Friday, May 6, 2011

Review of The OC Wine Trolley

Hey Sasaki Food Time Fans!

Get ready for an epic review of the OC Wine Trolley! An epic tour of 13 restaurants and 6 wine samplings! There will be a lot of photos and a review or thought of all of the food I ate tonight! Also the names of the restaurants are also links to take you to their website!

Shall we begin? Let's go!

Yes, this is the list of all 13 places we will be sampling from tonight!

This is the list of all the wine samplings we will be having tonight as well!

The host is Al Ricci who is extremely knowledgeable about Old Towne Orange and gets everyone talking and before long it's just a great trip with old friends!

The first wine sampling is a beautiful Mason Sauvignon Blanc. Each wine has a double sampling so they come back and give you another sample of the same wine as the trolley heads to Old Towne Orange.

The first stop is Old Towne Grinder for a turkey grinder. Great turkey on a nice white soft white roll. They also carry some great sodas. I want to go back and get their original Dr. Pepper!

We now get our second wine sampling which is a Acacia Chardonnay.

We then arrive at our second destination, Cafe Lucca for a delicious bruschetta. I loved the tomatoes and the fresh mozzarella.

Our third stop is to the Citrus City Grille for some pot roast and mashed potatoes. The pot roast was just tender and the mashed potatoes were lump free and delicious!

Please keep in mind that during the time we are traveling on the trolley from place to place, Al is giving us all sorts of historical information on the area and pointing out historical landmarks.

Now would be a perfect time for something sweet and we find it at our next stop at The Perfect Circle Cupcakery and we get one of their delicious red velvet cupcakes. Red velvet is already one of my favorites and this just became one of my new favorites for red velvet. It was soft and delicate and not overly sugary. Just perfect.

Now the red velvet was matched to perfection with our next wine, the Deloach Pinot Noir. I missed the photo as it went so well with the cupcake that I just drank the Pinot Noir.

The next place is Cherry On Top, this is another new favorite place that I cannot wait to go back and try. They create some very unique frozen yogurt flavors and we sampled a peach tart with powered green tea on top.The place I wanted to go back to after the tour was over but my friend and I were both stuffed!

Next up is one of my favorite places and that's Beach Pit BBQ. They brought us their amazing pulled pork.
They gave away a bottle of their bbq sauce for answering a trivia question. I got it right and here is my free bottle of bbq sauce!

Our next wine sampling was the 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel which went perfectly with the bbq! The pepper spice in the zinfandel brought out the smokiness in the bbq.

By now I am starting to feel pretty content. But we moved on to our 7th restaurant sampling at Taco Adobe (no website) for their chicken and cheese wrap. It was just a wonderful blend of juicy chicken and cheeses in a soft tortilla! The second sampling of Zinfandel went great with this as well!

The next stop really started to do me in and i was quickly becoming full. This was Francoli Gourmet, an fantastic Italian restaurant. We sampled their calamari,

their risotto,

and their cherry tomatoes and mozzarella on a stick.

I was pretty much done after eating these three samples.

I was pretty full by this time but we had restaurant number 9 coming up and it was the Felix Cafe and their empanadita criolla filled with seasoned ground meat, just delicious!

And we now made it to wine sampling number 5, a delicious Raymond R. Collection Cabernet Sauvignon.

Stop number 10 brought us to the most disappointing sampling and that was from The Bruery Provisions. They just brought us a small slice of gouda and small slice of salami. I pretty disappointed since I love their beers.

So number 11 was Henry's and I forgot to take a picture of their garlic fries and tandori bread with their homemade hummus. It was delicious and quickly eaten! So quickly in fact that once again I forgot to take a photo! I blame the food coma!

We are almost done! Number 12 was Zito's Pizza for their garlic knots

and margherita pizza!

Both delicious!

For our final wine sampling, we had a sparkling Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay. Quite refreshing!

And now for the finale, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for their caramel apples and once again I forgot to take a photo! I was in such a food coma by this point in time that I am surprised that I didn't forget to take pics at the last 5 or 6 places!

We thought we were finished but we made one more stop at Rod's Liquor store for a cup of coffee or tea or soda to finish off our meal!

One of the best experiences ever! Top to bottom just a great operation with a great staff! They keep you entertained and filled with great food, drink and history throughout the tour! I highly recommend it and hope you get a chance to check it out. They currently only have tours on Fridays and they are booked until the middle of July already!

They only have a Facebook Fan Page but message them for more info and they will be glad to send it to you!

OC Wine Trolley Facebook Fan Page

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