Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, May 2-3

We've received lots of positive response to our wine trip invitation. If you haven't already, reserve your spot for FoodGroup LA's annual Santa Barbara county wine tour. Space is limited for an unforgettable weekend of relaxation, good company, and great food & wine in the rolling green hills of Santa Barbara County. See pricing details below. Payment is due by Saturday, March 15. Write to me for the mailing address or Paypal account.

The weekend activities begin with Friday night dinner. End the work-week early and take a scenic drive up PCH on Friday afternoon for dinner at one of the many restaurants in Los Olivos and Solvang (relive a 'Sideways' moment at Los Olivos Café or The Hitching Post).

Saturday morning starts with coffee and doughnuts before boarding the Wine Bus at the Los Olivos rental house. The Wine Bus will take us in comfort to wineries around Los Olivos and Santa Ynez. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch with a view of vineyards and green rolling hills. Tasting fees are included for all wineries. The bus will have plenty of room for your tasting room purchases.

After our winery visits, the bus will return to the rental house in Los Olivos. We'll have an hour or two to relax and nap. Dinner at the rental house will feature the local specialty: Santa Maria-style BBQ tri-tip and chicken from an award-winning local caterer. Enjoy the rest of the evening sipping wine under the stars, and come prepared for a dip in the hot tub. See details below for wine tour pricing and details on accommodations in town.

Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3

Saturday Wine Tour - $160 per person - Send payment to Chris and Rosa by Saturday, March 15
Wine bus transportation to three wineries, bus departs from Los Olivos
Picnic Lunch
All tasting fees
Delicious Santa Maria BBQ dinner (Tri-tip, Chicken, the works)

Vacation house lodging -- price varies
Rent a nearby house for 4-6 people and enjoy group rates, kitchen, and more space to relax. Let me know if you'd like to organize a house rental.

Lodging in Los Olivos and Solvang
Fess Parker Inn & Spa - No Vacancy
Bed and Breakfast finder
Solvang Inn and Cottages
Best Western King Frederik Motel
Svendsgaard's Danish Lodge
Royal Copenhagen Inn
Holiday Inn Express Solvang

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Mamita Peruvian Restaurant

Ever had a stir-fry with French fries? Come to lunch at Mamita Peruvian Restaurant for Lomo Saltado, a savory combination of stir-fried beef, onions, and French fries. Some of the dishes we'll try include Mamita's ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice) and Papas Huancaina: boiled potatoes covered in a spicy cheese sauce.

When: Saturday, February 16 at 11:30am
Where: Mamita Peruvian Restaurant, 714 S Brand Blvd, Glendale 91204
Driving Directions: http://tinyurl.com/2utcp9 Next to BMW dealership.