I’m fortunate to live in the Bay area and Napa is within an hour’s drive. I’m not a wine aficionado, nor am I a real foodie, but I am a great poser, so I try to get to the valley of great food and wine often.
Today, I’m at an event at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. This conference is co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and we’re being taught some healthy cooking techniques from the CIA chef-instructors. That means we’re making lots of delish dishes with seafood, beans, whole grains and vegetables.
After the conference, my niece (a fellow RD and EatLikeAnRD blogger) and I got reservations at Bottega, the new restaurant by Michael Chiarello, located in Yountville, CA. Its received great reviews and on a hot spring Friday night, we sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful healthy dinner. The menu is Italian, with a lot of local ingredients like Point Reyes Blue Cheese. Choices include Tuscan ribolita, rissoto, gnocchi, wood-grilled octopus, quail, polenta with caramelized wild mushrooms, among other tasty tidbits.
We both enjoyed the bread and olive oil as an appetizer then each of us ordered the roasted golden and chiogga beet with blue cheese and pistachio vinaigrette salad and split an order of gnocchi. Based on our rough RD calculations, we both ate probably less than 600 calories, at one of the best Italian restaurants in the country! Of course, we skipped the adult beverages and desserts to keep the calories in check. But since we both were getting up early the next day for a long run, neither of us felt like we were missing out.