Birthday Lunch at Andrea – Pelican Hill Resort

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Had a special birthday lunch at Andrea Restaurant at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach.  Terrace table had a lovely distant view of the ocean.  Wine was Rochioli 2008 Chardonnay – with honey and apricot tones.  I had visited this winery in Healdsburg a few years ago, and really respect what they do.  All their wines are great. 

Starters included 18 month aged San Daniele prosciutto with wine-marinated cantaloupe, and clams steamed in wine and garlic.  Main courses were rolled sole with spinach and sea bass tortelli with prawns in a leek emulsion.  Eye-rollingly good!  The pastas are made in house daily.  Dessert was Chocolate ganache bar, cocoa nib tuile, hazelnut crunch gelato, Frangelico sauce.  Ambiance was restful, with really pleasant service.  All in all a most delightful experience. Definitely planning a trip back.

Oh, and then I went to their spa and had a great massage, enjoyed their steam room, Jacuzzi, lounge with water feature, teas, snacks, ahhhhh……

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