Saturday, July 18, 2009

Last Night's Five After Five

A couple hours before I leave. Backpack packed, money withdrawn. In the mean time, I'm catching up on episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on hulu. No one points out the absurdity of our media and policians better than they do.

Last night's "Five After Five" was very successful. I tried everything from all five stations, and I got to introduce a dear friend from college to the joy of drinking wine in a grocery store.

Here's the menu:

Station One
  • Vinum Cellars Chenin/Vio - this white wine wasn't overly sweet, and it tasted great with the food sample.
  • Chilled Black Bean Soup w/ Black Bean Salsa - this had great flavor but a grainy texture.
Station Two
  • Pacific Rim Og Riesling - this white wine was really sweet and grapy. Fine for a sample, but I wouldn't want a whole glass.
  • Old school mac 'n cheese with a habenera aoli sauce. Yum!
Station Three
  • Escudo Rojo - this red wine from Chile was fine; we called it "church wine" (non-descript, been sitting around for a day or so...)
  • Vegan Jambalaya - Delicious!
Station Four
  • Luzon Monastrell - Red wine from Spain. It was kind of fruity.
  • Southern Cornbread, Hot Slaw, and Pulled Pork BBQ - very nice, although I scraped of the hot slaw.
Station Five
  • Rutherford Hill Merlot - my favorite wine of the night, this comes from the Napa Valley.
  • Fromage a Trois:
- Mahon Reserva
- Quicke's English Farmhouse Cheddar
- Amadeus: this cheese was smooth and less flavorful than the other two, but it was my favorite of the bunch. It would be good for melting.

Dinner afterward at P.F. Chang's. Good times.

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