The Shop Tart learned to be a snob about white zinfandel when she was a server, back in the day. (Fun Fact: She worked for Richard Burts, who now owns 701 Whaley and is in the process of figuring out the best way to expand it. Spoiler Alert: It’s going to be awesome.) Anyhow, ordering white zinfandel was the ultimate faux pas, proof that you had no idea what you were doing. Servers would offer a glass of Schmitt Söhne Piesporter, with an indulgent and vaguely patronizing Mona Lisa smile. As an aside, if you like yourself some white zinfandel? Drink it. And get on with your bad self! You’re paying the tab, so get what you want. Sing it, Billie, “Ain’t nobody’s business if I do.”
And guess what? White zinfandel is totally a thing now, for the cool kids. Where did the Shop Tart try this new-to-her, cool wine? Baan Sawan, of course. For your consideration, Napa Valley Turley white zinfandel, which is actually quite dry.
As these things go at Baan, the Shop Tart tasted a few other wines. (Once again, always sit at the bar, because occasionally, you’ll get a personal, impromptu wine tasting from Sam, and you’ll learn something, because he knows his stuff. You may also find a wine rep, a chef or another pro sitting on the customer side of the bar, which makes it even more interesting.)
In addition to the totally normal wine tasting, the Shop Tart also found her evening unfolding in a way she had not expected. Baan Sawan is like a super happy Twilight Zone that way. She started with her husband. He ordered duck breast…yum or larb. He couldn’t remember. If you are the sort of person who doesn’t often eat meat, this is so worth the exception. Delicious.
She and Mr. Shop Tart had planned to eat a quick meal then go to a school orientation for parents at The Tank’s school. He is in second grade, this is not a new school for him and, when the Shop Tart’s sister mentioned she might come join them, le père observed that there was no reason for both parents to attend. His wife happily stayed behind.
Earlier, she had been unable to decide what to eat. Because everything at Baan is good and it’s hard to choose one dish. She went with a Choose Your Own Adventure sort of meal: sawai satay (not on the menu, sorry), a side of cucumber salad and a side of vegetables. This meal is definitely happening again. Perfect.
More people came in to the restaurant, old friends, new friends, all interesting. The Shop Tart managed to get home at a reasonable time, having been thoroughly fed, intellectually stimulated and entertained, as well as boozed up to an entirely reasonable extent. You can’t ask for a better evening than that, n’est-ce pas?
What was your last great evening? What makes a great night for you?
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- Baan Sawan, 2135 Devine Street, 803-252-8992
Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!