Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cafe in the City - Mission Pie

Mission Pie
Here's another cafe to where Mijo and I enjoy going. Mission Pie, as their name suggests, sells savory and sweet pies. I've tried a lot of their pies but one that stands out for me is their banana creme pie.

We also enjoy going to their cafe because of their good coffee and welcoming cafe scene. It truly is a neighborhood gathering place. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cheese Tasting in Sonoma - Vella Cheese Co.

Vella Cheese Company - Sign
I love it when I get to try or sample the merchandise before making the purchase. This is why I enjoy going to farmers markets to buy produce and to wineries for wines.

Recently, I've discovered cheese tasting by going to the source of the cheese - the cheese factories. While in Sonoma, Mijo and I visited the Vella Cheese Co. and absolutely enjoyed the cheeses and the experience.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lunch in Sonoma - The Girl and the Fig

The Girl and the Fig - Sign
We were not celebrating anything special that day. We thought that since we've driven that far from the city, why not go to a more popular restaurant? 

The food, the ambiance and the restaurant's location couldn't be any perfect. Mijo and I totally enjoyed this restaurant famous for its fig-centered dishes. 

Maybe I should have titled this blog The Girl, the Fig and the Filipino guy? :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Everyday Wine in the City - 2010 Monterey Pinot Noir by Castle Rock

Castle Rock 2010 Pinot Noir - Monterey County
For this week, Mijo and I sampled a store bought wine. We sampled a bottle of 2009 Monterey County Pinot Noir by Castle Rock last year and we liked it but I didn't take detailed notes. 

So when we saw the same wine but with a different vintage at the grocery store, I decided to pick up a bottle and made sure I'll pay attention to the flavors and pairings this time.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Cocktails in the City - Fifth Floor

Fifth Floor - Sign
Mijo, our friends Jim and Jose and I went to Fifth Floor for our once a month fancy cocktail hour. I've been there before for a dinner with another set of friends but it was the first time I went there for drinks. Both experiences are good but different. 

Each one of us ordered a different drink in the beginning but all of us ended up ordering a drink called Kings Cup for the second round. I guess that was the winner that night. :)