I can hardly open my eyes this morning after a rude 5 am wake up call, a bus trip to the city and an overwhelmingly long line at Peet’s but, hello!
Don’t you just love airports in the morning?
Today’s exhaustion was surely worth last night’s amazing dinner though!
I tagged along with the KJ folks to a fancy schmancy dinner with all of the managing partners of The Capital Grille.
Kendall-Jackson + The Capital Grille? Yes please. If that’s not a match made in heaven, I just don’t know what is. The dinner was at Freemark Abbey over in “the other valley” and the setting was just stunning. It was one of those nights where I was like yep, this is precisely why I moved to California.
I tasted a bunch of delicious wines, naturally. Someone made a comment that 98% of my posts have to do with wine. You are correct. I plan to dry out in Wisconsin.
Actually, I’m lying. I shipped four bottles of wine to Milwaukee last week so I wouldn’t have to be without. It was my mom’s idea though! I just do what I’m told. Especially on Mother’s Day weekend.
Anyways, I got a chance to meet and mingle with all the Capital Grille guys last night and they were awesome. Everyone was funny and personable and we shared the common love of meat and wine. I’ve been to the restaurant a few times back in Tampa but unfortunately there aren’t any in Northern California yet. I remember specifically the lobster macaroni & cheese being particularly delicious. So if you are at The Capital Grille, go lobster mac all the way. Just do it.
Last night it was actually the KJ team cooking though—
And the rest of us just eating….
I left the oysters to Rocky….I only like them roasted with hot sauce and saltines, Carolina style. 😉
Dinner consisted of a bunch of delicious meaty tapas:
(I had two)
(yep, two of these as well)
(one + two servings of orzo)
I love the idea of tapas but honestly I have a hard time with them because I just never feel like I can get completely full. I keep eating and eating and before long I realize that I have seven little plates stacked up before me and a still hungry tummy. I think my favorite dish though from last night was the Justin’s octopus salad (second photo). I love me some squid! ‘Specially when its paired with chorizo and olives. Spanish food reminds me of home!
Time to board…..catch ya in the Midwest!