There must have been something pretty spectacular on last night, because the waiters at Harris Ranch kept their eyes glued. Whenever they could, that is. Carrying huge platters piled with hot plates of food doesn't really lend itself to watching a sport. But they were pretty good at it.
The funny quirky thing about this is that the waitresses never once glanced at it. They chatted amicably together while gathering plates and arranging silver. But football? No way! The guys were the watchers - and I have now discovered that it was the Oakland Raiders they were so interested in. No wonder!
Everything about that place tonight was pretty spectacular, from the ambience to the food to the wait staff. I cannot overemphasize the effect this had upon us, because we had been driving for 13 hours. There had been quite an assortment of road work along the freeway which impeded our progress. The radio stations I skimmed through were mostly fuzzy and unlistenable (except the Spanish channels, which were crystal clear), and as we were in two separate vehicles we couldn't really carry on a conversation. The normal camaraderie was missing.
But we made it. And the reason we drive so long the first day out of two is because we had Harris Ranch to look forward to! Our very kind friends had introduced us to it last year, and we immediately saw that it was The Place to be. 13 hours? No biggie, when you have Harris Ranch to shoot for.
The restaurant has only one challenge: every item on the menu looks fabulous. It becomes tough to choose. Tonight I ordered the Beef Stew in a bread bowl. The stew was a 10 out of 10, and the bread bowl was light and tasty, with just the right crustiness on the outside. You can tell just by looking, how luscious it must be.
And now, all we need to do is lay here luxuriating in this cozy room, checking our messages and writing - to you! For I am thinking of you, my dear Readers, and wondering if you have ever had a hearty beef stew inside a homemade bread bowl . If you haven't, you should try it. You could even make it! And I hope it is half as good as the one at Harris Ranch, where the ambience is dreamy, the wait staff are quick and friendly, and the tips will always be Big!