Articles from June 2010

Summertime and the living is tasty

My friend Harrison has been talking about these ribs she bought at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market for a couple of weeks. She basically got pressured into it. There was a big line behind her (it’s a popular stand) and the the purveyor was so enthusiastic (and pushy) about the ribs that after initially hesitating she finally got out her checkbook. She said there was a collective cheer from the crowd behind her.

So what does a single woman living in a one bedroom apartment do with ten pounds of ribs? Put them in the freezer.

Harrison is a fantastic cook and generous host (check out the menu and wines We had last time We were over there)…so it’s no surprise that she made such a large, rather extravagant purchase, but logistically cooking the ribs at her place would be challenging. After our first cookout of the season (fantastic burgers à la Nancy Silverton, with meat purchased from McCalls) she told Us about her dilemma of the-freezer-full-of-meat.

Oh yes, I had a solution: a barbecue at my house, of course.

I knew we were all in for a particularly tasty time when I read her Facebook update yesterday:

beautiful organic pork ribs from healthy family farms. so pretty. brine with juniper berries, chiles, and laurel leaves. wrap in garlic cloves, big bunches of rosemary and thyme. fancy olive oil. pink peppercorns. bring to [US]. watch the smoke and fire. look at the gray sky. dream.

(She’s a writer, obvs.)

The meal was, needless to say, fantastic. We also had chicken, coleslaw, garbanzo bean and feta salad, corn, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with bleu cheese, lots of veggies, cheeses, and a whole lot of napkins.

As for beverages We’re lucky to have such nice friends with excellent taste in wine. Several people brought bottles (including two different Txakolina rosés…He was in heaven). We also reprised last weekend’s Campari and ruby red grapefruit juice Granita with Prosecco (so beautiful–I want a lipstick this color). I also wanted to make a sangria–it screams summertime barbecue. To me, anyway. I realize sangria tends to make wine-loving crowds groan in protest, but boy, oh boy was this good. The inspiration came from the lovely, smart wine blog Brunellos Have More Fun. After seeing her pictures I knew I had to make it. You should too.

It’s oh so easy: in a big glass jar I poured two bottles of Lambrusco, a half a bottle of a rather bleh red from a couple of days ago, and a half a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc that I had been sipping while prepping for the party. Next, the berries: a pint each of blueberries, strawberries, and boysenberries. I reserved a handful of each and mashed them a bit to get the juices flowing. Stir it all up and just try not to slurp it all down.

And there is a bonus: this morning all that was left in that big jar was the scrumptious wine-soaked fruit. Wow.

It’s screaming out: “Pour me over ice cream!” And maybe I’ll save some and turn it into a syrup. After all that clean-up I had to do this morning, He owes me a pancake breakfast.

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Rewriting the review

(continue rereading here)

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Pillow Talk

She said: Okay, here are a few topics rolling around in my head. Read and reply at will.

  • Kids in bars: Brought on by the kerfuffle over at LAist (with its very contentious comments). I’m friends with some of the players, so I don’t really want to talk about the specific article, but it got me thinking about the “taking the kids out” topic.
  • Our biggest blog day ever: New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov Tweets about Us. Whoa.
  • M.I.A. wineries: I’ve been surprised by the lack of response from emails We send out about the United Slurps of America project. We’re not asking for free stuff (although it’s great when We do get samples), just if they will ship to CA and are interested in participating in the project.
  • Box wine: I really enjoyed having it around my place the last couple of weeks. So convenient. And it tasted good.
  • Making stuff: You’ve got the Barchitecture project, I’ve got an wine related art project. And how fun was it to make the silk screen of our logo. Should We sell stuff on Swirl?

That’s all I got. Okay. Go.

He said: I pick “Making Stuff.” The stuff you have been making is really great. And I am kinda consumed by the Barchitecture project and two other projects that have deadlines approaching. I’m an architect, you are an industrial / graphic designer, so yes, let’s make wine-related products to sell. Or just make them because me enjoy making stuff. OK, I’m busy, your turn.

She said: Not really the one I thought you’d pick…don’t you want to take a break and play Pillow Talk with me? Yes, We’ll make stuff no matter what. But let’s sell some t-shirts. And maybe give away a bunch of stickers. And little notebooks. Can you put together a store feature and then let’s get screen printing. Will anybody buy a shirt for fifteen bucks? It would help out our wine-buying fund.

He said: Yes, I will build a store. This Pillow Talk seems uninspired. I’m really trying to finish this work before the Laker game tonight.

She said: Alright, alright.

Here are my takes on the other topics: keep the kids out of bars; I am so rewriting Eric Asimov every week (even though it takes way longer then one would think); wineries–get back to Us, geez; I am a total box wine convert (although having open-and-yet-still-fresh 3L boxes around the house can be dangerous–too early for a sip now?).

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Wine Web Wednesday: the We love our town edition


(A new series coming soon featuring chats with our favorite local food/wine people.)

Upcoming events/cool stuff in this lovely town We live in. See you there.

Wednesday nights (that’s tonight, folks), going on throughout the summer: Mass Happy Hour on the Sunset Strip (via Caroline on Crack)

Thursday night, continuing for a week: GO LAKERS.

Friday nights, going on throughout the summer: Barnsdall Park Wine Tasting with selections by Silverlake Wine. And in a few weeks when Bar Covell opens, We’ll be strolling over there post-party.

Saturday and Sunday afternoon: LA Wine Fest at Raleigh Studios. Get fifteen bucks off the ticket price, by entering the promo code SACHA at checkout.

Tuesday evening, June 22: Bordeaux wine dinner at Canelé Hosted by Los Angeles Wine Tasting.

Saturday evening, June 26: City Listening II: A cocktail party and Stories About LA,  featuring “Barchitecture,” a bar designed by Him.

Not wine related, but a few other Los Angeles related links We’re digging this week:

One of the coolest t-shirts We’ve seen (and the title of a favorite song) from the clever folks at Poketo. (via @Sheigh)

Free entertainment for those stuck on the 405: Superclogger. (via C-Monster.net)

Crazy, gorgeous shots taken from the Goodyear Blimp. (via C-Monster.net)

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