My conscience keeps nudging me to submit a report on our trip round N California and Oregon. I can only plead coming back to four week's worth in the in-tray, mother-in-law in hospital, and a daughter who gets married in 6 weeks, as an excuse.
So, no proper report, but here are a few scribbled notes:
Ferndale ~ Curly's Bar and Grill ~ We really liked this place, lively, friendly, everywhere the signs that someone cares. Food is good, with some adventurous touches, without being exceptional. The sort of place you would be pleased to use regularly if you lived in town.
Ferndale ~ Ferndale Pizza Co ~ OK, a bit expensive for what it is.
North Lake Tahoe ~ Le Bistro ~ Tucked away in back of a small mall right opposite the entrance to the Hyatt Resort; Phone (775) 831-0800.
Exceptional, one of the top ten meals we have ever eaten in the USA.
Food is in the French style, choose from 3 or 4 options for each of 5 courses; obviously this is small plates. My wife and I deliberately chose differently for each course so we tried a total of 10 dishes. They were all very well executed, several were exceptional.
Price for two, including cocktails, a bottle of wine, brandies, tax and tip, $160. Would have been at least $250 in Europe.
Sacramento ~ Waterboy ~ Slick, professional, good food, good atmosphere, fair pricing, what every independent restauranteur should aspire to.
Sacramento ~ Indo Cafe ~ Indonesian lunch counter near the rivers edge in "Old Sac" with a few wooden benches outside. Big helpings of tasty, cooked fresh to order, Indonesian and Malaysian food. $16 for two with sodas, what more need I say!
PS We had a fantastic time, many thanks to all the hounds who responded to my posts, and to the many folks we met on our journey who helped us with gems of local info.