(NOTE:Â The Eats clan will be moving from our current digs in a few months to a new family abode off the greaterÂ Eastern &Â El CaminoÂ corridor.Â So, gone are the days of long, detail filled ramblings about all the eateries in the Fair Oaks Blvd sphere of influence.Â You can now look forward to long, intricate musings on the joy that is the Plaza Hof Brau.)
Â Anyway, back to our story.Â Mike Dunne over at the Bee has spent plenty of words praising a little French joint up in the foothills called “Zachary Jacques.” I won’t spend much time, therefore, totally agreeing with him and talking about the wonderful food, great service and charming atmosphere that make the hour long drive totally and completely worth it. I’ll instead talk about how to use Zachary Jacques in a recipe to create a perfect birthday in the foothills.
Step 1) Take the day off of work. This is essential.
Step 2) Dirve up to Apple Hill with a loved one.
Step 3) Stop at Rainbow Orchards and get a freshly made Apple Cider doughnut. (If you tell the proprietor that it’s your birthday, you get a free cream cheese tart. Yummy!)
Step 4) Go directly to Jack Russel Brewing Company and wash down that doughnut with the 10 beer sampler (which winds up being the liquid equivalent of a shooping bag full of beer)
Step 5) Move on to Grandpa’s Cellars to get some cider and a carmel apple.
Step 6) Spend 20 minutes in car picking carmel from out of your teeth.
Step 7) Get ye over to the Boeger winery tasting room where tastings are free and pretty much every wine is at least fantastic, if not stupendous.
Step 8 ) By this time, it’s difficult to walk straight so make sure your companion for the day can prop you up for the walk back to the car.
Step 9) Head on over to Zachary Jacques for dinner. It’s in Diamond Springs, so the drive will take about twenty minutes.
Step 10) Order the fixed course meal. The chef definitely knows what he’s doing. Let him give you a wonderful array of tastes and compliment him and his friendly staff as you stumble out the door.