My Dad came to visit and we went over to Casa Mon Amour for lunch – sans drinks. Their liquor license expired. But the food as always is delicious and more than made up for the fact. Plus, me and Pops hit Jack O’Neills afterwards for our fill of swill. Later on, I hungout at Red Star to check out the Steelers game and wound up not making it home until 9am. To me, that’s a good night.

Speaking of Casa Mon Amour, one of the ex-bartenders Bethany has gotten a new gig at the pretty brand spanking new one month old Vinas.

109 S. 6th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 718-782-2333
Colombia-born Mike Jaramillo is a mini-tycoon in Williamsburg, where his holdings include Sweet Farm bakery and Maxim gym. This weekend, he opens Viñas, a South Side homage to his Latin American roots as well as those of his Puerto Rican chef, Henry Lopez Jr. Spanish and Latin American wines will be offered alongside Pan-Latin-inspired fare like quail a la plancha with a reduction of chipotle, espresso bean, and honey, and the 75-seat space is furnished with salvaged wood that’s meant to send the same eco-friendly message as the recycled takeout containers they’ll pack your leftovers in.

Definitely be sure to check the place out and be sure to say hi to Bethany – she’s a doll!

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