More on our delicious day at Carneros…
Yeah, it was delicious all right. Food is a top priority at this resort, and we took advantage of as many culinary options as possible, from the frosty frozen grapes served by the pool to the entire dessert menu at Farm, their signature restaurant. Speaking of desserts, do you mind if I start there? We sampled at least 5 different confections, but the Apple and Cranberry Gallette with Crème Fraîche Sorbet was, in my estimation, a tastebud-altering experience. Simply divine.
Dessert was just the icing on the cake, so to speak. The Carneros Inn restaurants use as much organic, sustainably raised regional food as possible and complement it with local wines. Dinner at Farm was a treat for all of us, since collectively we could try almost everything on the menu. Being a soup addict, I couldn’t get enough of the super-rich Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, and the entrées offered something for everyone. Chef Christophe even whipped up a special dish for the vegetarian in our group.
Earlier in the day, while several of my bathing-beauty co-workers were soaking up the sun at the pool, I plunked myself down at the Boon Fly Café for lunch. While I was waiting for my roasted veggie sandwich to arrive, I couldn’t help noticing what showed up on the table next to me: a pile of crispy, golden onion rings elegantly stacked in a paper cone nested in a metal stand. They were so tempting I could hardly keep from walking over to grab a few.
Three of my colleagues lunched at Hilltop, where phenomenal vineyard views took a back seat to eyeing the cute guys serving drinks poolside—one of which was definitely flirting with our own cutie-pie, Julia! A perfectly cooked Kobe beef burger and primo fries got raves, and underscored Carneros’ ability to satisfy foodies whether they’re catching a casual bite or indulging in a swanky multi-course meal.