Vegas Uncork’d

Pop the Corks at Uncork'd... Uncork'd kicked off its 12th annual celebration of food, wine and booze with a sold out dinner at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at the Venetian. Vegas native, and exec chef of Keller’s Ad Hoc in Napa, Matt Alba, was flown in to deliver the fried chicken goods and he didn’t disappoint.  [...]

By | May 23rd, 2018|David's Travels, Napa Eateries|0 Comments

Yountville Live Returns

Rain Didn't Dampen Yountville Live ... Had a soggy but fun time at Yountville Live’s 2018 edition. At the opening night reception under the main tent it poured as we lined up and kept raining for an hour or so while the crowd sampled the excellent cocktails and wines that were on offer for the guests. Gotta love [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|Napa Eateries, Napa Stays, Napa Wineries, Play in Napa|0 Comments

Charlie Palmer Steak Napa

 Charlie Palmer shows a new steak way ...  Charlie Palmer is cool. Any chef who has got wine fairies going up to snag a precious bottle of wine at Auerole in Vegas which I’ve experienced, has gotta be cool. Plus, his Pinot and Pig party in Healdsburg is always a blast. So when the Insider got an invite to attend the new [...]

By | November 26th, 2017|Napa Eateries|0 Comments

Eiko’s 

Best of both worlds...  It never fails. Everyone is enthused about going to a Japanese place and sharing some plates, but inevitably someone squawks, “I can’t eat raw fish.”  “You got it,” Napa’s Eiko’s GM Allison Hallum, laughs. “ It was the vision of my father and his biz partner Makurma to create a restaurant that combined Roy’s grilled food [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Napa Eateries|0 Comments

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery

Bartender, not a hockey player...  I’ve always loved talking to bartenders. If they’re not too busy, late afternoon, after the lunch crowd and before the after work rush hits, is a good time. They’re usually smart, funny and know where to go. So it was when the Insider strolled into the Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery. The man behind the taps, Green Lafleur, easily [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Napa Eateries|0 Comments

Taste of Napa – Festival Napa Valley

Wine, Beer, Food, Music ... Had me some kicks at the Taste of Napa tasting this last Sat afternoon. Hot as hell. Hate wearing a hat, but donned a SF Giants ball cap to protect my bald spot. One of the joys of getting older, losing your hair. Ha Ha!!! There were some excellent wines [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|Napa Eateries, Napa Wineries, Play in Napa|0 Comments