Our French Laundry Adventure- The ULTIMATE Dining Experience


{Welcome to The French Laundry}

{the boys perusing the wine list}
{the eager beavers ready to eat!}
{texans in california}
{mother of pearl caviar spoon with their adorable clothespin logo}
{melt in your mouth cheese puffs- we all agreed that we could eat a bag full}

{I forgot what they called this but it was salmon and some type of cream in a pastry crisp Delish!!}
{the French Laundry's house bread. I wanted to eat a billion of these but I was too embarrassed to ask for more lol}
{"Cauliflower "panna cotta" my first experience with caviar. I'm happy to say that I LOVED it!}
{"Salad of French Laundry Garden Beets"- salad as a culinary art form}
{Sauteed fillet of Hawaiian Moi"- perfectly fried and seasoned with a hint of curry}
{Sweet butter-poached maine lobster mitts}
{I'm not a big pork fan, so I was able to substitute the pork belly dish with parsnip stuffed pasta topped with black truffle shavings- This dish was hands down my FAVORITE. I want to sprinkle truffles on everything I eat from now on!}
{Fricassee of salmon creek farms pork belly- Derek and Vinay's Fave}
{Elysian fields farm lamb rib-eye}
{Abbye de tamie- Potato croquette on a cheese plate with prune puree and burgundy truffle}
{Bartlett pear sorbet}
{Gateua saint Nizier Au Manjari}
Bakewell Almond Tart
{Goodies for the road- Melt in your mouth Shortbread cookies}
{They wouldn't let us leave without a goodie bag}
{Where the magic happens!}

{Best cup of coffee I've ever had}
{Until next time French Laundry!}

Thanks to a silly bet and our dear friend Vinay, all our culinary dreams came true this weekend. In celebration of Vinay becoming a full-fledged attorney, we headed to Thomas Keller's world renowned French Laundry in the heart of the Napa Valley. I'm not one to frequent "shi- shi, snobby, I'm trying too hard" eateries, but French Laundry was nothing short of exceptional. The food was absolutely amazing, and the service was impeccable. I surprisingly felt right at home, no air of snobbiness here, just the highest quality food and service. After three bottles of wine and four hours later, I garnered up the courage to ask our waiter if they did kitchen tours, and shockingly they agreed! The staff was curious as to why I was taking so many pictures, and when I told them about my blog, they went out of their way so I could meet their executive chef. I left weak in the knees and totally blown away by the entire experience. I want to believe that I'll be coming back frequently, but because of the pretty price tag, I think trips to French Laundry will be saved for REALLY special occasions =) That being said, I can't wait to go back again!


  1. Oh my goodness, so yummy! I want to try them all.

  2. wow it all looks so delicious! i love your pictures!
    have a sweet day,

  3. oh wow... you make me wanna go out and break my diet. Come to think of it, I think I'm going to invite mom for a buffet dinner tonight. yum. =)

  4. grrrr mel!! i hate how you have the prettiest smile!!! hehehe

    anyway that looks lovely! you guys got dressed up to!!

  5. The photos show food that is more art than food! How beautifully presented!

  6. You met the freaking executive chef at the French Laundry?!!! *dies of jealousy* *dies some more*

    OMG OMG OMG This place is totally on my dream list of places to eat.

    *still dying over jealousy of chef meet and dining dream*

  7. Wow, what a wonderful experience! And everything looked fabulous!!!!

  8. thanks for sharing your pictures! i <3 truffle...such a unique flavor. why can't thanksgiving dinner look like this? :) glad you had fun love!

  9. !!!!!
    Exciting!!! French Laundry is on our list. Chez Panisse was our first fancy schmancy restaurant, then Aqua, then Gary Danko, then Manresa, and I think we'll be ready for French Laundry soon. =)
    How far in advance did you have to book the reservation? So jealous! You look like you had so much fun!

  10. yeahhh! this is my kinda post! love it... the hawaiian moi, the lobster... *drooools* bf and i dont frequent fancy places (cus boy likes to "get his moneys worth in terms of quantity" haha) but i do enjoy the experience when we go!

    p.s - was it just me or was the salmon with the cream a little suggestive looking. its just me isn't it. hahha!

  11. That sounds like it was an amazing dining experience! I've never had food that fancy - the best my husband and I get when we go out to eat is a hamburger and fries :)

  12. this looks amazing! and, of course, very classy.

  13. I've never been here but have heard many a wonderful things about it! I love all the pics you posted and am now going to look for something to eat! I think Mr. Milk and I should go here next time we visit the Bay Area.

  14. this is amazing!!!! i am hungry just looking at your images lol....

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