Monday, September 14, 2009

Long Beach Love

I was recently in Long Beach for a sales trip, and spent the day working with Mario Mitchell-an incredibly jovial and fun-loving American Wines sales rep, and together we took the Long Beach territory by storm!

We started off by visitng Avia Hotels, a chain of high-end hotels with only a few locations in Savannah GA, the Woodlands TX and Napa CA. The Long Beach branch only recently opened in August (last month!) and they excitedly brought in the Carina Cellars SBC Syrah to share with their guests! Even if you don't decide to stay here on your next trip, or if you're a Long Beach local, I highly recommend coming to their bar for a drink. It's casually chic and incredibly comfortable, and the food is fantastic!

Next we headed to Main Street Wine Cellars, a beautiful wine bar in the heart of Seal Beach, a mere few blocks from the ocean. I had a fantastic dinner here when I was in town a few monhs ago, and enjoyed spending time with the owner, Chris (shown here amidst my lovely friends). Chris just brought in the Carina Cellars Viognier, so make sure to stop by and enjoy a glass!
Our last stop was Bono's- a delightful Italian restaurant in a fantastic corner lot in downtown Belmont Shores. They have a huge wrap-around patio and a lovely airy interior, and to add to its appeal they now carry the Carina Cellars Viognier as well! I came back later that night with my friend Paige, and we enjoyed a fantastic dinner with the general manager Mario (that's right, another Mario!) We started off with the gourmet Mac and Cheese (shown here) with black truffle shavings, pancetta, gruyere and asiago cheese, and it was absolutely decadent!
For dinner I enjoyed the Alaskan Halibut, topped with fresh strawberries, vine-ripened tomatoes, and feta cheese over rice pilaf...what a flavor combo! The picture I took just didn't do it justice...hurry over and try it. Right now!
Paige enjoyed the grilled Swordfish with garlic, scallions and a splash of white wine, and Mario (the general manager, not the sales rep), joined us and shared his shrimp scampi served with a garlic, lemon and white wine sauce over spinach risotto. An absolutely wonderful dinner...a must visit!


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