Monday, May 07, 2007


Wine a So So... (The People Made my Evening!)


So, yes...this pic was taken at the opening of the L Wine Bar at 1801...much like at an amusement park, or like when children go and see Santa at the mall...and guests in attendance were given prints as souvenirs. I am surprised the people at the L didn't put the pics in a little keyhole photo keychain... now, THAT's an idea!... Or maybe have a wine bottle cutout that one can put their face and arms through?? No?


Anyway, I had a great time at the L... it was fun to see Garrett, Ann & Jennifer again, and to finally meet Sac-Eats & Mrs. Sac-Eats in person.

The interior of the wine bar is nice, has a retro feel...liked the bathrooms. Did not like the tv at the bar, but...this is the trend of the Sac restaurant. An obnoxious tv is a must. To escape the tube, one can sit upstairs, or venture out on the patio. Pretty classy up there.

The white wine: not sure what varietal it was (I had already had a glass of red, so maybe that is why I could not tell. It looked to be a pinot grigio??) It was too sweet for me (as I am a red drinker), but paired beautifully with the macadamia nut appetizer. The appetizer tasted similar to a pecan diamond. The white wine with the macadamia bar was definitely a highlight!



Asparagus mint crostini...

It was OK, but too risky in my book. Asparagus does not pair well with wine!! Why would you serve something like this at a soft opening of a wine bar? Just curious...




Another appetizer we had was a bacon on crostini item...


now you see it...




now you don't...


We also had a forgettable lavender croquette. We'll sock that in the laundry drawer for freshness. ;)

Maybe I am being a little harsh. I had a great time and service was pretty great, too, but food (barbie food) was not passed until 8 or so... a full hour after we arrived. And the food pictured above was all that was passed. We were also served a shiraz (70%) & cabernet (30%) blend. Not one of the better wines I have ever had. Oh well...


So... onward we (staggered) went to Zocalo's! (for a little seis de mayo fun...)

Here are some of the dishes we enjoyed...





I tried to take a snap of Sac-eats salad, (which was quite possibly the best looking dish in my opinion), but it was too blurry to post.

All in all, an enjoyable evening amongst friends.

Salute!

5 comments:

beckyjsacto said...

It was so nice meeting you last night, especially since you're a fellow Armstrong & Getty girl, editor/art director, and fan of the buttercream!

Cheers!
Becky/RunnerGirl/Mrs. Eats

Kickin' It Up In the Kitchen said...

Great review. Sounds like it was alot of fun.

Jennifer said...

How fun!

Garrett said...

Oooh, can I use some of those pictures for a min-Zocalo review? None of mine came out for crap...

cakegrrl said...

Garrett,
Of course you can! I think there are a few on Sacatomato you might want to borrow, too. :)