Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 8 (#108)

Check, Please! Bay Area’s episode 8 (#108) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

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1) Red Sea Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |

2) Chapeau!: | restaurant information | reviews |

3) Ninna Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |

Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. After each episode I’ll serve up a behind-the-scenes look at what went on during filming, including the wine we were sipping…

I met Julia Child several times and was a huge fan. So when I heard that David did an uncanny impression of her, I had to ask him to show us. He didn’t quite channel the legendary chef but did give us a good laugh. David’s pick of Chapeau! was a favorite, and we couldn’t stop talking about the desserts or wine list between takes. It’s most definitely a place to visit for wine (and sweets) lovers. Speaking of wine, it was terrific having Sonya on the show since we had met several months before when I was speaking at a wine event. Sipping on set took on new meaning as both David, a wine collector, and Sonya are huge lovers of the grape (myself included). Wendy was a dynamo and total foodie. She and Sonya also seemed to connect though they had opposite ideas about Red Sea. They’ve planned to go back together and see why eating with your hands is a good thing. Could be another show.

Wine of the Week:

2004 Morgan Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey, California $15
Less herbal and more tropical than other versions of Sauvignon, this is a ripe, juicy wine from one of California’s top white wine makers. Try it with scallops or chicken burritos.

Sponsor Wine of the Week:

2003 Bonterra Merlot, Mendocino County, California $15
Merlot is all about texture, and this wine has got it in spades. Soft, supple and velvety, it not only feels good to sip but also tastes good. Dark berry fruit flavors are rounded out with a hint of minty complexity.

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  • Laura

    I just caught this program early in January and LOVE IT!. I plan to visit at least two restaurants featured -mmm can’t wait. I however live “in the sticks” or as we like to call it the Silicon Valley, so I’m hoping there will be a few restaurants reviewed in my area that I haven’t tried yet. Looking forward to more reviews.

  • Lorraine Bravo

    This is my new favorite show. I like the format and the fact that the reviewers are bay area residents just like me. I also like the fact that the website is very detailed. Keep up the good work. I hope this show lasts.

  • sonya

    hi leslie!!

    i had a great time appearing on the show. i hope other bay area residents will take up the call and sign up. it is so empowering and educational. not to mention, you are a real joy to work with.

    i just have one question … can i do it again?? :-)

    all the best, sonya