Joan Verrati

Pollyodd – Limoncello for the American Palate

One of my favorite countries to visit has always been Italy. Whether Lake Cuomo, Vincenza, Venice, Rome, or Vatican City, the sites, sounds, and flavors of Italy are unique and unforgettable.

Some of these flavors can be found in Philadelphia, particularly in South Philly. On December 21, I had the pleasure of getting to know the latest flavor added in the form a Pollyodd, locally made ‘cellos that are currently available in four flavors – the traditional lemoncello, lime, orange, and chocolate.

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Joan Verratti with her ‘cellos.

Pollyodd, produced by Noaj & Mot, Inc., is owned by Joan Verratti and Tom Cavaliere, and has been five years in the making. Five years of having all paperwork in order, getting the right licenses, and being investigated by the FBI. A law passed in February 2012 that allows micro-distillers (who produce no more than 100,000 gallons of alcohol per year) to sell their products from their distilleries and two satellite locations.

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Great Finds of the Week #2

Ok, so it’s been two weeks since I’ve posted a great finds, but here are some posts that I have particularly enjoyed in that period of time.

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Be a bookslut for a day by sending in a review of a book the Insatiable Booksluts have already read and reviewed. I guarantee you’ll discover something new.

Speaking of finding new books to read, have you read any of the Booker’s Dozen for 2012? Honestly, I haven’t even heard of any of the books or Authors on this list – a reminder that there are always new books and authors to discover, but also that we will never discover them all. Continue reading “Great Finds of the Week #2”


Great Finds of the Week

Welcome to my first Great Finds of the Week.

Every day, I come across wonderful content that you are all cooking, photography, experiencing, and writing about, so I’ve decided to compile a list of it all (kind of like my own Freshly Pressed). Here is a look at some great content from the past week.

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When authors attack their book bloggers by Insatiable Booksluts looks at the fragile relationship between authors and book bloggers. Apparently, one self-published author thinks that book bloggers shouldn’t have any restrictions on the books they review.

Libby of Moments in My Head is hosting a giveaway for Twilight books. You can win them if you’re able to tell her why she should have read them. Continue reading “Great Finds of the Week”

Paloma cocktail

A red paloma cocktail

When thinking of Mexican cocktails, you’ll most likely think of margaritas.

But, there are other options. And the Paloma is one of them.

The Paloma is made with tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda (or fresh juice), and a pinch of salt. The grapefruit soda, Jarritos, that is used in this drink can be hard to find in the U.S. Alternatives are any lemon-lime soda (such as Fresca), or you can use fresh grapefruit juice and club soda instead.

To this day, I’m not a fan of grapefruit (although that doesn’t seem to apply to grapefruit-flavored candy) and so I decided to go the Fresca route. I also decided to add some cranberry juice for color and added flavor.

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Red paloma cocktail

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The perfect frozen classic margarita

Whenever tequila is mentioned, I’ve found that inevitably someone says “I can’t stand tequila” or “Tequila and I aren’t friends.” Such people have obviously been victims of the one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor saying, which generally is only fulfilled when bad tequila is consumed at a quick pace.

They key to any tequila-based drink is, of course, good quality tequila (no, Jose Cuervo doesn’t count). You want to look for tequila made from 100% agave. There’s no better time like now to start appreciating good tequila, especially since Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday!

I have always been partial to the frozen margarita and since I have yet to acquire a drink shaker, I happily share this wonder recipe I found on epicurious. If your first thought is to run to the store to pick up a margarita mix, please don’t. Margaritas aren’t supposed to be neon in color. The perfect margarita can only be achieved by using freshly squeezed fruit juice. If, like me, you also don’t have a juicer, this also means you’re in for a great arm workout.

The perfect margarita

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Margarita ingredients

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Getting to know booze

How much do you know about booze? Can you walk confidently into a liquor store, walk down the aisles and grab the exact thing you want? Can you go to a bar and know off the top of your head what’s good to order? Better yet, do you try new drinks or do you stick with what you’ve been drinking since the early days of your exploration of inebriation? If I’m honest, my knowledge of booze is ok, but it definitely could be better. For me, walking into a liquor store can be like walking into a completely different world, … Continue reading Getting to know booze

Baileys peppermint hot chocolate

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written something that I kind of feel guilty and I’ve missed it a lot. The fact is that I could say it was this or that, but in reality I just let things get in the way. But to get back in the spirit of the holidays, here is a drink that will warm your belly and soul.

Around the holidays, Baileys is one of my favorite drinks. You can drink it on the rocks, with milk or – best of all – with hot chocolate!

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Friday night cocktail: Brown Sugar

Honestly, I don’t know if a drink by the name of Brown Sugar exists, but it fits the one I’m about to introduce you to. Hennessy is always in stock in my kitchen and around this time of year, Baileys Irish Cream is one of my favorites. I’ll drink both on the rocks or the Henny mixed with cranberry juice and the Baileys in hot chocolate. But for this concoction, the Henny and Baileys are brought together for a delicious drink.

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Firefly Southern Lemonade

I’ve written before about how I’m not a fan of beer at all, but I do prefer drinking bottled drinks instead of mixed drinks or wine sometimes. While I do enjoy some of the options I highlighted back in September, I’ll be honest when I say that I’m a little lazy when it comes to actually going out and buying them. One of my major pet peeves of living in the wonderful state of Pennsylvania and city of Philly are the antiquated liquor laws that have led to the separation of wine & spirits from beer and malt drinks. Continue reading “Firefly Southern Lemonade”