Christmas: December 2010 Archives

Time To Stop Beating Around the Bûche

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By Deirdre Bourdet

Growing up in California, I always thought a yule log was the crackling fire you tuned your televisions to while you opened your Christmas gifts.  I was stunned to learn that the yule log is not only a real cake consumed by many Americans, but the Christmas Eve dessert for families in France.

In contrast to the rest of the traditional Réveillon menu for December 24th--oysters, foie gras, truffles, and roast capon--the Bûche de Noël is a humble little creature.  Thin genoise cake, usually chocolate, is rolled around a flavored cream-based filling and then frosted and decorated with meringue mushrooms to look like a felled log in the forest.  Although some French seem to prize an ultra-realistic log, and others opt for a more cartoonish look, everyone's goal is clearly to make the cake look like a moldering piece of wood.

Where Are You Dining For Christmas?

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(2012 Update!)

We've said it before and we'll say it again!  Leave the dirty dishes for someone else to clean. Mix up the tradition of a Christmas Dinner at home and feast on delicious "just like Mom used to make it" cuisine at one of Wine Country's restaurants open for dinner.

See list of restaurants ready for your reservation right now.
Please Note: This is a partial list. If you do not find the restaurant you are interested in dining at listed here, please call them directly.

NAPA VALLEY

Christmas Eve

  • Angele ~ 707.252.8115
  • Hours: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Bistro Jeanty ~ 707.944.0103
  • Hours: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
  • Fish Story - 707.251.5600
  • Hours: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Ristorante Allegria ~ 707.254.8006
  • Hours: Open for Lunch Only 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Siena at the Meritage ~ 707.251.1950
  • Hours: 4:00pm

Christmas Day

  • Bistro Jeanty ~ 707.944.0103
  • Hours: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
  • Brix ~ 707.944.2749
  • Hours: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Brannan's ~ 707.942.2233
  • Hours: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Grill at Meadwood ~ 707.963.3646
  • Hours: 7:00am - 10:00pm
  • Lucy Restaurant & Bar @ Bardessono ~ 707.204.6030
  • Hours: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Ristorante Allegria ~ 707.254.8006
  • Hours: Open for Dinner Only 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Silverado Resort & Spa ~ 707.257.5400
  • Hours: 12:30pm - 4:30pm

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