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Jennie Sheeks | Aug 6, 200201:14 PM    

Sometimes being around this wine all day makes me thirsty for a cocktail. And all this talk about heirloom tomatoes and mojitos hasn't helped.

To satisfy the first craving I headed to Bistro Don Giovanni for the Heirloom Tomato Blonde Mary. This was bright yellow, served over ice in a pint glass, low acid and rather sweet, but very refreshing. I nibbled on a huge mound of zucchini fritti dusted with parmesan. They were thin like frites, crunchy outside, soft inside. A lovely post-work summertime snack. The drink was pricey by my standards ($8) but the fritti were around $4, maybe less.

The following week I wandered over to Miramonte in search of a Mojito. I soon discovered that from 4-7PM Monday - Friday they offer what they call Summer Fiesta, with $4 Mojitos, $3 Sangria and a daily selection of small plate Appertivos for $1.50. The Mojito was decent, but not stellar. To nibble on I ordered the Plantain Fritters. Three, hot round fritters arrived, golden and crispy outside with their panko coating, and slightly sweet roughly mashed plantain inside. Accompanied by a caper aioli, it was an exotic approach to the combo of sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy. Overall, a nice deal.

Bistro Don Giovanni
4110 St. Helena Hwy, Napa (just north of town on the right)

Miramonte
1327 Railroad Ave, St. Helena (next to Terra)

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