Wine tasting. I’ve only done it twice, and the reason is that I don’t get to sample many…only one really. I’m a total lightweight which quickly leads to drunk Alexis, but if you ask best friend Trish drunk Alexis is so much more fun.
My first experience “tasting” was in Napa which obviously was amaze balls, go big or go home right? Napa Valley is like a boozy Disney land for grown ups, only instead of your souvenir being a pair of Minnie Mouse ears, you leave with a buzz an urge to find a karaoke bar, plus your teeth look like you’ve just been sucking on a squids a$$.
But just this past Summer I planned a well needed get away to go and visit a friend of mine. Destination was where orchard meets vineyard, and unbeknownst to me, the wine is free flowing (watch your back Napa Valley). It was like a little piece of Canadian heaven, and if I could move there tomorrow I would, and yes, you can come with me Mom.
So where is this glorious place you ask??? Summerland, B.C. !!!
You know those vacations where you spend weeks planning every second of everyday only to get home and you feel more tired then before you left?!? Not on this little jaunt, it was relaxing with a capital R. Sun, fun and wine all wrapped up into one amazing getaway. Plus I got to spend a solid ten days of best friend bliss with my wine tasting tour guide (Adrienne I heart you), who put up with my cray cray gluten free ways ie: crumb police.
Speaking of gluten free, this trip was filled with sooooooo many tasty eats, but there was this one restaurant that BLEW MY MIND! They had this red cabbage falafel wrap concoction filled with all this stuff, which at first glance, didn’t really make sense?!? But that first bite… O M G, talk about flavour town. Right away it got my wheels turning and just knew I had to recreate it.
So this is my take and I must say… I also got to flavour town.
Flavour town Lettuce Wrap
4 pieces Boston Lettuce washed and dried
1 chicken breast
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp cumin
1 tbsp Grapeseed oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Bubbies pickles sliced
Thinly sliced cucumber
2 tbsp hummus
Banana peppers (as many or as much as you like, adds a kick of heat)
Thinly sliced purple cabbage
First up toss you chicken with the Grapeseed oil and spices then under the broiler it goes. I find when you broil chicken it gets a nice char and I can’t be bothered to light up the bbq for just me. 7-8 minutes per side is the perfect cook time, but cut into the thickest part to make sure it’s fully cooked.
Next layer up your Boston Lettuce, I like to do 2 pieces per wrap because I find when you use just one that you end up wearing your meal rather than eating it.
Now you can slap on the hummus, toss in all of your toppings, and then once the chicken has cooled slice it up and into the wrap it goes. Now take your first bite.
Flavour town awaits you!!!