Chocolate covered hazelnuts – LaSalette Restaurant

Chocolate covered hazelnuts - LaSalette Restaurant
These little treats came after our meal. They were a delicious ending to a fabulous dinner! Complimentary
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

Southbound on the Golden Gate Bridge

Southbound on the Golden Gate Bridge. And that brings us to the end of our little Sonoma trip. We had a blast and should really make it up to wine country more often since it’s SO close to The City!

Caldeirada – LaSalette Restaurant

Caldeirada - LaSalette Restaurant
Portuguese fisherman’s stew. Sea bass, scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp, fingerling potatoes, linguica, lobster fumet. $25
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

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)

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.

Fried Sonoma goat cheese – LaSalette Restaurant

Fried Sonoma goat cheese - LaSalette Restaurant
Breaded and fried with fig compote and walnut bread. 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

Fried Sonoma goat cheese - LaSalette Restaurant
Mmm, warm cheese with sweet fig compote and tasty bread! You can’t go wrong with that.

Backyard, Anaba Wines
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.

Lomo – LaSalette Restaurant

Lomo - LaSalette Restaurant
Smoked pork loin. 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

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
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!

Polvinhos – LaSalette Restaurant

Polvinhos - LaSalette Restaurant
Baby octopus. These are SO fun to eat! I guess it’s weird thinking that I’m eating a baby octopus, but they taste SO good! 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

Sonoma City Hall
Sonoma City Hall at night. This random (but pretty) building sits in the middle of the Plaza in downtown Sonoma and is surrounded by dozens of cute shops and restaurants.

Morcela – LaSalette Restaurant

Morcela - LaSalette Restaurant
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

Wooden spheres, The Lodge at Sonoma

Wooden spheres in the lobby, The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. The hotel is cleanly decorated with only a few sculptures here and there to make it interesting.

Smoked duck breast – LaSalette Restaurant

Smoked duck breast - LaSalette Restaurant
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

Lobby and lounge area, The Lodge at Sonoma

Lobby and lounge area, The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. This is one of the nicer Marriott properties I’ve stayed at. Even the lobby is nice and cushy!

Tripe stew a porto – LaSalette Restaurant

Tripe stew a porto - LaSalette Restaurant
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.

Outdoor lounge and pool area, The Lodge at Sonoma
Outdoor lounge and pool area, The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. We stayed at this hotel and it was very relaxing. I loved the outdoor sofas with their retractable canvas shades!

Toasted almonds – LaSalette Restaurant

Toasted almonds - LaSalette Restaurant
These almonds came out with our tasting plates and they were very good. I loved the seasoning they put on them because it had a deep, strong flavor. Complimentary
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

Bread roll and butter - LaSalette Restaurant

Bread roll and butter. Complimentary

Sonoma Valley view, Viansa Winery
Sonoma Valley view, Viansa Winery. The back area of Viansa has tables and chairs set up overlooking Sonoma Valley where you can relax and enjoy your glasses of wine.

Red wines – LaSalette Restaurant

Red wines - LaSalette Restaurant

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
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.

Linguica pork sausage bites – LaSalette Restaurant

Linguica pork sausage bites - LaSalette Restaurant
With Portuguese cheese and green olives. Complimentary
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

This warm amuse bouche was so simple but really delicious! Who doesn’t enjoy a pre-dinner snack fresh from the kitchen? It was fatty, salty and yummy.

Cute building and gate, Viansa Winery

Cute building and gate, Viansa Winery. I like this winery, and I always seem to leave with a bottle of something!