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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Gone Astray in L.A.: A Northern California foodie reports on the Southland’s Gastronomic Scene

K&L Wine Merchants will soon be opening a retail store in Los Angeles. This marks K&L’s first foray into the Southland. As K&L’s emissary down here, I will be posting a weekly blog on the food of Los Angeles and Orange County, along with recommendations on a few of my current favorite wines. October 19, 2005 Long Beach… home to Snoop Dogg, Boeing’s corporate headquarters and what may be the most abysmal food scene of any major city in the western reaches of the U.S. Many consider this port town to be a mere suburb of the sprawl that is Los Angeles, but Long Beach is actually the fifth largest city in California. As befits a major American metropolis there are many dining establishments here, some of them pricey too. And most should be very very ashamed of themselves. In an effort to keep this, my first K&L post, on a somewhat positive note, I will let you in on the best food in Long Beach. It is not that spendy Italian place downtown (although it’s good, and will get its own review in time), or that newish fusian eatery in Long Beach’s toniest strip mall (I kid you not). The best food in Long Beach is not served at a restaurant per se. There is no wine list, for one. No servers, and only about eight tables, if you count the three or four outside on the sidewalk. Hole Mole is the name, and it is a taqueria unlike any in San Francisco. Pay no attention to the “Mole” on all of the brightly colored signage. There is no mole offered on the menu, which is fine by me. The focus here is piscine, though many basics in the turf category can also be procured. By all means order one of them if you are allergic to fish. The chicken tacos and burritos, as well as the carne asada are all serviceable versions of their type. They are good. Sometimes really good. But in comparison to the fish and shrimp burritos they are nothing at all. And compared to the fish tacos, well nothing at Hole Mole, and nothing edible in all of Long Beach can compare to those. I am almost rendered speechless by the beauty of these fish tacos. Almost. I will write a poem, since prose is too limited, too structured for such sensory perfection. Taco taco. Fry of fish (fried fish!). Here, gilded by green cabbage, pungent salsa, tangiest of sour cream-based sauces. Soft and gummy doubled corn tortilla. Crisp, salty fish. Are you tilapia? I do not know. And then the cabbage, crunchy delight. I can eat four fish tacos. They are not big, but they sneak up on you. This might be due to the fry grease or the fat of the creamy sauce. They are not healthy, though they do contain fish. And cabbage! Rather than eat them in the exceedingly cramped though cheerful establishment or outside on the depressing street (most in Long Beach fall under this category), take your tacos home (count them first, they sometimes short change you, though I am sure this is not purposeful…see how positive I am??). Eat them in front of the TV (living in Long Beach will turn you into a TV junkie), and wash them down with rosé or a crisp, totally unoaked and very straight-forward French or Spanish white. Minerals are good, but you don’t need them here, not with these tacos. A few suggestions currently on offer at K&L are the classic 2004 Viña Sila Naia Rueda ($10.99) or the 2004 Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Sec ($13.99) in the white category, and the 2004 Bodegas Aldeanueva Cortijo Iii Rosé ($8.99) and the very juicy 2004 Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert Rosé ($9.99) for pinks. If you ever find yourself in Long Beach you should definitely check out the fish tacos at Hole Mole. It may even be worth the detour off the 405 if you find yourself en route from L.A. to Orange County. Hole Mole 421 Obispo Ave. Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 439-2555 1 Fish Taco $1.45 Got foodie tips on the scene down here? Please post your comments! —Elisabeth Schriber

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