Sigh….just another day in Sonoma county…..
We had a big meeting this afternoon at work. With wine. I would probably hate me too if I were you. 😉
Anyways! It was a lovely Thursday, really. Poured a bunch of wine, the weather was fantastic and just got back from dinner at Scopa. I can’t complain.
Lunch was leftover beans & greens, sourdough bread with butter and a pear—
Butter Hot sauce makes anything better.
And then dinner was something to write home about. I’m slowly eating my way through this town and I love it. When Hardy texted me and invited me to dinner with his family from Tampa (how funny!) at Scopa, which I’ve been dying to try, of course I said yes. Scopa is a tiny Italian place on the square here in Healdsburg, specializing in small plates—a concept I love! I arrived 30 minutes late from work and didn’t even look at a menu….I knew I was in good hands.
Polenta with taleggio cheese (which I ADORE) and mushrooms
…with some salad for good measure
The sardines had bread crumbs, mandarin oranges and…pine nuts? stuffed in them and it was so not what I thought sardines would be like. When I think sardines, I think “canned salty fish” and this was definitely not that. How interesting!
Grilled calamari with fennel and oranges
Major yum here as well. I’ve never had calamari prepared this way and it was totally different than the fried version at many Italian restaurants. The calamari was chewy and succulent and I loved the beans and salad on the side….mmm!
I’m more of a thick crust girl than anything (love those carbs, baby!) but I have to admit, this was pretty darn good. The sauce, cheese and basil were spectacular and this thin little slice was jam packed with flavor. I ate it in about, errr, 20 seconds.
Buttermilk panna cotta with huckleberry sauce
AMAZING!!!!! Panna cotta is seriously underrated. I’ve made about a hundred of them in culinary school and then after I graduated I never thought twice about them. When done right, a panna cotta is a masterpiece. This was nothing short of spectacular and worth going to the restaurant again just for this dish. Promise. The six of us shared this along with…..
Apple tart with vanilla gelato
I loved the gelato most of all. You could tell it had been made in house. The tart was good but needed more apples in my opinion…but the crust had almonds in it and was delicious.
I didn’t take pictures of the beverages, but to start I had a few sips of champagne and then with dinner I tried an Italian red wine blend that was so unique….maybe Hardy can tell us what it was because I totally forgot and all I know was that a) it was awesome and b) it smelled just like rose petals.
I had an awesome time and it was so fun to meet some fellow Floridians! It’s so funny because back in May when we were all applying for the Murphy-Goode job, Hardy was the only person who was actually BEATING me with votes. I remember sitting at my house wanting to shake my computer screen wondering who on earth this crazy person from Atlanta was that was beating me (I have a competitive edge…what can I say?)! I just find it mind boggling that now we are really good friends and I’m also great friends with the other 3 guys that live here as well. Life is so crazy, I tell you.
And I’ll tell you what is also crazy…..my appetite!! Embarrassingly enough, I was hungry for a snack when I got home….can you even believe it?! Sometimes I think I must have a hollow leg.
Um yeah. I totally had toast with almond butter and jam when I got home. My appetite is a strange, ravenous thing.
I need to let my body recover from this wonderful meal though (for the next 48 hours) because on SUNDAY I am going to Santi for this insane 7 course Italian dinner. And so it goes. And here I come…..to my elastic waist pjs.
Bubble bath + creme caramel tea + fuzzy pjs and writing. Yes, yes, yes.