Heading Out For The Malibu Greek Food And Wine Adventure (1/29/2012)
Ed and Kathy Roberts are joining Herb and Irene and us this time so we planned to leave about 10:30 and head north to Long Beach to pick up Herb and Irene before heading to Malibu! The weather forecast is excellent for today! A high of 65 and not a cloud in the forecast... All went well and we arrived in Malibut about 11:45!
Let The Fun Begin!!
It was a beautiful day!
A hop, skip, and a bunch of jumps (1 hour 11 mins / 56.01 miles)
Did You Know? - Malibu (pronounced /?m?l?bu?/) is an affluent, beachfront city in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645. Malibu consists of a 21-mile (34 km) strip of prime Pacific coastline. The community is famous for its warm, sandy beaches, and for being the home of many Hollywood movie stars and others associated with the entertainment industry. Signs around the city proclaim "27 miles of scenic beauty", referring to Malibu's original length of 27 miles (43 km) before the city was incorporated in 1991.
We made good time from Long Beach to Malibu
On Our Way
PCH was not too bad today
Did You Know? - State Route 1 (SR 1), more often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along much of the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. It is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, leading to its designation as an All-American Road.
Highway 1 does not run over the entire Pacific coastline of California. It starts at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and runs north to U.S. Highway 101 (US 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County. Highway 1 also at times runs concurrently with US 101, most notably through a 54-mile (87 km) stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and across the Golden Gate Bridge. It also serves as a scenic alternative in several locations; and a major thoroughfare in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, and other coastal urban areas along its route.
We arrive at the Taverna Tony Restaurant ... A wonderful dining experience
Fantastic food and service.... An excellent destination for lunch or dinner!
How To Begin Lunch? Saganaki Of Course???
Flaming cheese please....
Did You Know? - Saganaki (Greek ????????, literally little frying pan) refers to various dishes prepared in Greek cuisine and is named after the single-serving frying pan in which it is cooked.
One popular example is an appetizer of pan-seared cheese. The cheese used in saganaki cheese is usually kefalograviera, kasseri, kefalotyri, or sheep's milk feta cheese. Regional variations include the use of formaella cheese in Arachova and halloumi cheese in Cyprus. The cheese is melted in a small frying pan until it is bubbling and generally served with lemon juice and pepper. It is eaten with bread.
Other dishes that are traditionally cooked in the pan include shrimp saganaki (Greek ??????? ????????), and mussels saganaki (Greek ????? ????????), which are typically feta-based and include a spicy tomato sauce.
In many United States, Canadian and Australian restaurants, after being fried, the saganaki cheese is flamb?ed at the table (typically with a shout of "opa!"), and the flames then extinguished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This is called "flaming saganaki" and apparently originated in 1968 at The Parthenon restaurant in Chicago's Greektown, based on the suggestion of a customer to owner Chris Liakouras.
Saganaki is an outstanding appetizer
It is flaming away .... Ed has the cell phone handy and the number of the fire department
Nansia (name is from Greek mythology) prepares the Saganaki
We let Irene make the selections
Nansia does a magnificent job of taking care of her customers
Herbie gets a Pauley-Jab
The Spoon Story
The waiter spotted Herbie and brought him some wine to taste
We were there....
The appropriate shirt and jewelry
Nice shirt Ed...
Hang on to your wine glass... Irene is talking
Herbie gots the giggles...
Herbie has his Woobie
Did You Know? - Woobie - Any object, typically a blanket, garment or stuffed animal that is used simply for its comforting characteristics.
Paul's favorite spot
Getting ready to go!
Off To The Winery
Another "Don't ask... Don't tell!"
A duet in progress ... PLEASE do not tell
When two is not enough! OMG! DO NOT TELL
"Eeek! You guys are scaring me"
In The Malibu Mountains
Malibu Wines Tasting Room is open 7 Days a Week from 11am ? 6pm with extended summer hours. No reservations are necessary for wine tasting if you have a group of less than 15 guests, just stop by any time before our last call at 5.30pm.
Surf, sand and exquisite taste make Malibu Wines the place to truly experience Southern California in a bottle. Guests may select one of the wines harvested and produced from the legendary terroir. Viva Malibu!
Malibu Wines tasting room is open to guests who are 21 years of age or older only.
The iron horse
Time to taste
Great use of wine glasses
Dang... Where is my wine glass?
Time to lay on our backs and hope for a spill
I have corks