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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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Bees!

We made a beehive cake for my father in law’s birthday tomorrow and it came out adorable. We got the pan for the cake at Williams Sonoma. I got the buttercream recipe and the poured fondant glaze recipes from my cupcakes book. If anyone is interested in the recipes I can post them but for now, I wanted to get the pics up here. The bees are made of white chocolate, tinted yellow. their wings are just sugar taken to the Hard Crack stage and then spread on some parchment.

Bees:




Homemade Buttercream:

Candy wings:



Poured Fondant Glaze (Honey flavored)

Yellow Beehive Cake (Betty Crocker Moist Deluxe mix):


Completed:




Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2009 in The Bakery!

 

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