Thursday, February 17, 2011

Special Preview of 901 Thursdays at Sol Cocina

Sol Cocina
251 E. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Sol Cocina has been on our list of places to try for awhile, so when we were given the opportunity to attend a tequila tasting event and sample some antojitos served up by executive chef Deborah Schneider, we could simply not say no.

Sol Cocina is partnering with  901 Tequila to launch the appropriately named 901 Thursdays at Sol Cocina. 901 Tequila, in case you are not aware, is the tequila that Justin Timberlake launched in 2009. Until now it has been made available in very few restaurants, so Sol Cocina has invited 901 Tequila to be the cornerstone of their new Thursday late night fun spot. Let's see what this night had to offer us.

First off some drinks. They were offering us four creations made with 901 Silver Tequila. The first was my favorite, 901 Rocks with a lime. I am not much of a straight tequila drinker, but this stuff was pretty smooth. A great sipping tequila. Katie ordered the 901 Paloma, the second drink in the pictures. This beverage paired the tequila with grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda, then sprinkled with salt. She found this drink to be very refreshing. The last drink was also mine, and one of the more creative of the evening, the 901 Pepino. Agave nectar, lime juice, pineapple juice, basil leaves, and cucumber combined to make this cocktail. This drink was the favorite of Katie's, and I liked the unusual flavor of the drink.

Now on to the antojitos made by Chef Deborah Schneider. Chef Deborah is the author of four cookbooks, and has a very impressive resume. She was nominated for a James Beard award for one of her cookbooks, was executive chef at the Turf Club at Del Mar Racetrack, and opened Sol Cocina with her partners over eighteen months ago. In that time, Sol Cocina has generated great buzz from bloggers and print media. Not only does she have all of these accomplishments under her belt, but she was also very personable and a pleasure to meet this night. Let's see what she whipped up for us to eat.

One of the two appetizers served to us, this is the Corn Soup topped with crab. Very buttery taste, and smooth. I liked this the best. I could have eaten the whole bowl myself, but I decided to share with Katie.

Above is a Squash Blossom. Squash lightly breaded and fried, served with a mole sauce and sprinkled with cheese. This was like nothing I have had before. Very good, and she could not churn these out quick enough.

Sol Cocina and 901 Silver Tequila seem like a great pairing. The night introduced us to a great tasting tequila, and has whetted our appetites for more food from Sol Cocina. A special thanks goes out to Mona at Moxxe. Thank you very much for the invite.

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