Ad Hoc

We started off our anniversary weekend in Napa by eating our first night at Ad Hoc. It turned out to be one of the most delicious meals I have ever eaten (I’m 31. I’ve eaten a lot of meals). Everything was perfectly seasoned, the meal was so well balanced with sweet, salty, sour…the textures, the smells…a different drink pairing with every entree. We just keep looking at each other wondering how French Laundry the next night would ever live up to this….expectations were high. We were full and happy. A little too happy. When you eat at Ad Hoc, you are proud to be a pig.

The ONLY thing about it..was the fact that we hadn’t eaten really any animal products for a couple months…We aren’t against eating meat, just all the issues meat eating causes. So we did feel a little conflicted. We aren’t perfect so we decided to shove our guilt around to make room for pork cooked 3 ways. Once home we were back to our meatless ways. My conscious makes me confess things I’m sure none of you really care to hear…but my blog, my mindless ramblings, so my confessional.

The menu for March 6, 2010 (they serve one 4 course meal an evening):

Endive & Arugula Salad- maldon flatbread, easter egg, icicle, watermelon radish, smoked trout w/roe, black pepper goat cheese
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin- grilled scallions, savoy cabbage, burnt orange, buttered barley, crisp belly, slow cooked shoulder, steamed broccolini and white kohlrabi
Achandinha Dairy Co.’s Capricious- pink lady apples, medjool dates, toasted pine nuts, marshall’s farm honey
Pineapple Tart- spiced caramel and cinnamon chantilly

It was as good as it sounds.

I wish I was there right now.

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3 thoughts on “Ad Hoc

  1. You lived my dream. Sometime in my life I WILL go to Ad Hoc and I WILL go to French laundry. The pics are gorgeous, I feel like you should send these to the restaurant.. I just got the Ad Hoc cookbook and it’s to die for as well. Love you tons and tons and we need to do dinner soon. xoxoxox

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  2. Moving guilt around to make room for pork is about the best sentence you’ve ever written. And you’ve written some good ‘uns. I’m so ready to go to Yountville. Happy Anniversary by the way my dear…

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  3. aaaahh. i love this.
    i love the way you write and think!!
    you put things to words and capture it in image in a way we all wish we could : )

    did i tell you we moved to boston from napa?
    sigh….. luckily i love boston, bc i LOOOOVED napa.
    oh the food….
    we thought we’d find equally good food here in beantown, but no.
    nothing compares to the napa valley : )

    so glad you celebrated your anniversary out there!!
    we will too in june.
    thank you for this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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