Tonight we met some fun people at Peter Lowell’s for dinner.

I acquired a gift certificate to the restaurant back in February during Sonoma County Restaurant week and, surely enough, it has sat since amongst all the other open mail, paid bills and receipts on my desk.

It’s been one of those things where we’ll be driving along, hungry, and the boy will say, “hey, let’s go to Peter Lowell’s tonight and use that gift certificate!”. I will then dig into the bottomless pit of my purse for ten minutes before realizing it is clearly still on my desk. Clearly.

I think that has happened about five times since February.

But tonight I made sure I packed the gift certificate into one of the little side pockets of the bottomless pit and we met our friends, Todd and Michaela for a tasty dinner.

We were all starving when we got there so we immediately ordered the antipasti plate to share.

This was just a delight. It had roasted carrots, asparagus, beets, olives, tuna salad, hummus, brie and a sliver of frittata on it. Basically, a hodge podge of all good things. It was very California.

I saw the 800 degree wood fire oven and got all warm and fuzzy inside so I knew I just had to order one of their pizzas!





Total domination.


I hated it. It was awful. I couldn’t even stand to look at it!

Actually, it was covered with thick juicy caramelized onions, soft fresh goat cheese and hot chili flakes. Terrible. Simply terrible.

We drank sparkling wine. Now I have heartburn. But it was worth it…and at least we finally used the gift certificate.

Goodnight moon!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    that pizza must have been the worst you’ve had yet. that and the one with the pork belly must be completely awful. next time just send it out here to colorado and i’ll make sure to dispose of it for you πŸ˜‰

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    amber's notebook
    April 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    ahh the cali love has returned and I love it… I said as I Reach in my purse for some heartburn relief!

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    April 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    You’re right. That looks terrible. I’m sorry you had to suffer through that… I myself “suffered” through the meal you had the other night…that’s right, the poached egg on toast (buttered, naturally) and roasted broccoli. Can I just say that’s pretty much the only way I’m going to want eggs from now on? Same with the broccoli. I’m a broccoli fanatic…can’t believe I’ve never actually attempted it roasted before…yum!

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    Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Caremalzied onion and goat’s cheese? That’s what my mouth dreams of πŸ™‚
    Do we get to see a picture of the boy soon!? I’m SO curious!!

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    April 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    That pizza looks amazing. πŸ™‚ Glad you had a good time!

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    April 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Pizza looks good and all, but I am more jealous of the “very Californian” appetizer… I have been away from home (NorCal) for a couple years now, about 10,000 miles away at last count, and I cannot WAIT til I can go back to all this food. I am living vicariously though food blogs.

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    Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    April 29, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I would have heartburn too (tomato + spice + sparkles) but I agree, looks worth it. Making a pizza with the huge hunk of goat cheese in my fridge STAT.

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    April 29, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Oh. My. God! That pizza looks so good! I wonder if I can make one like it at home… Even though I do have a baking stone, I find it difficult to make a crust which is crispy enough. But pizza and red wine sounds like it’s a perfect combination for Thursday night dinner at my place πŸ™‚

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    jen trinque
    April 29, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Funny to think of a bottomless pit with pockets, lol. That pizza looks delicious!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    April 29, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I’m sure that pizza tasted terrible. I will eat it for you next time! πŸ™‚

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    April 29, 2010 at 3:43 am

    UM . . soft fresh goat cheese? Yes please!! πŸ™‚

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 29, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Yep– that meal definitely looks like it would be worth a little heartburn. Or even a LOT of heartburn πŸ™‚

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    April 29, 2010 at 4:01 am

    This looks like one of my favorite pizzas from a restaurant near home. The crust is so thin with a bit of sea salt. They focus on the toppings and have amazing things like fig and Gorgonzola, tapanade, goat cheese, arugula and anchovies…but inevitably I always get the margherita. There is something so decadent yet simple about fresh basil, mozzarella and sweet Roma tomatoes. I love it!


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    April 29, 2010 at 4:17 am

    That looks so good!
    Wood-fired oven? I’ll take one of those.

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 29, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Love a good pizza–crispy, flaky, covered in goodness.

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    Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    April 29, 2010 at 4:36 am

    That pizza does look terrible, quite terrible. You should just send it on over to Florida to get it far, far away from you. Oh wait..you ate it all. Dangit. πŸ˜‰

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    April 29, 2010 at 4:54 am

    I tend to do that with my gift cards, too!

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    Jennie {in Wonderland}
    April 29, 2010 at 5:03 am

    OMG, I dream of pizza.
    Recently, I had a thin base pizza with goat’s cheese, caramelised onions, balsamic drizzle and touches of HONEYCOMB. It was the most amazing thing I have ever put into my mouth.

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 29, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Ohhh that pizza looks amazing. I love a good thin crust pizza out of a brick oven! I’ve never heard of tuna on an antipasta plate – interesting!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 29, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I would just like to say that you California people are spoiled with your restaurants. πŸ™‚

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 29, 2010 at 5:13 am

    What an amazing looking dinner!! I love that… so California πŸ™‚


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    April 29, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Looks so amazing!!!!

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 29, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I love thin cracker pizza crusts like that! YUM!

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    Sarah R
    April 29, 2010 at 6:15 am

    goodnight moon, made me smile πŸ™‚

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    April 29, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Sorry but I am feeling the need to let you know that you inspire me… Inspire me to do better, be better and say “I will” instead of “wish”, “could” etc. I am grateful I found this website.

    Also I love work outing to JM (Jillian Michaels) and was excited to see you refer to her. Although I think she is crazy but she kicks your butt!

    Enjoy your day!!!

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    Hailey S. (Adventures in health)
    April 29, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Oh goat cheese on pizza, where have you been all my life??? Aren’t gift certs the best!!

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    April 29, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I love goat cheese on pizza. I actually like goat cheese on anything. So good.

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 29, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Wow that pizza looks seriously AMAZING!

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    April 29, 2010 at 7:11 am

    There are few things quite as satisfying as a delicious meal that you don’t have to pay for, haha.

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    April 29, 2010 at 7:11 am

    F the heartburn was worth it you know you had a good meal!

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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    April 29, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Sounds delicious πŸ™‚

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    April 29, 2010 at 7:19 am

    What an awesome dinner and a gift certificate makes it all that much better.

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    Lauren @ louisianagrown
    April 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Aw man, I bet you’re wishing you had another one of those gift certificates. Looks like an amazing place!

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    April 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

    That pizza looks incredible!

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    allison @ livingoneday
    April 29, 2010 at 7:38 am

    i LOVE gourmet pizza. this one looked fabulous. we have a great thin crust gourmet pizza place in my town called Jules, and you can order whatever you what. i thinkkkk i’ll be headed there tomorrow with this pizza in mind! ps, stop by my blog for a giveaway tomorrow!!!

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    April 29, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm Piiiiiiiiiiizzzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Thin crust is the best !

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    April 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

    that pizza looks delish! πŸ™‚

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I laughed out loud at your description of how horrible it was. Hunni and I do that all the time with each other when discussing food if we love it. Just brings up fun times.

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    April 29, 2010 at 8:43 am

    haha! that pizza got owned! xoxo <3

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    April 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I always do that with gift cards haha. At least to restaurants.

    That food looks incredible though. Seriously.

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    April 29, 2010 at 8:51 am

    can i say again that you seriously eat the best looking food ever??

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    April 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Yum, that gift card sure did go to a good use!

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    Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    April 29, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Yes, I can tell that pizza was just awful – I mean there is nothing WORSE than wood fired pizza, right? πŸ˜‰

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    Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    April 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I think that’s the thinnest pizza I’ve ever seen !

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    April 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I am recreating that pizza asap. With Sweet Vidalia caramelized onions!

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    April 29, 2010 at 9:55 am

    sounds like a wonderful evening!

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    Anne @ Food Loving Polar Beara
    April 29, 2010 at 10:18 am

    a heartburn after all that lovely food is definitely worth it πŸ™‚

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    April 29, 2010 at 10:34 am

    looks like a deliciously wonderful dinner!

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    April 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    when are we going to meet the boy??????!

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