Often, when thinking of California Zinfandel thoughts go to the gnarled old vines of Lodi producing big, jammy Zins, or the slightly more subtle Zins of Sonoma Valley coming from Healdsburg, but Napa Valley is also known for producing a few refined yet classic Zinfandel, like those from Frank Family, Chateau Montelena, Buehler Vineyards and perhaps the best known (and loved from Napa) Turley, but one very small production Howell Mountain winery is giving other Napa Zins a run for their money, Black Sears. Located at the top of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, 2400 feet above sea level and surrounded by peaceful redwoods, this rustic, small production winery and vineyard has been producing estate grown Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon since 1997. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Black Sears"
The boys behind Bowl & Barrel and Sunset Lounge are at it again. Josh Sepowitz and Kyle Noonan of Free Range Concepts can’t stop opening restaurant after restaurant. Don’t they ever get worn out? Don’t their feet get tired?
I guess not! The Rustic, a full-service restaurant and bar, is their latest venture, but this time it’s in Uptown, at the corner lot of Lemmon and North Central Expressway. FRC has partnered with Grammy nominated Pat Green, local businessman Brian Manion, and their favorite chef, Sharon Hage, to work on the entire concept. Hage, of course, will be taking care of the menu.
The press release also states, “With a live music venue outside, The Rustic will be able to provide a form of entertainment that few restaurant concepts can offer. The size and layout of the patio will offer the flexibility to accommodate both casual dining and large outdoor concerts, yet the primary focus of The Rustic will always be exceptional food and drinks.”
One thing I love about MOOYAH people: They’re always giving away free stuff. And I think they know how much I like free stuff, so they’re always telling me about it. True, I’m a sucker. Since today is the only day you can get a free turkey burger with any drink purchase at MOOYAH, guess what I’ll be doing tonight?
Buying a drink at MOOYAH and celebrating with my free turkey burger.
Also, MOOYAH is starting to carry jalapeño ketchup. In case you were wondering.
I spent most of the weekend perfecting my brush flow, diminishing concentrics, and dancing with the spirit that moves through all things, so pardon any tiresome attitude with which I convey my most recent lunchtime excursion at Sammy’s Bar-B-Q.
I know most of you are familiar with Sammy’s. It’s been here a long time, and it’s no recluse. It’s a lunchtime institution for all walks: the suits, the boots, the scrubs, and the domestics. We all come to this open, brick palace of meat for all things barbecue. The cafeteria-style dining lends itself to the casual effort we all strive to allow ourselves in that short hour we take from the clock. There’s a festive patio, lots of sunlight, and plenty of space to stretch your belt. It’s a neighborly American powerhouse of smoked meats and backyard side dishes, and the clatter of dishes from the kitchen, the jubilant conversations of the diners, and the wooden comforts all wrap their arms around your waist, offering whatever level of squeeze you desire. You will certainly smell of Sammy’s meats and smoke after you leave, and that’s a good thing.