Thursday, February 7, 2013

Grilled Cheese Odyssey- Part Deuce

One day, several years ago, I decided to quite my corporate job and start my own business. My first office I shared with another Civil Engineer and was near the Gather Wine Bar.


Gather has an awesome backyard porch which makes a fabulous place to work, for me at least, since I could sip on a hot tea, get WiFi from my office, and do my work in the partly cloudy outdoors of the Village of Arroyo Grande. Since then my office has relocated farther West in the Village, so the WiFi doesn’t make it so far. Recently Gather has expanded their hours to include lunch, featuring Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.


As you can probably tell from my last post, I’m a fan of fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches. Kari, the owner at Gather, has put some great grilled cheese sandwiches with an adult twist that matches the stupendous ambiance of the bar. I recently stopped in and got the Grilled Honey Bee Gouda with Onions. The gouda paired nicely with the onions and the sundried tomatoes provided a nice sweet taste to the sandwich. The salty tortilla chips provided a nice complement to the sandwich. I even resisted the childhood urge to place the tortilla chips inside the sandwich.


As a beverage I went with a nice refreshing black ice tea. Normally I don’t go with the citrus accompaniment, since I’m not a fan of lemon in the ice tea. For a twist Gather offers orange slices, as well as lemon. The orange slices compliment the tea wonderfully bringing a mild sweetness. I’m a fan.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Grilled Cheese–Day One

I like grilled cheese sandwiches. Outside of children’s menus, good grilled cheese sandwiches are far and few between. I was excited to learn that Gather Wine Bar, in the Village of Arroyo Grande, was going to be featuring grilled cheese sandwiches throughout the month of February. Today was the first time I was available to stop in for lunch to grab a sandwich.

The menu consists of a selection of five grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ve decided to order the grilled cheese sandwiches in the order they appear on the menu. The first one up is the Brie and Prosciutto Grilled Sandwich. The sandwich comes with a mild brie cheese, apple slices, dried cherries and mustard.

The dried cherries make a nice pairing with the brie cheese. The bread is nicely toasted to a golden brown color. The cheese is nice and gooey. The prosciutto adds some nice saltiness to the sandwich. A side of chips provides some additional nostalgia from as common childhood sandwich side. I choose the side of BBQ chips, with an additional option of corn chips. For an additional charge one may receive a side salad.

Since it was cold outside I decided to get a side of hot tea. In addition to hot tea Gather Wine Bar has a large selection of wines and Figueroa Mountain Brewery beers on tap.

I’d definitely have the Brie and Prosciutto again. I look forward to trying another sandwich tomorrow.