Tasting, Tweeting at Zane's

Southern California foodies gathered at Zane's in Hermosa Beach on Monday night to sample popular dishes, cocktails, and sweet treats—here is a recap.


Platters of tiramisu and churros were just the sweet ending to an evening of culinary delight at Monday.

The local downtown hot spot hosted its first-ever "taste and tweet" event, during which some of the area's biggest names in the food and media industry sampled special menu items before broadcasting their thoughts on Twitter.

Hermosa Beach Patch was in the house, along with TV host and actor Marsh Mokhtari, Mary Hall (a.k.a. The Recessionista), Susan Irby (a.k.a. The Bikini Chef), SassySEO.com founder Kristin Rohan, DeathbedFood founder Diane Wagner, and many others.

A taste of Zane's fresh and fruity guavatinis kicked off the event, accompanied by fried calamari with crusted eel.

Zane's most popular appetizer then joined the table: a light and citrus-in-flavor ahi tuna tartar. The appetizer was accompanied by a sweet and sassy blood orange martini, which Mokhtari likened to sipping a smoothie.

A sampling of the house dishes began with fresh veggies and grilled pesto shrimp. As the restaurant refrains from saturating its food in seasoning, the natural flavor of the shrimp came through elegantly.

A rich cioppino—tomato base with fresh seafood and grilled focaccia bread—was showcased as the house favorite. A juicy New York Steak cooked in the restaurant's 1,800-degree broiler followed, and then a simply done Chilean sea bass was offered.

For dessert, a festive peppermint hot chocolate nightcap accompanied the tiramisu and churros. By that time in the night, Rohan tweeted: "If you can believe the treats are still rolling!"

Have you eaten at Zane's restaurant, and have your own opinion to share?

Kristin Rohan December 07, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Fantastic recap, Jacqueline -- excellent to meet you and hope to see you again soon. Thanks for the mention, too! Cheers, Kristin Rohan
Zane's Restaurant December 07, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Thanks for the great article, Jacqueline! Glad you were able to participate, hope to see you soon!


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