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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ledford House

Another dinner at Ledford House, located at 3000 North Hwy 1 in Albion, CA.

They offer a 3-course Bistro dinner nightly for $30. Tonight's salad was Greens with Persimmons, Asian Pears and Pomegranate.

The entree was Braised Duck Leg with French Lentils.

Dessert was Chocolate Pot de Creme.

We also ordered Baked Oysters--6 for $14. These were delicious with a bacon stuffing.

Soupe d'Poisson--$12. A very rich fish soup. Delicious.

The pasta of the night was Cavatappi with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Cream--$18. They need to work on their pasta.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pullman Kitchen

Pullman Kitchen is located at 205 5th Street in Santa Rosa.

Ahi Poke--$17.95. Yellowfin tuna, pine nuts, sesame seeds, wonton and pickled ginger. This was good but a small portion for the price.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadilla--$10. I wasn't a fan of this.

JT's Fish Taco--$16. Cornmeal crusted rockfish, chipotle aioli, avocado, cabbage slaw. This was pretty good and a pretty filling portion.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Saigon Bistro

Saigon Bistro is a pho place in Windsor. It's located at 610 McClelland Drive.

Medium Combination Pho--$9.95. Rare steak, tripe, well done brisket, fat brisket and meatballs. It's on the pricey side but the broth is very flavorful.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Biryani & Kababs

Biryani & Kababs is located at 829 E. El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. It's in a strip mall. You can order for pickup or have dinner at one of the few tables onsite. Don't expect anything fancy but the food is good.

Goat Curry--$7.99. It's available only Fri-Sun.

Butter Chicken--$6.99

Garlic Naan--$1.50.

Goat Dum Biryani--$11.99.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lamb Stifado

I was so impressed with the Lamb Stifado we had at Jigar Wines that I created my own.

Lamb Stifado

2 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 lb lamb stew meat--dried and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 Tbs caster sugar
1 onion, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup red wine
1 14.5 oz can Swanson low-salt chicken broth
1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes
2 Tbs tomato paste
2 oz red wine vinegar
1 Bay leaf
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Allspice
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
1 cup orzo
Lemon wedge
Crumbled feta cheese

In an Instant Pot on Saute mode, heat the olive oil on high. Salt the lamb, sprinkle sugar over top and add to the pot. Saute until browned. Don't crowd the pot.

Remove lamb and liquid from the pot and add the onion, shallot and garlic cloves. Add the red wine and scrape bits from the bottom. Add the remaining ingredients (including the lamb liquid) except the  orzo, lemon, parsley and feta cheese. Cancel the sauté and put on stew mode for 45 minutes.

After the Instant Pot has turned off, add the orzo and cook on Saute mode for 10 minutes. Stir often so the orzo doesn't stick to the bottom.

Before serving, squeeze a little lemon and add parsley and crumbled feta cheese.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter Wineland, Part 2

On Day 2, we started in Forestville and visited a few wineries we hadn't been to before.

First stop was Wine Guerilla. They had a nice tasting room with a turn table and you could choose your own LPs. They had nice zinfandels but no food pairing.

Just a block away was Jigar Wines. They served a nice Pinot with a lamb stifado, prepared by Hazel (the restaurant). This was an amazing dish--loved the cinnamon flavor and rich stew.

Across the street was Joseph Jewell Wines.

They had a great Beef Bourguignon served with Earl Grey Mashed Potatoes, catered by Epicurean Escape. It was paired with their cabernet.

Our next stop was MacPhail, in the Barlow.

I loved their etched magnum bottle.

They paired their 2014 Vagon Rouge Pinot Noir with a blood orange chocolate, which was delicious. The chocolate was prepared by CocoTutti Chocolatier.

Just a block away was Friedeman Wines, in the same location where La Follette used to be. They had some nice Pinots as well.

From the Barlow, we went to Carol Shelton. I love their Wild Thing Zinfandel and it paired well with the Chili they served.

Our final stop of the day was Inspiration Wines. I was so wined out from the 2 days of tasting, I couldn't taste any more. Our group liked the sins.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter Wineland 2018

Winter Wineland was this past weekend. A weekend pass was $52.32 (including tax and service fee) and $6.69 for the designated driver. The event was 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

You get a logo wine glass or a mug (if you're the dd). I loved the mug!

Prior to the start of the event, we were invited to a brunch at Soda Rock. I love the metal boar out front.

The brunch was quite good--bagel with lox, biscuit with jam, bacon, quiche. The bacon actually worked well with their cabernets.

Our official starting winery was J. Rickards. They had a nice Portuguese Bean Soup, paired with 2016 Bettino's Blend. The soup was nice since it was a cold morning.

Next stop was Truett Hurst/VML. We had gotten a case of Bradford Mountain in past years but this year, they didn't have any great case deals.

At Kokomo's, they paired White Bean Cassoulet with their Grenache.

Next door, at Colliers Falls/Lago di Merlo, they had a nice Cioppino.

We also visited Papapietro Perry and Peterson at the Family Wineries. In addition to Kokomo's, Colliers Falls and Lago di Merlo, other wineries included Amphoro, Dashe, Mietz and Philip Staley.

Our next stop was Mazzocco, known for their Zinfandels and then Ridge Lytton Springs. Ridge had a bottle of Monte Bello Cabernet for $200. That was probably the most expensive wine we saw throughout the day. Unfortunately, they weren't offering tastings.

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