Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 8:20 am on December 15, 2012. Ivan and I had the free breakfast which was a fried egg, fruit salad and freshly baked bread. Lil Dave had two bananas.
We walked to the main square Plaza Independencia at 9:40 am. We saw a few people waiting there for the bus to pick us up. Today, most of the people from the Oasis group were going to a winery for a 9 course lunch with wine pairing.
At 10:15 am, the bus arrived and we were taken to Bodega Santa Julia.
Our tour guide was a girl named Milagros. She took us around the winery talking about the process of making wine. Ivan and I have been on so many tours that we didn’t really care about the talk of the grapes and barrels.. we just wanted to get on with the wine tasting. I’m so glad that we think along the same lines.
The wine tasting was up next with some lovely wines.
The group walked across the street where lunch was being served at the restaurant Casa Del Visitante.
There was a lovely outdoor area with lots of trees and grass.
Lunch was up next with the 9 tapas with wine pairing.
The dishes were actual decent sizes of gourmet food so I would say it was a 9 course meal with 7 different wines.. with unlimited servings of wine. I decided to go with the regular menu with the meat options while Ivan substituted the veal steak with trout.
Our first dish was a raspberry gazpacho, trout tartare and caramelized sweet potatoes. It was the prettiest dish and tasted really good, but not the best dish of the meal.
There were lots of unique dishes. I would say one of my favorites was the asparagus cold soup with bread and olive oil ice cream, bacon oil and almond biscuit. It was a great combination.
The lamb’s liver was too heavy. I don’t think I’ve ever liked animal body parts.. it just never tastes right. Ivan had this dish and he gave his away to Kerry. I took one bite of my liver and then gave it to Katie since she really enjoyed it.
One of my wine glasses had Consume Responsibly written in Spanish on the bottom of it – for some reason I was the only one with this message written on their wine glass. The wine just kept coming and I had to pace myself or I would probably end up passed out on the floor if I wasn’t careful. Maybe that’s what my glass was trying to tell me….?
The veal steak was lovely and I’m glad it wasn’t a huge portion since I was getting stuffed since it was the 6th course.
The next course was Cucumber spray and tomato jelly with lemon balm aromas. It actually came with a spray bottle filled with a cucumber spray.
Ivan liked spraying it on his face while I thought it was refreshing sprayed in your mouth.
My favorite dish was the last dessert which was a chocolate and carob parfait with rye bread, a touch of olive oil and sea salt.
Ivan and I were so stuffed after the delicious feast and wanted to take a nap when we got back.
We got the bus back and then we got a taxi and arrived back at the house at 4:30 pm.
I took a long nap while Ivan used the internet.
We dressed up a bit since it would be the last big night out with the group. Ivan and I walked to the square at 8:30 pm. We saw Anna and she said that Melinda and Franco were running late.
We met up with the group and walked to a buffet. Mel wasn’t sure if we wanted to do it since it’s was 70 pesos per person. I don’t think a buffet was a good idea when most of the group went to the 9 course lunch earlier today which was quite filling. We walked to a place down the street that sold pizza and empanadas. That didn’t sound appetizing neither… the pizza looked really gross, like something you’d find in a school cafeteria. Ivan and I decided to find food somewhere else. Ivan was disappointed…he thought Mel would have found a nice restaurant since it would be the group’s last meal out with the current group.
Ivan and I ate across the street at Ailen. It wasn’t anything special with a salad with eggs, beets and cheese and a salmon ravioli.
We walked across the street to see what the group were up to. Some people were still eating. Mel said that some people were going out to a club. Ivan and I decided to head back to the house since the clubs don’t start hopping until really late.