I'd heard that Hangar One had a new batch of their Raspberry Vodka in, and having never done a tasting at their distillery and tasting room at the Old Alameda Naval Base (is that place isolated, or what?), we headed over for a sampling. The warehouse is cavernous and we were the only four souls in attendance. The employees were fabuluous, chatting about the various vodkas, whiskeys, liquers and aqua perfectos. We tried a "tasting" for $10.00 (per person) and well worth it: healthy shots of the pear liquour, the raspberry liquor, the straight Hangar 1 vodka, buddha's hand vodka, kaffir lime vodka, mandarin blossom vodka, the smoked tea vodka (which is something the boss is going to be focusing on--adding teas to the vodka line), the St. George Single Malt Whiskey, and the Raspberry Aqua Perfecta. All wonderful stuff, but my favorite was, as always, the Mandarin Blossom and the Raspberry vodkas. My friends think that the buddha's hand smells and tastes like lemon pledge, so that didn't go over very well. We also bought the last bottle of the Wasabi vodka. You get one complementary taste if you aren't up for the whole array of alcohol.
2601 Monarch Street
Needless to say, we were in need of some food to soak up all of the alcohol, so, after reading alot about dim sum in Alameda on this board, we headed over to East Ocean on Webster, agreeing that we'd try the Chef's Wok another day. Now, I'm not dim sum expert, but this stuff was tasty (and let's face it with that much liquor sloshing around inside me, even if I was an expert, my judgment might be questionable so there is that...) First off, the room is large, airy and the tables, as another CHer has said, were nicely spaced. Other than the sui mai (shrimp and excellent), the steamed pork buns (sweet, flavorful fillings), the fried shrimp, steamed beef meat balls (just o'k flavors), Chiu Chow Fun Gor (I love shrimp, and the transulent wrappers were chewy but not rubbery), the sweet cream buns (our daughter ate one entire order!), I'm not sure about the details, but we left stuffed--in the good kind of way.
My only downside is that my girlfriend and I both got the MSG flush about ten minutes after completing our last bite. Jill says that's the first time she's ever reacted that way at East Ocean.
1713 Webster St