Friday, April 11, 2014

Away From The Noise

I don't want this blog to become an endless complaint about the noise of remodeling a kitchen, nor do I want it to become solely a restaurant review blog, but we are eating out a lot recently to escape the crashing, pounding, and general mayhem.

We were up in Novato, a little north of us, to retrieve some samples from the purveyor of counter tops, and we decided to stop for lunch at a new-to-us restaurant in the repurposed Hamilton Air Force base.  It is called Beso. They have a shady outdoor deck and a nice, varied menu. 

The harried waitress was having trouble keeping up with all the orders, but otherwise it was a very enjoyable lunch. We started by sharing a plate of truffle fries, which were simply splendid, crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and redolent from a table away of wonderful fungal deliciousness. 

We probably should have stopped there but My Beloved enjoyed his stir-fry kind of plate with beef and fresh veggies (he didn't eat the fries as it also came with rice - kind of a strange combo, but the part he ate was good), and I asked for the Asian chicken salad. It was certainly very generous, with a huge piece of sautéed dark meat topping the salad and a criss-cross of enoki mushrooms for decoration. Candied walnuts made a change from the more common almonds or cashews and the big slices of cucumber were a nice addition on a hot day.

We sat in the dappled shade discussing this and that ideas for the kitchen counters and enjoying the peace and quiet of this lovely location.


Blogger Greg said...

Truffle fries!? You got my attention.

Friday, April 11, 2014  
Blogger Three Dogs BBQ said...

How did the truffle fries compare to the poutine?

Friday, April 11, 2014  
Blogger kudzu said...

Zoomie, those French fries in the stir fry make it an authentic Peruvian favorite (oddly enough).

Friday, April 11, 2014  
Blogger Greg said...

Kudzu via Zoomie- Lomo Saltdado!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, yes!!! Go get some!

Three Dogs, like comparing apples and oranges. For everyday, I'd go with the truffle fries. For a cold, rainy day, I'd have poutine and watch an old, favorite movie on TV.

Kudzu, thank you. I was distracted by the truffle fries and didn't pay attention to his dish. :-)

Greg, thanks for the name. My Beloved confirms it.

Saturday, April 12, 2014  
Blogger Katie Zeller said...

Fries with stir-fry? Reminds me of Ireland - potatoes with everything!

Saturday, April 12, 2014  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Katie, it did seem a bit excessive, but Peru is where potatoes originated, so in a way it makes sense,

Sunday, April 13, 2014  

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