Thursday, August 13, 2009

Main Street Wine Cellar

Back when I was a dichotomous wallflower/sixth grade cheerleader living in the Bay Area, urban legend had it that the kids in the neighborhood had a not-so-PG-13 use for Pop Rocks. Following the candy's hiatus from--and eventual return to--the market, folks south of the bay have found a much more civilized--but admittedly less scandalous--use for the cult classic: imbedding the carbonated candy in truffles.

At Seal Beach's Main Street Wine Cellar, $10 will get you a flight of six chocolates prepared by So-Cal artisan Chuao Chocolatier--one of which will snap, crackle and pop in your mouth. I suppose I have just blown the surprise on the above-referenced "Firecracker" truffle, but I do so in the hope that people will seek out this nifty little piece of nostalgia enveloped in adulthood.

Front and right you'll find the Firecracker, complete with chipotle, salt and popping candy. Other selections include:

Melao - Salt butter caramel filled
Pan con Chocolat - Roasted Panko bread, olive oil ganache and sea salt (even hubba hubba Bobby Flay is talking about it)
Framboise - Raspberry "pate de fruit" layered over almond hazelnut prailine
Grignottines White - White chocolate with roasted and carmelized almond slivers, pistachio and orange peel
Gran Cacao - Bittersweet ganache with 73% cacao

Mumm Napa Sparkling Rose
Never one to abandon my roots, we chased the chocolate with a bottle of Northern Cal's Mumm Napa Sparkling Rosé.

The mood at Main Street Wine Cellar (which recently replaced the previous tenant, Vino Voyage) was pleasantly easy and unpretentious: we strolled in with sand between our toes and swimsuits under our clothes, but still we were allowed to indulge in chocolate, wine and adolescent memories in absolute peace.

- K

Main Street Wine Cellar
302 Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740

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Blogger Anna said...

My husband and his friend just opened a new restaurant in Salt Lake called Forage. It's located at 370 E 900 S, close to Liberty Park. I really like the way you write about food and wine, so I thought I'd let you know that they are open. Their blog is, and their website, which will be up soon, is I hope you can come in to eat some time!

7:36 PM  
Blogger K and J said...

Hi Anna: Thanks for your message! We have been watching Forage with much anticipation and actually have a reservation next Friday for our 10-year anniversary. We have already heard wonderful praise of the restaurant and are looking so forward to trying it ourselves.

6:15 PM  

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