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The rich depth of red cherry seduces my plate as I sip a handsome glass of Banshee Pinot Noir. Regina Spektor serenades as I sit relaxing on the mid-century modern loveseat. I gaze out to the charming but busy street of Toluca Lake. As I sit the wine breathes and I take in my surroundings…. The outer shell of the room houses various bottles, cozy in their wooden shelters. The Bar itself modern and sleek, wine box wood slats with a smooth white counter top. I take another sip as the tannins make love to the tip of my tongue.
A little over a year ago Spin the Bottle opened it's doors to the public of Los Angeles. The owner of Spin the Bottle, Doug LaGambina, grew up in a mostly Italian American household in New York where wine was a staple of the family. He spent 20 years in the music business traveling and experiencing great food and wine. Upon moving to The Golden State his interest in California wines grew. Doug began taking classes at UCLA, WSET, and most recently the Court of Master Sommeliers. After investing in the much loved restaurant and bar Wood & Vine and watching the process from start to finish, Doug took an exit from the music industry and enter the world of wine. In partnership with Scott Kay (Wood & Vine) Spin the Bottle was born into the growing world of up and coming wine bars North/East of the Hollywood sign.
I thought it was odd that you couldn't easily find a place where you could have a glass or two of wine and also have options to take some bottles home. So I decided that would be the model for my place. I thought it was important to create a space that was inviting and provided a different environment from the usual dark, cluttered wine bar as well as a more stylish shop that would set it apart from BevMo etc. Also it was important to focus on small production wineries that delivered great quality for the price.
The wine shop happens to neighbor my favorite Argentinian restaurant which makes this the perfect place to stop in before a good meal. The shop does offer a few of the typical wine bar snacks, herbed ricotta crostini, mixed olives, and of course there is a cheese plate…. Hummmmm cheese. As the afternoon progresses the calm kicks in and the cherries flourish the longer they are exposed to the atmosphere. Smooth and void of complexity but rich with flavor this is the perfect glass for my mood. For this moment in time I can be still, not thinking where I have to go next or what I have to do. I can just sit, relax, and sip.
LA Food Fest 2014
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Summer is a feast for countless festivals and street fairs, from garlic to wine, strawberries to lobster, there is something for every taste bud and salivary gland... :o)
Ladies Night Out is a tribute to all things summer. Food, shopping, live music and more...
With special discounts and plenty of edible goodies Ladies Night Out is a perfect evening for the foodie and shopaholic in all of us. Don't be fooled by the name, an evening with the ladies involves the whole family. While the ladies are getting their shop on the men can sample a variety of cuisine from the multitude of food trucks. This is defiantly a family event!
But I must say the highlight of my evening was the discovery of Two Ships bake shop. There is a divine creative soul cranking out some sweet treats and these might just be my favorite French Macaroons ever! From one creative endeavor to another Jaime is painting a canvas of delectable baked goods with simple ingredients. Two words Mexican - Chocolate (macaroon that is)
Lucky for us Ladies Night Out is a year round event. So be sure to check out the festivities on the last Friday of every month, oh and be sure to follow Two Ships bake shop to discover where they'll be next.
This years wine festival was a blast and supported an amazing cause Rock Against Trafficking.
R.A.T is a non-profit in support of ending child slavery worldwide. It always feels good to support a great cause while having a little fun.
And fun was had until the wee morning hours...
The food was great, the wine flowed, and the summer fashion was abundant!
Wine festivals are a great way to explore a variety foods, wine, and spirits. I highly recommend making it a point to attend The Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival next summer. Be sure to get your tickets early as the event will sell out!
I'm not afraid to admit it... I'm a tea drinker, there I said it...
As a little girl raised by a single parent, my mother made every effort to make sure I had special moments in my childhood. Though her budget was not extraordinary she found the means to treat us to the occasional night out. One of my favorite things we did was dinner at our local Chinese restaurant, where I got to eat with chopsticks and drink green tea complete with tea leaves floating in my cup. I loved to observe the leaves as they shifted with each sip and when there was nothing left in the bottom of the cup, My mother and I would pretend that we could read our future in the leaves.
At the humble age of about five, this is where my love of tea began.
Similar to the pleasant memories I hold of my first sip of deep black cherry flavors in a glass of Stags Leap 2001 SLV, I am just as delighted by recapturing the vibrant fruit and spice notes of my first cup of Ashbey Teas Alberry Spice. Recently I've had the great delight of indulging in some teas that are quite special.
Ambessa Tea by the famed culinary artist Marcus Samuelsson.
If the elegant packaging by Louise Fili doesn't do it for you, then what's inside certainly will. There are four teas in which Ambessa offers and I highly recommend trying them all.
-Earl of Harlem- is an earthy, smoky black tea with the palatable and seductive aroma of what I sense to be liquorice or lavender.
-Safari Breakfast- is one of the richest black teas I've had the pleasure of tasting. This is the perfect cup of tea when married with a bit of sugar and cream.
Then there is the majestic profile of the -Lingonberry Green Tea- Lush with hints of fruit tantalizing in scent and taste. I especially love this tea because of the red cornflowers.
Last and uniquely my favorite is the -Choco Nut Blend- The dark chocolate bouquet is soothing enough on its own and arouses the taste buds, but its the decadent blends of chocolate and caramel with just the slightest hint of peanut that tickles my palate.
The beauty of these teas is that they take me on a whimsical journey, they enhance my mood and help create special moments in my day. Ambessa teas have certainly captured a place in my heart and in my tea sipping enjoyment. No, I am not afraid to admit... I am a tea drinker and a tea lover!
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