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La Calenda, the Newest Thomas Keller Restaurant in Yountville

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Hey Bella!

Excited is an understatement when we heard that a Mexican Restaurant, La Calenda was coming to our town of Yountville.  We were even more stocked when we heard it will be another restaurant from well-known Chef Thomas Keller was leading it. Wooohooo!!! 

LET’S TAKE A SELFIE WITH CHEF THOMAS KELLER AT LA CALENDA

I am not going to lie. We were being teased for months waiting for the doors to open. On our drives home, my hubby and I kept peaking in the windows catch any signs of progress and hoping to see a grand opening sign.  For months nothing, nada, niente. First, rumors were that it would open summer 2018, which we were extremely excited considering it’s in our neck of the woods and it would be during World Cup time. Well, that didn’t happen. When I found out that it may open sometime in December, I kept wondering when?!? We are going to be out of town for the holidays. To my surprise, doors opened on January 3rd, 2019 a day before my husband’s birthday. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MARIACHI LOCO!🥳

I was extremely happy. I kept asking our local Yountville friends how I could hold a table for 10 and it didn’t seem possible. Here is where my Capricorn stubborn mindset pays off. I wanted to keep it a secret so badly that on the way home from work I made sure we took a different route so that he would see that La Calenda’s doors were open a day.  I stopped a bunch of times (sorry!) prior to the Grand Opening and politely asked if I was able to make reservations to surprise my husband. Como dicen en Venezuela, “el que no llora, no mama”.  I was determined to get us a table, even if it meant a deposit for the table. You see I just love surprises and even more when it is surprising my love and celebrating his birthday with our besties.   

A bit of history about the location of La Calenda

The location that La Calenda sits on has a lot of meaning, not only because it’s in the heart of Yountville but because it was previously home to Hurley’s, a favorite place for locals to hangout for a drink or a delicious meal.  I was very happy to see that The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group kept the relaxed local charm.  La Calenda definitely brings a family-friendly atmosphere and best part of all is it’s traditional Mexican cuisine.  The magic coming from the kitchen is the work of Chef Kaelin a native Oaxacan. 

NOW LET’S GET TO THE JUICY STUFF

As soon as you walk in La Calenda you will feel the cheerful lively Mexican feel, the music selection is awesome. My dream comes true! Finally, Latin Music in Napa. The décor makes you feel like you are in Mexico lindo. 

WHEN YOU WALK IN LA CALENDA BE SURE TO LOOK UP TO SEE THE STARS

What not to miss when you visit La Calenda:

I suggest you start with a drink at the bar while you wait to be seated. I usually start with a Mezcal. Over the past year I’ve developed a love for Mezcal. The smokier the better for me. I blame this on Tulum. Plus, I just love how they serve their mezcal.  You’ll have to order one to find out! 

My Mezcal pick at La Calenda: Del Maguey San Luis del Rio

If you don’t see me with Mezcal, then you’ll see me with a Margarita.  My favorite is the Fenix but I request it with mezcal instead of tequila; because after one tequila, 2 tequilas, tres tequilas… cositas pasan!  😜

My Margarita pick at La Calenda:Fenix with mezcal

¿Qué más se te antoja?

LA CALENDA TOTOPOS, GUACAMOLE Y SALSAS

And of course, you must order their guac, salsa and chips, aka Totopos, Guacamole y Salsas. The salsa roja y verde is to die. You will be traveling back to Mexico and taste the artisanal ingredients. Oh, but if you want just Totopos y Salsas, know that “a portion of all proceeds goes to Community Health Clinic Ole in Napa Valley”. “Clinic Ole’s mission is dedicated to providing high-quality primary health care to our Napa Valley community.”

If it’s your first time at La Calenda, I suggest you go with family style.

For our first time, it was cool to be there with a group of close friends because we were able to do it family style. We got to try a variety of dishes.  Luckily we are locals so we have been there almost every other weekend to try other dishes.  Here are my choices on must try. ¡Vale!

LA CALENDA’S CEVICHE

Ask if they have the Ceviche it’s sometimes offered as a special on weekends. OJO: This is not their Coctel de Camarón and the Ceviche is not on the menu, yet! 😊

Life is a beet. I LOVE beets. If you are beet freak like me you have to try their Ensalada de Betabeles. OJO: This can change depending on season fruit and produce. I was so happy when I got my beet salad that I completely forgot to take a photo. Woopsy!

Tacos de Barbacoa. I think I’ve had this every time I’ve been to La Calenda. That’s how delicious they are. The night of my hubby’s birthday I sort did not want to share this dish the first time so every time after I’ve had it solo.  OJO: You will be licking your fingers. 

TACOS DE BARBACOA

Oh don’t forget their Frijoles Refritos. It’s your mouth watery by now? 😋Mine is just reminiscing our Calenda times.

HOLY MOLE!

PUERCO EN MOLE VERDE LA CALENDA

Puerco en Mole Verde: My hubby had the pork jowl in mole verde that is wrapped in a fresh, stone tortilla. He has also had the Enchiladas de Mole Negro con Pollo and said it’s the best mole negro his ever tasted.

And of course, there is always time and space for Postres or as one of my favorite quotes says—

“Life is too short, eat dessert first.”

-Unknown

You must try the Churros!!! I have yet to try the rest of the desserts. Or you can just end the night with a Mezcal too. That’s what I usually do. Hehehe. 

MY FAVORITE MEZCAL AT CALENDA IS DEL MAGUEY SAN LUIS DEL RIO

Awww… I love ❤️ that we have traditional Mexican regional food right around the corner. And that I can go there on a Friday night to have my mezcalito and dance to some reggaetonsito. Yeap! They play Daddy Yankee, Despacito, Mana and a bunch of other well-known Latin artist. As a Miami girl this is just music to my ears and heart.  💃🏻

Así que Bella. Get your sexy high heels on when you go to La Calenda and bring an appetite so you can try it all.
 

For those Bellezas trying to figure out a fun place to dine while visiting Napa Valley or if you are debating where to plan your babe’s Birthday surprise, La Calenda may be the place to be.

La Calenda

6518 Washington Street

Yountville, CA 94599

(833) 682 – 8226

Recuerda. ¡Descubre, saborea y brinda! Because life it’s just way too short.  

And if you think your besties would love this tip pass it along and get someone else tipsy. ¡Vale!

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Un beso enorme,

P.S. If you see dancing at Calenda by the bar, please don’t be a stranger. Say Hi or just dance conmigo. 💃🏻 ¡Vale!

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Now I want to go to La Calenda! Love you review and recomendaciones!

You have to come next time you are in Napa. ¡Vale!

Isabel Freeman

Great post!! I have visited just for a drinks but will go back for the whole meals!
Besos,

It’s so delicious. You are going to love it!

Geraldine

Best Camarones Al Ajo I’ve had in my life!!

I haven’t had their camarones al ajo!! I need to try it next time.

Aidee

Wendy thank you! for sharing your experiences in La Calenda, seems a wonderful place and the food looks very enjoyable ❤️🌮🥗🍷

Next time you visit Yountville. It’s a must do!!

Wendy me encanta tu post, adoro la comida mexicana: el ceviche me apasiona. Qué lugar más bonito y que apetitoso, gracias

Es súper rico. Un poquito de Mexico en Yountville.

Que maravilla! Cuanta mexcla e intercambio positivo. Fotos fantásticas. Frases muy auténticas venezolanas que también coinciden en España. Saludos y besos Elisa

Gracias Bella. De verdad que si se me sale lo Venezolano jejeje. Yo adoro la comida mexicana.

This look awesome, we love Napa and we will definitely go next time we are there. Me encantaron tus fotos y tú historia.

Gracias Bella. Espero que muy pronto puedas visitar la Calenda, la selección de menú es súper rica.

Wow! Me súper encanta la comida Mexicana y La Calenda tiene una pinta excelcional!!! Me han entrado ganas de cenar Mexicano ya mismo jajaja que pena que me pille tan lejos

Jajajaja a mi también me paso eso cuando estaba escribiendo este blog. La comida mexicana es una de mis favoritas.

Muero por ir para alla!Que divino esta el restaurante!

Es súper rico. Espero que muy pronto puedas visitar la Calenda y Napa. ¡Vale!

Se ve hermoso el lugar y la comida de La Calenda, espectacular!!! Qué bien que lo disfrutaron

Super deli la comida. Y yo súper feliz de tener ambiente latino en Yountville. :l💃🏻🥳🤗

Que delicia de menú! Yo soy fan de la comida mexicana.
Y ese lugar se ve divino! Me has hecho antojar… lastima que vivo tan lejos!

Espero que muy pronto puedas visitar Napa y conocer La Calenda en persona. Te vas a chupar los dedos.

Que maravilla que pudieron ir. Bellísimo el sitio y el menú, pues muero de envidia, chica. Jajaja. Que divino!!!!

Jajaja muy pronto te veo por estos lados mi Vero bella. Te va fascinar todo!

Wow Wendy! Suena súper este lugar. Los totopos sé ven tal cual yo los haría. Hasta se me antojó traer un mezcal la próxima vez que vaya a México.

Jajaja yo adoro el mezcal. Hace poco añadieron más mezcal en el menu de La Calenda. 😋

Valentina

Quer rico se ve! Gourmet Mexican food. Ingredients look so fresh and presentation is fabulous. ❤️ Awesome post

You will love it girly. Next time you are visiting me in Yountville in La Calenda for sure!

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