When we arrived they remembered me this time - or I should say they remembered my bottle of 1994 Dominus I toted with me last time around. This time I brought with me Tantara's 2003 Evelyn, their top bottling that I'd been cellaring for years. The wine was fantastic - floral with great fruit, smooth, beautifully crafted. A total winner! Kudos to my Tantara friends!! I can't wait to drink my other Evelyns (I've been collecting them vertically for several years).
click here to read my earlier review). This is truly my favorite sushi restaurant in LA! After recovering from lunch, I prepared myself for a fabulous grilled cheese and champagne bash being hosted by my Foodie Friend, one of the most talented home chefs I've ever had the pleasure to meet. I walked into her impeccably decorated condo and the first thing that caught my eye was a chalkboard mounted on the wall over an incredible spread of food listing the evening's menu. In addition to multiple types of grilled cheese sandwiches, all made with fine cheese and ingredients, she had two rows of hand-pickled vegetables she had made, everything from okra to peaches. The jars glimmered as if lite up from within adding a touch of artistry to the food. My Foodie Friend had also crafted an stunning spread of macaroons, which like the pickled fruits and veggies, came in an array of colors and flavors.
Next up, tonight I'm venturing to The Street, Susan Feniger's new restaurant featuring food from around the world. Kuzak and The Chicago Foodie are accompanying me. I'm leaning toward their tour of the world for $35. They also offer a beer pairing for an additional $15, so maybe I can give up my beloved wine for a night. Then tomorrow it's a marathon birthday celebration for The Chicago Foodie's family at a Russian restaurant. Now that should be an interesting event! I promise to report on both dining experiences.
Restaurants mentioned in this post:
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA
11288 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Susan Feniger's The Street
742 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038