Napa & The C.I.A

My mother in-law and I went to spend a girls day together. The best things we decided was to go out and do a little wine tasting. I still have friends in the industry and they were kind enough to hook me up.

We first went to the Robert Mondavi Winery and was just blown away. The art pieces and the ground are so elegantly put together.

After our tasting we ventured to the Franciscan winery. We were greeted by Fred, who is one of the coolest wine people I have met. If you ever catch yourself in Napa stop by the Fanciscan winery and ask for him. Today he was wearing a really cool Hawaiian shirt. I would bet that Fred wears Hawaiian shirts a lot.

After all that we need to get some food in us. My MIL and I always talk about going to the Culinary Institue of America in Napa every time I visit. Since we were having a girls day we decided it was finally the year to try it out. We were so glad that we did. Those students are learning to make some pretty incredible food. Our waiter and the staff are so friendly too. This is a must do if you are in the area or in an area that has one of these schools. You won’t regret this dinning experience.

We started off with a grilled asparagus, warm potato salad with a poached egg on top.


We were so blown away by this dish I asked the waiter Tim if I could get the recipe. By my surprise he informed me that I could get all of the recipes. So if you would like any of the recipes you see pictured just ask and I will send them to you.
Our second course I choose the duck breast with mascarpone polenta, pea tendrils, and almonds with a blueberry gastrique.


My mother in law had the crispy skin salmon.


To finish it off we shared the vanilla bean panna cotta.

Here are just a few of the pictures I took the last time I was here.


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