Rather than do a recap of my favorites restaurants of 2013, I thought I would share the details of my visit to foodie Mecca…aka Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry.
Getting the reservation
This was an absolute stroke of luck/genius that I owe entirely to my husband. After reading all the blogs and exhaustively trying the phone tricks (French laundry became number 1 on my speed dial), he somehow managed to score the ONE open-table reservation that opens up at 12:15 PM for two people at lunch. This was after checking everyday and often.
The little touches
The 9 course tasting menu changes daily and you can bring home the memories to make the meal last a lifetime. Our menu was personalized and commemorates our wedding anniversary, as well as the anniversary of our lunch at French Laundry and it’s given to you on your way out along with a list of where your food came from. I also took the napkin holders…which might not have been mine to take…but no one saw me :)
Here is a look at our 9 courses and 4 hours at French Laundry
“Oysters and Pearls”
Thomas Keller might be starting with the best here and has managed to do the impossible and IMPROVED the taste of caviar and oysters.
Salad of Hawaiian Hearts of Peach Palm
Sauteed Fillet of Atlantic Swordfish
Sweet Butter Poached Maine Lobster
Herb Roasted Four Story Hills Farm Poularde
Elysian Fields “Jarret D Agneau
When a leg of lamb meets a shake and bake, this is what you get
Andante Dairy Acapella
Assortment of Desserts
This was like 4 courses… Almost begged the waiter to stop!
Coffee and Donuts
Simple idea for the complex palate. This and the oysters and pearls book-ended the meal in greatness!
A meal at French Laundry is like a wedding. It is spectacular, a little long, and should only happen once in your life.
I never expected I’d enter those blue doors this year–so here’s to a raised dining bar for 2014, and a French Laundry for everyone who still dares to dream.