La Taberna

Downtown Napa's transformation over the last decade has been remarkable. I have witnessed it go from tired, old-time and sleepy to invigorating, modern and bustling. With a new Napa town center planned for 2016 there is even more to come. This is great for a lifestyle blogger and foodie like me. On Friday we visited a fairly new place to the scene that I've been wanting to try for a while - La Taberna. Known for good drinks and tapas, I found the food superb, had great presentation and, for tapas, was generously proportioned. In short it was fantastic, and we couldn't stop ordering dishes. The atmosphere is great and not too loud, but it's definitely not a family friendly place. You would have to order the entire menu multiple times for a family of five like mine. If you are looking for a place to grab a drink, have a few bites with friends, enjoy a date night, or simply start your weekend, then come here. And if you're lucky like us, get seats by the window and enjoy Napa's new downtown with some people watching. 

 Paloma Rosa: manzanilla sherry, lillet blanc and grapefruit. Refreshing!

Paloma Rosa: manzanilla sherry, lillet blanc and grapefruit. Refreshing!

 First dish: Squid a la Plancha. Perfectly cooked with a smokey flavor. Yummo!

First dish: Squid a la Plancha. Perfectly cooked with a smokey flavor. Yummo!

 Second dish: Patatas Bravas. Let me tell you this dish was bravo alright!

Second dish: Patatas Bravas. Let me tell you this dish was bravo alright!

 Third dish: Baby corn. It might look messy, but you can taste each ingredient in it's own component!

Third dish: Baby corn. It might look messy, but you can taste each ingredient in it's own component!

 Four dish: Bocadillos de Cerdito. It was perfectly executed! A must try!

Four dish: Bocadillos de Cerdito. It was perfectly executed! A must try!

 Fifth dish (I told you we couldn't stop ordering): Empanadas de Pato. Growing up in Argentina, I'm very particular with empanadas, but these surpassed my expectations. Definitely mi favorito!

Fifth dish (I told you we couldn't stop ordering): Empanadas de Pato. Growing up in Argentina, I'm very particular with empanadas, but these surpassed my expectations. Definitely mi favorito!

 Last dish: Judias de Arroz. May be I was getting full, but this dish was my least favorite of them all. But still finished it :)

Last dish: Judias de Arroz. May be I was getting full, but this dish was my least favorite of them all. But still finished it :)

 And for dessert we ordered the "Flan". It was very custardy and creamy. Perfect with cafe con leche!

And for dessert we ordered the "Flan". It was very custardy and creamy. Perfect with cafe con leche!

 And last but not least the chocolate and peanut butter mouse. AMAZING! 

And last but not least the chocolate and peanut butter mouse. AMAZING!