"for temporary relief from hunger..."
That's the motto at Ad Hoc.
Here piggie, here.
That's how I felt here at Ad Hoc.
As part deux of my mama-shower, my design girls treated me to a fabulous Sunday Brunch at this yummy bistro in Napa, one of the more "casual" joints by Thomas Keller of French Laundry & Bouchon's. I'm only calling it a bistro since linens were absent from the table tops. But unlike FL, you don't need to spend 4 hours AND half of your life's savings to dine at Ad Hoc. With waiters in jeans and brown Dickies putton-ups, jammin' Johnny Cash-ish Pandora swooning us, and a farm-to-table organic local menu, it was the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday with your yappiest of girlfriends.
The girls started with a few Strawberry Lemonade Sangrias while Beanie & I chugged glasses of fresh squeezed OJ....ahhhh.
Then the magic started to happen.
We opened with some Bouchon Bakery Pecan Sticky Buns, accompanied with some sort of fruit confection laced with lemon curd glaze.
The feast continued with simply eggs & ham over toast...they had MUCH better wording of this, but that's the gist. They paired the entree with a generous bowl of the creamiest grits EVER, tossed in some perfectly sauteed shrimp and sprinkles of asparagus and called it done. Served to me in it's own cooking pan, I had some robustly seasoned escarole and leeks instead of the ham, my gosh it was good! What pixie dust did they sprinkle over these veggies??? Oink.
We finished off the Prix Fixe brunch with homemade coffee ice cream, oven fresh golden brownies, and warm cookies for dessert...that's right, c-o-f-f-e-e i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m, my personal favorite. Needless to say, we were too busy scarfing this course down to have time to take a picture for you.
We almost couldn't stand for the photos with such a big belly...oh wait, that just me at near 37weeks now. Ok, fine. And a big food belly on top.
The day was so Napa-beautiful, we decided to swing by Robert Sinskey's Winnery for a taste of their "fine wines from organic vines." Kid you not, that's their catch phrase. I'm feeling quite high brow and hoity-toity at this point. Anyways, RS is known to offer tastings with fantastic food & snack pairings.
Yes, we need more food right now.
This looks oh-so-WRONG with that 9month bump...
No worries, I focused mostly on the snack plate and the truffle salted popcorn treat they served. I stumbled out of the vineyard drunk with life...these last few weeks before the baby comes will be one to remember as this may be my last time around. For as uncomfortable as it has been at times during this whole transition, it really is beautiful to see the ripple a tiny new being is causing in my own still pond of a life.
The temporary relief of hunger actually lasted ALL DAY.
Thanks so much M & A, for your generous hospitality today.
Looking forward to our next pig-out together, post baby.