Check, Please! Bay Area's episode 2 (#102) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:
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My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. After each episode I'll serve up a behind-the-scenes look at what went on during filming including the wine we were sipping...
Barking on camera is something I've never had to deal with, but hey...this show is all about real people. And, Bryan is as real as it gets! He was a riot--sort of like a frenetic Robin Williams after downing a pot of espresso (though the brown liquid in Bryan's glass was actually Guinness Stout). On the other side of the table, Mark was a great foil for Bryan's energy. He provided the fireworks when he said Everett and Jones had dead flowers that looked like something from the Adams Family television show. Though the barbeque spot was contentious, all fell in love with Tonya's pick, 1550 Hyde Café and Wine Bar. I couldn’t get Bryan and Mark to stop talking about the pudding. Tonya provided a quietly authoritative viewpoint of the restaurants, which balanced Bryan and Mark. Even though they differed in their opinions of the eateries, we had so much fun on the set. All three of the guests actually left after the taping and went to lunch together. I wonder what their server thought of them...
Wine of the Week:
2004 Plozner Sauvignon Blanc, Grave del Fruili, Italy $15
Crisp and zesty with herbal aromas and bright citrus flavors, this northern Italian white was the perfect "breakfast" wine to wake up our palates for the late morning taping.