We’ve just had a bit of a whirlwind visit from brother #2 and his better half. They arrived Thursday; that night we had dinner at Batch and attacked our wine inventory.
On Saturday we armed ourselves with umbrellas and coffee and drove around the lake to hit some wineries:
- First: lunch and a tasting at Redstone, and wow what a burger. Can’t wait to go back there when their patio is open.
- A tasting appointment at Pearl Morissette with the lovely Melissa. It was just the four of us and one other couple, who ended up with the patented Dan’s Shortlist Of Wineries To Visit Whilst In The Okanagan.
- A quick stop at 13th Street.
- An even quicker stop at Tawse, which was much too crowded. Pretty sure I’m done with that place for a while.
- A much more in-depth visit to Back 10 Cellars, a first for all of us. We sat and tasted their entire lineup, and Nellie and I left with 4 bottles. I’ll be curious to see if the second taste justifies the enthusiasm we had on the spot.
- A big haul from Hidden Bench: a dozen made up mostly of 2012 Terroir Caché and La Brunante. After the buying was done and the wine was shlepped to the car, we sat outside on their patio and enjoyed a glass in the shade.
We arrived back in Toronto, dropped the car, relaxed for a bit, and then went to dinner at Patria. We were a little slow getting into it (it’d been a long day already) but quickly picked up the pace. And what a feed it ended up being:
- Pan Con Tomate (bread + tomato)
- Aceitunas (house marinated olives)
- Pimientos de padrón (blistered peppers + sea salt)
- Sátiles (dates + ibérico bacon + manchego + guindillas)
- Selección De Embutidos (ibérico lomo + ibérico chorizo + jamón serrano + salchichón)
- Pulpo (octopus + olive oil + paprika)
- Bombas con salsa brava (chorizo + aioli + spicy piquillo sauce)
- Albondigas (wagyu meatballs + spicy tomato piperade + onion + manchego)
- Brussales Bravas (brussels sprouts + spicy tomato + aioli + chorizo)
- Paella De Bogavante (lobster + gulf shrimp + chorizo + peas)
- Desserts (churros, chocolate pudding, mousse, etc.)
We struggled home, barely able to walk. I was still full the next morning when we woke up. After a while we did head off to Hank’s for brunch while Nellie slept in, then to the market, then back to Fahrenheit, and then off to Wvrst. Unfortunately Wvrst was already rammed in preparation for the Germany/Italy game and we couldn’t find a decent table. We left there and walked to the new(ish) Bar Hop, finding a spot on their fantastic rooftop patio. Well, three spots: we gingers had to keep moving out of the sun. We drank excellent beer and cider and had a very decent lunch — I’d heard troubling things about the food at the new Brewco, but my pork belly steamed buns were fantastic.
We swung back to Spadina to get some Quantum coffee and Soma chocolate, then trundled home. It was still beautiful outside so we drank gin + tonics on the balcony and enjoyed the day. Eventually Nellie started cooking, and over the next 5 (?) hours we ate seared Yellowfin tuna (with a Five Rows Pinot Gris), a small rack of lamb (with a Pearl Morissette Cuvée Métis Cabernet Franc), and two ribeyes (with a Church & State Quintessential Bordeaux blend from the Okanagan). At that point we were done all around…too full, too tired, too richly-fed over the past 48 hours. We all kind of threw in the towel.
They left this morning, and hopefully their flights home went smoothly. As for us, we took advantage of the sunshine in our last few hours of long weekend, having beers and lunch on the near-empty Bier Markt patio.
Come back anytime, guys.