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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Karl Strauss Brewing Company (LAX)

Karl Strauss Brewing Company (LAX) Los Angles International Airport Terminal 7.  Man was this place a godsend!  After flying in to LAX on an International flight and waiting 1 hour to get through US Immigration and another 45 minutes to get through US Customs, then back through security.  What should I find very near my gate with 45 minutes to kill but this place.  They have 4 types of their own beer on tap.  But not being a beer drinker, I had a nice cold glass of white wine.  Several nice wines to choose from and you get 6 ounce or 9 ounce glasses of wine. If you want food there is a place attached to it but I can't remember the name.  If you go there you can take it back or you can order from the bar and they will go, get it and bring it back to you for the same price.  I had a small pizza with 3 toppings cooked in a brick oven for $9.69, good price for an airport and the pizza was very enjoyable.  Everyone sitting at the bar was friendly and talkative when I was there (something you can't control).  The service was good and very friendly.  I wish I could tell you more about their beer, but I will have to leave that up to you.  One thing I did learn is not to change planes in LAX, fly some where else.  If you have to or for what ever reason your are in Terminal 7, you won't be disappointed going here.  I was a lot more relaxed when I left then when I walked in, and definitely in a better mood!!!

Pepenero Bar (Cuernavaca, Mexico)

Pepenero Bar, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.  I can't give you a street address but it is just down the street from the main square.  Once the sun came out after the heavy rain, I found this place for a glass of wine.  It is a very small bar about 300-400 square feet.  The sit up bar sits about 3 people.  I chose to sit out side and watch everyone passing by. Do they have food, I doubt it as there is a Domino's about 50 meters away and they delivered a pizza for the owner.  This bar is on a little lane that is accessible by foot only and has several other bars and restaurants on it.  The wine was good and the bartender made the recommendation of the wine.  They had music playing and if you are looking for no frills, than this is definitely no frills.  Service was friendly, what more can you ask!  Good place for people watching!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

1521 El Paraiso Bar (Cuernavaca, Mexico)

1521 El Paraiso Bar, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.  It is right in the heart of the city', right out front of the Palace Cortez!  The weather was terrible when I was there.  The rain was so heavy was it!!  It was heavy, so I found this place and sat in their covered outside patio area.  It inside area looked very nice, very Mexican/  Spanish looking.  I ordered the Enchiladas and a glass of red wine. Probably the best Enchiladas I have ever had, they were so fresh it was amazing.  It was a nice place to have a lunch and relax.  I kept in mind the problems that this city is having.  It is located right across the street from the main square and I can only imagine how busy it gets here if it is not raining!  I really enjoyed sitting there  relaxing over a nice lunch and watching everyone run around in the rain. Service was good, but it should be good as there weren't that many people in there.  Give it a try if you are in the area!!

Sumiya Bar (Cuernavaca, Mexico)

Sumiya Bar in the Camino Real resort Int. Fraccionamiento Sumiya S/N 'Col. Jose Parnes, Cueranavaca, Morelas, Mexico.  I really liked this bar, because there is not much else to do in this resort.   Was there in the rainy season and tropical storm Adelene had hit so it rained very heavy.  I enjoyed sitting buy the large open windows just relaxing with a glass of wine.  The service was great and have to tip my hat to Carmen.  My wife asked about the red wines and she brought out 3 bottles of red wine to help her make a selection.  You don't get that kind of served any more any where you go.  It is a very comfortable and relaxing place.  They do have a nice flat screen TV, which everyone gathered around during the Mexico football game ( soccer).  They always kept you served with pretzels and nuts while you are there,  It is a great setting, they also have a beautiful outside patio but with all the rain I never got a chance to try it out.  I really enjoyed my time here!!

Ridel Wine Bar (Mexico City, Mexico)

Ridel Wine Bar, Campos Eliseos 219, Mexico City, Mexico.  This was a real gem of a find, the food here is incredible!  They have a vast selection of fine wine and are more than willing to help you select the right wine.  I can't say enough about this place, I lived the food, the wine and the service.  I had a pasta with a cream sauce and shrimp while my wife had the cheese plate.  Both  were very good.  They had a great selection of cheese to go with her Argentinian Malbec.  I had a very nice Chilean Chardonnay.  This is a very nice place and worth your time to seek it out if you are ever in Mexico City!!

Karisma Cantina (Mexico City, Mexico)

Karisma Cantina Ave. Campos Eliseos 219, Mexico City, Mexico.  This is a great place, very busy and very popular.  The service is very good, they speak Spanish and English which is good if you don't speak Spanish.  There is lots of side walk seating but since it was the rainy season when I was there they had plastic covers to keep you dry.  Doesn't look great when down but works well.  Inside is very nice.  The food is awesome, and we had some .....crap I can't describe it well enough to do it justice, but is was very good.  Good wine and beer selection.  It is in a good area and considering the volatile climate in Mexico a drink, some food in a nice and comfortable place is just the answer!  You will not go wrong by going here, It is one of my favorite bars in Mexico City!!  Two thumbs up.

Shelty Bar (Mexico City, Mexico)

Shelty Bar, Hotel Nikko,  Campose Eliseos, Mexico City.  Lots of nice dark wood through out and tartan on the walls.  It is supose to be an English bar but the English don't use tartan..oh well.  Not a place to get a cheap drink I must add.  It felt a bit sterile in here, just too squeaky clean and tidy.  More like a high end snooty type of place.  Very comfortrable and they have a couple of flat screen tv's.  they had a guy playing an electric piano, kind of cheesy!  Ok, alot cheesy!  You don't have far to go to get a real nice and comfortable bar.  If you are staying in the hotel and don't want to go any where then maybe try the bar in the lobby!!