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Laundry On Sundaes

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Taking a break from studying for a very difficult quarter (more on that later) to catch up on blogging! This past Valentine’s Day, Yufei and I took an overnight trip to Healdsburg. From the moment I finished clinic it was a mad rush to get home, drive to the town, check in at the hotel, get ready, drive to dinner, find parking, and finally arrive at the restaurant (15 minutes after our reservation). We chose Barndiva for our Valentine’s night dinner and it was wonderful. We chose to sit in the patio, where we were the only 2 diners. There were so many heat lamps that the cold was not an issue at all (we had to ask them to move a lamp further away!) and it was lovely and quiet. The string lights were so pretty and it felt like we were eating in a secret garden.

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We started out with some drinks – their signature drink for the night, Fruit as Love – infused kumquat vodka, Damiana syrup, fresh citrus, Prosecco and pomegranate pips. And some bread, which was so soft and buttery and delicious.

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They had a special 3-course prix-fixe menu for the night. Yufei’s appetizer was fresh goat cheese, beets, warm croutons, and baby lettuces.

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I got the lobster risotto with crispy fingerling potato chips and caviar.

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I really loved the risotto. It was the perfect combination of flavors and textures. For the main course, Yufei got the beef tenderloin with dandelion greens, pickled onions, and Perigord truffles.

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And I had the halibut with artichoke frito misto, saffron aoili, and fennel marmalade.

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I tried both dishes and they were both excellent. And for dessert, They had a caramelized “banana split” for 2, with chocolate bouchon, cherry, almond, whipped cream, and mint chip and coffee ice creams.

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It was the perfect finish to a great meal. Usually I’m a little skeptical of dining out on a busy day like Valentine’s Day, but our experience at Barndiva was great. The ambiance, food, and service all couldn’t have been better.

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After dinner, we pretty much just passed out from tiredness and our amazing dinner (but not before watching some season 2 of House of Cards!). The next morning we headed out into the town of Healdsburg. We had a Groupon for wine tasting with food pairings at Thumbprint Cellars, so after wandering around for a bit we went in for our reservation. We each had a flight of whites and a flight of reds, with 2 different plates of cheeses, crackers, nuts, dried fruits, olives, spreads, etc.

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The pours were quite generous and the food was a perfect accompaniment for the wine. We left with pretty full stomaches and a bottle of the unoaked Chardonnay.

It was raining lightly outside all day so unfortunately we had to spend most of our time indoors. We stopped by Snowbunny for some frozen yogurt since we decided to skip lunch.

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Before we left town, we did one more tasting at Mueller Winery, since we got a 2 for 1 coupon from the Healdsburg visitors center earlier that day.

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After that, we left Healdsburg and began driving to our next stop for the weekend.

Part 2

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