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Choosing the destination for a food crawl was easy; narrowing down our visits to just three locations was the challenge. Basketball tournament scores On a Tuesday night, my food-loving friends Melody, Philip and Lora braved the winter elements left over from morning flurries and afternoon freezing rain to join me on diverse food frenzy with zigzag stops along South Avenue, Gregory Street and South Clinton Avenue. Softball team names ‘Hot wine’ and snack flights

Situated at a corner of South Avenue and Hickory Street is Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave.). Softball team names funny The chill from the cold night instantly melted away as we soaked in the rustic and intimate ambience of wooden tables that flickered with candles, a long wooden bar, exposed brick walls and an ornate chandelier dangling from the ceiling. Fantasy football yahoo The first to arrive, we gravitated toward a front nook surrounded by oversized windows made cozy with red velvet drapery.

Owner John Fanning explains that Solera leans toward smaller-production, family-owned wineries that make real wine with soul. “My taste tends to lean towards Old World wines, which I also find to be some of the great values of the wine world, so our list is generally rather European-heavy,” he says. “In the end, the idea is to represent as many different styles of wine from as many different places in the world as possible.”

Interested in Italian reds, bartender Sam Bovard recommended the Arianna Occhipinti SP68, a red blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avola. Garden planner app free He described the bottle as fruity and effervescent, adding that the Occhipinti name is hot in wine right now and well known in Sicily (SP68 is the road the winery is located on). Fastpitch softball team names Fanning later added that there is a wine movement around the world to basically return to roots, no bothering with trendy terms such as “natural wine” — just making wine in as pure and honest a way as possible.

“Arianna is in her early 30s, drives the tractor, takes care of the vineyards, and processes the grapes with as minimal intervention as possible to truly express the vineyards,” he says. Paving ideas for front of house “I feel lucky to get a case of her wines every year.”

Tastings of the Occhipinti were offered before we all happily committed, and because the Vin Chaud (hot mulled wine offered during the winter months) sounded comforting, I added a $6 glass to our order. What is landscape Bovard poured each of our glasses ($12) with the smooth red, and returned shortly after with the fragrant Vin Chaud, a California red blend that was sweetened with lovely seasonal winter spices.

Our two appetizers, neatly arranged and presented on wooden boards, exposed us to flavors from around the world. How to lay sandstone pavers Bovard first explained the olive oil flight from top to bottom — Spanish (the lightest in flavor and texture), followed by Italian (a bit denser) and finally Greek (the boldest). D fence We ripped apart the accompanying baguette to saturate the pieces into each of the oils. Fencing forum The Greek ramekin was revealed as the group favorite when we realized it was the first to be emptied.

The flight naturally led into discussions of our own travels around the world, including Philip’s trip to Thailand and Lora’s visit to Spain, and discoveries of local specialty grocery stores that have allowed them to try their hands at re-creating international dishes.

The flavorful cheese board selection included a Spanish goat cheese with a rind that had been soaked in red wine, a Spanish manchengo and a Welsh cheddar with mustard seeds and brown ale. Garden design tool A side of apple slices and dried apricots lightly drizzled in honey brought in sweet notes. Lattice multiplication method We were all taken with the assertive cheddar, which for Melody sparked a childhood memory of her favorite type of sandwich, cheese and mustard. Facebook search history public While it didn’t resonate with me, I found it entertaining that the other two immediately jumped aboard her memory train in agreement. Yankee stadium food Asian-inspired fare and beyond

Over at ButaPub (315 Gregory St., No. Basketball teams in texas 2), the décor was as eclectic as the Tuesday night activities. Basketball olympics history Red S-shaped seating was arranged around dining tables, local artwork (some surrealistic) adorned the walls, and while one corner of the dining room reflected a lounge area with couches and a fireplace, the opposite end featured an active pool table. Uk basketball game score In addition to diners who were seeking out the Asian-inspired fare, community members were playing in a pool league, and a couple of artists had set up easels to take advantage of “Late Night Paint” (artists gather to create and share supplies and ideas the second Tuesday of each month).

As we studied the dinner offerings, categorized into small stuff, bowls, baos (steamed buns), plates and sides, playful menu components caught our eye. Basketball wives la cast season 5 The menu’s flip side features a comic drawn by one of the servers depicting the best way to eat ramen, and the cocktails, with offerings such as “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” and “Never Feed Him After Midnight,” were all named after Christmas-themed movies. Fantasy football cheat sheet Naturally, the titles conjured up the ‘80’s classics A Christmas Story and Gremlins.However, one group member (who shall rename nameless) hadn’t seen the latter movie, so the drink (made from Agalaves tequila, LeJay, lime juice and ginger beer) was enjoyed instead.

After our group committed to sharing entrées, we were drawn toward two vegetarian bowls and decided to take advantage of four taco offerings ($3 each) that coincided with “Taco Tuesday.” Although the menu allows customers to choose among four salsa options, we left that pairing up to the kitchen’s expertise.

Each of the proteins was neatly presented on a flour tortilla with various preparations: The tofu taco was finished with an herbaceous chimichurri sauce; the diced tomatoes and onions sprinkled atop the shrimp tempura taco helped us identify the Pico de Gallo; the delicately seasoned grilled cod taco was topped with a red traditional Mexican salsa known as salsa rojo, and the pulled pork, sweetened by a tasty sauce made from brown sugar and seasonings, was covered with a crunchy slaw of apple and kohlrabi. Basketball finals 2016 The trickiness of dividing up the tacos among the four of us quickly became apparent, but we carefully made it work.

What was ample for sharing was the $10 Bing bread (Chinese flat bread). Dripping springs tx zip code Chef Asa Mott says it’s typical to see the Chinese street food cut in half and stuffed with braised pork or lamb. Paving block crossword However, our preparation was “topped pizza style just for fun” and cut into triangles. Ncaa basketball final four history The thick house-made bread (the dough is brushed with sesame oil and sprinkled with scallions before being rolled out several times and cooked on a plancha) was layered with a butternut squash purée and topped with crispy duck confit, quail eggs, tangy pecorino cheese and brightened by pickled red onions and cilantro.

Chef Asa jokes that even though ButaPub’s sign has a giant pig on it, it was important for him to offer delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, and our selection of the Panang Curry ($12) was an option brought back by popular demand this season. Garden ideas for front of house The hearty bowl consisted of winter squash, potatoes, cabbage, chickpeas, peanuts, coconut milk and rice, with dried red chilies that brought a welcome heat.

A simple preparation, the Cauliflower Fried Rice ($12) grabbed our attention and unexpectedly proved to be the group’s favorite entrée. High pitch sound effect Beneath a savory poached egg lay a half dozen soy pickled garlic gloves (bursts of which I considered delectable jewels) and small cauliflower pieces mixed with gluten-free soy sauce and fried rice. Pro landscape Sesame tahini imparted a toasted nuttiness and crunchy Parmesan crisps added the savory umami taste.

On the opposite spectrum of the vegetarian dishes is ButaPub’s famous pig head plate. Baseball teams in florida Since it wasn’t printed on the current menu, I had to inquire about its availability. Gardens illustrated subscription Chef Asa confirms diners can still place an order by calling 24 hours in advance. Trellis restaurant menlo park In addition, stay tuned to a new large format menu that will offer various cuts of meat for unique communal dining. Basketball olympics winners Innovative spins on classic desserts

Our third and final course put us at The Cub Room (739 S. Softball drills for beginners Clinton Ave.), referred to as the Edge of the Wedge. Asphalt driveway thickness A departure from our previous locations, the sizable restaurant evokes an industrial chic design with high ceilings giving way to exposed pipes, brick walls, wood pillars and dark tables. All baseball teams Lowlighting and votive candles across each table added sophisticated warmth. Little league baseball scores As we were led to an oversized half circle leather booth, we admired a beautiful outstretched peacock mural painted directly around and well above the table by local artist Amie Freling.

The Cub Room’s innovative bar program naturally lends itself to incorporating components into both confections, as well as enticing after-dinner drink options. Amendola fence With just four $8 house-made desserts (plus a special), the spirit of our food crawl made the decision to order one of each inevitable. Baseball pitcher However, our beverages were kept simple with a round of aromatic coffees and calming herbal teas ($3 each).

The moment our server set down the Cub Room S’mores (currently ranked the most popular), I found myself smiling at its captivating and substantial appearance. Pinch hitter game day A graham cracker brownie was perched at the base, followed by a chocolate semifreddo (similar to a frozen mousse) and topped with a smoked marshmallow that blanketed the layers below. Facebook live chat The mix of textures, flavors and temperatures deliciously portrayed Chef Greg Johnson’s intention of taking a classic comfort food and elevating it to a sexy status.

The Cub Room is known for its doughnut preparations, and we found the Bourbon Glazed “Manhattan” Donuts to be a treat that didn’t disappoint. Spring training 2016 yankees Six doughnut holes showcased a marriage of fruit and alcohol in the distinctive jam filling, made from house-made rose vermouth and strawberries.

A twist on a typical cheesecake, the Goat’s Milk Cheesecake was also one of our preferred dishes of the night, due to its unique creamy and unexpected tart notes. Dripping springs tx 78620 It came topped with pumpkin mousse and a delightful scoop of snickerdoodle ice cream on the side.

While this food crawl represented just a small slice of a bigger wedge, it was refreshing to experience a variety of establishments purely passionate about food and drink. Sales pitch deck Lora pointed out that it was a fun way to approach an area of our home city like a tourist with curiosity, and Melody added how the thread of sharing was woven throughout the evening — from literally sharing dishes to memories and stories connected to food. Baseball drills for 9 year olds Indeed, the discovery of new flavor combinations reminded us just how magical the culinary art form can be.