Like thousands of others, after watching The Avengers movie in theater last year, I left wanting to eat shawerma.

That led to me buying a google offer for Aladdin, a Lebanese restaurant, which offers shawerma on their menu.

Aladdin Meza Platter ($27) Hommos, tabouleh, baba ghanouj, chicken and lamb shawerma, dolma, falafels, aladdin’s hot sauce, garlic sauce, pickles, served with pita bread

To get a good idea of what the restaurant has to offer, we started with the Meza platter, which offers almost a little of everything in the restaurant. I’m not sure why this was listed in the entree section instead of the appetizer section, since it was recommended to us as an appetizer.

This was a lot of food. We actually had a hard time choosing entrees after this because a lot of the ones we were considering were already covered in this platter.

One thing I noticed was that a lot of the dishes had a strong lemon taste. Unfortunately, I don’t really like lemon in my food, so I found a lot of the dishes to be pleasant until the sour acidic taste of the lemons hit. My favorite ones ended up being the non-lemon flavored dishes. Here’s some close-ups of some of the appetizers:

It’s been a while since I made a mug cake recipe. Don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my mug cake series. I already previously made a pumpkin mug cake. A visit to Starbucks inspired this pumpkin spice latte mug cake.

If you’ve been to Napa Valley, you know that there is a plethora of wine tasting options with hundreds of wineries in the area and virtually every shop offering wine tasting as well. It’s definitely hard to pick out which ones are worth visiting.

However, I highly recommend you check out Jessup Cellars.

Jessup Cellars offers private tasting rooms for a very reasonable price ($20 per person for approximately 5 tastes, and if you buy a bottle, the tasting fee is waived). When we arrived, we were ushered to a nice air-conditioned dining area with wine glasses and an array of munchies set out including crackers, chocolates, nuts, cheese and dried fruit.

We had Bay as our host and he was friendly and knowledgeable. We were given a sheet of the wines we were tasting and pens to take notes if we wanted. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with my sheet, so I decided to express how much I liked a wine with smiley faces.