An Afternoon in Healdsburg.

After a fantastic dining experience at SingleThread the night before, we decided to stroll through the quaint downtown area of Healdsburg before heading home.

Our first stop was SHED, a small marketplace with fresh local produce, artisanal food items, various cook books, household items, and even a café.

While we didn’t eat at SHED, the food looked fresh, vibrant, and colorful using local fruits and vegetables. I would definitely recommend walking around the small marketplace since they have various artisanal products to choose from.

We decided to have lunch at Bravas Bar de Tapas, a cute Spanish restaurant a block away from SingleThread. I love tapas restaurants since you can sample various dishes because of the small portions.

Spanish White Anchovies (8.5/10).

I really love anchovies especially when they’re prepared so simply yet are so flavorful. With a drizzle of fruity olive oil and crunchy vegetables on top, this was the perfect starter.

Pan Tomate: Tomato Toast, Arbequina Olive Oil, Garlic, and Sea Salt (8/10).

Simple yet delicious. Crunchy toasted bread smeared with crushed juicy tomatoes, aromatic garlic, olive oil, and salt.

Cider Braised Chorizo and Padron Peppers (8/10).

I loved the meaty rich chorizo with the blistered padron peppers.

Creamy Chicken, Ham, and Gruyere Cheese Croquetas (7.5/10).

These croquetas were nicely fried with a crispy crust and ooey gooey cheesy filling. It did lack a pinch of salt that would have elevated the dish.

Monterey Calamari a la Plancha with Salsa Verde (8/10).

These grilled calamari were tender and paired perfectly with the herbaceous salsa verde and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese, and Truffle Paste Sandwiches (8.5/10).

I have an extreme obsession with grilled cheese sandwiches and this did not disappoint. Salty Serrano ham with Manchego cheese and truffle paste?! I mean c’mon…what can go wrong?

Crab and Celery Root Toasts (8/10).

Another winner. Creamy crab meat with crunchy earthy celery root on top of crunchy toasts. Pretty damn good.

Patatas Bravas (7/10).

These patatas bravas lacked some seasoning and I wasn’t particularly fond of the tomato sauce because it almost reminded me of just tomato paste and ketchup.

Bacon wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese and Marcona Almonds (8.5/10).

Oh man, these were little morsels of deliciousness. Sweet creamy dates stuffed with blue cheese wrapped in bacon with a balsamic glaze.

Bravas Bar de Tapas offered an array of cold and warm tapas, a la plancha dishes, and even paella. Definitely a great restaurant to go to if you love trying various dishes. Everything we ordered was scrumptious and service was wonderful. Overall my rating is a 8/10.

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