So, over at Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma, California (USA) they serve bear claws for breakfast. They’re a lot smaller and lighter than you’d probably imagine. They’re actually very delicate and soft. They’re served on a simple plain white plate so that you can appreciate their beauty. It’s not often you get to sample a bear claw after all. As much as it could probably be eaten on its own, the restaurant at Farmhouse Inn chooses to serve it with goat cheese and almonds, lightly drizzling Persimmon over the lot.
It’s delicious; clean and fresh on the palette, but enough to satisfy morning stomach rumbles. For those of you worrying that I’ve given up being a vegetarian I can assure you it’s not a real bear claw. It’s a light pastry that’s shaped like a little cub’s paw.
And that’s just the first course of breakfast. Yes, at this beautifully cosy restaurant onsite at the hotel they don’t go halfway. Mediocre just isn’t their vocabulary. Just like the hotel (you can read the full review here), the restaurant is at the top of its game.
Even having a morning tea becomes a whole new experience. Taylor Maid Farms are well-renowned local tea and coffee suppliers. You’ll see lots of cafes and restaurants using their products and for good reason too. They have a big range of herbal teas that taste so clean, yet fragrant. At Farmhouse Inn you’re encouraged to make your very own teabag. Scoop your favourite looseleaf tea into one of the teabags and then pop it in your teapot. Once it has brewed pour into one of the homely mugs and sip it by the fireside. Such an innovative idea and a lovely way to wake up.
Let’s get back to food . The second course consists of king trumpet mushrooms and pea vines. Rather than another dish, it’s actually a work of art.
For your entree you’re welcomed to choose between three creations; Salad Lyonnaise, ‘candied apple’ waffle, or granola and fruit. If you’re scoffing at the thought of having the latter, it’s laced with pretty flowers and made with gluten-free granola so it’s anything but boring.
The first option involves a frisee, marble potatoes, poached eggs and a bacon vinaigrette, though the menu regularly changes.
And after that indulgent, special breakfast you can even make it that little bit more special with a glass of morning bubbles. Morning bubbles? Sold, sold and sold! X
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Huge thanks to Sonoma County Tourism Board for hosting my visit.