For most people, the letters "CIA" conjure up a plethora of images and ideas - clandestine meetings, skullduggery, espionage, exotic locations, and a fair amount of intrigue and danger. What probably does not come to mind is food, and world-class food at that. The reason for this is that our nation's spy agency has co-opted … Continue reading Why we love the CIA? For the food!
We left Venice at 10:00 a.m. after a short stay in that magical city. Because it is impossible to rent a car in Italy and drop it off in our final country, I found a great service (Ondaytrip.com) to drive us to what i told my wife was "city 2 and City 3." As we … Continue reading Sneaking The Wife Across An International Border
For those who love modern, inventive cuisine, beautiful decor, and superior service, there is a new "must visit" destination in the Napa Valley: Two Birds/One Stone just north of St. Helena, on the grounds of the Freemark Abbey winery. TBOS had been on our list of places to visit since it opened in June of … Continue reading Two Birds. One Stone. Many Plates.
One of our favorite destinations in California is the town of Jenner, a spot known as the "River's End" where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. There is something majestic about two bodies of water coming together and this particular location is no exception. On top of a bluff overlooking this amazing spot sits a fantastic … Continue reading You don’t have to swim upstream to eat here
Tarla Mediterranean Bar & Grill in Napa is located on First Street in the heart of our town. For the two-and-a-half years that we have lived here, we had been there exactly ...zero times. In our defense, while we have heard many good things about it, we just had not made it there. What finally … Continue reading It’s All Greek To Me.
The relatively tiny hamlet of Yountville in Napa Valley (population roughly 3,000) is home to some truly spectacular restaurants, including one with the coveted three Michelin stars and another with one Michelin star. Among the remaining restaurants, there are several run by well-known celebrity chefs. The San Francisco Chronicle's well-regarded food critic included 6 Yountville restaurants among the … Continue reading Like Nonna’s cooking. If Nonna was a world-class chef.
One of the best restaurants in Napa, hands down, is Torc, located on Main Street just north of 1st Street. Torc is a perfect place for locals (like us) but also a uniquely Napa experience that caters perfectly to out-of-town visitors as well. We made a reservation to eat at Torc Friday night, but it was not our first time. … Continue reading Dining at Torc. Again.
If you crave cuisine from Spain in an environment that feels authentically Spanish, head to downtown Napa where you will find not just one, but two, high-quality restaurants that bring a slice of Spain to Napa. Mick Salyer is the proprietor of Zuzu and La Taberna, both of which are on Main Street literally separated by a … Continue reading A Slice of Spain in Napa