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A few days before my actual birthday MM and I drove up the coast to a small town called Jenner, where I had been told about a fantastic restaurant with a great view of the sunset, River’s End. As promised, the meal was incredible and the sunset was beautiful. We had a spectacular view from our little corner table in the back room, as requested when I made the reservation nearly a month ago.

I told my mother that we would be dining there, so she arranged to have some Mumm Brut champagne waiting for MM and me when we arrived – nice touch, mom!

MM and I decided to split a few things… the Miyagi oysters with wasabi caviar (not pictured), poke and avocado with wonton crisps, duck two-ways, lamb with chimichuri sauce, creme brulee for two, and of course a bottle of wine: 2008 Stag’s Leap Napa Valley Petite Syrah. We also shared a small glass of 1976 Warres Vintage Porto, MM’s favorite. Everything was fantastic, but my favorite dish was definitely the lamb. I am going to attempt to recreate it at some point, but for now, I’ll just keep drooling over my photographs.

Mumm Brut Champagne, thanks “mum”

Poke Tuna with Avocado and Wonton Crisps

before the sunset… photo taken from the window next to our table.

2008 Stag’s Leap Napa Valley Petite Syrah… and some glorious sunlight

Duck Confit Roll with Orange Rum Sauce and Seared Petaluma Duck Breast with Asian Rub… I liked the roll better, only slightly

Lamb with Chimichurri sauce, fingerling potatoes, goat cheese puffs and pearl onions… best lamb dish I have ever had.

Creme Brulee (my favorite) with chocolate ganache surprise

1976 Warres Vintage Porto… the color was almost brown. SO delicious!

One of many sunset photos taken on the deck after dinner

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

2 responses »

  1. This looks AMAZING! I want to go here asap. Both the food and the views look incredible. It sounds like you have had a fun few weeks both in terms of travelling and eating 🙂

  2. Spectacular! I would say it is worth a trip to Jenner for sure. And what a nice surprise from your mum! 🙂


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