We don’t tend to think of ourselves as Mad-Hatters, but from some of the looks my husband and I received yesterday we certainly had reason to second guess ourselves. Baffled, no–flabbergasted that we don’t celebrate Valentine’s day (especially as a younger and fairly affectionate couple), we had a lot of explaining to do. The heart of the matter is this: we don’t believe one should need an excuse to show love and affection toward others. The kind, unsolicited and nonobligatory gestures are the ones I always tend to remember and cherish. So, on what happens to be Valentine’s Day to most, Trevor and I found ourselves not so uncommonly out to dinner with his parents at what is quickly becoming one of our favorite restaurants in Napa.
In a search last year to take Trevor out for his birthday (we do celebrate those), I stumbled upon Celadon. Tucked back into the historic Napa Mill, Celadon’s charming patio dinning experience has yet to disapoint with its exposed brick, greenery, and spacious seating. Despite its lovely exterior, Celadon’s greatest asset is its menu. Thus, it wasn’t all that surprising last night when fine dinning turned to family-style and endless plate swapping amongst the many cries of “you have to try this.” Were we not attempting to retain some modesty and self-pride, I think we’d have licked the plates clean. The service? Average, but with no complaints.
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Food to try:
- Duck Confit Salad
- Grilled Polenta Napoleon
- Fillet Mignon with Blue cheese potatoes gratin