Well, this was a very busy week. It seems I was out and about nearly every night and often with two different events planned, one right after the other. I am now happily recovering by spending the holiday weekend mostly around the house. I love getting out but it’s also fun to hang out and enjoy the house for a change. :-)
Thursday night found me out with the "SAFECO Girls" or, actually, women. I’ve mentioned the group before. We’ve known each other for 20+ years when we all met through our common workplace. We generally get together as a group about once a month, although this was our first gathering this year. Everyone’s lives seem to just get busier and busier.
This month we met at Smash Wine Bar and Bistro in Wallingford. Every time I have passed this place it has looked crowded, but Thursday we were pretty much the only group there. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside to take advantage of the weather while we could.
Although this was prime Happy Hour time, what immediately caught my eye on the menu was the well-priced wine flights. Since the day was so summery I tried a flight of rosé. My flight consisted of the Syncline 2006 (Washington State); Cune 2005 (Spain); and Melipal 2006 (Argentina). The Melipal didn’t really grab me but the others were great. Syncline is really starting to get their rosé down.
There were specials on food which the others had ordered before I arrived. There was a plate of Hummus and Muhummura with Pita; a flatbread covered with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and feta (I think); and an order of crabcakes.
The reaction to the food was mixed and some of this was based on people’s past experiences there. I liked the bites I had but there was some discussion whether the crabcakes were actually crab or not. However, when this was brought to the server’s attention, he immediately removed the charge from the bill.
Anyway, this is another great little neighborhood spot – seems I’ve been in everyone’s neighborhood but my own this week! And I think their wine selections look very interesting.
Smash Wine Bar and Bistro
1401 N. 45th Street