farmstead for lunch

I headed up to Napa Valley on my day off last week for a leisurely late lunch with a good friend of mine.  We settled in with a glass of German Riesling at Farmstead of Long Meadow Ranch in Saint Helena.  It’s a restaurant where the farm to table concept is celebrated each day under the direction of renoun chef, Stephen Barber, and the wood fire oven is put to good use.

We started off with my favorite, beef tartar:

img_7814 Served with pickled cauliflower and cornichons, the richness of an egg yolk and capers mixed in the beef makes this dish incredibly decadent.

Feeling in a beef mood, I got their smoked roast beef sandwich with coleslaw:

img_7815  The flavors of the smoke was fantastic.  I ended up putting the coleslaw inside the sandwich to cut the heaviness of a generous portion of meat.  Loved it.

My friend got the sole with wood roasted cauliflower, carrots, leeks and blood orange butter:

img_7816  A classic dish I’ve had at many restaurants in the area, the blood orange butter was fantastic.  The fish was perfectly cooked but overall, a very rich dish.  So, we got some wood roasted brussels sprouts with apples and pancetta as a side:

img_7817  I loved the concept of putting apples in with the brussels sprouts and the execution confirmed a delicious combination.  But with the bacon, this was decadent too!

And after all that, we still had room for dessert!  After winding down with a cup of Stumptown coffee


we shared a slice of chocolate cream pie with a graham cracker crust:

img_7818  The chocolate was so rich but each bite was so amazing.

Needless to say, after lunch, I needed to take a walk.  So, I headed down highway 128 to my favorite winery in the area – V. Sattui.

img_7822  The grounds here are beautiful.  In the summer, these grounds are full of life with a bbq grill serving up some delicious meals but on this chilly January afternoon, it was so peaceful to just walk around and work off some of the calories I just ate.  I also stocked up on a few of my favorite wines from here – their gamay rouge (a delicious rose), muscat, and riesling.  🙂  What a great day!

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