Malibu Beach House Wine Dinner
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Tinka
Nov 23, 2016
What an amazing experience, I truly can not recommend going here enough. The beach house was absolutely stunning and very tastefully decorated but mostly truly one of a kind. There is something to look at everywhere and it has a very lively and fun vibe. It is a gorgeous and luxurious setting without feeling pretentious. Eric was very, very welcoming and catered to our dietary restrictions on a high and creative level. He also introduced us to some very interesting and high quality new wines during the tasting prior to the dinner. Eric certainly knows his wines and has the background story for each one. All of this combined with great company, humor and lively discussions certainly makes me want to ditch regular LA restaurants and come back here again. For us this was truly worth 5 stars and I wish I could give more!
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Michael
Jul 24, 2016
How do you balance writing a thoughtful review with making the object of the review happy? Well . . . if you are true to your principles, you have to recognize that sometimes you might have to say things that are unpopular or difficult to hear. This thought hangs over me as I consider my time with Eric at his beautiful yet eclectic home perched directly over the ocean in Malibu. I guess I should preface my comments with what we expect from an EatWith experience. My wife and I are foodies who enjoy meeting new people in a casual and intimate environment. Let’s tackle these in order from least important to most. 1) Casual/intimate environment: This is where Eric’s hospitality shines. His home is a fantasy (in more ways than you might expect). Eric seemed very laid back and friendly. I’m not sure why he opens his home to EatWith folks like my wife and me, but if I try to put myself in his shoes – I might think it was because he likes meeting new people too. The home is just amazing and pictures truly cannot do it justice. He seemed very comfortable there, and I think he hoped we would feel at ease and comfortable too. If this had been a dinner with just Eric and his wife, I might be writing a different review today. Which brings me to . . . 2) Meeting new people: I’m a pharmacist who owns his own business. I am reasonably successful, but I am still a good distance from being a “1-percenter”. I can afford to drive 4 hours round trip, burn a tank of gas and spend $230 for dinner, but it is enough of an expense to make me consider if I think it is going to be worth it. Now, imagine being someone like me and showing up to a casual dinner party with 12 other people that are friends and family of the host. These folks all seem to do very well for themselves, and for much of the evening we felt like outsiders. Like the Korean exchange student you invite over to your home for Thanksgiving. Eric tries to be friendly to everyone, but the group was so wrapped up in their own friend and family dynamic that it becomes difficult to focus attention on the real guests. An older, neighbor couple, the tall woman that works in environmental safety?, and a nephew attending Princeton were genuine people that seemed reasonably interested in and conversing with us. Of course Eric was gracious and chatted us up when he could, but as host his hands were filled much of the time. Eric had all the guests tell a little about themselves over dinner in an entertaining way that sort of broke the ice, but some glaciers are slow to melt. 3) Dinner: The most important part of a foodie’s experience. The focal point of many of our vacations. What a disappointment. On arrival we were greeted with some simple but tasty pizza-like thingies and mini-paninis. No big deal, but finger-food with a good flavor. A short while later Eric presented a plate with individual spoons with a scallop “taste”. Moments after beginning to chew the offering my mouth exploded with fresh flavors, and I thought to myself, “this is going to be a wonderful night.” THAT was the highlight of the meal. Eric asked us which of the “tastes” we liked the best. He continued to say that there were 5 different flavors of scallops, but my wife and I had only sampled the one. Apparently all the others were gone. Oh well, that happens sometimes, but I was disappointed to miss the other four “tastes”. Soon all of us were summoned to the dinner table. A dining area outside with the ocean just meters away and the moon rising off in the distance. I have to say the place IS STUNNING. We sat down to two watermelon slices juxtaposed and drizzled with a kind of thin, fetta-cream sauce, heirloom tomatoes and basil. Simple again – yet tasty and light. The bulk of dinner was then self-serve, buffet style and consisted of cedar-planked salmon, some kind of rice pilaf, and parmesan-citrus broccoli. Desert consisted of chocolate cake (Eric claimed it was from Costco – he may have been joking, but I considered it a possibility as it was just chocolate cake) and “liquid nitrogen ice cream”. To us, most of the meal was rather ho-hum. I don’t know where to point the finger. It is possible it should be pointed at me. Were my expectations high? You bet, but I think deservedly so. The dynamic of the group was just too challenging for us. There were a few nice people, but we never really felt like part of the group/party. I cannot emphasize enough how nice and friendly Eric was – but sadly that was not enough for us. Eric loves wine – that much is clear. There were plenty of delicious wines to sample and enjoy. If I were asked to make any suggestions this is what I might offer: 1) Sell this as more of a “drink with”. Sure you’ll get dinner, but the real treat is the wine. Eric is a wine aficionado and enjoys showcasing his collection. Wine is mentioned in his description, but really - this IS the focus. Knowing that we wouldn’t be able to drink lots of wine meant – I might have passed on this EatWith. 2) The party dynamic needs to be loaded with a few more “strangers”. There was just too many close friends and family to break into. This was not our first EatWith event, and on the surface a two-star review might make it appear as though this was a terrible event. That is not what I am intending to say. Two stars represents that the event did not meet OUR expectations. Hopefully this review will assist future diners so that they go in with a better idea of what to expect and help them to have an amazing evening in an interesting venue. Lastly I would like to thank Eric for hosting the event and creating another of our life's experiences.
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Marie
Aug 12, 2015
It was an amazing evening! Eric was the perfect host and we really enjoyed the food, the wine, the company and the surroundings. Thank you!
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Mitzi
Apr 15, 2015
This was my first EatWith experience. Lloyd is a perfect host. The wine selection included something for every palate. The food was absolutely fabulous from gourmet cheeses and appetizers to the main course of lamb chops, to the dessert of homemade ice cream over apple cobbler. The group of guests was diverse in age, occupation and interests. I enjoyed the interaction with the guests as well. Bottom line, I can't recommend Lloyd highly enough. What an amazing experience!I hope to be able to EatWith Lloyd again sometime soon.
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Malibu Beach House Wine Dinner

What to expect at Lloyd's place

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Tinka
Nov 23, 2016
What an amazing experience, I truly can not recommend going here enough. The beach house was absolutely stunning and very tastefully decorated but mostly truly one of a kind. There is something to look at everywhere and it has a very lively and fun vibe. It is a gorgeous and luxurious setting without feeling pretentious. Eric was very, very welcoming and catered to our dietary restrictions on a high and creative level. He also introduced us to some very interesting and high quality new wines during the tasting prior to the dinner. Eric certainly knows his wines and has the background story for each one. All of this combined with great company, humor and lively discussions certainly makes me want to ditch regular LA restaurants and come back here again. For us this was truly worth 5 stars and I wish I could give more!
read more
Michael
Jul 24, 2016
How do you balance writing a thoughtful review with making the object of the review happy? Well . . . if you are true to your principles, you have to recognize that sometimes you might have to say things that are unpopular or difficult to hear. This thought hangs over me as I consider my time with Eric at his beautiful yet eclectic home perched directly over the ocean in Malibu. I guess I should preface my comments with what we expect from an EatWith experience. My wife and I are foodies who enjoy meeting new people in a casual and intimate environment. Let’s tackle these in order from least important to most. 1) Casual/intimate environment: This is where Eric’s hospitality shines. His home is a fantasy (in more ways than you might expect). Eric seemed very laid back and friendly. I’m not sure why he opens his home to EatWith folks like my wife and me, but if I try to put myself in his shoes – I might think it was because he likes meeting new people too. The home is just amazing and pictures truly cannot do it justice. He seemed very comfortable there, and I think he hoped we would feel at ease and comfortable too. If this had been a dinner with just Eric and his wife, I might be writing a different review today. Which brings me to . . . 2) Meeting new people: I’m a pharmacist who owns his own business. I am reasonably successful, but I am still a good distance from being a “1-percenter”. I can afford to drive 4 hours round trip, burn a tank of gas and spend $230 for dinner, but it is enough of an expense to make me consider if I think it is going to be worth it. Now, imagine being someone like me and showing up to a casual dinner party with 12 other people that are friends and family of the host. These folks all seem to do very well for themselves, and for much of the evening we felt like outsiders. Like the Korean exchange student you invite over to your home for Thanksgiving. Eric tries to be friendly to everyone, but the group was so wrapped up in their own friend and family dynamic that it becomes difficult to focus attention on the real guests. An older, neighbor couple, the tall woman that works in environmental safety?, and a nephew attending Princeton were genuine people that seemed reasonably interested in and conversing with us. Of course Eric was gracious and chatted us up when he could, but as host his hands were filled much of the time. Eric had all the guests tell a little about themselves over dinner in an entertaining way that sort of broke the ice, but some glaciers are slow to melt. 3) Dinner: The most important part of a foodie’s experience. The focal point of many of our vacations. What a disappointment. On arrival we were greeted with some simple but tasty pizza-like thingies and mini-paninis. No big deal, but finger-food with a good flavor. A short while later Eric presented a plate with individual spoons with a scallop “taste”. Moments after beginning to chew the offering my mouth exploded with fresh flavors, and I thought to myself, “this is going to be a wonderful night.” THAT was the highlight of the meal. Eric asked us which of the “tastes” we liked the best. He continued to say that there were 5 different flavors of scallops, but my wife and I had only sampled the one. Apparently all the others were gone. Oh well, that happens sometimes, but I was disappointed to miss the other four “tastes”. Soon all of us were summoned to the dinner table. A dining area outside with the ocean just meters away and the moon rising off in the distance. I have to say the place IS STUNNING. We sat down to two watermelon slices juxtaposed and drizzled with a kind of thin, fetta-cream sauce, heirloom tomatoes and basil. Simple again – yet tasty and light. The bulk of dinner was then self-serve, buffet style and consisted of cedar-planked salmon, some kind of rice pilaf, and parmesan-citrus broccoli. Desert consisted of chocolate cake (Eric claimed it was from Costco – he may have been joking, but I considered it a possibility as it was just chocolate cake) and “liquid nitrogen ice cream”. To us, most of the meal was rather ho-hum. I don’t know where to point the finger. It is possible it should be pointed at me. Were my expectations high? You bet, but I think deservedly so. The dynamic of the group was just too challenging for us. There were a few nice people, but we never really felt like part of the group/party. I cannot emphasize enough how nice and friendly Eric was – but sadly that was not enough for us. Eric loves wine – that much is clear. There were plenty of delicious wines to sample and enjoy. If I were asked to make any suggestions this is what I might offer: 1) Sell this as more of a “drink with”. Sure you’ll get dinner, but the real treat is the wine. Eric is a wine aficionado and enjoys showcasing his collection. Wine is mentioned in his description, but really - this IS the focus. Knowing that we wouldn’t be able to drink lots of wine meant – I might have passed on this EatWith. 2) The party dynamic needs to be loaded with a few more “strangers”. There was just too many close friends and family to break into. This was not our first EatWith event, and on the surface a two-star review might make it appear as though this was a terrible event. That is not what I am intending to say. Two stars represents that the event did not meet OUR expectations. Hopefully this review will assist future diners so that they go in with a better idea of what to expect and help them to have an amazing evening in an interesting venue. Lastly I would like to thank Eric for hosting the event and creating another of our life's experiences.
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Marie
Aug 12, 2015
It was an amazing evening! Eric was the perfect host and we really enjoyed the food, the wine, the company and the surroundings. Thank you!
read more
Mitzi
Apr 15, 2015
This was my first EatWith experience. Lloyd is a perfect host. The wine selection included something for every palate. The food was absolutely fabulous from gourmet cheeses and appetizers to the main course of lamb chops, to the dessert of homemade ice cream over apple cobbler. The group of guests was diverse in age, occupation and interests. I enjoyed the interaction with the guests as well. Bottom line, I can't recommend Lloyd highly enough. What an amazing experience!I hope to be able to EatWith Lloyd again sometime soon.
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