Albert and I went away for a weekend — the first time in a long time! I think the last time we went away was for my birthday last year!
We visited one of our favorite haunts, Petaluma. Exotic vacation destination, I know.
Actually we went thanks to a generous gift from Albert’s sis-and bro-in-law. They gifted us a weekend at the Sheraton Petaluma. Soooo thankful for their generosity!
We tried out new restaurants we did not go to before, like Central Market, which had interesting food like some kind of pate.
Food was good but tables were super crowded. I think our table was literally six inches next to the next one!
During the day, we visited one of our favorite restaurants, Water Street Bistro. They had a really delicious beef pastrami sandwich. It had mustard seeds in it and the beef was so tender and utterly delicious. We went back each day to get that sandwich again, but they were out! Bummer.
The lady (owner?) at the restaurant actually remembered Albert from last year!
It was also the first time I got a chai latte in a bowl!
We also went to The Knittery, the yarn store we visited last time. It was fun to see all the wide varieties of yarn, and I found a super lacy yarn and a super bulky yarn and thought how interesting the contrast was.
We tried out Harvest Moon Cafe in Sonoma. It had pretty funky decorations. The ceiling lighting included a chandelier and lights with beads, paper flowers, twigs and crystals stuck in it. Okaaayyy.
The food was pretty good but not great so I don’t know if we will be back. One thing that was yummy was a sashimi type of dish with interesting ingredients.
The lighting was kind of dim in there but nice enough to be able to take a picture of my husband.
Then he took a picture of me.
We also visited Zazu Restaurant in Santa Rosa. The restaurant is interesting in that the owner raises pigs and there are many pork items on the menu. There are pigs everywhere in and around the restaurant.
There were even cute little piggy salt and pepper shakers!
This picture shows a little better the scale of the shakers. Albert has started getting into photography so now I was not the only one going aroud taking pictures.
Now both of us happily take pictures of food and other items!
Albert and I like to go to restaurants that cook with strange ingredients. We knew we hit the jackpot when we looked at the menu in this place. The appetizer list alone was awe-inspiring Weirach peau de peche, barinaga ranch txiki, piave and panforte? What is this stuff? It took the waitress half an hour just to explain the items. (Not really.)
The main course list was quite creative as well. I don’t know what fiscalini cheddar or tiny point reyes blue cheese ravioli is, but some creative soul must have spent a lot of time coming up with names for these foods.
There were some delicious foods though. One was some kind of pork belly over fries with an aioli sauce. Talk about totally unhealthy. Good thing we do not eat like this very often!
There was also some kind of beef slider (?). I forget exactly.
They stuck a candle in our little dessert that was so cute! It was a kind of lemony custard desert.
We enjoyed the food but the ambience was not all that great (crowded tables, really noisy), so we probably won’t go back.
The rest of the time was a lot of sleeping, watching movies and our favorite cooking show, Iron Chef. It took all three days before I got to a good state of decompression…and then it was time to go home!
Very thankful for a wonderful weekend with my husband!