Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Restaurant Experience: Jole!

Finally! After 13 months of living in Calistoga, we finally made it down to Jole for a birthday dinner for a CIA classmate of mine. We have always heard great things about it, so let's see if it is as good as its reputation.Merci beau coup from the kitchen. Luckily, a couple classmates work here and they did not disappoint. From the front of the house came a round of Avinyó Brut Cava, Penedès, Spain NV and from the back came some Veal Sweetbreads with Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Thanks Ed and Jenny. I wish I would have taken some pics of the Chilies de Padron and the Chicken Livers with Black mission figs and Pt Reyes blue cheese that came out for our entire table to enjoy.
Salmon Crepes. Who doesn't love crepes? Add a Spanish Garnacha and a Napa Pinot to the mix and you have a winning combination.
Who doesn't love tongue? Well, not everyone at the table, but I sure did. Lambs Tongue with Fresh Chick Peas, Toasted Almonds & Feta.
Sonoma Duck Breast with Herb Spaetzle and Huckleberry Sauce. This was my favorite dish of the night, but I am sucker for duck.
It seems like everyone has their own take on pork belly now-a-days and Jole does a pretty good job with their California-Asian fusion take on it. Crispy Pork Belly with Avocado, Red Onion, and Soy Mustard Vinaigrette.
We can mark Jole off the list and pretty much all of Calistoga for that matter. It looks like the Mrs. and I are going to have to start moving down Valley for the rest of our dining experiences. Spoiled, I know!

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