I hope you’re all lucky enough to have friends like mine. 20+ years and we still like each other…actually, love.

I met 2 of them at Bottega in Yountville today for lunch and had belly-laughing fun! It was so nice to have these ladies (both mom’s) set aside time to enjoy a little “girl” time. We literally enjoyed a leisurely 4-hour lunch, on the patio, at an amazing restaurant, that just happens to be in our backyard. (Lucky us)! We laughed so hard, enjoyed great food, and the weather!

For the record, here’s what we shared followed by my review in italics:
Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad Marcona almonds, sieved egg, pecorino & whole citrus vinaigrette (close to being great, but a little too much citrus. I’d skip it next time.)
Monterey calamari, crisped with Arborio rice flour, aioli nero (amazing!)
Polenta Under Glass, caramelized wild mushrooms, balsamic game sauce (to. die. for. And thanks to our waiter for giving instructions on how to enjoy it. Definitely ask…easily ruined if you over do the balsamic. Next time, I wouldn’t share this one.)

And we already have next months lunch date (& different restaurant) on the calendar…Friends are the best!

Polenta Under Glass