Animo - Sonoma, CA

excellent dinner at animo. came for the turbot but was really surprised by how great everything else was too. will be back to try the meats.

oysters, east coast

lobster xo - butter poached lobster, xo sauce, shiitake lemongrass tea

peaches & cream - grilled peaches, burrata, pickled ramps

gambas al ajillo - gulf prawns, roasted garlic, olive oil

turbot (galicia, spain)

little gem salad

katz’s pastrami kimchi fried rice

basque style burnt cheesecake


How much Basque influence was there?

The whole grilled turbot is Basque-style, as is the grill.

You can certainly get gambas al ajillo in Basque country (and probably should), but it’s popular all over Spain.

People call that “Basque cheesecake,” but to give credit where it’s due it’s the invention of Santiago Rivera, chef of La Viña. He’s only 61 so it’s a relatively recent addition to the tradition.

missed out on the carabineros

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It looks it!

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