and of obviously good quality ingredients, but kind of uninspiring.... we had an ice berg lettuce wedge salad with lardons and a nice dressing.
strawberry hill braised beef was good but somewhat boring.
cowgirl creamery cheese course was delicious
and ended with a do it yourself sundae of home made ice cream peanuts, chocolate sauce and a caramel sauce... my date literally picked up the caramel sauce container and drank it! this gave me an immediate boner.
after dinner we drove down to bouchon (it was cold!) and met friends for oysters and wine. (four of us ate 60 oysters! i tasted the boudin blanc which was good and the sysco fries were good too.. there were all sorts of napa valley wine power players there that i met but didn't know who they were... auctioneers, wine list award winners, wine makers etc. the food and vibe was as i expected. good shit!
sunday morning i had brunch at canteen with my dad. i had papardelle with veal meatballs and my dad had some type of fish (trout?) with a mild curry sauce on potatoes with a poached egg....
i didnt like the amount of cream in the papardelle, and the veal meatballs and the curry breakfast dish i thought the flavors could have been revved up a bit.... still, its a good 12 dollar brunch, but i guess i was expecting a bit more...
in the afternoon i trucked it out to tomales bay and waited for my fucking friend for an hour but his alfa gtv broke down and i shucked oysters by my lonesone and that bastard had the booze too! i ate 25 kumamotos. (all the other types besides the pacifics were sold out) then went to the marshall store had a 1/2 dozen baked and a 1/2 dozen raw and a small bowl of clam chowder... needless to say i was stuffed....despite being alone, the drive was nice and was fun shucking oysters for the first time. went to my friends house in oakland and had some wine then did a pub crawl... ended the night at el farolita with the gauchos, hookers and indie hipsters and an al pastor torta which was inauthentic but delicious...
monday i had lunch at PPQ... beef papaya salad and a pepper crab... i was the only one eating crab because my friend was not feeling well, however i managed to eat about 75 percent of it but ultimately was defeated by that delicious bastard.
dinner was at incanto with two friends. we had the piedmont flight and the toscana flight.
lets see if i can remember the dishes:
frisee salad was good.
qual with liver crostini. the quail was sort of dry, but the crostini was pretty good.
the mosciame was painfully salty.. my friend drank like 5 glasses of water just after this.
we had an appetizer portion antipasto plate which i enjoyed.
capellini with steelhead roe was good.
pigs trotters with foie gras was very rich. and to me tasted a bit like bad chinese food. i guess i'm used to having my pigs feet with structure. i like the chew of the tendon and when its all gooey, to me it just isn't that appealing... i've had cueritos cemitas sandwhiches which i thought was similarly gooily oppressive. i've had mario batalis crispy pigs trotter "cake" which i think benefits from having a textural counterpoint. i guess its unfair to compare italian to chinese cooking.
i didn't really like the wine flight much but i think that i've totally spoiled myself for wine in the past month...
hit the road at 10pm, got home at 3am, and got to work at 7.
i wont be driving to SF again anytime soon! i'll stick to flights thank you!
the weather was amazing and as usual i had a great time and will be back sooner than later...
oh yes, the olafur eliasson show fucking kicked ass!