Barndiva Revisited

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Oh yes, and maybe for the enth time. We happened upon it in April of 2006, having read about it in a New York Times story on Healdsburg Restaurants by Frank J. Prial. I wrote about it then, and again in April of this year when we made our semi-annualish trip to Simi Winery to pick up our wine “shipments.”

I belong to five wine clubs — a self imposed limit — Simi, Cline, Bonny Doon, Navarro and Mahoney. I’ve been in many others over the years, but settled on these because I consistently like their wines. The good part; they send bottles of their choice periodically at substantial discounts. The discounts also apply for re-order. The bad part; they send bottles of their choice periodically. I choose to pick up the wines at Cline, a short trip, I save the shipping cost and use it as an excuse to stock up on their California Zinfandel and Syrah; tremendous values, with the discount. Simi, on the other hand, makes an excuse to go to Healdsburg — and Barndiva — a couple times a year.

The last weekend in May, Simi had their garden cafe open to members for their Wine and Pizza Forage.

Here’s my journal entry for that trip:
Saturday afternoon, we went to Simi for their members only Wine and Pizza Forage. Turns out they have a lovely; lower patio off of their party room. For $25 we got pizzas of our choice made in their brick oven, and all the wine we dare drink. They were pouring Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1993, 1999, 2001, a 2000 Reserve Zinfandel and a 2005 Reserve Chardonnay. They had a few bottles of each left, priced at $100 — $70 for us on this day only. Great wine, but… great wine is even better when its free.

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Another reason to go to Healdsburg, but I digress.

The menu at Barndiva changes often, but the place remains the same, a treat. I love the feeling of the place, the food is consistently first rate and delights the eye.
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We started with calamari, fried with a very delicate batter, accompanied with a spicy red pepper sauce.

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My choice was the triple creme brie quiche laced with bits of ham; tiny but decadent. A bright salad of butter lettuce with slivers of grapefruit, apple and pear with a light vinaigrette was a welcome accompaniment. The Rhone wine paired well.

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Carol chose the sweet potato gnocci with bits of roasted Brussels sprouts, parmesan, zucchini, sage and figs. A glass of rose was perfectly suited to go with.

But Barndiva isn’t just about food. Everything about the place exhibits excellent design choices.

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The logo graces both the wood table and the folder for the check (a very reasonable sum, I might add).

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Even the men’s room shows whimsey and good taste.

And there is something new…

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A gift shop next door featuring design and art works in the spirit of Barndiva.
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I was fascinated by the wire sculpture.

I love good food and good design, but you must think I have a man-crush on Barndiva. You think?

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One thought on “Barndiva Revisited

  1. This was lovely to discover- thank you so much. Someone at Barndiva now has a girl crush on you!

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