Firstly may I excuse (again) my lack of blog posts over the past few days. The last leg of our USA holiday was in New York city and- as you can imagine- I was really in my element. So much so that I hardly touched my laptop.
I also hardly touched my emails- sorry, folks!
Anyway, I shall rewind a little and share with you some more outfits from the glorious Sonoma in Napa.
As I previously mentioned, we stayed at The Lodge at Sonoma. For our second evening meal we took a trip out to the delectable El Dorado Kitchen in the town.
El Dorado is a hotel by the main square in Sonoma and the "farm-driven" restaurant is renowned among locals for it's sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. We visited on a delicate balmy evening, perfect for sitting outside in their pretty patio garden.
A rather chic dining spot, this slightly experimental kitchen offers contemporary Californian fare with the most seasonal ingredients. I tucked into a vibrant Ahi tuna tartar. The chopped tartar sat proudly atop a salad of sweet asian pears, avocado and coriander with a light soy dressing. The true gem, though, was the powerful wasabi tobiko which crowned the dish.
For main I took the plunge and ordered the dreamy Petaluma Duck Breast & Confit. This rich dish was served pink with spring onion purée, earthy endive and turnip and sharp local cherries. Though i'm not much of a pasta fan, I really was taken aback by the accompanying chickpea tortellini. A million miles away from mushy hummus, fresh chickpeas are more like broad beans and made for the perfect filling for these little pasta pillows.
Finally I was able to crack out my little floral Zara sundress. A bright jade green floral with a dipped hem, this loose strappy dress is an easy-breezy piece for holidays. It is rather low-cut with long straps, but I pinned it at the back to stop any indecent exposure over dinner!
The dress has now sold out, but I love this bright pink camisole dress with strappy back from Topshop. In fact, had I seen it before my holiday, I would probably have purchased it for New York. Such a gorgeous lipstick pink shade and a universally flattering fit.