November 24, 2010
The Napa Valley Trip part 1:
It's a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco and myself, Shaundeeb, and Fees are eating at Tony's Pizza Napoletana, just making a quick stop before we head over to Napa Valley for what would be for me a week of binge drinking and eating.
I've been living abroad for the past two years and I just have to say thank God I came on this trip with poker players. Â I'm doing Napa for 2-3 days and then San Francisco. Â Fees is doing Napa for about the same time as Deeb but his schedule is flexible. Deeb has to leave Tuesday for a shootout tournament in Compton. Â But he texted someone to see if he can move his tournament entrance to 6pm.Â
Me: I think a lot of food here looks good
Deeb: I think we should just buy whatever we want
Boom, homemade nachos: they were pretty interesting
Margherita Pizza: They supposedly make 73 per dayÂ
and my favorite, a truffle pizza, I've never spent $100 on a pizza before:Â
and it was worth it, so good!! Â And of course I lose my first CCR in the United States (how did we spend $200 on a pizza lunch?) thanks guys
I'm not much of a baseball guy but Deeb wanted me to snap a photo of this graffiti:Â
And while we're doing that, this drunk couple walks up to Deeb and the girlfriend asks him if he could snap their photo.
Boyfriend interrupts: you idiot why are you asking him? ask the asian with the camera!
I snap the photo, she asks me to shoot one more and I just flat out tell her "it's good", boyfriend laughs and he yells "yeah, that's how you do it, that's what being a man *he grabs his junk* is about!"
what a sexy man
fast forward to dinner, we're in Napa Valley and we are eating at Ad Hoc in Napa Valley. Â It's Thomas Keller's sister restaurant that was actually going to be a burger place (supposedly inspired by In N Out) but I guess the county didn't want to give him space for a garden so it became what it is now. Â They only serve a prix fixe 4 course menu that changes every day based on what's fresh and what the chef wants to make.
We sit at the bar as it's the only spot that doesn't take reservations and the staff just falls in love with us. Â We're drinking, joking, and saying God knows what and having a great time at the restaurant. Â The manager comes by...
Deeb: So you guys know T.K. right? Can you get us into the French Laundry?
Manager: You want me to call and find out? I can do that for you.
Me: nah it's ok
Deeb: Mike! It can't hurt to try!
Five minutes later:
Manager: Congratulations guys! There was a last minute cancellation on Tuesday Night!!
Ryan and I burst out laughing
"Guess you can't make it Deeb"
"Oh I will try, if I bust out of the tournament by 3pm, I'm flying back up for dinner"
Deeb gets a text message that night from his assistant:
Congratulations! You run good! Your tournament starts at 6pm!!
and for the rest of the trip, not only did Ryan and I needle deeb but so did the rest of Napa Valley.
Really cool note, Monday night at Ad Hoc is Fried Chicken night. Â They told us we could come back tomorrow and have our spot reserved at the bar. Â We got a reservation at the bar that takes no reservations, how good do we run? All thanks to Deeb.