Monday, July 12, 2010

Bragging to Belgium

About a week ago, cousin Jan had a visit from her pal Judi. Judi lives in Belgium, so she's no stranger to good food - I have heard that tiny Belgium has more Michelin stars than the whole of France. Because we wanted to show her that California has pretty good chow, too, we met them at Greystone for lunch.

Sitting on the terrace in the shade on a warm, Napa Valley afternoon with a light breeze from the vineyards tickling our ankles, we had a lunch to remember. Flights of wine were passed around for trying. Forkfuls of delectables were shared and commented upon. Stories were told. Desserts were shared to much oohing and aahing.

Here's the salad I chose - two colors of sweet watermelon, small cubes of tangy ricotta salata, crisped prosciutto and water cress with slices of
lightly pickled red onion. Something I could easily make at home and will, too, now that I know how very nice watermelon can be in a summer salad.

Bring it on, Belgium!

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Blogger Chilebrown said...

I like Belgium beer.

Monday, July 12, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Nice! What fun to get cooking lessons offsite.
I've been seeing more and more crisped prosciutto, must be a trend. Sounds good, and it has actually inspired me to try frying cured anchovies. I'll let you know.

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Blogger Greg said...

The lunch and location sound wonderful!

Monday, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Chilebrown, I do, too, but when we were in Belgium a few years ago, I was hung over every morning from a single beer at dinner the night before! So delicious, and so STRONG. I had to stop.

Cookiecrumb, I think you're right about the trend to crisped prosciutto. Cold-brewed coffee, too.

Greg, if it's not our favorite, it ranks right up there. Super place that never disappoints.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010  

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