Monday Inspiration

Flounder Meunieure at the girl & the fig in Sonoma

Luscious browned butter, capers, oh my!

The deceptively complex cucumber salad that glistens at Din Tai Fung

 

My go-t0 favorite when visiting the  Bay Area–the wedge + dip at The Table. Crispy potatoes are paired with a savory Tzatziki dip layered with copious amounts of fruity olive oil and nutritional yeast.

Making French onion soup just because. Topped with a round grilled cheese disk of Gruyere and Raclette–melty, bubbly and topped with bread crumbs that got a little too crunchy but were still very good!

Monday Inspiration

 “Monday Inspiration”  is a new series I will be introducing where I will be recapping my week with images of anything and everything that has inspired me.  I’m trying to make it a habit to recognize the beauty and creativity of my surroundings.

There is so much to be appreciated. Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses!

I spent the last week in Sonoma, my happy place. I visit Sonoma every  year to recharge my batteries, enjoy glasses of wine, catch up with friends and explore the cuisine of the land. I can’t explain how gorgeous it was during my visit. The lush green landscape with patches of yellow mustard flowers (that grew in abundance) was just simply captivating.

Although it was quite chilly, you get forget how freaking cold you are when you’re enjoying good wine and conversation. Already looking forward to my next visit in Sonoma.

 

Wheel barrel turned bicycle rack. Only in Sonoma!

Bounty of Bries at Marin French Cheese. Met up with some cheese friends and enjoyed a cheese tasting at this great picnicking spot.

Jewelry merchandised in terrariums at a cute boutique on W. Napa St.

Bok choy gets a makeover at Orchard City Kitchen in Campbell, CA. Warm, tender leaves are dressed in a sauce of crispy shallots, lemongrass and  bell peppers. Burst of wasabi roasted grapes for garnish.

The view of Silver Oak, a producer of excellent reds.