Rustic Canyon is the new organic hot spot in Santa Monica, which I’ve been itching to check out. The hub made revs online, and we celebrated our anniversary in green style. From the site:
“Rustic Canyon offers a regularly changing menu of Farmers’ Market-inspired dishes with ingredients that come from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen who practice sustainable agriculture. The dishes at Rustic Canyon draw their influences from all over the Mediterranean.”
I love when chefs concentrate on what is real and great about the natural flavors in food – the folks at Rustic Canyon did just that. Everything was prepared in a way that celebrates the fresh goodness of sustainable agriculture. The hub (right) voted with his fork. As he said, “it just gets better with every bite!”
We asked the server for an organic wine, and she brought out the Panza Syrah – a scrumptious spicy wine. The grapes are organically farmed at the Quixote Winery.
Besides being organically grown, the wine has a screw top. When our guy came over for the opening of the wine, he just twisted and poured. At first, we were a little disappointed at the lack of ceremony …. but he explained that the winery chooses screw tops because it reduces the number of wasted bottles of wine. According to the Quixote website, at least one bottle in every case of wine is spoiled due to mold spores from corks (gross.). I’m no wine connoisseur, but after reading this, screw tops certainly make sense to me. Why go to the hassle of making all that tasty organic wine if it’s gonna get wasted by a mold spore?
So, twisty tops and all, Rustic Canyon gets four thumbs up. And so do my sneaky parents-in-law who called the restaurant that evening and took care of our check! Woo-hoo!