Artichokes and Etna.

Don’t you just love those delicious, hole-in-the-wall places in your own neighborhood, where you can feel comfortable bringing your own bottle of wine?

Emil and I discovered a new one the other night thanks to our friends Derek and Elisa Early, called The Wild Artichoke in Yorba Linda.  Guess what?  They make a mean braised artichoke.  And delicious Artichoke Beignets.  And a Chef’s tasting menu based on… wait for it… Artichoke!

Yes, I know.  The old saying that nothing’s harder to pair with wine than artichokes.  Not always as true as you might think…

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