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Old Vine Cafe, Community Wine Dinner-Terlano Wines and Peter Neptune

Take one part amazing young chef, one part Master Sommelier, add some amazing Italian wine, garnish with an fantastic kitchen and wait staff, and you have yourself an Old Vine Cafe Community Wine Dinner. Old Vine Cafe, located in Orange County, California, is the five year old Restaurant of Chef Mark McDonald–a rising star of the southern California food scene. Old Vine is built around the idea of pairing great wine with great food to enhance and elevate both to a new level of flavor sensation.  Every few months Old Vine holds community wine dinner, the most recent featuring Master Sommelier Peter Neptune and Italian wines from Cantina Terlano. Chef McDonald and his staff concocted 7 creative Italian inspired courses with market fresh ingredients that were meticulously paired with the pristinely crafted wines from Terlano. Do you believe in Magic? We do after this magical evening of wine history, stories, and education, camaraderie with fellow winos and foodies, and of course phenomenal wine and food.

Master Sommelier, Peter Neptune explaining everything you ever wanted to know about Italian wine

Chef McDonald explaining one of the many wonderful wine and food pairings

First-wild baby arugula, dandelion greens, pea sprouts, granny smith apples, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction, paired with 2011 Terlano, Pinot Grigio

One of many amazing wines from Terlano

Second-chilean sea bass, toasted rye crumbs, pomegranate and buerre rouge paired with 2010 Terlano, Pinot Nero

close up of the chilean sea bass, toasted rye crumbs, pomegranate and buerre rouge paired with 2010 Terlano, Pinot Nero, quite a unique pairing of a red wine with a white fish, it was excellent

Third-salmon two ways: sashimi with meyer lemon vinaigrette and salmon rillette with wonton crisp and sunlower sprouts paired with 2009 Terlano ‘Vorberg’ Pinot Bianco

Peter explaining more interesting things about the Terlano wines

Fourth-kumquat infused beets, mung bean sprouts, marcona almond crusted feta cheese, and kumquat extra virgin oil paired with 2009 Terlano ‘Quarz” Sauvignon

Fifth-Stewed Hidden Valley Farms Rabbit with warm pickled cabbage and potato gnocchi paired with 2008 Terlano ‘Nova Domus” Riserva, Pinot Bianco/Chardonnay/Sauvignon

The Master giving us many more great insights into the wine

Sixth-slow roasted Australian lamb shank with bacon-potato pancake and lamb demi glace paired with 2008 Terlano ‘Gries’ Riserva Lagrein – Wow the Bacon Potato Pancake- speechless!

Seventh and Final-house made savory goat cheese and orange blossom ice cream with fresh goat cheese crostino paired with 2006 Terlano ‘lunare’ Gewurztraminer

To Chef McDonald and Staff, Peter Neptune, and all comrades Cheers to one Magical evening.

Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, Live Curated and Visit Old Vine Cafe first chance you get!
For more information on Old Vine Cafe and Chef McDonald, Peter Neptune, and Cantina Terlano see below:
Old Vine Cafe
Peter Neptune
Cantina Terlano Wines

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SPQR-A San Francisco Brunch fit for Romans

SPQR–the acronym for Senatus Populesque Romanus (translation: “The People and Senate of Rome”) and the emblem of the Roman Empire sparked the concept behind this San Francisco staple. SPQR offers modern Italian inspired cuisine using the classic Northern California approach of integrating local, quality ingredients to create fun, mouth watering dishes. The menu changes often, featuring a variety of delightful ingredients such as rabbit ragu, suckling pork crochette, sea urchin, and many other unique cuisines. SPQR is quaint with a central open kitchen that allows guest an up close and personal view of the focused chefs creating their playground of flavors. SPQR also features a fantastic wine list of rare Italian finds. Open for dinner and brunch on the weekends, SPQR is as the Italians say, “Fantastico”.

Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, and Eat Curated.

1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA

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Aramburu Restaurant, a Foodie Adventure in Buenos Aires

On a quiet street in the working class neighborhood of San Telmo in Buenos Aires sits Aramburu Restaurant. It’s low key, graffittied, and bright pink facade hides all clues to the creative culinary landscape that resides inside. Once inside, the setting is warm and unpretentious. The space is open and looks upon a large window into the kitchen, or maybe better described as the science lab, where you can see several mad scientist/artisans at work fashioning a very imaginative and playful meal. Aramburu features a set 10 (or more) course meal with optional wine pairing (which we highly recommend) as it is an exquisite addition to this fun play on Argentine cuisine. If you are visiting Buenos Aires, Aramburu is an absolute must.

The lab-where the magic happens.

A selection of amuse bouches to start our meal.

Edible watercolors, painting your food is encouraged.

This dish was still smoking as it arrived at the table, it was divine.

Aramburu is truly foodie heaven and not to be missed if you find yourself in Buenos Aires.

Eat, Love, Drink, Live, and Eat Curated.

Salta 1050 :: C1074AAV
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
T. +5411 4305 0439

Philippe The Original French Dipped Sandwiches

Philippe The Original is one of the oldest and best known restaurants in Southern California. Philippe’s was established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, who claimed the distinction of having created the “French Dipped Sandwich.” One day in 1918, while making a sandwich, Mathieu inadvertently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven. The patron, a policeman, said he would take the sandwich anyway and returned the next day with some friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. And so was born the “French Dipped Sandwich,” so called either because of Mathieu’s French heritage, the French roll the sandwich is made on or because the officer’s name was French. The answer is lost to history.

As you can see, this place gets packed before Los Angeles Dodger and Laker games. Patronage spans many generations.

I highly recommend the lamb sandwich but the beef is also excellent. I also got a pickled egg!

Where else can you get a lemonade for 75 cents and an iced tea for 65 cents?

On your next trip to Los Angeles, be sure to stop at Philippe’s.

Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily


OLSEN: Scandinavian Modern Brunch in Buenos Aires

If you are not paying attention you might easily pass this gem by. Nestled behind the tall modern slatted fence, Olsen hides from the large, exuberant city. Entering is like stepping into a mid-century modern Scandinavian lodge, only nowhere close to Scandinavia. As you enter Olsen you are immediately transported from the hustle and bustle of the city to the calm and tranquil courtyard garden. The courtyard garden is quaint: a miniature forest of trees and ivy and a perfect escape from the intense mid-morning Buenos Aires sun. The food is an interpretation on traditional Scandinavian fare, approachable and simple. While the food is satisfying the real attraction of Olsen is the indoor/outdoor space that has been created. It is simply a place you can enjoy good drinks, food, and some great conversation with friends, in a hidden, comfortable modern space, in the vibrant city.

Yum! Eat, Love, Drink, Be Merry, and Live Curated.

Olsen, Gorriti 5870, Buenos Aires, 11/4776-7677

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