April 15, 2015

Paso Robles

I had an unexpected few days off work, so I gathered up some friends for an impromptu wine tasting trip to Paso Robles.

We drove down on a Friday afternoon, had dinner at a local seafood market, and went to an awesome local bar named the Pour House.

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The next day, we took an all day wine tour of nearby vineyards. We had a great time eating lunch outdoors at Le Vigne Winery, tasting the huge pours of reserve wine at Hunt Cellars, and playing drunk bocce ball at Midnight Cellars. Good times!

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This time we only came back with 3 bottles of wine!

March 4, 2015

Whiskey Tasting Night

After a long three week detox from alcohol, the husband and I hosted a whiskey tasting party.

Highlights of the night:
- 10 bottles of whiskey
- whiskey ginger jello shots
- clams with white wine and garlic
- "faux gras"
- lumpia
- macarons
- instant pho

We were up drinking until 4 am that night. Good times! 

February 17, 2015

Urchin Bistrot

584 Valencia Street, San FranciscoCA 94110

About a week ago, we had dinner with a group of friends at Urchin Bistrot before getting drinks at Southern Pacific Brewing in the Mission. The restaurant was a cute little bistro that was tucked between many other restaurants. 

Our party started off with a round of drinks from the specialty cocktails menu, and all of them were surprisingly mediocre. My drink was named "Down the Rabbit Hole" and was made with vodka, carrot, ginger beer, lemon, and rosemary. It tasted like watered down carrot juice. 

We ordered appetizers to share, and each had our own entrees. I was afraid that it would be too much food, but the portions were pretty small. 

steak tartare with fried oysters
ocean trout fume
duck liver mousse with quince compote
The steak tartare and the ocean trout fume were both pretty good, but the duck liver mousse was a weird watery consistency which made it difficult to eat. We also ordered a gougere to share, and it was cheesy and warm.

sea urchin spaghettini
I ordered the spaghettini as my main dish, and it was delicious. I just wish that there was triple the amount of sea urchin in it! 

The overall dining experience was okay. I was pretty disappointed in their drinks, and I thought that the food was only decent. Considering how hard it was to get a reservation, I don't think I will be coming back.

The husband and I are detoxing from alcohol for the next 3 weeks. Wish us luck!