We headed out a little before 7:30 and discovered everything was closed up – for the holiday or just because it was early, we weren’t sure. After visiting with the owner of the Scottish/Irish store for a bit, we drove around and discovered a Denny’s. I can’t remember the last time I’d been inside one, but we went in and had a lovely breakfast. I had a Philly cheesesteak omelet and I was surprised at how tender the steak was. TBG had strawberry crepes and they were tasty.
After that we drove around a bit, discovering that all the restaurants were now open (they opened at 8). We filled up the car and headed back to the hotel to await the arrival of our friends. They got in about 10:30 and after getting them checked in, we headed over to Safeway for sandwiches and then we were off to Sobon. We had a lovely tasting there and ended up with a bottle of Viognier to go with our sandwiches. Sobon has several picnic areas, we picked out one under the trees and had a lovely lunch there. Afterwards, I went to use the restroom and nearly stepped on a tiny (the size of my thumbnail) frog. I got him up and carried him to safety (remembering my adventure with the hummingbird earlier).
We picked up some wine and then headed to Storey. They do a great champagne and I thought we could get a bottle for dinner. Surprise, they stopped carrying it, but they did tell me there were a couple of wineries nearby where we were going the next day, so I vowed to pick up some them. While I was in with the Brittos doing a wine tasting, TBG was making friends with a working cat. Her name is Storey and she’s a Maine Coon. She reminded me of Bête Noir.
By now we were pretty tired and a little parched from all the sampling, so we headed back to the hotel for a bit of a rest before dinner. It was nice to have some time to just relax, drink some water and recharge for the night at Taste.
The chef there is a graduate of the Delta program, which Chef taught (he was our instructor) and Micha had been one of Chef’s students. Now he’s head chef and manager of Taste, as well as their sister restaurant, The Union. So much responsibility for someone so young.
However, the meal was both tasty and adventurous. We started with mushroom cigars, the restaurant’s signature app, then we had the cream of corn soup, so light and filled with flavor. Irene had the halibut, Chef the skirt steak ‘lollipops,’ TBG had the vegetarian entrée, corn and peaches, and I had Spanish octopus and scallops. It was all lovely and very well presented and flavored. For dessert, I had the Crème Brule trio, TBG had Muscat cake, Irene had the chocolate, chocolate, chocolate offering and chef had the strawberry cheese ice cream bar (it looked like a chocolate Popsicle). For wine, we had a Rombauer Chardonnay and a Red Dog Zin (from Lodi). Tracy, the co-owner, came out and chatted with us for a while and the bill arrived, which Irene grabbed. We vowed to pay them back with getting the dinner on Friday night.
As we were leaving, the fireworks started and we were a bit concerned about getting out, as they were being set off on the main street, but people moved their chairs and let us escape. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at the fire station to get a shot of their flag, then tumbled into our rooms for a well-deserved rest, except after two long naps, TBG wasn’t tied, so he went back to the fire station and watched their fireworks. I had caught my second wind, but stayed behind. I was glad because after all the wine and water I’d had for dinner, I had to visit the restroom a time of two before TBG returned at ten. And that to my way of thinking was a very fun 4th! Photos will follow a bit later...