Wednesday, October 30, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Zinfandel

America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly talks about Zindandel with Elizabeth Shepard.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Get Out to Eat For Your Anniversary

When you're married, you've made a commitment that should last the rest of your life. Every year, it's great to honor and celebrate that commitment by doing something special with your spouse. While it would be wonderful to take a trip to a tropical location or plan a weekend getaway in the city, that can be an expensive proposition. And if you've got kids, a mortgage, and a car payment, dropping a lot of cash on a getaway might not be in the cards. Instead, you can spend a night out with someone in a chef coat, getting a meal that you and your loved one will remember. Many couples decide that going out to eat is a great thing to do on their anniversary, and with good reason. The combination of intimate conversation and great food is probably one of the things that led to you getting married in the first place!

One nice thing about this sort of tradition is you can either hit one of your favorite restaurants or try one of those places you've always wanted to go. If a restaurant is a little out of your normal price range, an anniversary is a great time to give it a shot. If your night out usually includes fast food (where they probably don't wear chef coats), then simply going anywhere that you place an order at the table would be a welcome change. For many, it's fun to go somewhere a little nicer so you can pull some more formal clothes out of the closet and dress up a bit.

Simply being able to sit down and focus all your attention on your spouse is probably the best thing about an anniversary dinner. Our lives are so hectic that even when we think we're spending time together in the same room, we're still probably doing separate things. When you're out to eat, you're only getting interrupted by your waiter or maybe someone in a chef jacket asking you how you like your meal. That gives you a chance to catch up a bit and remind yourself why you feel the way you do about your spouse. If it feels a little awkward at first, don't worry! You might be a little out of practice, but an anniversary dinner will get you back in the swing of things in no time.

If you go out to a restaurant for an anniversary dinner, you'll probably see a chef coat or two. If you go to iD by Landau's website, you'll see more than just chef coats At iD by Landau you can find all sorts of work apparel and uniforms for almost any type of business. If you own a restaurant and need a chef jacket, iD by Landau has you covered. But that's just where it starts. Visit today to see what else iD by Landau can supply your business with!
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Monday, October 21, 2013

How Do You Choose A Fine Dining Restaurant?

You are on the search for a fine dining restaurant that serves great selections of beef, seafood and fowl. While you prefer a prime steakhouse, your guest or date may prefer a seafood dish or maybe something more exotic like quail. Your mouth is watering for a big, bone-in ribeye so being the one in charge of deciding where to go, your decision to select a place that will accommodate everyone's palates is crucial.

A good place to begin if you do not know your way around your local culinary scene, is to check the Internet for the local Diner's Choice Awards for the past few years. You will probably receive some delicious inspiration and perhaps you might end up at the prime steakhouse you so crave.

First, make a check list of all your needs and expectations. Because this is really a special occasion, can you make a reservation? If the surprise is on the spur of the moment, can you still get seated without a reservation? Although you want a fine dining restaurant, you do not particularly want to wear a suit and tie. Does the prime steakhouse you want have a dress code? Can you wear slacks and sport shirt and fit in with the other guests?

Although during the week you are strictly a beer person, since this is a special occasion, you want to ensure that the restaurant has a fine wine list - and someone who can recommend the best wine to go with your meal. You have already chosen your cut of beef, but what if she decides to order fish or fowl? Surely you'll want to impress, but how will you know whether to select a red or white wine? Since an experienced sommelier or wine expert will be making the suggestion, you will not have to feel embarrassed at all. A good choice that meets all your expectations in a fine dining restaurant will be able to answer all of these questions for sure.

Perhaps this is not going to be an intimate dinner but an occasion for a group of friends, relatives or co-workers. Do you need a private room for 6, 12 or 30 individuals? Even though it is a group, will they feel it is still a fine dining restaurant? Will the group receive the same impeccable service that diners in the common dining room are receiving?

Since you are the person in charge of making all the arrangements, you want the evening to go off without a hitch. You expect delicious, tender beef. You expect beautiful decor and ambiance. You demand great service. You want to make this a memorable experience at a fine dining restaurant for you and your date or group. This is not asking too much at all, so search the Internet, get recommendations from locals and read the online reviews because if and when you find that perfect place, chances are you'll never seek out another prime steakhouse restaurant again.

Myron's Prime was just named winner of San Antonio Best Steakhouse for 2012. Whether it's the bone-in ribeye, the fresh Maine lobster or a fine bottle of wine that you crave, we'll make sure that your dining experience with us will be one to remember. Myron's Prime Steakhouse has two locations. locally-owned, San Antonio steakhouses.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Cabernet Sauvignon

America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly talks about Cabernet Sauvignon with Elizabeth Shepard.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mankas Steakhouse Testimonial

"I came here yesterday for the very first time and have to say that I was extremely impressed. Everything from the menu to the service to the wine was fantastic and I look forward to coming back! 

My lunch consisted of the roasted caprese salad, which was absolutely delicious. I love that they use buffalo mozzarella, instead of just regular mozzarella. For my entree I had the truffle mac and cheese, which I highly reccomend if you're a fan of truffles! For dessert, my table shared the lava cake and cheese cake, both of which were superb. 

Last but not least, I have to mention how great the wine was. They even have a nice little wine tasting bar next door to the restaurant where we visited after our meal. 

Overall, I definitely enjoyed myself here and hope to return soon!" 

MANKAS Steakhouse 
2522 Mankas Corner Road 
Fairfield, CA 94534 


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cakebread Cellars Canopy Management

Take a look at Cakebread Cellars canopy management techniques. Some of the things we show is how we thin leaves and train the shoots to help the plants grow the best grapes for our wine.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Suisun Valley AVA

The Suisun Valley AVA, is an American Viticultural Area in Solano County, California, at the southern end of the Coast Range bordering the Napa Valley region. It was established as a wine appellation of origin on December 27, 1982.

Suisun Valley lies within the southern end of the Coast Range, between the Vaca Mountains and the Mt. George Range to the west, and ends at Suisun Bay to the south while to the north it starts at the Napa County line. It is approximately 3 miles (5 km) by 8 miles (13 km). It contains about 15,000 acres (61 km2 of which approximately 2,200 acres (9 km2) are planted with grapes.

Mankas Steakhouse is an active member of the Suisun Valley AVA. We shop weekly at the local Farmer's Markets to purchase and serve the freshest, local produce to our customers in our restaurant. Much of this produce is also organically grown.

We pour wines that have been rated some of the best in the region; including a wide selection from the Vezer Family Vineyard.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Pairing Wine with Fish

America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly and Elizabeth Shepard share the best wines to pair with fish.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Garden Fresh Salads Available for Dinner at Mankas Steakhouse!

Butter Lettuce Salad with Spring Herb Vinaigrette 

Mankas House Salad
Mixed Greens, Candied Walnuts, Diced Apples, Crumbled Point Reyes Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Wedge Salad
Baby Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Neuskie Apple Wood Bacon & Avocado Dressing
Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Frisse, Orange Segments, Crumbled Goat Cheese & Beet Vinaigrette
Add Steak, Chicken or Shrimp to any Salad for a small additional charge.

Mankas Steakhouse is now open 7 days a week! 
Monday thru Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
 Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Ladies Night Every Tuesday
2522 Mankas Corner Road
Fairfield, CA 94534