A Few Food Highlights from Napa

by Elissa

We just got back from a lovely vacation in California, the highlight of which was an engagement party for Katherine and Sean. We can't wait to celebrate some more at their wedding later this summer!

While we were out west, Josh and I took advantage of some generous family members and left the kids in Sacramento while we headed out to Napa for a night. We thoroughly enjoyed our 24-hour escape, and came back sated and refreshed. Eating well was a top priority, and we were not disappointed.

Seafood Tostada at Mustards Grill

Seafood Tostada at Mustards Grill

We left Sacramento in time to have lunch in Napa, and after tasting some sparkling wines at Mumm, we headed to Mustards Grill. Our friend Mike particularly recommended the pork chop there, but we were already feeling a little sleepy and were worried we would crash if we had a big, heavy lunch. I went with the "Ever Popular" seafood tostada, which featured fried cod and an amazing cabbage and watercress slaw. This was sort of like a fish taco on steroids; the acidity of the slaw perfectly balanced the fried fish, and I was incapable of stopping until I had eaten every last bite. I'm still determined to try that pork chop someday, but I have no regrets about the tostada.

After a tasting at Silver Oak, we were ready for some downtime and headed to our hotel for a nap. Later that evening, we enjoyed a nice dinner at Oenotri.

Lamb Meatballs at Oenotri

Lamb Meatballs at Oenotri

Our favorite dish was this lamb meatball number, which featured farro, cucumbers, yogurt, roasted cauliflower, and arugula. The flavors seemed made for each other, and Josh and I were fighting each other for the last bite. We also loved the meyer lemon granita we had for dessert--it was reminiscent of the world's best slush puppy.

Model Bakery English Muffin

Model Bakery English Muffin

Of course we had to bring back some food souvenirs from our trip. On Laura's recommendation, we picked up some of the English muffins from Model Bakery. They were thicker than your typical English muffin but were nice and light. And toasted and slathered with butter they were pretty irresistible.