While I was definitely feeling gratitude this year on Thanksgiving ( six days after my right total shoulder replacement and not feeling that terrible arthritic pain anymore ), I didn't feel like a two hour drive to Sacramento for a family gathering. My arm was still in a sling ( for another five weeks ).
My dear friend, Kris Bleything, who had welcomed me back from India and offered her home to me, agreed we should dine somewhere locally in the San Mateo area. She left the choice of restaurants up to me so I spent an hour or so reading reviews and finally picked Viognier. I liked the menu and their wine list was excellent. I figured I might have to drink dinner since my right hand was pretty ineffective at cutting meat!
We opted to go early which was good. Draeger's, the gourmet market that houses Viognier, was not open, so we were given instructions to park in the garage and to phone up for someone who would bring the elevator down to us.
The restaurant was bright and airy, with light woods and huge flower arrangements of blue hydrangeas.
It wasn't crowded at that time and we were seated by the crackling fireplace and had an energetic, cheerful server who made excellent suggestions.
I hadn't thought to consider that Viognier might be serving a set menu for Thanksgiving. I had already looked at their regular online menu and chosen my meal for the evening. Not so. Kris was happy to have turkey and dressing but I opted for a meal and an appetizer of pork!
My very good Sazerac cocktail!
A champagne cocktail - lovely but I can't recall its ingredients
We had a long leisurely lunch, enjoying the fire, our meal and an excellent bottle of California pinot noir, recommended by our server.
Turkey and dressing - with a turkey sausage, for good measure
My pork appetizer
I really should have ordered something different. The pork was delicious but appetizer and entree were so much alike, I found myself craving fish at the end!
Our fine pinot noir
Bread pudding - out of this world
There was a second dessert but I can't seem to find a picture of it - a heavenly pumpkin pie cheesecake. We must have consumed it so quickly, I forgot to snap a picture...or my phone battery protested.
It was a nice lunch/dinner but very expensive ( $250 ) and I think both Kris and I missed being with family - though she is like a sister to me. I was longing to hear little Harper, calling out "Nana."