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Word on the street is that most of us buy wine the night we plan to drink it and that most of us prepare our menu a week in advance. This has always seemed a bit off to me. Shouldn’t we all have stocked pantries and stocked closets of wine for going it on the fly at a moment’s notice? So, for me, on those nights when cooking is just not in the cards and I feel the need to stock up the wine closet, I have a new one-two punch. Take-out from Pork Belly and a visit to Elvino. Here is the drill.
Drive over to Abbot Kinney. Try to dodge jaywalkers and tourists while visualizing a parking spot that magically appears for you as you pull up in front of 1146 AK. This is where you will find Pork Belly. Order up “The Pig” which includes 1/2 rack of ribs, chopped brisket, chopped chicken, mac n’ cheese, cornbread and beans. Add on fried pickles and their famous tots and you are good to go for at least two large sized family members and maybe one or two smaller ones.
Then, while waiting for them to pack it all up, pop next door to Elvino and either randomly grab a few of the reasonably priced, well-curated wines from around the world or, for the ultimate in ease, pick up your monthly selection from its wine club. $35/month gets you two value wines with notes and recipes, an additional 5% discount on other wines and a complimentary wine flight in-store each month.
Ring it up, pack it up and grab your to-go.
(Photo of Pork Belly courtesy of Pork Belly website.)
Hope this finds you nesting at home and playing hooky today as the rain falls here in LA or at the very least daydreaming of doing so from the confines of your desk. Regardless, as you count the minutes until Friday evening cocktail hour, here is my favorite site with all you need to transform your home’s barware from drab to fab, Cocktail Kingdom.
My personal mixologist, Mark, relies on his extra-large Yarai™ mixing glass for large batches of Spicy Whiskey (recipe here), an ideal rainy day cocktail. While I think that a case of the Leopold™ coupe glasses with silver trim are far more glam than the price reflects. All of these are Pinterest worthy but won’t they look far better in your own hand as you toast to the weekend?
(Photos from http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/)