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Sonoma report - January 2015

beetlebug | Jan 31, 201505:28 PM     2

After eventful eats and drinks in San Francisco and Napa, we headed over to Sonoma. We had some lovely meals and some excellent wines as well. I loved the vibe in sonoma and the air felt so fresh and clean. I do think the food in Napa was a hair better and the service was more polished, but keep in mind, this is a very limited sample.

Food:

Harvest Moon - we enjoyed our meal here but thinking back, it wasn't overly memorable since I can't remember what we ate.

La salette this was fine as well. The tapas combo plate for three felt a bit stingy for the price. I didn't like the prep or the sauce of the baby octopi but the Serrano ham was delicious. We also ordered their version of the paella and mussels. Both were tasty. The big hits were the veg sides - grilled corn and sautéed collards.

Girl and the Fig - this was the standout meal. The two salad appetizers (seasonal salad of kohlrabi and radishes, signature salad of arugula and figs) as well as the radish appetizer with anchovy butter were all memorable. So were the two main dishes of braised short ribs and Local chicken thighs. My first bite of the short ribs made me regret the chicken dish. But once I had that chicken, that all I could think about. Crispy seasoned skin and tender meat. My one minor quibble was the butternut squash spaetzle. It was a bit too sweet for my taste. Desserts were good as well although the lemon cake with huckleberry sauce was really tart but the caramel chocolate trifle was nice and creamy.

El Brinquieto, Agua Caliente - I passed by this place about 5 times, watching the hunks of chicken being grilled outside. I convinced my parents that we had to stop and try it. This chicken was so delicious and a bargain. I think the half chicken plate with rice and beans was $10 and we also got a few tamales to supplement. My dad, the chicken hater, really enjoyed it as well. Bot tamales (chicken and Rajas with queso) were also well prepared and balanced with the stuffing to masa harina ratio. This place is well worth stop to or from the wineries.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-brinquito-...

Drink:

Ledson - this is an in law favorite and it was a beautiful setting. We enjoyed walking around the mansion before tasting the wines.

Kunde family estate - this was a standout. We did the mountain tour and we treated to stunning scenery on a clear and sunny day. The wines were really great and well priced. So well priced that we signed up for the wine club. The Chardonnay and dessert wine were unexpectedly to my taste and I really loved both Cabernet sauvignons.

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