Friday, December 22, 2006

Celebrating winter solstice

With S back from his travels, we decided to celebrate winter solstice with a view of the sunset and a nice dinner. Our plans had to be modified, only slightly, when we remembered later that S had a meeting in downtown LA last night.

Not to have our joy squelched, we jumped in the car and drove down the 10 with camera in hand.

Mother Nature did not disappoint... the sunset was glorious!

We even got to see the actual flaming ball of red slip down under the horizon but unfortunately didn't catch that one digitally to share with you.

Trust me it was a fantastic sight! Pollution does at least give you beauty on a rare occasion. I also see the irony here that our sunset views were taken from behind the car windshield... the way most Los Angeles residents probably see it each day.

Downtown we had a fabulous dining experience at 626 Reserve Wine Bar. It isn't really a formal dinner place but serves fabulous wines and really great small plates (almost tapas style food).

We had a nice selection of fruits and cheeses, a fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomato salad, and smoked salmon. For dessert we also shared an orange sorbet and it was the sweetest little thing. Sorbet, clearly made from freshed squeezed valencia oranges (you could just taste the flavor!) and served in an orange rind with a bit of whipped cream. Delish!

This little place has gotten good reviews and we would add ours to those. It's got great ambiance and was a great place to sit and just spend time together.

S has met the owners on previous visits and says, as a bonus, that they are super nice.

What more could you ask for... a LWB (local wine bar)!

p.s. Wendy=SlowKnitter is trying to help her brother get a blog through a contest. I met Wendy at the taping of the Harlot's Knitty Gritty episode and suspect that if her brother is anything like her, he deserves a blog. Go vote!

1 comment:

Carol said...

NO ONE has better sunsets than you folks on the west coast! The food sounds great! Mozz, tomato and basil mmmm! I could live on that alone. The orange sorbet sounds like heaven on earth. Nice to have a place you really like to sit, sip & enjoy. If I don't "see" you, have a Very Merry Christmas. Thank you for the inspiration and the good reading!