Eastside Road, April 26—A DELICIOUS DINNER downstairs at Chez Panisse tonight, cod and smelt and duck and strawberries, but I'm too tired from driving all day (including a drive up through the fine Carrizo Plain) to write about it now; I'll update this tomorrow.
[Next day:] Alas, I've misplaced the menu. But I recall having an amuse-gueule, cod rillettes nestling on a tender little endive leaf; then some beautifully deep-fried smelt, favas in the pod, and fava tendrils. The main attraction was duck, perfectly braised with plumped dried apricots; with it, a pilaf made of barley flavored with mint and small bok choy leaves. Dessert: Strawberry tiramisù sandwiched between and around small discs of, um, was it genoise?
Vermentino di Gallura, Sardegna, 2008; Bourgeuil, Catherine & Pierre Breton "franc de pied", 2007