Yes. I just got engaged.
THIS. Should have been my April 1 (April Fools) post but I was too lazy. This write up is long overdue as this wedding rehearsal took place last summer. My cousin was getting married and her fiancee’s family hosted the rehearsal lunch at California Modern. His family was given the suggestion of George’s at the Cove and made arrangements to reserve the entire space in the restaurant’s California Modern floor. The actual rehearsal took place not far from California Modern so driving to downtown La Jolla that Saturday afternoon wasn’t too bad.
Here is a pic I took from the rehearsal at the wedding venue. The weather was gloomy but everyone’s spirit was excited.
California Modern is located on the bottom floor of George’s at the Cove. I’ve visited their upper and middle patio in the past for lunches but it’s been a long time since I’ve visited the fancier California Modern.
The ocean views are still pretty nice from California Modern despite the overcast that day.
The tables were simply set as the hors d’oeuvre were hand passed for this rehearsal.
That summer was excruciatingly hot and the air conditioning wasn’t working well that day inside the restaurant. There are no windows that can be opened.
The manager brought in a portable fan to try to help circulate the air in the dining room.
I rarely ever drink white wine. But this 2010 Chardonnay was beautifully soft and sublime. It was chilled perfectly and tasted incredibly smooth. My cousins joked that a wedding ring, at the bottom of this glass, would be a great proposal from my future prince charming,
We loved the tray passed appetizers and free flowing wines. Both families made their speeches during this time. It was incredibly heart felt to have been able to hear the beautiful speeches while standing around both families.
The crust of the bread was a bit too burnt.
This was the Cool Kids table (aka bridesmaids who are associated with the bride and can sit next to her at same table). I wish I could say some beautiful speeches were made between the cousins but nope, it was all
mean spirited and poking fun at one another. We do love each other.
arugula, goat cheese, walnuts, pomegranate vinaigrette
George’s at the Cove is known for their chicken tenders (that’s what sis has been telling me for years now). The kiddies wanted the chicken tenders fried but the kitchen said no. Luckily there was ketchup on the plate (kids quote, not mine).
garlic spinach and onion rings
The skirt steak was prepared a nice medium rare but I couldn’t taste much of the marinade. Onion rings were fine but could have been crispier.
grain risotto, cauliflower, Chino Farms pepper agrodolce, sunflower seed salsa verde
We liked the presentation of this colorful dish but sis thought the jidori chicken was dry.
Chino Farms corn, huitlacoche, eggplant, hoja santa, tomatillos, cilantro
Service was pleasant and the food tasted mostly casual. We all agreed the entrees tasted ‘wedding-y’. Our favorite parts of the lunch were the hors d’oeuvre and the wines that day. California Modern is a nice venue with beautiful views of the ocean. We enjoyed ourselves but most importantly, we enjoyed that entire day with family and people we cared the most about.
George’s at the Cove: California Modern
1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92039
Sis and I carpooled that day and she wanted to stop by the Whole Foods to pick up pretzel buns (she was hosting a dinner party later that night). It’s funny because she decided to grab a six pack of the following beer.
It’s an inside joke as that Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin is now a hit with certain people in the family. It was a fun way to end the day since that entire weekend was manic busy with wedding stuff. I still have the pre wedding taco bar fiesta party I have to post about (and weird games 25+year olds play that old farts like us don’t understand). Fun times 🙂
Happy Friday –