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Dinner in Yountville (Napa Valley)

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Hey! We were on vacation last week in California. And, no, no, we didn’t go to The French Laundry (although, I am starting a campaign to do so on our 5th wedding anniversary) but we did go to Ad Hoc, one of Thomas Keller‘s other restaurants. Mmm!

Menu from April 29, 2010:

* TFL Garden Carrot & Butter Lettuce Salad – sugar snap peas, blonde frisee, crisp chickpeas, white cabbage, chive oil, diced jicama, ginger dressing

* Angus Beef New York Strip Steak – grilled scallions, fingerling potatoes, cilantro, fried hen egg, fresno chilies, sauteed baby rainbow chard

* Fresh Leaf-Wrapped Goat Cheese with assorted pickles and olives, maldon flatbread

* Banana Spring Rolls – valhrona chocolate sauce, coconut ice cream

Yeah, it was quite good. See the pictures below. Plus a few assorted images from wandering around Yountville, CA.

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The menu and wine list comes in a folder.

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Mmm, sourdough bread with big holes.

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The first course.

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The wine course.

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Iconic cookbook cover and pig illustration.

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The second course.

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Supplemental beef marrow, toast & orange marmalade.

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The third course.

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It was too dark by this time to get a good picture of the fourth course. Instead enjoy this shot of the reflection off the table.

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The next AM, we hit Bouchon Bakery (next door to Bouchon) for breakfast-appropriate snacks.

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We found some.

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And some more.

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Walked by The French Laundry.

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Pretty! I wanted to pet and nuzzle the building.

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They had a HUGE garden across the street.

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We stayed at the Yountville Inn. I liked the room and its tall ceilings.

More vacation pictures are here.

3 comments to Dinner in Yountville (Napa Valley)

  • Sounds like you did the Napa Valley in style!

  • mlb

    Christine: We did! Only there for one of the days, (the rest on the Northern CA coast), but luckily, the town of Yountville is small ;-)
    Didn’t hit actual Napa, this trip…

  • Wow, what a wonderful trip! I have Ad Hoc, made only two recipes from it so far (Roast Chicken and Cauliflower soup with beet chips) – both amazingly delicious!

    Maybe one day I can get to Ad Hoc and experience it like you did…