"Napa is over rated! How about Paso Robles? Santa Maria? Santa Ynez?" I suggested, not trying to sound overly pushy. The truth is I wanted my friend to come to LA and I didn't want to drive to Napa - wah wah wah. The truth #2 is that Oregonians don't give a damn about California's geography so my friend had no idea that Napa is quite a drive from Los Angeles.
"Heh? Can you text me how to spell that?" She quarked back.
"...The movie Sideways..." I tell my dear friend. She's listening.
After experiencing LA traffic from hell and barking a huge "NO" at my friend for asking to make a "side trip" to meet another friend in WeHo for a quick lunch -reason too much traffic, (which I later redeemed my bad behavior by taking her to In And Out and suggesting an order of "Animal Fries" like a true California baddass all the meanwhile letting her eat in my car which I normally don't let anyone do) we finagled our way up the 101 to our pricelined Anderson Pea Soup Best Western in good ol' Buelton, California, passing by ye old Hitching Post on our way. Since I'd promised Heather a fantastic Sideways wine expedition, we had to go there.
"Where's the bread?" I asked the waitress looking down at the sad basket of crackers which Heather had already begun ripping in to.
"It comes with your meal, but I can bring some before if you want."
Not wanting to ruin Hitching Post tradition, I sadly declined the offer and grabbed a dry carrot stick.
the last time. Heather's pinto bean soup was kind of uninspiring - just seemed like someone in the back kitchen opened a few tin cans of pinto beans, tomato soup and maybe some canned peeled tomatoes and gave themselves a hearty pat on the back for inventing such a wondrous concoction. Fine, I'll let this one slide, Hitching Post, but just this time.
406 E Highway 246
Buelton, CA 93427