Welcome to my first post of 2014. How wonderful that Wine Wednesdays falls on the first day of the year, which means that this post can only be about one thing – the Bubbly. I don’t know what it is, but sparkling wine (or champagne) is just perfect for any type of celebration. I love that moment when the cork comes out of the bottle with a POP, followed by the filling of each glass, then the toast, and finally the feeling of bubbles on my tongue. All of those moments come together to heighten any celebration, and ringing in a new year is no different.
Note: The prices I list below are the sale prices from a day before New Years Eve and not the regular prices (I will make sure to update this post with the regular price later).
Over the summer, I experienced the fun that is Painting with a Twist with my mom, cousins, aunt, and grandma. I highly recommend it, because the combination of wine and alcohol is just about perfect. The cost is $35 for a 2 hour session, and $45 for a 3 hour class. All art supplies are provided, you just have to bring the wine and food.
Painting with a twist.
Wine a bit – You’ll feel better.
You don’t need any painting experience to participate. In one session, everyone paints the same image and the host of the evening goes through each part of the painting step-by-step. Whether you’re worried about not producing something perfect, or if you think your skill level is too high for this, the wine is there to banish those thoughts. The whole point of this evening is to have fun with your friends, drink some, and paint. Continue reading “Sometimes Painting Needs a Twist”
This week, the weather in Philly has returned to temperatures that you expect for October (not the 80-degree weather we had last week), and a chill is in the air. It’s the weather that makes you want to snuggle under comfy blankets when you come home from work, and to start getting ready for Thanksgiving. Nothing goes better with this type of weather than fall flavors – apple, pumpkin, and butternut squash (those are the three that immediately come to mind).
So this week, I’m sharing one of my favorite wines with you, Spiced Apple wine from Chaddsford Winery. I believe I first tasted it a couple years ago at an event at Liberty Place (a shopping mall on Chestnut St.), and I loved that it was locally produced. I still do, and plan on taking a trip to the winery at some point, since it’s only about a 50 minute drive from Philly.
Sangria has to be one of my favorite drinks. I love how the combination of flavors come together for a truly refreshing drink. And the fruit soaked in alcohol is just an added bonus. My preferred type of sangria has … Continue reading Madria Sangria: Just Add Fruit
Happy New Year!
How were your holidays and how have the first couple weeks of 2013 been for you so far? Have you set any goals for this year?
My holidays were very enjoyable. I spent a few days up at my grandparents’ house and got to see the whole family (well, my mom’s side of the family) for the first time in a while. It’s just amazing to me how quickly children grow. My one cousin is five, about half my size, and speaking in full sentences. The last time time I saw him he was three. The difference is just amazing.
Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about how I want to continue with this blog. Of course, I still be cooking and sharing the dishes I make, but I’d like to expand my content more.
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.
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.
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.