Tuesday, March 29, 2011
On my tour of the Napa Valley today, my guests from Alberta, Canada wanted sandwiches and salads for lunch. Since we were in the southern end of the Valley, we ate at Pacific Blues Cafe in Yountville. This cafe has fresh sandwiches and salads, burgers made with Niman Ranch beef, and a few entrees. Today was warm and sunny, a nice change from my guests who have gone through one of the snowiest winters on record, so we ate outside.
When visiting Napa, gourmet restaurants abound. Places to get inexpensive and good food are harder to find, especially between Yountville and St. Helena. So next time you are in Napa and want a simple lunch, check out Pacific Blues Cafe. If you would like to take a private Napa Valley tour that includes lunch at Pacific Blues, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I don't get to Calistoga very often as it is at the far northern end of the Napa Valley, about two hours from San Francisco. However, yesterday's guests wanted to visit nearby Chateau Montelena, having seen the movie "Bottle Shock, " which is about the winery's role in the so-called "Judgment of Paris.". They wanted a good, quick lunch, so we headed to the Palisades Deli and Cafe located in the old Calistoga Train Depot on Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga's main street. Palisades is one of the better delis in all of wine country; serving hot and cold sandwiches, salads, Mexican dishes, and a few other items. The deli has both indoor and outdoor seating, or you can take your food to a nearby winery for a picnic. Rombauer would be a good spot as it has picnic tables nestled in the woods overlooking the valley.
If you would like to take a private Napa Valley tour that includes visits to Chateau Montelena, Palisades Deli and Cafe, and Rombauer Vineyards, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.