Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Sonoma Wine Garden – Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Posted on: Thursday 13 October 2011

After a leisurely day in Santa Monica, we retreated to Sonoma Wine Garden for wine and snacks. Located on the deck of Santa Monica Place, a building originally designed by Frank Gehry and recently renovated. ‘Cradle‘, a sculpture by Ball-Nogues Studio, is suspended from a blank exterior wall. Dozens of polished stainless steel spheres are clustered in a provocative shape.

A chalkboard on a wine barrel at the entrance enticed passers-by with happy hour, live music and wines of Washington!

To the right is the dining room, and to the left is the bar. The surrounding patio is tiered with plenty of space for lounging in the glorious SoCal weather.

Wooden blocks stamped with wine logos dangled in the gentle breeze, an optical illusion is created with angled mirrors.

Candles flickered and outdoor heaters switched on, it was a beautiful evening to be dining al fresco.

In need of some rest after a day in the sun, Sonoma Wine Garden had a casual atmosphere with a bar menu and an extensive wine list.

We ordered a bottle of 2008 Fogdog Pinot Noir, a robust Sonoma Coast red wine.

We nibbled on marinated olives and truffle fries. Glistening globes of green olives were served in a recycled glass jar. They were mild and aromatic, with small pits.

Golden and crispy, the fries were perfumed with the earthy tones of truffle oil and topped with Parmesan and parsley.

Fairy lights twinkled in twilight as I reflected on how much I miss natural light.

I noticed a row of Enomatic dispensers and spotted one for Penfolds Grange at the cost of one dollar per millilitre!

One last glance at the horizon and we exited into the night.

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