Time For Greek Dining And Wine Tasting (4/2/2013)
It's us again! Irene and Herb, Vicky and Del, Kathy and Ed, Paul and Sue, and Ellen!!
Irene told us...."?? ????? ??? ???????? ???????, ?????? ?????, ??? ?? ????? ??? ??????? ????????! Stick ???? ??? ... ????? ???????!" *
Did You Know? - Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine, sharing numerous characteristics with other cuisines of the region. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats, including lamb, poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, eggplant (aubergine), zucchini (courgette), and yogurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey. Some dishes use filo pastry.
Mez?s (?????) is a collective name for a variety of small dishes, typically served with wines or anise-flavored liqueurs as ouzo or homemade tsipouro. Orektika is the formal name for appetizers and is often used as a reference to eating a first course of a cuisine other than Greek cuisine. Dips are served with bread loaf or pita bread. In some regions, dried bread (paximadhi) is softened in water.
Taverna Tony... Here We Come
It's about a 50 minute drive from home to Taverna Tony
Both cars left at the same time.... Vicky got here early.... Now we know why!!
We Arrive Unscathed
Gentlemen... Welcome! Herbie thought we were going to a bull fight and brought his red cape
Ladies.... Lunch is served!
Del would not look at the statue... He thought it was a nude
Did You Know? - A statue is a sculpture representing one or more people or animals (including abstract concepts allegorically represented as people or animals), normally full-length, as opposed to a bust, and at least close to life-size, or larger.
The photographers get shot! Notice the "wine attire"... We are ready for this afternoon
We Found A Table For Nine!
Del looks worried... "What is Greek food??"
Ed found the TV... The soccer game is on!
Vicky will help... "Try the Greek Menudo dear... It is excellent!"
Did You Know? - Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup made with beef stomach in a clear broth or with a red chili base. Usually, lime, chopped onions, and chopped cilantro are added, as well as crushed oregano and crushed red chili peppers.
Menudo is usually eaten with tortillas or other breads, such as bolillo. It is often chilled and reheated, which results in a more concentrated flavor. The popularity of menudo in Mexico is such that Mexico is a major export market for stomach tripe from US and Canadian beef producers.
As menudo is time and labor intensive to prepare as the tripe takes hours to cook (or else it is extremely tough), and many ingredients and side dishes (such as salsa) need to be cut and cooked, the dish is often prepared communally and eaten at a feast. Documents from the Works Progress Administration indicate that in the 1930s, among (migrant) workers in Arizona, menudo parties were held regularly to celebrate births, Christmas, and other occasions.
Our waiter is in for quite a time with this group....
Our waiter was excellent... Never an empty glass at Taverna Tony!
Decisions decisions.... "Oh heck, One of each!"
Standby for a roar of flames as the saganaki goes up in flames
Did You Know? - The Greek word "Opa" means "Call the fire department!"
The actual meaning of "Opa!" is more like "Oops" or "Whoops!" Among Greeks, you might hear it after someone bumps into something or drops or breaks an object. Because of this, you may also hear it during the now rare breaking of plates in Greek restaurants and nightclubs as a sound of praise for the singers, dancers, or other performers. This may actually be where it got its extra meaning as a sound of praise - originally used after the breakage occurred, and then becoming associated with the act of praising the performers.
Kathy applauds the fact the restaurant is still standing and her hair is not on fire...
"M-m-m-m-m This wine is quite nice!" - Ed is trying some white wine
We had some of everything!
Did You Know? - In Greek: ???????????????, pronounced lah-hah-no-dol-MAH-thes
Stuffed cabbage with ground beef and rice are covered with a traditional egg and lemon (avgolemono) sauce. Conventional Greek wisdom is that the best cabbage can be found after the first frost, so all versions of stuffed cabbage are winter favorites.
Dishes were flying in all directions
Ellen looks puzzled.... Herb assures her its OK! Horta is excellent
Did You Know? - In Greek cuisine, khorta (?????, lit. 'greens') are a common side dish, eaten hot or cold and usually seasoned with olive oil and lemon.
At least 80 different kinds of greens are used, depending on the area and season, including: black mustard, dandelion, wild sorrel, chicory, fennel, chard, kale, mallow, black nightshade, lamb's quarters, wild leeks, hoary mustard, charlock, smooth sow thistle and even the fresh leaves of the caper plant.
Dolmades... It's good for you!
Did You Know? - Grape or cabbage leaves wrapped around a filling are called ' sarma ', but are also often called 'dolma' or 'yaprak dolma'.
"P-s-s-s-s-s-t..... Del..... I saw on TV that if you eat too much Greek food, your teeth will turn yellow!"
The apple strudel arrives to save the day!
Did You Know? -
Dedl is dining on Bougatsa -
A superb delicate semolina custard pie in crist pilo pastry, served warm with honey and dusted with
cinnamon and powdered sugar.
We Had A Delightful Lunch...
Notice Del's EMPTY plate... He ate the whole thing and didn't share...
Vicky and Del... Yeah! The yellow teeth are gone!"
Herb and Irene
Ellen and Sue
Kathy and Ed
Time To Go...
Time to visit and allow the meal to settle... Remember, wine tasting next
The flags are flying and so are we..... Off to the mountains
Great meal! Great friends!
That statue has nothing on us!
We knows how to cavort
Did You Know? - To move about carelessly, playfully or boisterously as in romp, frolic, prance, caper
Originated in the United States in 1793, as cauvaut, applying to horses, probably from the colloquial intensifying prefix ca- + vault ("jump, leap"); later generalized. Early sources connect it to cavault, a term for a certain demeanor of horses.
Herb attempts to jump into the pool
The final Tah Dah
The Wild Men in action
The ladies try but just can't keep up with the boys
Malibu Family Wines, Here We Come
Great place to visit after a hearty Greek meal
Did You Know? - The rich, fascinating history of Saddlerock Ranch began more than three centuries ago when the vast expanse of land surrounding the Santa Monica Mountains was part of the original Spanish Land Grant. The area of more than 200,000 acres was a perfect site for sheep and cattle, and up until the 1930's, was known as El Malibu.
Local caves are filled with ancient pictographs painted by the Chumash Indians, dating back to the Portola Expedition of 1769. The beautiful pictographs of this culture have become very rare due to erosion and weathering, but some of the most well preserved examples remain on the ranch and have been studied by archeologists and photographed for books on the subject.
Today, the Semler Family owns Saddlerock Ranch. Ronnie and Lisa Semler, along with their nine children, have lived on the ranch for over twenty-seven years.
The vineyards are alive and well... Spring has sprung
The Silver Bullet gets a chance to rest
"Yo... Wait for us!"
"...and we are right behind you"
This scares off those under 21....
Time to taste
We added a letter but now it spells WIINE???
If there is something with wheels on it, Del will find i!
Ah ha... Let's but some wheels on a wine bottle!!!"
Now this is our kind of chuck wagon
"Hey! You all want to do some blind wine tasting???"
Paul and Sue in their "Wine Attire"
Not yet but we are working on it!!
Meanwhile at the teetotalers table
Did You Know? - Teetotalism refers to either the practice of or the promotion of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is called a teetotaler (also spelled teetotaller; plural teetotalers or teetotallers) or is simply said to be teetotal. The teetotalism movement was first started in Preston, England in the early 19th century
Some common reasons for choosing teetotalism are psychological, religious, health, medical, familial, philosophical, and social, or sometimes it is simply a matter of taste or preference. When at drinking establishments, teetotalers either abstain from drinking completely, or consume non-alcoholic beverages such as tea, coffee and mocktails.
"Hey Del.... Smile!" - Actually he stashed a bottle of wine in there earlier....
MAILBU??? Seems we but the "I" before the "L"
Semler is the family that owns Saddlerock Ranch! Hence the label
We made our selection
"OK... pack 'em up"
Somehow they went to Ed's house and got his heater
Do not tell Del that we found another truck
A chuck wagon designed by Paul!
They kinda look alike
The flowers are NOT plastic!!
The round up begins.... Move 'em out
Did You Know? - A muster (Au/NZ) or a roundup (US) is the process of gathering livestock. Musters usually involve cattle, sheep or horses, but may also include goats, camels, buffalo or other animals.
Mustering may be conducted for a variety of reasons including routine livestock health checks and treatments, branding, shearing, lamb marking, sale, feeding and transport or droving to another location.
Mustering is a long, difficult and sometimes dangerous job, especially on the vast Australian cattle stations of the Top End, 'The Falls' (gorge) country of the Great Dividing Range and the ranches of the western United States. The group of animals gathered in a muster is referred to as a "mob" in Australia and a "herd" in North America.
OMG... Wine is pouring from that barrel.... Go get Paul
Heading Home Into The Traffic Of Los Angeles
1 hour 30 mins / 70.99 miles according to Mapquest
Canon Dune Road towards Highway 101 - Going over the Santa Monica Mountains
Did You Know? - The range extends approximately 40 mi (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County.
The southern mountains form a barrier between the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles Basin, separating "the Valley" on the north and west-central Los Angeles on the south; and the northern mountains separate the Conejo Valley from Malibu.
The Santa Monica Mountains are parallel to Santa Susana Mountains, which are located directly north of the mountains across the San Fernando Valley.
Another successful adventure
* We have Greek cuisine, drink wine, and have a wonderful evening! Stick with me ... I'm Greek!