Meeting – Lunch

One of the best salads I’ve ever had. I had fruit and nuts in my food (especially salads) but this was amazing because the dressing was limey. I couldn’t figure out whether the ranch had lemon squeezed on top or if the salad had lemon squeeze all over.

@WallysWine @ugcbnet #Event!!


Saturday, January 31st 2-5pm at The Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport
3100 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) is visiting Los Angeles to promote the excellent soon-to-be-released 2012 vintage.

The Union is an affiliation of the best Bordeaux producers from all of the major Bordeaux growing regions. More than 95 châteaux will attend and winemakers and owners will pour over 100 wines from the 2012 vintage. This is the largest Bordeaux tasting in the United States..

100% of the net proceeds from the tasting will benefit Food on Foot, a nonprofit organization providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with meals, clothing and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.

I’ll be there in support of the organization and Wally’s Wine!

Here is a direct link for your viewers to purchase tickets:

If you are interested in joining me on the evening of 1/31/15, you can purchase your tickets here.

Tickets are $69 per person in advance, $100 at the door. This event will surely sell out!

After three sold out years at the Hyatt Century Plaza, this tasting is on pace for record-breaking attendance with its return to Santa Monica Airport where the event was last held in 2011. Taking place in The Museum of Flying, guests will be able to take in vintage aircraft and aviation memorabilia while sampling world class wines


We firmly believe that 2012 is the best value vintage since 2008. Just a few years ago it seemed as if pricing would never return to pre-2009 levels, but here we are today with most chateaux offering sharp values that have returned to the accessibility of years past. Best of all there is no shortage of quality in 2012…the vintage is full of top notch wines with some truly exceptional efforts coming from Margaux, Pessac-Leognan, Saint Emilion and Pomerol.

Tickets for the Los Angeles event can be purchased at Wally’s Wine & Spirits,, or call 310-475-0606.



Members of the UGC scheduled to attend:

Château Angludet
Château d’ Armailhac
Château Beaumont
Château Beauregard
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot
Château Beychevelle
Château Le Bon Pasteur
Château Bouscaut
Château Branaire-Ducru
Château Brane-Cantenac
Château La Cabanne
Château de Camensac
Château Canon-La-Gaffelière
Château Cantemerle
Château Cantenac Brown
Château Carbonnieux
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Château de Chantegrive
Château Chasse-Spleen
Domaine de Chevalier
Château Citran
Château Clarke
Château Clerc Milon
Château Climens
Château Clinet
Château Coufran
Château La Couspaude
Château Coutet
Château Croizet-Bages
Château Dassaul
Château Dauzac
Château Doisy Daëne
Château La Dominique
Château Durfort-Vivens
Château Ferrière
Château de Fieuzal
Château Fourcas Hosten
Clos Fourtet
Château de France
Château Franc Mayne
Château La Gaffelière
Château Gazin
Château Giscours
Château Gloria
Château Grand-Puy Ducasse
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Château Gruaud Larose
Château Haut-Bages Libéral
Château Haut-Bailly
Château Kirwan
Château Labégorce
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Château Lagrange
Château La Lagune
Château de Lamarque
Château Langoa Barton
Château Larrivet Haut-Brion
Château Lascombes
Château Latour-Martillac
Château Léoville Barton
Château Léoville Poyferré
Château La Louvière
Château Lynch-Bages
Château Lynch-Moussas
Château Malartic-Lagravière
Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry
Château Marquis de Terme
Château Maucaillou
Château Olivier
Château Ormes De Pez
Château Pape Clément
Château de Pez
Château Phélan Ségur
Château Pichon-Longueville
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Château Picque Caillou
Château La Pointe
Château Poujeaux
Château Prieuré-Lichine
Château Rauzan-Gassies
Château de Rayne Vigneau
Château Saint-Pierre
Château Siran
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Château Talbot
Château du Tertre
Château La Tour Blanche
Château La Tour Carnet
Château La Tour de By
Château La Tour Figeac
Château Troplong Mondot
Château Trottevieille
Château Villemaurine

@TarAndRosesLA #DoubleDate

All that’s missing in the photos are the rest of the drinks and the spaghetti.

We arrived right at 5:30pm and it was empty. Then the table that got seated next to us had a baby in a stroller that kept bumping the back of my chair. Not only was it the waitstaff but the mom, dad and stroller. At one point, the other people at my table suggest to move our table away from the baby table. It didn’t help much. I don’t care if you can’t afford a nanny or babysitter to watch your baby while you’re out for dinner but at least be courteous and apologize for your actions. Many bumps and not even one apology. Either from the mom or the staff. A bit disappointed in the lack of consciousness from the waitress.

Aside from that ordeal, the food and company was delightful.

Charcuterie plate was as expected, always the same at any place. I was just a bit bummed that my fiance did not order a soft cheese. 😛 (Trust me, he heard it from me).


The Brut Rose was so good, I really wanted a bottle but had not planned on drinking that much. I could have stuck to one glass but one person in our group ordered his second beer, so I ordered my second glass. When he ordered his third beer, I knew it was a green light for me to order my third. 😛 By then, he made a comment. ‘You should have ordered the bottle.’ I should have. One glass was $13 and the bottle was $50- something.


Oxtail Dumpling was an 8/10. I loved the dumpling part but not the oxtail. It was overly marinated and a bit salty for my taste. I was a bit worried after reading reviews but still wanted to try for myself. The green onions and casing of the dish was perfect. As soon as I bit into it and I tasted the oxtail, it was stringy and too potent.

Maybe if they used less oxtail and maybe if they chopped it up. Dumplings with stringy fillings aren’t that fun to eat.


Spicy crab cake was bland. The sauce was good but not the best crab cake I’ve had. Usually like a tartar sauce with crab cakes.



My favorite of the bunch. LOVE LOVE mushrooms so this was perfect. Of course I ate that Chinese chili in the dish. It was spicy!


The main course. The main reason we came to the restaurant. The fish was amazing and so was the soba. Honestly could do without the sauces. The fish was lightly salted and cubed before fried so we were able to tear it off easily. It was fun and tasted yummy. And the photo was great for my instagram.




We had a great time, all in all.

Tar & Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401


@myfitfoods #Obsessed!

Just discovered this amazing place via my trainer.

He mentioned it over our workout so we decided to pick some up after. They have three locations now but I’m sure will have much more in the near future.

This place has refrigerators on one side with all meals necessary for a healthy living.

Snacks. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

I picked up chili for Bear and this cilantro lime turkey for my lunch.

OMGOOOODDDNNEEESSSS… this plate was so delicious and very filling. The turkey was bursting with flavor and spices. I brought my leftover aji from few nights ago to complement my meal. Didn’t really need it, but as you all know, I’m a condiment whore.

My Fit Foods, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Can someone get me their gift card for Christmas?