The West Coast Grill
This menu is inspired by the great tastes of our Central Coast and gives a nod to some legendary recipes and locales. I’ll stack my Trip Tip up against anyone’s and the addition of house Salsa Cruda, a secret recipe from scratch, sets the tone for the whole presentation. If you want a taste of the Great American West this is it.
Salad Corte Madera – Baby Kale, Napa Cabbage, Roma Tomato, Avocado, Cebollita Egg Dressing.
Beef Tri Tip Central Coast – Prepared in our house Marinade, slow cooked, sliced thin and served with Salsa Cruda.
Herb Roasted Whole Free Range Chicken – Herbs, Olive Oil, Garlic and Citrus Essence.
Sofrito Black Beans with Jasmine Rice – From scratch and done right with Scallion and Mirepoix.
Grilled Coachella Valley Squash – With Sweet Peppers, Onions and Garlic
Assorted House Pastries – With Local Honey, Select Dates and Toasted Nuts.
Road To The Valle
The Valle in Baja Sur, is just alive right now with an array culinary experiences outside the realm of what is normally considered rustic Mexican fare. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time in the region and meet some amazing Chefs. This menu takes the freshness and cultural liveliness going on there right now and brings it to your table. I also get top notch
sustainable fish from off Isla Todos Santos.
Avocado and Citrus Salad – A version of the classic Tel Avivan Salad with local Grapefruit, Avocado, Shaved Red Onion, Cress, Heirloom Tomato and Mint.
Green Cilantro Rice – A Baja Classic with Cumin and Shallot.
White Striped Sea Pass La Paz – With Meyer Lemon, Jalapeño, Red Onion and Herbs. Topped with Aguachile Verde, Sinaloa style.
Sopes with Queso Fresco – Rustic Mexican Masa cups with Farm Cheese, Dried Anaheim Chiles and Roasted Corn.
Pan Dulce – Sweet Mexican Pastries served with Fresh Fruit Compote and Table Cream.
All Things Brunch
I like how the Greeks do breakfast, they cover a lot of ground. If you’ve ever spent a lazy day on Santorini or Corfu sipping Retsina (the local dry, white wine) and snacking you’ll know what I’m talking about. It always consists of fresh presentations geared towards the tourists with enough of a local touch to remind everyone where they are. Mine is akin to that with my own West Coast twist, featuring an amazing variety of flavors to entice you palate and spirit. It does not disappoint and will get your day in the desert off to a fine start. Mimosa Bar available.
Ebelskevers – A Solvang specialty, Dutch-style Pancake Balls with Cinnamon, Piloncillo (dark cane sugar) and Banana. Served with Butter and organic Maple Syrup.
Mirin Cured Salmon – The finest Salmon available cured with Mirin, Caper, Dill and Sea Salt then gently slow smoked. Served with Herbed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Crostini.
Mexican Fruit Salad – Mixed Organic Fruit tossed with Mint and topped with Tajin.
Authentic Corned Beef Hash – A solid presentation with Fresh Corned Beef, Yukon Potatoes, Onion and Green Peppers. This one is the real deal.
Chilaquiles – A simple yet classic Mexican Egg Dish with Tortillas, Chicken Stock, Chiles, Queso Fresco and Salsa Aguacate.
Baked Greek Frittata – With Feta, Rice, Grated Zucchini and Mountain Herbs
Tales Of The Bay
These selections cover the numerous cultures that made the California Coast what it is in a culinary sense. Flavors from Italy, Spain, Mexico, and even Portugal influence these plates with a solid nod to good ‘ol fashioned Americana. This menu is perfect for a balmy evening poolside.
Caesar Salad a la Minute – The Classic Tijuana presentation tossed to order with Home Made Croutons. Shaved Romano Cheese, Meyer Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Garlic and Anchovies.
Cioppino à Portuguesa – A Portuguese version of the classic Seafood Stew with Shrimp, Mussels, Whitefish, House Broth and Spicy Portuguese Linguica. Served with Crusty Bread.
Pasta North Beach – Penne Pasta with Spinach, Olive Oil, Grilled Roma Tomato, Crushed Red Pepper and Pecorino.
Sea Bass Nob Hill – Individually baked in a fluffy Pastry Crust with Myer Lemon, Shiso (Japanese Mint) Leaf, Cured Salmon, served with Béchamel and Creamy Polenta.
Lemon Ricotta Poundcake with Mixed Berries and Cream
Tacos Estilo Alta Baja
The classic “Street Taco” has its own Southern California version, one that captures the spectrum of Latino cultures that all made their way here. It’s a thing. Mine is a solid version and the house made salsas are plenty serious. Masa for fresh tortillas from El Gallo Giro Market is, simply put, just divine. All ingredients served in 14 inch cast iron skillets with tortillas hand made to order.
Fresh Made Chips with Guacamole – The definitive version, with fresh citrus, cilantro, tomato and sea salt.
Carne Rancheria – Thin sliced skirt steak marinated to perfection then grilled.
Pollo Adovado – Select trimmed boneless chicken in Adobo, a smoky, mildly spicy mix.
Frijoles Barrachos – The Real Deal with Beer Broth, onions and spices slow cooked. Served with Steamed Jasmine Rice.
House Made Salsas From Scratch – A variety depending on season and mood. Salsas de Molcajete, Acete, Aguacate, Quemada, Verde, Roja are all on the table – quite literally. Guest to choose options.
Grilled Cebollitas with Pascilla Chiles – Cebollitas are large Mexican Green Onions which are tossed in Sea Salt, Garlic and Herbs then grilled. Their sweetness and char makes for the perfect addition along with smoky Pascillas.
Hand Pressed Tortillas – Harina (Flour) or Maiz (Corn) hand made and toasted a la Plancha.
Sopaipillas – Fresh baked Mexican Pastry with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Candied Pecans
GET IN TOUCH
Diane is always available for side collaborations and talks worldwide. If you want to chat about design, books, wine, or anything else, don’t hesitate in reaching out.
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