Getting a “Mike Over” in the Napa Valley

Getting a Mike Over in Napa Valley.

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Summer is here at last!

Warm sunny days and plenty of sunshine seems to be the recipe of success in my vegetable and cut flower garden this year. I’ve finally dug up the last of my garlic and have them hanging to dry on my patio fence.

I don’t know if I’m happy because its summer and my vegetable garden is starting to go crazy, or the fact I went for my first two swims and read a good book by the pool for the first time this year.

Because of the winds, I’ve resorted to using a sprinkler to give my vegetables a deep soak of water. The ground dries out so fast as a result of the wind. I let the sprinkler do its thing for about a half hour and go about doing something else and then come back to move the water.ImageImage

I’ve started picking small amounts of my cherry tomatoes and from my Supice variety of tomato (not sure of spelling). Also coming on strong with picking nearly everyday is my Gold zuccinni. So far I have picked for Armenian cucumbers and two lemon cucumbers and lot of zinnias for display in the living room. My strawberries are spreading like crazy.

Unfortunately I only have a couple of  photos to share right now. Most of them are still on my camera to be downloaded. And right now as I write this, I am sitting in front of Peet’s Coffee & Tea.

Maybe when I get home I will try and just do a big batch of photos.

Q’s The Spot

Hi again everyone.

Thought I would share another of my favorite places to eat without breaking the bank. Not always an easy task for us Napans.

When we have company we want to take out Q (formerly BarbersQ) is where I like to take them.

Quality food — southern barbecue meets California/Wine Country comfort food. A great north Napa neighborhood hangout that is a gem for out-of-town visitors. It’s in the Bel Aire Shopping Center in north Napa.

But things just didn’t jive during out last visit. And this is all a first: Not being told they were out of something after ordering it and being charged to split a plate, which my wife and I do while ordering a couple of side dishes. I did not notice the split charge on the menu and we’ve never been charged before.

Also, can’t out server at least shave. Looked like he rolled out of bed and came to work. And the arm tattoos — I know they are popular, but I think they should be covered by a long sleeve shirt in a nice restaurant like Q. I’ve talked with several restaurant owners who do not allow tattoos or facial piercings to be visible during work hours.

But, despite all this we still love Q.  Lunch prices are in the mid to upper teens.

I’d talk more about their menu, but it’s getting close to lunch, and I’ll go crazy dreaming about going over for a quick bite. They also have a website with lunch and dinner menu items.

Enjoy.

Q Restaurant