The last full day of our California Road Trip was going to be in Sacramento. We headed over after doing the 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, and had an uneventful drive with just a little bit of rush hour traffic just as we were heading into Sacramento. After we got checked into our hotel, Jon and I had a chat about our dinner agenda. Jon was craving some Thai food from a restaurant that he used to go to with his grandmother. However, I had seen an ad in the hotel information book and I was intrigued.
Now, if you follow this blog, you know that food porn isn’t my primary focus. I like a great meal on occasion but I can’t afford to have the kind of meal that you want to blog about every night – neither my wallet nor my waistline would hold up for very long. But on this particular night, I gave Jon the puppy dog eyes until he agreed to take me to Crush 29. Jon was skeptical – he thought that a restaurant that advertised itself as a wine country dining experience would be pretentious and snooty.
We got there and were seated right away and had a chance to look over their wine menu. I selected the Chalk Hill 2006 Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma. Jon picked the Ferrari Carano 2009 Fume Blanc. They were both excellent choices, but we each liked the other wine better. So we traded!
Then we moved on to the food. We started out ordering an appetizer – the Lamb Lollipops. I don’t normally eat lamb, but I couldn’t resist this description: skewers of marinated lamb tenderloins around a sweet potato puree with a hot mustard-pomegranate drizzle. But, for better or worse – they were sold out, so no Lamb Lollipops for us. So instead, we ordered the Whole Sesame Artichoke, steamed in a spiced broth and flash grilled with a chipotle-basil aioli. It was absolutely delicious!