I like my role as family line cook / overseer of most things culinary, but planning and making up to 13 sack lunches a week will start to wear on you. That’s a main, a side and up to three snacks (salty item, sweet item, fruit) per Superhero/Kitty lunch bag. And let’s not forget the hastily-slapped-together sandwich for my own lunch.
I recently came to grips with the scale of the whole food prep deal this past weekend when Troy requested my infamous breakfast pizza. I hadn’t yet printed up the daily specials but I guess I could take the occasional request. (is room service on the horizon?) Hey, it was a Sunday so I wasn’t rushing around making a trio of lunches, might as well put on my sous chef hat, right? Pan-fried Italian salami, eggs and cheese on a crispy corn tortilla and sliced into triangles with a pizza cutter = happy, obedient kiddies (for the following hour at least).
In two short hours they would be inquiring about what was being served for lunch. Pepperoni pizza anyone? Three hours after that, I knew exactly what to make for dinner: a reservation.
With a tiered outdoor patio that wraps around the restaurant, Sonoma Wine Garden is a primo place to nest for some wine tasting and Mediterranean food pairings — think beer garden but instead of communal picnic tables, there’s levels with cushioned benches and pillows to settle into while you enjoy drinks. Happy Hour wines-by-the glass are in the $7-$9 range from 3:30 to 6:30. The heat lamp kept Irene & I (& quite possibly our delicious wood-fired pizza margherita) toasty as we sipped our Skeleton Malbec, Votre Sante Pinot Noir and 14 Hands Cab.
Located on the third level Dining Deck at Santa Monica Place, Sonoma Wine Garden truly “transports the diner to an outdoor veranda in the heart of wine country,” as they boast on the web site. There’s also a $25 VIP Wine Club where members gain access to the “Sips from the Cellar” wine list as well as a monthly raffle to win dinner for two.
Happy New Year!
WordPress.com prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog (thanks to everyone for following/commenting); here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. “Life x 5″ got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.