Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s Bake Cornbread!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Let’s Bake Cornbread!

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Fresh Baked Cornbread & Cornbread Muffins!

Cornbread recipe:

1/2 Cup Corn Meal
1-1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Baking Powder

2 Eggs (beaten)
3 Tbsp Butter (melted)
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1-1/4 Cup Milk

Optional: Add 1/4 Cup of Honey to the batter mix

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease muffin pan and/or baking dish with more vegetable oil
Use a ~1/4 cup of batter for each muffin (fill each ~2/3 full)
Bake for ~18-20 mins or until they pass the toothpick test
Let cool and enjoy.

NOTE: This is basically the recipe on the Corn Meal box, so make adjustments for taste, time and temperature as necessary. We also like to add stuff before baking.
And the pictures show the product of a Doubled Recipe, so there will be fewer muffins.

Cornbread with BACON, cheese and jalapeño!

6 strips of Bacon (cooked and diced into very small pieces)
2/3 small block Colby Jack Cheese (diced into very small pieces)
1/2 small can of Diced Jalapeños (diced again into very small pieces)

Add Bacon, cheese and jalapeño to the batter mix and bake!
Adjust baking time as necessary, usually a little longer.

TIP: Bake in advance and freeze.
Let muffins cool completely and FREEZE them.
Then thaw them out and warm them before serving on the day of the party.

Have a Happy Turkey Day!
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Cornbread & Cornbread Muffins with BACON, cheese and jalapeño!

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MOZZA! Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

MOZZA!  Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

Tuesday evening and time for another Dinner Party!

At one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles, California, the USA and the World!

101 Freeway to Hollywood. Exit Highland and down to Melrose. Valet Parking $12…

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

Nancy Silverton is a co-owner, with partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, of Osteria Mozza Italian restaurant and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego and Singapore, as well as Mozza2Go and Chi Spacca in Los Angeles. She also founded the La Brea Bakery and the recently closed Campanile Restaurant before opening Pizzeria Mozza.

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Osteria Mozza Co-Owner Nancy Silverton (CherryBombMag)

Early in her career, Nancy was named Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef”. She was also awarded “Pastry Chef of the Year”, “Who’s Who of Cooking” and “Outstanding Restaurant” for Campanile by the James Beard Foundation. Bon Appetit awarded Silverton Best of Food & Entertaining “Food Artisan”. She recently received the James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Chef” and is listed as one of the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune and Food and Wine Magazine. She has authored eight cookbooks: Desserts (1986), Breads from the La Brea Bakery (1996), Pastries from the La Brea Bakery (2000), Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book (2005), Twist of the Wrist (2007) and the Mozza Cookbook (2011).

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

We’ve been to Osteria Mozza before and thoroughly enjoyed eating here previously, but we haven’t been back in a long time, and they have a new Executive Chef. The decision was made and once again we are happily just a passenger on a “foodie journey” to Hollywood.

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

We arrived early. The restaurant was pretty much empty, but they have a policy to not seat a table until the entire party arrives, so we waited at the bar and ordered cocktails. Our bartender was very friendly and very patient, and since we were the only customers she had time to explain the single malt scotch selection and suggest a tequila-rum punch drink with cucumber and jalapeño for the guest of honor. We declined a pre-dinner cocktail knowing that there would be a lot of great food and a little wine coming soon.

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The Bar at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

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The restaurant is a beautiful space. Osteria Mozza is next door to Pizzeria Mozza, and in addition to the alcohol bar, there is a mozzarella bar in the large front dining room. There is a smaller adjacent dining room and a larger dining room (often used for private events and parties) with a wine bar and many stored Italian wine bottles in the back.

At our request, the manager made an exception to the rules, and we were seated at a table in the “private” room before our remaining dinner guests arrived, and we were the only table seated in the back room for the entire length of our dinner! We didn’t have to wait very long before our party was complete and the food service began.

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Mozzarella Bar & Front Dining Room at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

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The Wine Bar in the “Private” Back Dining Room at Osteria Mozza

The Menu:

They have a very fancy and creative menu! Start with a nice selection from the Mozzarella Bar, then have an appetizer, followed by a first course (pasta), and then a second course (meat or fish) and finally dessert with coffee drinks and/or aperitifs. We chose to have only the appetizer and not the first course, instead eating bread and mozzarella before enjoying our entree choice and saving some room for their wonderful dessert.

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Wine, a Coke and the Menu at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

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NOTE: The menu changes daily depending on what fresh ingredients are available!

The Meal (Wednesday May 17, 2016):

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Mozzarella Tasting (3 Kinds), Burrata & Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Bread

On The Menu: Mozzarella tasting (3 kinds: bufala, smoked and burricotta) with salted garlic bread, Burrata and grilled asparagus in melted butter with toasted almonds and bread crumbs, Mozzarella with stewed zucchini sampler, Grilled Octopus appetizer, Porcini-rubbed Rib Eye Bistecca (charred & medium rare), Fried Potatoes with rosemary, Snap Peas & Romano Beans, bread & butter, a coke, Aetneus Etna Rosso 2008 red wine, espresso and Cannoli di Gelati (pistachio, caramel & espresso) for dessert. Yeah baby!

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Porcini-rubbed Rib Eye Steak, Fried Potatoes, Snap Peas & Romano Beans

Other members of our party ordered tequila-rum punch, single malt scotch, the rabbit con salsiccia, grilled yellowtail, roasted beets, squid ink pasta, another pasta, the grilled whole orata fish, cappuccino, coffee, chocolate cake and the sautéed strawberries.

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NOTE: As usual, we try to take quality pictures of our food quickly and without interfering with the service or disturbing other diners. We managed to get a lot of good pics without being annoying, but didn’t get pics of all the dishes due to the size of the table.

We also ordered a fine bottle of wine, an Aetneus Etna Rosso 2008 red that was recommended by the sommelier. She “primed” our wine glasses by lightly washing the inside with a small splash of the wine before bringing them to our table. It was “fruity”, “mellow” and complemented both the grilled octopus and steak very well.

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Pour the Wine! Aetneus Etna Rosso 2008

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS DINNER!
EXCELLENT FOOD! TASTY WINE! SWEET DESSERT! GREAT SERVICE!

We really enjoyed the dining experience at Osteria Mozza. The only complaint we had about the food was that the octopus was a tad overcooked and a little too chewy (and it could have used more lemon). It was still good, but just a touch overdone. We shared the “market price” rib eye steak ($105.00) which was really delicious and cooked perfectly to order, but it’s also a lot of money for a plate of grilled meat for two. We realize how lucky we are and we are truly thankful for the privilege to enjoy such fine and expensive food!

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

BIG THANKS!!! Thank you to the Staff, Kitchen Crew, Managers, Hosts, Servers and Bussers who made this meal and party possible. Special thanks to our server Kelly, who did an excellent job and was extremely friendly and personable.

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Osteria Mozza Executive Chef Elizabeth Hong (Brian van der Brug/LA Times)

Elizabeth Hong’s family settled in Los Angeles and opened Park’s BBQ, a Korean barbecue restaurant in Koreatown in 2003. Hong enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and completed her cooking courses. Needing an externship to graduate, she applied to Osteria Mozza. Now Hong is 31 and has been at Mozza for as long as she has been cooking professionally: she first worked at the mozzarella bar, then moved to Pizzeria Mozza, where she became sous chef and then chef de cuisine. When longtime chef de cuisine Matt Molina left Osteria Mozza last year, Hong took over and she is now the Executive Chef.

From the Osteria Mozza website:
Hong’s first (paying) kitchen gig was alongside Nancy Silverton behind Osteria Mozza’s mozzarella bar. By quickly mastering each station in the kitchen, Hong worked her way to Chef de Cuisine at neighboring Pizzeria Mozza. As Executive Chef of the renowned and beloved Osteria Mozza, Chef Hong carefully adheres to Nancy’s words of wisdom: “Make it nice or make it twice.”

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Executive Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez (Mozza website)

NOTE: Big Congratulations to Executive Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez for recently winning a James Beard Award. The desserts were excellent! She has been thrice-nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Pastry Chef” Award. Her work has been celebrated in the LA Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, GQ and Metropolitan Home.

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Brooks Cherries al Forno, Perugian Tart, Yogurt Gelato & Dried Cherry Brittle

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Cannoli di Gelati: Pistachio w/cherries, Caramel w/marshmallow & Espresso w/chocolate

NOTE: Seriously, save some room for dessert!

After dinner we picked up our leftovers at the host desk and made it to the valet just in time! Three large parties exited just after we did and there was a sudden rush on the valet stand after we got there. Also, $12 is pretty steep for valet parking at a restaurant even in Los Angeles! There is street parking nearby, but it’s difficult to find a space and there have been some unpleasant “incidents” in the immediate neighborhood after dark, so we recommend valet or street parking on Highland or Melrose.

Osteria Mozza6602 Melrose Ave (at Highland) Hollywood, California
323-997-0100 http://www.osteriamozza.com
Open Mon-Fri 5:30-11pm and Sat & Sun 5-11pm

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We took a couple pics of the interior of Pizzeria Mozza through the window while we were waiting at the valet.

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Wine Wednesday! The Aftermath!

Wine Wednesday! The Aftermath!

Wine and cheese party in Ashland Oregon: South Stage Cellars petite syrah, Chateau Lorane sauvignon blanc, Grizzly Peak tempranillo, a Margerum M5 and more.

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The Aftermath! Wine and Cheese Party in Ashland Oregon!

There was cheese and plenty of other appetizers too.
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Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

So you’re probably wondering about the title….here’s the story:

We got invited to see and hear a blues band play in Pasadena on Saturday night at a place called Big Mama’s Rib Shack. I was not responsible for the planning or execution, once again I was a passenger along for the ride.

Someone may have told someone that the Rib Shack’s food wasn’t good, so the plan was to eat before the show and the decision was to go for Mexican food.

Two Tacos at La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant

Take the 101 freeway south to the 134 east past Glendale and into Pasadena. I wanted to take more pictures along the way, but “stupid” traffic had us running late to dinner. We finally arrived (only ten minutes late) at the restaurant and found a good parking spot on the street right out front.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

The restaurant is a relatively small place, with simple Mexican decor, and it quickly filled up with people once we were seated. We ordered drinks and then perused the menu.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

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It’s a standard Mexican restaurant menu with tacos, burritos, enchiladas and the usual appetizers and entrees. EXCEPT THE FOOD IS GREAT! IT’S REAL MEXICAN FOOD! 

On the Menu: 2 crispy tacos, one shredded beef and one chicken, two chicken enchiladas in mole sauce with rice & beans, chips & salsa and a margarita pre show!

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Margarita – with a lot of tequila!

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Two Crispy Tacos – One Chicken & One Beef with Chips & Salsa

Really good crispy tacos! Excellent Mole sauce! Gringo style Mexican food done right!

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Two Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Sauce and Rice & Beans

I was told that we would be eating at the show later, so I didn’t try a burrito, a combo or the Fiesta platter of appetizers…and I would happily go back. They also have an “All you can eat” Taco special that I would like to try.

We finished eating and then motored across Pasadena to Big Mama’s Rib Shack.

Blues & BBQ at Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena, California

Go north up Lake Avenue, past The Hat (really good pastrami sandwiches) and Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, and you’ll come to Big Mama’s BBQ Southern Country Rib Shack.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena – Southern Country BBQ

The building’s not much to look at and the interior design is “whacked”. There are white vinyl booths on one side, tables in the middle with both plastic and wood chairs, and a beer & wine bar in the corner of the dining room. there was an area cleared as a stage (but no stage) next to the bar and a small area for the band’s merchandise as well. They have Saturday night performances, but it’s not real design as a performance space at all.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Here’s the menu: pork, chicken, seafood or beef, beer, wine and soft drinks and a full list of classic BBQ sides. Tickets were $20 for the show and dinner was also required, so we ordered food, with the plan to take home a good portion for lunch on Sunday.

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What’s on the Menu at Big Mama’s Rib Shack?

On the Menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs, mac’n’cheese, hush puppies, cornbread muffins, collared greens, yams & Heineken beer

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There were only two servers and a bartender covering the crowd, so we ordered before the first set and the food came during the performance before the intermission. And contrary to what we had been told, the food was good (not great, but good) country BBQ.

8:00pm – SHOWTIME!  John Németh and his blues band from Memphis, Tennessee

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John Németh from Memphis, Tennessee

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He Brought His Many Harps! (Blues Harmonicas)

I checked out the merchandise and the band’s setup before the show. I had never seen or heard the band before, but when I saw the collection of harps I knew it was going to be a good show. And I was not disappointed, the music was great!

John Németh and his blues band played two rockin’ sets of Chicago and Texas inspired music. He really is a master of the harp (blues harmonica) and his backing band was tight! The guitar, bass and drums were well rehearsed from playing gigs all over the country. At one point in the second set a guest bassist ( a former band member) stepped in for a few songs. I periscoped three of the songs and links to the live performance videos are located below.

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La Fiesta Grande1107 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (I’m told the Colorado Blvd location is closed)

Big Mama’s Rib Shack1453 N. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104 http://www.bigmamaspasadena.com

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Today is National Cheeseburger Day! Celebrate!

Today is National Cheeseburger Day! Celebrate!

“Cheeeeeeburggggieeeee! Cheeeeeeburggggieeeee! Cheeeeeeburggggieeeee!”

National Cheeseburger Day! Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese!

National Cheeseburger Day! Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese!

Double BBQ Bacon Charburger with Cheese and Grilled Onions

The Habit Grill: Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese and Grilled Onions!

In-N-Out Urge!

National Cheeseburger Day! In-N-Out Urge! Double-Double with Cheese!

The new In-N-Out Burger at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford, the first in Oregon, opened this week. I drove by when I was in town (not open yet) and it was a total tease.

In-N-Out Urge in Medford, Oregon!

In-N-Out Urge at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford, Oregon! Wasn’t open then. It’s open now!

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Wine Tasting at the Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon

Wine Tasting at Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon

To be honest, I was heading for Weisinger’s Winery, but missed it and followed the signs to Belle Fiore Estate & Winery…and I am very glad I did!

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Belle Fiore Winery – Beautifully landscaped parking lot

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Belle Fiore Winery – the Main Building

I arrived about noon and followed the road up the hill to the Tasting Room, Winery and Restaurant. It’s very pretty and even the parking pot is beautifully landscaped! The main building has the exterior design of a modern Italian Palazzo, with nice classical details.

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Belle Fiore Winery – the Main Building: Tasting Room, Winery and Restaurant

The interior is also lovely! There is table seating and a wine tasting bar downstairs, and a restaurant upstairs. The first floor also has the winery offices, a private dining/tasting room, restrooms and a kitchen area. The inside space is beautiful and decorated with art.

They have the Belle Arte label and hold an art competition every year, the winner is chosen and their art is featured on all the Belle Arte vintages that year. And artists can show and sell their work in the downstairs space.

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Belle Fiore Winery – Downstairs Tasting Room and Art Gallery

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Belle Fiore Winery – the fancy ironwork stairs to the Restaurant upstairs

There was only one other person at the tasting room bar when I arrived. I met my server Dottie, who passed me on the road in her new BMW and had just arrived at work. I would also meet Savannah (aka Sarah from Havana) and Michael while I enjoyed their wine.

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Belle Fiore Winery – the Wine Tasting Bar downstairs

Tasting Time! They had two tasting menus to choose from, and the wines change weekly and there are substitutions and add ons available. I decided to try the $12 tasting menu with five wines: a sauvignon blanc, a pinot noir, a syrah, a cabernet sauvignon and a muscat canelli. Along the way I also tasted a caprettone, a montepulciano and their recent Gold Medal Award Winner the Numinos red wine blend.

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Belle Fiore Winery – Wine Tasting Time!

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Belle Fiore Winery – Wine Tasting Menu

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Belle Fiore Winery – Dottie and Savannah at the Wine Tasting Bar

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Belle Fiore Winery – Belle Esprit 2014 Caprettone

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Belle Fiore Winery – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

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Belle Fiore Winery – 2013 Estate Pinot Noir

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Belle Fiore Winery – 2012 Estate Syrah

Their Numinos red wine blend just won a Double Gold Medal Award!

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Belle Fiore Winery – Numinos 2012 Red Wine Blend – Gold Medal Award Winner

 

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Big Thanks to Dottie, Savannah and Michael for their service, knowledge, stories and personal entertainment. Savannah and Michael are both very talented singers! They were also nice enough to let me plug in my phone charger while I was at the bar.

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Bella Fiore Winery – 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Belle Fiore Winery – Belle Arte 2012 Montepulciano

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Belle Fiore Winery – Belle Esprit 2013 Muscat Canelli

They have a food tasting menu downstairs and a full restaurant upstairs. And I think the restaurant menu is available downstairs as well. I have to thank my new friends Kim and Lynn again for sharing their cheese, bread and charcuterie leftovers with me.

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Belle Fiore Winery – Downstair Wine Bar Tating Menu

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Belle Fiore Winery – Bread & Cheese

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Belle Fiore Winery – Charcuterie Board Leftovers

The wines were EXCELLENT! All of the wines I tasted were absolute winners!

The whites were light, fruity and delicious. I would definitely drink the Caprettone and Sauvignon Blanc. The Muscat Cannelli is an excellent dessert wine.

Their red wines each had distinct qualities and wonderful flavors. The Numinos was exceptional and I “really-really” liked the Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano vintages.

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Belle Fiore Winery – Private Dining/TastingRoom

I spent a couple of hours at the bar, tried a lot of wines, and then wandered around the parking lot and building afterwards. It was cloudy, hazy and smoky but I got a few good pictures. The winery is onsite and the loading dock is adjacent to the tasting room.

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Belle Fiore Winery – Winery Loading Dock and Vineyards

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Belle Fiore Winery – Vineyards

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Belle Fiore Winery – Vineyards

They have acres of vineyards and the neighbor’s properties make for good pictures.

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Belle Fiore Winery – the view from the parking lot of the neighbors property

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Belle Fiore Winery – the view from the parking lot of the neighbors property

I had a wonderful time and all the wines were great! I would definitely return and want to try the private tour/tasting of the Mansion and eat at the restaurant next time I’m in town.

NOTE: The Private Tour and Tasting available at the Mansion Estate and gardens up the hill includes a tour, a select wine tasting and is fully accessible for Special Needs visitors.  The cost for the Private experience is $25 per person for a group of 1-8 guests.

They are licensed to ship wine to CA, NY, WA, NV and CO. They will also pack your purchase for shipping and you can ship it yourself as “perishable food” (don’t tell them it’s wine) if they don’t ship to your home state.

Belle Fiore Estate & Winery 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland, Oregon 541-552-4900  www.bellefiorewine.com

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Late Dinner at Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas

Late Dinner at Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas

We were hungry on Thursday night, but didn’t want to eat at a big buffet or an expensive restaurant. My traveling companion wanted to try the new Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar Las Vegas Original Buffalo Wings. And I was okay with that.

FOOD COURT!

Frank & Teressa's Anchor Bar at The Venetian Hotel

Food Court at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas

Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar Original Buffalo Wings!

Frank & Teressa's Anchor Bar at The Venetian Hotel

Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar at The Venetian Hotel

Single order – spicy boneless Buffalo wings with celery, carrots and ranch dressing

Frank & Teressa's Anchor Bar at The Venetian Hotel

Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar at The Venetian Hotel – Original Boneless Buffalo Wings! $12

Food was good. These were good Buffalo wings and very similar to WingStop. They have different levels of “HOT” from regular to suicide…which are really too hot to enjoy. They were overpriced for spiced fried chicken nuggets, a few vegetables and some dressing.

I got a drink at the Panda Express, but all the vendors in the Venetian food court only have Pepsi products and NO COKE. We sat at a table and enjoyed our food, and since I couldn’t eat it all we got a “to go” box and took the leftovers up to the room.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s (Three-Penny) Tavern in Ashland Oregon

“Welcome Adventurers!”

The sign above the front door welcomes you to a “Midsummer’s Night Dream” meets renaissance faire meets an English Pub themed bar and restaurant on the Plaza in downtown Ashland.

Last time I was in Ashland, in October, Oberon’s had just opened, and I only stuck my head in and looked around. So Thursday night, I decided to check the place out while the theatre crowd was busy watching the evening performances.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern in Ashland Oregon – “Welcome Adventurers!”

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

The Front Room has a curved bar and elevated rectangle stage near the front door, with live music performed most nights.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – The Front Room and Bar (the stage is on the right)

The eclectic decor attracts eclectic people. The crowd in the Front Room was mostly local “regulars”. There are trees indoors, twinkle lights, Shakespearian iambic pentameter engraved on the bar, books for reading left on bar tables, and friendly bartenders in cut-off leather vests with overflowing midriffs (muffin tops) serving food & drink!

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Iambic pentameter engraved on the bar!

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – fancy reading material on the bar tables

They have a good selection of beer and ale on tap, and a full bar with a few nice whiskeys. I settled on a Stone IPA (after tasting a dark microbrew) and ordered an English banger off the menu. An Oregon Shakespeare Festival Playbill was on the bar for public reading.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Stone IPA and the OSF Playbill at the bar

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon - English Banger & Stone IPA

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – English Banger w/cheese garnish & Stone IPA

They have a full menu of English pub fare and fancy entrees and are open for lunch and dinner. There are tables for dining in the middle room and a game room in the back.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – hallway to the Dining Area & Game Room in the back

In the back is a Game Room, also for dining, with funky stuff on the walls and games available to patrons.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room Decor

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Games available to patrons

Live Entertainment on the corner stage next to the Front Door provides a close-up experience anywhere in the Front Room and the entrance and bar area gets crowded when there’s a good act. Mostly local performers play here for money, some you might see busking on the streets of Ashland later. One night it was a solo-guitarist playing folk rock, another night it was a duo with a guy in a “Robin Hood” outfit on guitar and a woman in period costume with a Celtic drum playing Renaissance music together. There is usually a hat or can for “tips” on the stage.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Live Entertainment on stage nightly

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Front Room looking at stage & front door (bar on right)

They also have service on the outdoor back patio and street during the day on Guanajuato Lane with a nice view of Ashland Creek Park.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Back Patio on Guanajuato Lane and Ashland Creek

Guanajuato Lane on Ashland Creek in Ashland Oregon

Guanajuato Lane on Ashland Creek in Ashland Oregon

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Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern – 45 N Main St, Ashland, OR 97520 (541) 482-2316 http://www.oberonstavern.com

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In-N-Out Urge! National Burger Day!

In honor of National Burger Day here’s a Blog about the “In-N-Out Urge”!

In-N-Out Urge!

In-N-Out Urge!

  1. In-N-Out Burgers, Inc. is a regional chain of fast food restaurants with locations primarily in the American Southwest.
    Founder: Harry Snyder – Founded: 1948, Baldwin Park, CA
    Customer service: 1 (800) 786-1000 – Headquarters: Irvine, CA
In-N-Out Urge!

In-N-Out Urge! Waiting in line to order at the drive-thru……

In-N-Out Urge!

In-N-Out Urge! Waiting in line to order….

At In-N-Out Burger, quality is everything.

In-N-Out Urge!

In-N-Out Urge! – Waiting….waiting…..waiting…..

In-N-Out Urge!

In-N-Out Urge! At last, a Double-Double of my own!

In-N-Out Burger in King City

In-N-Out Urge! Sometimes you have to have two or three.

SPOILER ALERT! WARNING! SPOILER ALERT! WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!


  1. Double-Double
  2. Nutrition Facts with Onion
    Amount Per 330 g
    Calories 520 – 670
  3. % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 41 g 63%
    Saturated fat 18 g 90%
    Trans fat 1 g
    Cholesterol 120 mg 40%
    Sodium 1,440 mg 60%
    Total Carbohydrate 39 g 13%
    Dietary fiber 3 g 12%
    Sugar 10 g
    Protein 37 g 74%
    Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 15%
    Calcium 35% Iron 30%
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

UPDATE 18 Sept 2015: The new In-N-Out Burger at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford, the first in Oregon, opened this week. I drove by when I was in town (not open yet) and it was a total tease. Now open 10:30am-1am daily (1:30am on Fridays and Saturdays).

In-N-Out Urge in Medford, Oregon!

In-N-Out Urge in Medford, Oregon!

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Road Trip pt. 5 – Ashland Farmer’s Market and Puck’s Donuts

Saturday Morning at the Ashland Farmer’s Market on Oak Street (unfinished blog)

After a nice walk in Lithia Park, I went over to the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market in downtown Ashland and then stopped in at Puck’s Donuts. Here are a few pictures:

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Ashland Farmer's Market - Saturday Morning

Ashland Farmer’s Market – Saturday Morning (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Eggplants, and Kale, and Carrots, Oh My!

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

and then a quick stop at Puck’s Donuts!

Puck's Donuts - Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Puck’s Donuts – Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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