Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Downtown Wine Merchants-Downtown Oakland, CA


Downtown Wine Merchants

Wine bar offering small-batch vino and New American small plates in an upscale old world space.  www.downtownwinemerchants.com. My daughter Melissa is a “regular” customer here and they treated her like royalty.  She was so excited to share this little gem with me.  She said, mom, “you need to post this on your blog right away”.  As you can see, I wasted no time.

Located just across the bridge at 102 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA. 94612, this is where the locals gather for great wine and outstanding food.

Melissa chose the Grilled Atlantic Salmon, braised vegetables, olive tapenade.

Grilled Atlantic Salmon, braised vegetables, olive tapenade

Here’s a peek at their menu.

Wine Merchant's Menu

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Downtown Wine Merchants (2)The girls above are Heather and Margery, and according to Melissa the service was AMAZING!!!  Owned by Susanne Downtown Wine Merchants received the 2016 Wine Spectator Award Of Excellance.

Dowtown Wine Merchants

If you’re in the Bay area, please check out some of these amazing places. They do NOT disappoint.

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Fennel Slaw


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Fennel slaw has to be one of our favorite side dishes. The key to a great salad is to have a lot of different colors and textures.

Food Mandoline Slicer

The Mandolin Food Slicer is one of the best kitchen gadgets ever! The Mandolin slices veggies and potatoes paper thin. It’s just wonderful.

Fennel bulb

This is a Fennel bulb. It’s so delicious! Slightly sweet, crunchy with an Anise or Liquorice flavor. It can be eaten raw, roasted, in soup, stews, or pureed. Adding Fennel to slaw add depth of flavor. I always save the green leafy fronds for garnish and added color.

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Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
1 head green cabbage, cored and sliced (using Mandolin)
1 Fennel bulb, cored and sliced  (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of store bought shredded carrots
1/2 a large red onion sliced (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of raisins
2 tablespoons of finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
2 tablespoons of chopped Fennel fronds

Dressing For Slaw:
3/4 cup of good mayonnaise
1/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar ( if you like a slightly more tart flavor add more vinegar)
2 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon Kosher salt

Directions:
Add sliced cabbage,  sliced fennel, sliced red onion, shredded carrots, fennel fronds, chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, and raisins into a large bowl.

In a second bowl add the mayo, milk, apple cider vinegar, celery seed, agave nectar, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Whisk all those ingredients together.

Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to Cole Slaw.  You may like your slaw either on the vinegary side or a sweeter side. Taste to make any adjustments to the level of sweetness (sugar) or tartness (vinegar).

Pour the dressing over the fennel slaw mixture and toss through. Place in the frig and serve chilled.

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Grand Lake Kitchen


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Located at 576 Grand Ave. Oakland CA 94610., right outside the San Francisco Bay Area, Grand Lake Kitchen is where the locals love to eat. If you’re in the Bay Area, google them and check out their different menus for brunch, afternoon, dinner, beverages, and dessert.  Go to http://www.grandlakekitchen.com/menu.

My daughter Melissa recently went for brunch. After her experience, she was excited to sent me a few pictures for my blog. The food looks amazing!  Here’s a peek.

Buratta, baby beets, herbs, grilled bread,

Scrambled Egg Breakfast

French Toast With Fresh Berries

Turkey Sandwich

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A beautiful Theme


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Two very special people, Ashley and Stephen Sargent,  came into my life a few years ago and I’m so glad they did. They bring a ray of sunshine to any work day and are such a joy to talk to and be around. Ashley and Stephen represent what true love looks like.  Having a Wedding Planning business is the perfect way for them to share their passion for celebrating love.  I mean, I’m reading their bio’s, one of the things they love is eating breakfast at Christo’s Cafe. As ya’ll know, I do occasionally blog about my life, so I thought I’d share this part with you.

They are the husband and wife duo. Wedding Planners at A Beautiful Theme.  Ashley,  the lead and creative director. Her husband Stephen, the amazing floral designer, along with their dynamic team who deliver the best Wedding Event services in the heart of Central Florida.  Let me show you a quick peek at some of their work.

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You can visit their web site at http://www.abeautifultheme.com  on Instagram at abeautifultheme, or on Facebook at A Beautiful Theme.

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