Monthly Archives: February 2010

Napa Rose

Since yesterday, February 23, 2010, was my birthday and we were at Disneyland, we decided to take a chance and hit up the Napa Rose for dinner. It was definitely a great idea.

We walked in and they gave us a nice table right near the kitchen and the chef sent us a beet tartare with goat cheese thing in a sesame cone that was just amazing.

We ordered a beach rock sizzling appetizer that came with some great stuff. The best part by far was the chicken lemongrass skewer. It was so fantastic. The braised beef rib was pretty damn good as well. The rock in the center of the tray was extremely hot and we had fun sizzling the noodles underneath the ribs once we finished them off. I ordered a glowtini (vodka, blue curacao, pineapple juice, simple syrup, triple sec and a glowing ice cube -they didn’t have the ice cubes but I didn’t care) and Carter had different wine with each course.

Carter ordered the Vintner’s Table with the wine accompaniments. His first course was a Hamachi fillet on top of cranberry couscous with an orange cranberry sauce. It was delicious. I prefer the fish to be raw personally but it was super tasty the way they cooked it here. They served it with a white wine I didn’t get the name of.

Carter’s second course was a lamb loin with an olive sauce with a tiny salad on top of buttery onions. The salad was tied up with a chive and had olive oil and sea salt on it from what I could tell. It was truly amazing. They served this one with a dry red wine from Napa valley.

I had ordered the Portabello mushroom ravioli with winter vegetables and a thyme butter sauce. They also had shaved parmesan cheese on the top. They tasted really amazing. I loved the sauce they served with them.

Carter’s 3rd course was a rabbit loin on top of baby carrots, onions and some other vegetables. I was surprised to find that the rabbit tasted like really good chicken. I know people say that but in this case, it was so true.

I ate about half of my dinner but I had a panic attack and had to leave the restaurant (not due to the food but other circumstances.) Carter also had a dessert course that they packed up for him because I couldn’t sit inside any more. He missed out on his dessert wine which was supposed to be a lemony sort of thing. I am sorry he missed it 😦 I got a 2pack of truffles that I am about to take part in right now from them instead of a dessert plate as well.

Despite my lame panic attack, the dinner was incredible. The staff at the Napa Rose goes above and beyond the necessary and into the extraordinary from the moment you walk into the restaurant. I love going there and will return at some point to have dinner again for sure. It is relatively expensive (The Vintner table is $85 plus $45 for the wine, main courses run from $32-$48) but it is totally and completely worth the money. The photos do not do the food justice. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant and the food.

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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in General Food, Meals!


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The Cookie Tree

Since I am visiting with my husband on a job site in Northern California for a few weeks, I thought I would explore the surrounding area and some of the food that can be found here. A friend of mine in New York City writes constantly about getting cupcakes and such from various bakeries throughout the city. I thought this would be a great place to begin my explorations. I did a quick Google search and found the Cookie Tree. It is a place that has served Yuba City and the surrounding areas for twenty-six years. Their website ( is simple and the cookies looked promising. The reviews for the place were glowing. The new location is in the heart of downtown Yuba City. The whole area has recently been remodeled and I was very glad to see that the businesses there were open and there were many people shopping. When we were here last time, about a year or so ago, downtown was very quiet and most of the businesses were closed because of the construction blocking the roads and sidewalks.

I stopped at Mr. Pickle Sandwiches for a bite of lunch before heading to the Cookie Tree right around the corner (Delicious turkey, cheese, salami, and ham sandwich on sourdough bread BTW). The Cookie Tree looks clean and smells like you would expect when you walk in, like fresh baked cookies. I walked around the case to where their cupcakes were. They were very pretty but they only had a few regular flavored ones there that day (vanilla, chocolate, cherry). I decided to get a dozen cookies. They have a very large selection of cookies ranging from regular chocolate chip to oatmeal chocolate chip to the Rascal – a peanut butter and chocolate swirled cookie. I chose just about one of every cookie except the ones with walnuts because, well, I don’t like walnuts 😛 They were out of menus for the day but their website has a list of all the flavors they have each day.
I ended up getting:
Molasses (One of the Specials of the Day):

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate:

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut (one of the Specials of the Day):


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip:

Coconut Oatmeal (Not on the menu):

Butterscotch Oatmeal (Not on the menu):

Black and White (One of the Specials of the day):


Chocolate Crackle:

The whole box:

So far we have tried the White Chocolate Chip Macadamia cookie which my husband said tasted a little off. I tried to get him to tell me what that meant but he said he didn’t know and that it was just different. He said maybe it was a little old or something. I tasted the chocolate chip cookie, chocolate crackle cookie, butterscotch oatmeal cookie, and the black and white. I thought all three were very good. They were slightly under baked, which I like. When I worked for the bakery in NJ, I learned that this helps the cookies stay softer for longer as well. The chocolate crackle cookie is like eating a delicious brownie with a crunchy exterior. The butterscotch cookie tasted like my favorite flavor of oatmeal, cinnamon roll. I have enjoyed the cookies I have tried so far and will definitely get more next time we are up here.


Posted by on February 9, 2010 in The Bakery!


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