Friday, June 18, 2010

Wine Pairing Dinner

5 course meal @ Third & Olive in Burbank + Malibu Family Wines = Delicious!
(L-R: MIL, Mo, Pops, Mr. Knots, Me)
First course: Smoked Salmon and crab with grapefruit coriander and melon salad, paired with Sauvignon Blanc. It was such an interesting mix of flavors with the melon, spicy grapefruit sauce and crab. The flavors danced on my tongue. I'm not a huge white wine fan, but I'll definitely be buying a bottle of this next time we go to the winery.
Second course: Moroccan style braised chicken with preserved lemon & green olives, paired with 2005 Merlot. Fall-off-the-bone tender.
Third Course: Portobello mushroom with duck, spinach, and smoked mozzarella. Paired with 2005 Syrah. I'm not a mushroom fan by any means, but I thought this was one of the tastiest courses. I actually ate a mushroom, and enjoyed it!
Fourth Course: Venison Stew with carrots, turnip and crusty bread. Paired with 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Not my favorite course. I found the venison to be very dry, but it paired nicely with the cab. (I started eating this forgetting to take the picture first)
The best course aka dessert: Warm apple cake with vanilla whip cream. Need I say more?
aaaawe Mr. Knots and I enjoying our meal (btw - I think I like that new name for him here on my blog. What do you think?)
In honor of the upcoming Father's day holiday, here's a pic of my pops and I:
The chef hopped in our picture - our compliments to the chef!

Happy Friday y'all! I'm off to a margarita party. Woot!


  1. You visit some of the best sounding restaurants! :-)

  2. So, this is in response to your comment on Friday! :)
    You're welcome for the award! I love reading your blog and felt that you deserved it!
    I am glad that I am not the only one who isn't fond of bridges (or overpasses). I lived near LA so I know exactly what you are talking about! Closing your eyes is definitely the right idea, unless of course, you are the one driving! lol :)