The French Laundry
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Tiny House, Big Reputation
Tour the French Laundry Garden
Amusez la Bouche at French Laundry
Tiny House, Big Reputation
Tour the French Laundry Garden
Amusez la Bouche at French Laundry
Tiny House, Big Reputation
There was a time when the French Laundry actually washed shirts. Now, that is just a bad joke (as in "They were a bit heavy on the starch; I don't think I'll be going back"). There are those who say Thomas Keller's famous flagship restaurant that has spawned an empire (multiple Bouchons, Per Se, Ad Hoc) and earned Yountville the nickname "Kellerville" is merely a shell of what it once was—with all the pomp and circumstance of a triple Michelin, but without the substance. Nevertheless, it is still one of the most coveted reservations in Napa Valley and considered a standard of fine dining around the world. Keller was a pioneer of the extensive tasting menu, even though they are now a dime a dozen (okay, a lot of dimes).
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Tour the French Laundry Garden
You may never have the opportunity to eat at Thomas Keller’s triple-Michelin-starred flagship restaurant Yountville, but you can see where some of the world’s most famous produce grows. Just across the street from the tiny house with a big reputation, the two-acre garden is open for self-guided tours. Planted by culinary gardener Tucker Taylor in 2005, it includes unusual varieties of vegetables and flowers from around the world and is sure to inspire even the most novice gardener.
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Amusez la Bouche at French Laundry
This is a once in a lifetime kind of dining experience. And I do mean, “experience”. The multi-course meal (9, I think), takes several hours to get through, and while you will relish every bite, I found myself calculating the price of every chew. Yes, the food is all that it is purported to be: genuine, elegant, beautiful, exciting, and intriguing, and served with precision. {The pictures on their website beautifully represent the simple elegance of the dishes, with no one ingredient repeated throughout). It’s funny, then, that what I remember most about my meal were the non-alcoholic drinks my neighbors were served with each of their courses- concoctions (I know of no better word), made to enhance each course; they were incredible. If you have the time, the patience and the money (I am not exaggerating when I forewarn that an evening here will put you back close to $750 for 2) to get a reservation 6 months out, then go early- sit in the garden and sip on something cool and lovely, or take a stroll through their vegetable garden across the street first. Take in every corner and piece of artwork in this rather dim, old laundry building. And savor every bite, because it may be the only time you get to! {Jacket and tie required- no jeans, shorts, tennis shoes or t-shirts}.
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6640 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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