Monday, July 6, 2009
Our 4th of July plans fell through at the last minute so we scrambled to come up with a vacation. It’s a good thing we live in California. Whether you go north, south or east, there are a million and one things to do in the most beautiful of places. We decided to road trip up to Mendocino and play the weekend by ear. We canoed down a river, visited local breweries and did wine tastings in Anderson Valley and Dry Creek. We ate on a budget and slept on a budget but we did splurge on a brunch at Dry Creek Kitchen in downtown Healdsburg.
Dry Creek Kitchen is a part of the Charlie Palmer Empire and is located right on the town square. We ate on the patio and enjoyed some killer Bloody Marys that are a house specialty. If you have never been to Healdsburg, you must go. It’s an adorable little town of just over 11,000 people with great restaurants and surrounding wineries. We love it here and strive to save up enough cash so we can acquire our own little slice of heaven and live up there someday. It seems like a great place to raise a family and enjoy the simple things in life. Plus, the weather is fantastic.
Dry Creek Kitchen does not charge corkage for local wines. This means that you can bring in a bottle of wine from your day of tasting and enjoy it over a nice, long meal for no extra charge. This is not a common practice of its neighboring Valley, Napa, which can upset guests. In addition, they source everything locally from meat to dairy to produce. Menu can be prefix or a la carte. Tasting menus also offer wine pairings that look spot-on and well thought out. Our steak and eggs and open face egg sandwich on brioche were spectacular but the service was the real star. Our (young) team of waiters were happy-go-lucky locals that loved their town and loved their job. All in all, a great experience and would highly recommend it.