Wow, this dish had everything in it! It was SO delicious and definitely more refined than a simple fisherman’s stew. The seafood were cooked beautifully and the flavors were amazing.
Mission San Francisco de Solano (Sonoma Mission). This was founded in 1823 and built by Mexican authorities to prevent Russia from extending their territorial control into Alta California. Today the mission is part of Sonoma State Historic Park.
Breaded and fried with fig compote and walnut bread. 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34 LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA
Mmm, warm cheese with sweet fig compote and tasty bread! You can’t go wrong with that.
Backyard, Anaba Wines. We hit this small tasting room on our drive home. It’s located at the intersection of Hwy 121 and Hwy 116 so it’s very convenient to stop by when leaving town. The people behind the bar are friendly and the back area is small but cute.
I love cured pork, and this was really tasty! I was sad that they only give 4 slices. I could have eaten an entire plate of this!
Buena Vista Winery. This is the oldest premium winery in California. It’s kinda randomly located and the grounds are tiny. My friends love this place, but I wasn’t too impressed by their wines. I think they underwent a recent remodel so their building is really cute inside!
Portuguese blood sausage traditionally made using pigs blood with parsley and green onions. Nicely seared with a deep, earthy flavor. Noms! 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34 LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA
Slices of beautifully smoked duck breast. The thick layer of fat tasted SO good! The slices had a great smokey flavor and were very tender and juicy. 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34 LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA
Tripas a moda do Porto, a dish typical to the city of Porto made with small intestines and white beans. 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34 LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA
I’m not a huge tripe fan, but I definitely wanted to try this preparation. It was very delicious! It’s hard to get grossed out when the stew is this flavorful. The white beans also add a firmness to combat the sometimes squishy soft texture of the tripe.
Jose Maria da Fonseca, Periquita, Terras do Sado, Portugal, 2009. Glass $8.50
Riviera, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California, 2010. Glass $9.50 LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA
When in Sonoma, it’s kind of a given that you’re gonna drink wine with dinner. I love my cocktails, but I enjoy wine too especially in this setting. These light reds paired really well with our Portuguese tapas!
Grapevine metal railing, Viansa Winery. I love the metalwork along the ramps at Viansa. I think it’s funny that David was taking a photo of me taking a photo, while I was doing the same. Hehe.