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Who Needs a Drink?

Uploaded: Nov 13, 2016

After this week, who doesn’t?

We were Food Partying up in the wine country / St. Helena during reThink Food, (the Culinary Institute of America’s conference in collaboration with MIT). Ordered a True To Your Roots from SolBar and loved it! I am really enjoying drinks these days with the fluffy egg white on top, and just started to do at home.

The drink is pretty easy to make and perfect for the holidays. (it’s always nice to offer your guests a specialty drink). Adapting the ingredients on the Solbar menu, here’s my version:

True to your Roots

In a shaker combine 1 ½ ounces vodka, ¾ ounce Roots Tentura Spirit, ½ ounce lemon juice, drizzle of beet syrup* and one egg white, shake vigorously. Once combined, add ice and shake again until shaker is ice cold. Strain into a glass. For garnish, blend up freeze-dried raspberries or strawberries and sprinkle on the powder, grate some nutmeg, or float small mint leaves on top.

* Beet syrup: cut up an average size beet in 2” cubes, cover with water, and low boil in a pot of water/apple juice till tender. Add more liquid if needed during cooking. Strain the liquid (eat the beets) and reduce by half. Taste and add more apple juice or sugar as needed.

Want someone else to help drown your sorrows?

Consider a trip over to Quattro at the Four Seasons, which recently updo'ed the terrace.

Plus, they’ve got a newly installed sound system and a music program by a music design agency BELLOSOUND. The Signature Sound blends inspiration from the hood, with ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant, into a mix of eclectic, sophisticated sounds. It’s interesting, and sets the stage for a perfect place to hang out with friends.

When it gets cold, they even bring you blankets!

The night we were there was also singles meet-up night, and we kept getting hit on. One guy I know saw me, but as often the case, ignored me until I went up to him and said hi. He responded with the standard line. Guys, please don’t use this:

“I didn’t recognize you Laura – you are all dressed up.”

2050 University Avenue
East Palo Alto

What is it worth to you?


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:03 am

USA is a registered user.

Quattro is nice but expensive. It is the perfect place for the monied elite to sip $15 "artisanal" cocktails while listening to hipster "hood" music.

I'll stick to American beers with the other deplorables at my local watering hole to celebrate the removal of the global elitists from power.

Posted by MPer, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

Nothing like sipping a $15 cocktail in a parking lot next to 101. Of course I would need to drive there as it is completely disconnected to anything except 101.

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: other,
on Nov 14, 2016 at 6:41 pm

To each his own. I like the outdoor terrace and the changes they made. But if you want less foo foo, don't forget the Food Party! favorite - our local high- dives. Web Link and Redwood City's Saddleroom. Web Link Oh! and The Pioneer in Woodside on Sundays for cheap drinks and free, great blues 4 - 8 PM (don't forget to tip the band.)

Posted by Research Medics, a resident of another community,
on Nov 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

You post is such an awesome reference for living healthy lifestyle, I have bookmarked your site for future reference.

Posted by @MPer, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Nov 16, 2016 at 2:04 pm

What a complete downer! Life's short, quit thinking about reasons to not do stuff. The first smile might hurt a bit, but keep it up, you'll get used to it :)

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm

I too am favorably impressed at Quattro's. And nobody recognizes me all dressed up either.

Posted by Janette, a resident of College Terrace,
on Nov 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm

LOVE Quatro-
The Sunday Brunch is a dining must! 101 is the best way to get there, once inside the atmosphere makes you feel like you could be anywhere lovely, elegant and yet you're right at home. The staff will help you feel like a million even if you don't have it:)

Posted by ClarkAlan, a resident of another community,
on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:15 pm

I have visited Quattro with my family and cousins and I had a best time there. The post you have written looks great. I liked “I didn't recognize you Laura �" you are all dressed up." :) :)

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