I love to walk in the evening when it is just getting dark. The lights come on in the houses and I can see people preparing dinner. Very little blue glow from TVs. The light is gold coming from the houses and the people are in their kitchens. Eating is big in Napa.
I sensed a kindred spirit when Parker Hall told me about a friend of his who lives near downtown. He also walks in the evening, and his ritual is to count the people in the restaurants, "Morimoto was busy. Uva about 15." Parker filmed a cooking demo for the local public access station this afternoon and at the end he included a "Restaurant Report" from his friend. Only in Napa.
Parker told me this story over dinner with his wife Janet. We had a fresh salad with fuji apples and carrots dressed with his secret (or it should be, but he shares everything) green dressing and enchiladas that were so deeply, roundly and richly flavored with ancho chile steeped in beef stock I'm not likely to forget them soon.
He cooks for his friends, so don't be a stranger. Get on his Park Hall Comfort Takeout email list for your own enchilada fix.