Greek Food and Wine Tasting Make A Great Afternoon 9/19/2011
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, up from 12,575 at the 2000 census. 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.
Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons, and many more residents of the unincorporated canyon areas identifying Malibu as their hometown. The city is also bounded (more or less) by Topanga Canyon to the East, the Santa Monica Mountains consisting of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills to the North, the Pacific Ocean to the South, and Ventura County to the West.
We Departed At 11:03 AM For The Great Northwest
A hop, skip, and a bunch of jumps (1 hour 11 mins / 56.01 miles)
The Malibu Country Mart (also the Country Mart or MCM) is a large outdoor lifestyle center or "boutique mall" located in the heart of Malibu at the Civic Center of Malibu, California. The center features a popular public playground, outdoor dining and picnic area, unique sculptures and public art, multiple restaurant options, free Wi-Fi, and on-site parking.
Greek Dining Gets Us Ready For Wine Tasting
Great food and romantic surroundings....
Did You Know? - Stroll the tile & brick walkways around to by Cross Creek Road, and you'll find the a Spanish-style restaurant once known as the Malibu Adobe, which was decorated by actress Ali MacGraw, and owned by celebrity partners that reportedly included Dustin Hoffman, Tony Danza, Bob Newhart, Stacy Keach, Alan Ladd Jr., and Randy Quaid. Alas, the Malibu Adobe closed its doors. But fortunately, it has been replaced by another restaurant in the same building, named Taverna Tony.
We decided NOT to sit above the bar for obvious reasons
Herb and Irene are fun to be with... Always a giggle and a laugh
"So Irene.... Are Greeks really romantics???"
Flaming Sanganaki Cheese appetizer... Fantastic
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.
The word saganaki is a diminutive of sagani, a frying pan with two handles, which comes from the Turkish word sahan 'copper dish'. The Turkish word itself is borrowed from the Arabic ??? (?a?n).
We did a lot of starting this time....Everything was delicious
Look carefully, it's on fire.... The cheese was absolutely yummy
It was a romantic setting
Sue is my..... (Q T. Pie)
Great decor... Authentic Spanish Greek decor ... It was originally a Spanish restaurant
Greek Bongo Drums ?
Fire up the band... Lets dance
A view from the top....
Herbie shows us his latest dance moves... It scared the little kids away
Off To The Malibu Winery... Huh?
There is wine in them hills
Just about four miles inland from the coast (Purple Dot)
Loads of wine grapes are being put into the area....
The rocket arrives
The grounds are decorated with great cars, trailers, and wagons
Now that is red!!!
Pleasant walk up the bath to the tasting area
Glasses are ready to go...
Quite true.... Time to taste
Sue, Irene and Herbie line up on Chardonnay Way
Their tasting is very nice.... The staff seems to know their wine...
Irene made sure we knew the rules
Do We Really Have To Go Home? Yep, Dancing Tonight
1 hour 14 mins - 62.76 miles
See you in a few