I wake up at 9:30am from our Anderson Split Pea Soup Best Western and my best friend, Heather from Gladstone, Oregon, would prefer to wake up at 2pm. It's been like this since we've known each other. We always get into a blood bath in the morning before the coffee caused by our wake-up routines and addictions to java juice. Once that issue was resolved 5 coffees and 1 double mocha later, we became BFFs again, renting a tandem bike (yes, mother, with helmets) to tour the vineyards of Santa Ynez. Imagine me riding in front and Heather, riding in the back, blasting Lady Gaga in my ears with her i phone, while drunken Ed Hardy clad - Miyagi's on Sunset types holler as they speed past us in their hummer limos. Mild coronaries and a few "half peace signs" here and there but we managed to survive.
Mandolina Tasting Room before it closed because it's named after a Greek guitar and oh-so-cute. We ended up making friends there and went to Madnolina's mother tasting room, Lucas & Lewellen. We were starving so bought a jar of $10 blue cheese stuffed olives to eat and share with our new friends while tasting more grape juice and asking everyone where to eat.
The complimentary water, fancy.
"I don't like goat cheese! You order that one for yourself and I'll order the cheese plate again."
I didn't believe her. I ordered it and offered her a slice. She took one piece, shoving off the goat cheese with her index finger and decided she still didn't like it.
I, however, loved the combination of the musty 'shrooms, peppery arugula, and slightly tangy goat cheese on a chewy crust. The rest was mine all mine! And Heather devoured another 5 cheese plate. Best Friends Forever!
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