My friend Candice invited me to "Feast With Friends" collaboration dinner last Monday with Chef DJ Tangalin (JRDN) & Chef Phil Esteban (Cork & Craft) and Fallbrook Winery at JRDN at the Tower23 Hotel in Pacific Beach. It is a joy eating with her. She goes to interesting events, knows a lot about the food and beer industry, and has a great sense of humor which makes her a fantastic dining companion for 3 hour meals. We met through our friend Kirk, super world traveler foodie extraordinaire.
Since the chefs are Filipino American, I was curious if any dishes would be Filipino inspired.
I was in Manila last year and had a Filipino inspired degustation dinner at Vask Modern Tapas and Gastronomic Cuisine and it was exciting seeing Filipino dishes prepared and presented as innovative high cuisine.
Seeing the pretty and intricate dishes reaffirmed the saying that cooking is an art and after seeing the "horseradish styrofoam" also a science.
I always associated Fallbrook with avocado groves and never knew that there were vineyards. After tasting the wines from the Fallbrook Winery, I want to visit.