We certainly did have a great time eating our way around Oakland, Sonoma and San Ramon. Oh yum!! And it was great cooking with Sandi Swan; she has a great kitchen and her cooking talents are wonderful. This is a photo of her pot rack. I like to look at pot racks. They are intriguing. If you Left-Click any of these photos, you can view them enlarged. Do enjoy these. Cheers! The first several dishes are from Sandi’s kitchen.
Here is an awesome Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Red Wine Vinegar that we bought at Corti Brothers and used in Sandi’s Kitchen.
Corti Brothers Grocers
Robin and Darrell Corti are discussing olive oils, Balsamic vinegars and wine. Look at how serious they are.
From Sandi’s Kitchen: Fresh Pasta (Corti Brothers), Chicken, Tomatoes, Cream and Cheese and topped with fresh White Truffles. Yum-O!!
Five Hour Duck
Dungeness Crab for the Tailgate Party on Sunday Afternoon.
Il Panettoni sliced. A wonderful sweet bread.
Trout with Peas
Cream Cheese with Lox on Bagel
Breakfast Delight before the flight home.
A wonderful Turkey Curry Soup that Lynn Swan made when we visited the Joseph Swan Vineyards in Forrestville. Awesome soup!!
Ham and Cheese Sandwich at the Basque Cafe in Sonoma. I was expecting, as so was Robin, Basque food. Nope! More like Italian.
If you have never been to Chez Panisse in Berkeley (510-548-5049), you really need to go! Just make your reservations at least a year in advance like at Burns Steakhouse in Tampa. You will not be disappointed! Here is what we had at Chez Panisse.
Acme Bread. Yup! Even in Berkeley, just like in Boise.
Right along side of Kermit Lynch Wine Shop.
Garden Lettuces with Oil and Vinegar Salad
Butternut Squash Soup with Zinfandel, Sage and Brown Butter
Hog Island Sweetwater Oysters
Tagliatella Pasta with Clams, Shrimp and Mussels with Fennel, Saffron and Toasted Breadcrumbs
At Concannon Winery we had this Tapas Plate with Salmon, Shredded Duck on Bruchette, Basque Merguez Sausage, Sliced Pork and Rabbit with Whole Grain Mustard.
We also had this Swordfish with Fingerling Potatoes
And how about this Meatloaf on Creamy Polenta.