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15
Mar, 2011

Fresh & Easy's New California Wines!
Marsha (@Sweatpantsmom) and I get to tasting!

Fresh and Easy is my FAVORITE grocery store and now there is yet another reason to sing their praises – NEW WINE!!


F & E has added 27 new varieties of proprietary brand wines from our very own delicious California grapes and some of us lucky local bloggers, foodies and Tweeters were invited to a tasting party at the Smog Shoppe in Culver City.


The Smog Shoppe was the perfect and coolest venue for this event. An actual former automobile smog-check garage, it was converted into an eco-friendly, indoor/outdoor event center. I’m telling you – it is one of the best kept secrets in Culver City! You can get married there, screen your newest cinematic masterpiece or have a party and eat and drink like pigs. I’ll give you one guess which one we did.


We were treated to a tasting of four of the new Cali wines:
Open Field Pinot Gris
Cloud Valley Chardonnay
Open Field Pinot Noir
Barrel Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon


I think the general consensus of the night was that pinot noir was the favorite. While many people I talked to really liked the pino gris, I have to admit that the white wines weren’t too awesome tasting to me, but I was like, “rock on with the reds, dude” (I’m trying to give a California-ny description). 


All 27 of the new wines are offered at affordable prices with the most expensive bottles being $19.99 and the bargain bottle being only $3.99! Quality drinking at recession prices. I like.

Bernadette (@Bernadette923) and I enjoying some great F & E appetizers

We also enjoyed a full belly of Fresh and Easy fare ranging from cheeses and fruit, to ceviche, to stuffed artichoke hearts to lobster ravioli to cookies and chocolate cupcakes. There was even more and I’m getting hungry just remembering everything we consumed that night.


Get to your local Fresh and Easy store and dig in! There is so much to enjoy there and now you have 27 more reasons to go.  :0)

Ceviche and skewers = Party!

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22
Jan, 2010

Valentine's Day Is Coming - Are you Fresh & Easy (& cheap)?
OK, more Fresh & Easy! Since I was so freakin‘ slow getting my post about the holiday treats up, I wanted to get my Valentine’s Day treat post up right away. Why? Because I love Fresh & Easy and I’m pretty sure I can convert you too.
F&E just sent me two boxes of their special V-Day nosh and wines and once again they have some really great treats available for you at amazing prices! Check out these products and the other great stuff they have and you won’t even have to tell your sweetheart you didn’t spend a fortune.
Here’s the loot in order from L-R:
Fresh and Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies – $2.59/8 ct
As much as I hate to admit it, these snickerdooodles are almost as good as mine and I’m a damn good baker. Because of my status as Damn Good Baker, I usually can’t stand store bought cookies. The kind that come from the grocery store bakery are usually the worst – dry and flavorless – but these are really really good! They are chewy and just the right amount of buttery/cinnamony/sugary/sweet. Buy them.
Montcadi Cava Rose – $6.99 (on sale for $4.99)
I haven’t opened either of these bottles yet, but trust me, I will. This is a rose sparkling wine that was a recent Double Gold winner at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Get it while it’s only 5 bucks before it goes to it’s outrageous regular price of 7 bucks. Bwahahaha!
McGuigan Hand Made Barossa Shiraz – $12.99 (on sale for $8.99)
This is an Australian wine that is described as going well with red meats or strong cheeses. I haven’t met a strong cheese I didn’t like, so I have plans for this bottle.
Sweet Boutique Gourmet Swiss Truffles – $3.99/6.3 oz
This seems to be a milk and dark chocolate copy cat of the amazing Lindt Lindor Truffles and the good news is they are almost as delicious and for about half the price. My ball split in half when I bit into it, but the chocolate was nice and smooth and tasty.
Fresh and Easy One Huge Hunk Chocolate Bar w Pecans & Fruit – $4.29/14 oz
OK, this one is pretty self explanatory and how can you NOT buy something chocolate named “One Huge Hunk”? Go for it.
You really should stop in to your local F&E if you live in Cali, Arizona or Nevada. You’ll be glad you did. And if I haven’t raved enough, here’s something else, non-food, that I love about F&E… click here to read about their green building initiatives. Helping the environment and saving you money – ahhhh. Refreshing!

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