We capped off our babymoon (kind of like a honeymoon but typically shorter and in celebration of a looming baby birth) with a dinner at Cyrus Restaurant in Healdsburg.
This is our second trip to Cyrus, where you can order al la carte or allow the chef's tasting menu to guide you.
My sisters friends put together a birthday party at a Marina District wine bar called Bin 38. The first thing I noticed was the crazy disparity between women & men, a ratio that was close to 90/10 (take a note guys, get your ass to wine bars for happy hour or Saturday afternoon drinks - the game won't be on but you will have plenty of eye candy to entertain you).
The wine list was average, nothing blew me away but they had good diversity and plenty of high quality wines to choose from.
I had a Kingston Family (Chile) "Tobiano" Pinot Noir. Overall if was nice but a bit too acidic for an afternoon drink in Bin 38's back patio.
Boulevard's Bistro in Elk Grove CA, located on Elk Grove Blvd., is a gem of a restaurant. We went there last night to celebrate my Nana's birthday (grandmother), and we blown away by the food. From outstanding Shrimp Cakes to wonderful Creamy Polenta & Wild Mushrooms and an indulgent dessert list that included an airy light Creme Brulee. My favorite dessert though was the homemade Cheesecake with fresh berries.
We had a bottle of 2007 Narrowgate Viognier, a small vintner from El Dorado County. It was an apricot induced white versatile enough to handle a Wedge Salad (w/ bacon), the polenta and roasted pork tenderloin.
Net Net: Boulevards Bistro is an underrated restaurant that can stand up to any of the well known culinary greats found 100 miles west in San Francisco. I will come again and again and again.
I had a work lunch today in San Francisco's newest micro-neighborhood, the Dogpatch. It's the area east of Potrero Hill, situated along the newly revived 3rd street corridor. Based on a colleagues suggestion we decided to check out a new restaurant from the Slow Club (Industrial Mission) creators called Serpentine.
Another work dinner last night, this one at a new restaurant in San Francisco called Anchor & Hope. It's from the same folks that opened & run the Salt House & Town Hall. I love Town Hall but have been disappointed on both occasions that I've visited the Salt House. To top things off, when I arrived at the restaurant at 6:30, in San Francisco I mind you, it was 92 degrees (according to my car).
Last night we had a partner dinner in Santa Monica, at a nice French restaurant called JiRaffe. Located on Santa Monica blvd and 5th street, its not as well known (nor expensive) as Melisse, located nearby, however the food and service were first class. The wine list was far from extensive but it did offer plenty of gems, and in particular a notable by the glass section.