Four days in the Napa area

For our birthdays we decided to take a trip to the Napa valley area for a few days with some friends and family.  The first question was how many wines do you believe we will consume over the course of the weekend.  My guess is more than we think.  This is the view from the place we are staying at.

This is the first bottle we hit up. 

Someone brought these wonderful cookies from the teacake bake shop. 

Fred and me
Here is a picture of me and Fred ready to roll.  Great shirts, right?

I made sure we had a bus everynight to take us back and forth from the restaurants.  No reason to drink and drive.  The first night we ate at Ad Hoc.  I love Ad Hoc.  The idea that everybody is having the same meal that night is so cool.  Very communal and conversational.  We began ths meal with a bruchsetta.  Grilled bread doused with olive oil, sliced tomatoes, roasted cauliflowers, anchovies, fennel and arugula.  Wow.  The combination of all these fresh flavors were pretty outstanding.

For the main course we had a deconstructed paella.  I call it deconstructed because each part of the dish is made separately and then pulled together in the end.  You can taste the individual flavors. Chicken thighs and breasts, mussels, shrimp and rice. My brother has made this before from the Ad Hoc cookbook.  A cookbook definitely worth buying.

Some wine.

Some beer.

The cheese was amazing.  Marcona almonds, greens and sliced cheese.  Can't remember what cheese it was but I just loved it.

Peanut butter
Dessert was a chocolate bar with crunchy peanut butter inside.  Beyond decadent.

Got a little ice cream with a candle.  I believe it was a banana rum flavor but honestly I can't recall even eating that… hence the bus.