This is an “old” story, but I can’t have a food blog without writing about my trip to California. Entertain me.
In August of 2014, we found out that my brother was getting married August of 2015. Of course, we were thrilled and ready for our weekend of wedding fun in Washington, D.C. As the planning got more serious, we were starting to think of fitting in a vacation the week leading up to the wedding. The timing couldn’t have been better! It turned out that I was going to be off that week!
Early in our dating days, we discussed bucket lists. Mine covers big things and little things, and my guy was paying attention. When planning the trip, he took something off my list and made my wish into reality : Dining at The French Laundry in Yountville, California. He spent hours on the phone to get the reservation and before I knew it, our trip was booked.
One sleepy morning (I’m talking 2.5 hours of sleep) we left Atlanta to fly across the country and land in Sacramento, CA. It was great to see so much of our country from the sky!
We made it to Sacramento. What a cool bunny in the airport! We were picked up by my love’s father and bonus mama, and we headed into wine country. We had a lovely car ride with great conversation, but in the back of my mind, I could only think about one thing : The French Laundry. For years I had dreamed of this day. Going there was surreal. It was our anniversary, as well as his folks’ anniversary, and boy, what a way to celebrate! Grab a napkin – you’re about to drool.
We check in and wait just a few moments in the gorgeous but quaint waiting area. Before we know it, we are being escorted to our table. When we opened our beautiful, tall, leather bound menus, we open them to see “Happy Anniversary” written across the top along with our names, his parents’ names, and date. A special printed menu, just for us? *swoon*
I could have stared at this menu all night. Every detail was perfect, right down to the hardhat representing the restaurant’s construction. Get ready to drool. Here comes the food.
Gruyere puffs on the left. The right shows a coronet of salmon tartare with onion crème fraîche. Notice the clothespins!
“Oysters and Pearls” – “Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar
Egg custard cup with chive potato chip
Garden Beet Salad – Persian cucumbers, Watercress Leaves, Preserved Horseradish and Caramelized Onion Crème Fraîche
Sautéed Fillet of Atlantic Striped Bass – Marinated Garden Tomatoes, Hen Egg “Terrine,” Fino Verde Basil and Caper Mayonaisse
Wild Scottish Langoustine “Boudin” – “Purée of Chou Fleur et Crème de Crustace”
Wolfe Ranch White Quail – “Pomme Purée,” Garden Turnip “Fondant,” K&J Orchards Nectarines and Sicilian Pistachio “Jus”
“Chateaubriand” of Marcho Farms Nature Fed Veal – “Ris De Veau Laquée,” Sweet Onions “a la Française” and Brentwood Corn “Mousseline”
Slow Roasted Four Story Hill Farms Beef Neck – Smoked Lobster Mushrooms, Garden Carrot “Tournée” and “Sauce Bordelaise”
Andante Dairy “Acapella” – Spiced Plum “Gelée,” Brown Butter Infused Garden Honey and Toasted Pecan Shortbread
A special treat from the chefs! Merengues filled with yuzu cream
Chocolate cup filled with salted caramel cream
“Coffee and Doughnuts” – Doughnut holes with coffee semifreddo. Truffles on the left, macarons in the middle (the Cherry Coke ones were amazing!) and chocolate covered macadamia nuts
My hot and sexy man! The absolute love of my life.
Unfortunately, the night had to end. They sent us home with even more desserts, and our signed menus. I was definitely ready for my fat pants, but it was worth every bite. Oh – there was a buttered popcorn ice cream that didn’t make it to the blog. I got a little carried away when it came to the table and ate it before I remembered to sneak a pic. Oh well; I guess we’ll have to go back.