Pre-boarding snacks – United Club

Pre-boarding snacks - United Club
Chicken and cheese pasta, chickpeas, charcuterie,. Complimentary
United Club, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

This was one of the best food offerings at a United Club that I’ve seen in the States so far. The chicken pasta was really tasty, and of course I had my share of complimentary wine, hehe!

Cheese and charcuterie – Villa San-Juliette

Cheese and charcuterie - Villa San-Juliette
Assortment of cheeses and select cured meats accompanied by vegetables, nuts and dried fruit. Served with bread. $15
Villa San-Juliette, San Miguel CA

This was a straight forward meat and cheese plate, but everything on it was pretty tasty. I would have appreciated more variety in the meats to balance out the kinds of cheeses.

Charcuterie board – Niagara Brewing Company

Charcuterie board - Niagara Brewing Company
Cured meats, toasted crostini, raw and pickled vegetables, sage white bean spread. $12.30
Niagara Brewing Company, Niagara Falls CANADA

This charcuterie board was such a great value! This would have cost more in the States. I liked all the meats, and the veggies were delicious too. This was a great board to eat with all the yummy beer!

House made charcuterie – Barboursville Vineyards

House made charcuterie - Barboursville Vineyards
Duck prosciutto, beef bresaola, mortadella, speck, norcino salami with sangiovese wine, orange scented mustard, roasted shallot-dried blueberry jam. Small $15
Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville VA

I actually liked this charcuterie board and appreciated that they were home made. However, I’m going to repeat myself – the service here is despicable. It was a while since I visited and am finally getting around to posting, but that just goes to show that I still remember vividly how rude and bitchy the server was. She certainly knew how to ruin my time at Barboursville Vineyards, and I will forever remember.

Charcuterie, cheeses, and wine - Barboursville Vineyards

Salumi misti – Perbacco

Salumi misti - Perbacco
A selection of house cured salumi inspired by traditional Piemontese recipes. Salame nostrano, salame finocchiona, lonza, coppa, lardo de cavour, testa, duck pate and rillettes. $19
Perbacco, San Francisco CA

Came here with some friends and had to suggest that they try this charcuterie plate. I loved it the first time I had it, and they really enjoyed it too. Perbacco certainly knows how to make delicious salumi!

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Combination platter – Opolo Vineyards

Combination platter - Opolo Vineyards
Full assortment of cured meats and artisanal cheeses served with warm focaccia, pickled vegetables and organic Opolo walnuts. $28
Opolo Vineyards, Paso Robles CA

This charcuterie and cheese board was wonderful and worked great with their wines at Opolo. It was very relaxing to sit on their patio and sip wine and have a midday snack.

Chef’s selection flatbread – Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Chef's selection flatbread - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Blue cheese sauce, pancetta, shishito pepper, potato, parmesan. Happy hour $9
Carpe Diem Wine Bar, Napa CA

Mmm, this flatbread was delicious! I’m not totally sold on the addition of the shishito peppers though – they didn’t quite fit to me. The blue cheese sauce was yummy though and the other toppings worked well together.

Inkberry cabernet sauvignon - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Inkberry cabernet sauvignon. Happy hour $6