Go-Go Graton


Hope y’alls Saturday is going just peachy. I worked at the Wine Center all day and ran my tail off. Glad that I ate a hearty (and red?!) lunch before heading in:


Reheated homemade baked beans that I made, then froze, last month along with millet toast, cherry tomatoes and a few strawberries. Red for the <3!

A couple of the boyfriend’s friends are in town, so we decided to hit up Underwood for dinner last night. The coolest part of Underwood is the fact that it is in Graton, California. Where is Graton, you ask? Enough said.

I tried their soup of the day, which was a sweet corn chowder with pumpkin seeds and bacon:

The flavors were great but the soup was a lot thinner than I thought. When I think of the word chowder I’m thinking soup so thick that when you turn your spoon upside down there is zero dripping. Perhaps I’m just stuck a childhood obsession with New England clam chowder with oyster crackers and need to get with the new fangled California ways….I don’t know.
I also ordered the beet salad because it was beet salad.

Meh. Not terribly impressed. There were only like three tiny beets and it just needed a little somethin’ somethin’, ya know? I mean don’t get me wrong, I cleaned my plate and liked it, but it wasn’t the best beet salad I’ve ever had in my entire life.
Now, this masterful creation on the other hand blew my socks off.

That would be a walnut, caramelized onion and blue cheese flatbread and it was clearly send down from heaven above. The flavors were perfect and it was gone in about .5 seconds.
The rest of the night entailed of Mario Cart and white russians and somehow I managed to wake up at 7:30 for work today (yes, I work Saturdays. Fail). It’s going to be a pretty crazy day (we have several really large groups coming in that I’m assigned to) but I’m fueling up on coffee and a soon-to-be very large bowl of oatmeal.

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  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 19, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I agree, chowder is supposed to be thick! Thus, thin chowder = Fail too.

  • Marie
    June 19, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I work Saturdays, too 🙁 Your job is more fun though, promise!

  • Cassie @ Tasteful Tales
    June 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

    That flatbread looks yummy! Enjoy your Saturday 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    June 19, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wowzer, the flatbread looks and sounds delicious! You totally deserved that after having to work a saturday 🙁

  • Camille
    June 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I agree about chowder!
    Strange… that just looked like broth.

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    June 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

    You’re so fortunate to be around excellent restaurants! 🙂 Where I live, the food I make at home is ALWAYS better than what I can buy.

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    June 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Love those pictures! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Jennu
    June 19, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Mario Kart & White Russians! That’s a combo I’ve never heard of before!

  • Ellie
    June 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hmmm. .. those baked beans look out of this world. I’ve been wanting to make some (never tried it on my own) but I think I’ll try them Sunday. Your restaurant also looks amazing

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 19, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I hear you on the chowder thing! I’m a New England girl who loves a good, thick bowl of chowder now and then. Boston is the place to hit it up when the mood strikes. 😀

  • Helen
    June 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Your homemade baked beans look so yummy. I need to make some of those! Also the flatbread looks absolutely delicious. I’m glad something was nice in the restaurant. You are so right, chowder should be thick and creamy for sure!

  • Katherine
    June 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Those are impressive shreds on the beet salad! I love the way beets taste

  • eatmovelove
    June 19, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Like the flatbread. Do you enjoy eating out often? Seems heavenly.

  • jassy
    June 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    the bread looks like bacon…good thing it’s bread 🙂

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner
    June 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Seriously – I lived in CA for 26 years (northern and southern) and I’ve never heard of Graton! Looks yummy though. 🙂

  • Monique
    June 19, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hey, “California ways” aren’t necessarily frou-frou chowders haha. You’ve been to SF now right??? Nothing like a hearty bowl of chowder (with crackers!!) in a SF sourdough bowl!! YUM 🙂

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired
    June 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I NEED that flatbread. Like now.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    mmmmm flat bread = <3.

  • Carly @ Happy Healthy Foodie
    June 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I agree, chowder should be thick. That flat bread looks like heaven! 🙂

  • Victoria
    June 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    That soup sounds amazing! But yeah I would imagine it to be a little thicker. I love thick soup – it’s my fave. x

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    June 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Homemade baked beans on nice crusty bread have got be one of my ultimate comfort foods- yours look plain delicious 🙂
    That flat bread looks pretty incredible too! Hope you’re having a good day at the winery!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    June 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I worked today too, so I understand. That flatbread sounds amazing.

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    June 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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  • Natalie
    June 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Beets and flatbread. YUM!

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  • Laura (Starloz)
    June 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I never walk into a restaurant with expectations anymore since I started food blogging.
    Restaurants always surprise me with they’re fabulous & unexpected concoctions!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
    June 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    The flavors on the flatbread sound so perfect, with just a little tang and some crunch…I’d have demolished it crazy quickly too!

  • Motorcycle guy
    June 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that..

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  • Paige @Running Around Normal
    June 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    White Russians and Mario Cart?! Heck yes! Two of my favorite things:)

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I work Sunday mornings, so I understand working weekends! But I LOVE teaching Sunday School, so it’s all right. =)

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    June 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    haha Mario Cart and white Russians…..sounds awesome. You’re a trooper for getting up early after that for sure.

  • Cara
    June 20, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Hopefully you survived your day OK 🙂

  • Vicky
    June 20, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Sounds like you had a fun night! It’s always funny to see how different meals at a restaurant can be! The appetizer might not be all that great, and then the main dish may be fabulous! Have a good rest of the weekend!

  • Kelly
    June 20, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I agree with you about the chowder. My chicken bacon corn chowder is so thick, it’s almost a stew. I’m really not into thin soups. I don’t think I’ve had a White Russian since my 21st birthday. 🙂

  • Rebecca
    June 20, 2010 at 6:40 am

    That flatbread looks incredible. I think it’s fun to work on the weekends sometimes and have weekdays off. Places like the mall are less crowded on the weekdays and I can get more done. Plus it gives me an excuse to have weekend breakfasts all week long. 🙂

  • Shannon @ Before Sunrise
    June 20, 2010 at 7:15 am

    That flatbread looks heavenly!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Holy cow.. that flat bread!!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    June 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Graton is such a cute little town! I was there many years ago when I raced bikes 🙂

  • Kaz
    June 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Ditto on the chowder. It’s not chowder unless your spoon bends while you try to stir it! 😀

  • Adrianne
    June 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Ooohhh, white russians are dangerous for me!!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    That flatbread would be my dream come true!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    June 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    oh my…that flatbread DOES look AMAZING!

  • amanda
    June 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Never ever thought about chowder being thin and watery. Ewww! Your main dish looked delicious however I would have goobled that all up. 🙂 BTW, white russians are one of my top favorite drinks…haven’t had one in awhile tho