Afternoon in Yountville
Napa California: I am afraid frequent
readers of my little blog will become bored with the repeativeness of our
activities in Napa: exercise, eat, drink wine. Often at the same places where we
exercised, ate and drank wine on a previous visit. I guess we are creatures of
habit or maybe we have just discovered the best places? Why don't you get in
your RV and discover for yourownself?
We just love running/walking along the trails that follow the Napa River in
Kennedy Park. This park is just behind the college and has many recreational
facilities, including picnicking, playgrounds, ball fields, a boat dock and
an area devoted to remote-controlled airplanes. Miles of paved trails and
dirt trails that climb up to Skyline Park. Super safe and great for bird
watching/dog walking as well.
There are so many shore birds, song birds and a zillion red winged
blackbirds in the park.
Here is My Driver - running on the bike path! He is a very smart man and
runs in the softer dirt on the side of the path.
What's not to love about blooming roses in late October?
We did not have breakfast this morning and we did not have dinner tonight.
Our sole purpose in life today was a late lunch at
Yountville. We arrived to the adorable town of Yountville well before our
reservation to spend a little time exploring.
We also stopped into Thomas Keller's
Bakery for breakfast pastries (for tomorrow). You remember his
Salmon Rillettes? I have made the recipe twice now (2012
2013) - and you can purchase a teeny little crock of this heavenly
spread for only $20 at the bakery... but you get to keep the crock.
I can guarantee, this dish will be served again this Thanksgiving. Super
worth all the effort (or the twenty bucks if you happen to be in
Thomas Keller has four establishments in Yountville -
(with other locations in Las Vegas and Beverly Hills),
Bakery and Ad
Hoc (famous for fried chicken and I just love their "temporary relief
from hunger" slogan.
Finally it was time for our late lunch reservations at
restaurant is operated by famed chef
Michael Chiarello. He
owns/operates the NapaStyle
(catalog) company, has a vineyard, and runs the newly-opened
Coqueta on Pier 5 in San
Francisco. In his spare time he is completely gorgeous.
Since this was our one-shot meal o-the-day, we each ordered appetizers and
entrees. Living Large in Napa. A few photos of our choices:
This could have been a normal Caprese salad, except it wasn't. The tomatoes
were heirloom. The burrata was ten minutes old and the balsamic vinegar had
been turned into "caviar-like" balls. I vow to
make balsamic caviar one day.
This was a braised short rib with a bit of creamy polenta, or possibly one
of the best things we have tried in a very very long time.
Nearly as good as the strip steak with cucumber salad
This was the third time DT and I have dined at this restaurant. Reservations
are very difficult to secure, so maybe if you can't snag a dinner
reservation, go for lunch. Many of the same items on the menu and better
light for photography. You won't need dinner.
RV PARK: Napa
Valley Expo RV Park
This evening we sat outside and watched the Giants lose to some team in
Kansas City. Readers Amy & Ted (in their brand new motorhome!) stopped-over
to say hello and we had a great evening.
Until my next update, I remain, your wine-country correspondent.
. Our favorite campground in the area. Long paved
full-service pull-through sites with 50 amp. Bathhouse, laundry, free wifi,
lawn, picnic table. At the fairgrounds and just a short drive to downtown Napa.
We paid $45 per night, with a Good Sam discount.
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