Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fun food outings

McGrath Family Farm is hosting their Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday August 20th from 4-8pm. Chef Rich Mead of Sage and Sage on the Coast will be making some light bites for everyone to enjoy.

If you haven't wandered into We Olive in downtown Ventura yet (294 E. Main Street), be sure to check it out. I stopped in there recently and was truly amazed at the huge selection of oils, vinegars, tapenades, dips, and gifts they have in stock. Prepare to stay for a while and sample tons of different oils - one of my favorites was olive oil flavored with lemon, and another with an intense chili flavor. I also tasted a few balsamic vinegars - thick, syrupy, and dark as night - good enough to drink, and amazing enough to redefine how you see balsamic. You can even bring in your own bottles and purchase some of the We Olive oils and balsamic by the ounce. Definitely a great destination to broaden your horizons, learn, taste, and shop. And on Saturday, August 22nd from 1pm - 4pm they are hosting an Olive Tasting with Perry. Stop by to taste the different olive varieties and combinations and learn from the best.

And finally, Bonanos Fine Peruvian Cuisine has opened up at 100 N. Ashwood in Ventura. While I haven't had a chance to eat there yet, I stopped in to this dark and nicely decorated little restaurant for a menu yesterday. I was greeted with excellent customer service, and left with their menu: a simple menu full of delicacies like fried yucca with a cheese sauce; strips of filet mignon sauteed with onions and tomatoes served with french fries or over spaghetti; and seafood cooked in a Peruvian style similar to fried rice. Stay tuned...I'm hoping to review it for the Reporter after they've been open for a month or two and worked through the kinks.

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