Thursday, April 30, 2009
This weekend I will be taking a road trip, to sunny San Diego! The beach is calling my name! I will attempt to blog while out of town... but then again, I am not sure how sand and lap tops get along. Of course I will be collecting pictures and info on my favorite places, and will fill you in on all the dirt...or sand, when I return!
Things you have to look forward to:
Tapas Night! At the Sheraton Carlsbad.
Pipes, The best beach breakfast place ever!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
If you have not ever experienced a Bloody Mary bar, this is how it works; you get a glass of ice with a shot...or two of vodka in it from your bartender. Some places even have mini pitchers! Then make magic with the ingredients on the Bloody buffet! The only problem I have come across is trying to fit everything I want into the glass!
For an even higher quality Bloody Mary ask for Absolute Peppar...Smooth and peppery.
This is how I made my Bloody, feel free to customize and make it your own.
A couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
A few dashes of hot sauce ( like Tabasco)
salt and pepper
two lime wedges squeezed and discarded
one lemon wedge squeezed and discarded
1/2 Clamato juice
1/2 V8 juice
a dash of olive juice
Now is the tricky part...mix this without spilling! To garnish add a pickle spear and a peppercini, maybe an olive or two and if they have it spicy asparagus...I know, you almost need a separate glass just for garnish! Who needs breakfast with a drink like this!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
That's Bolognaise to you!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Those of you who have never tried a fish taco and think, like I used to, that this is the worst idea ever! Don't knock it till you try it! Also if you happen upon a great fish taco please let me know I am still hungry!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Normally I am a "red wine only" drinker, but in an attempt to be more open and balanced in the world of wine, I am branching out and trying some whites. Recently I tried the Pouilly Fuisse, Louis Jadot. It is a white Burgundy wine from France, appellation Controlee.
This wine I purchased at Cost Plus World Market for around $25 as a Christmas gift to my significant other, thinking it was his favorite. Silly me...it was not, and after 4 months we thought what the hell, lets drink it! This may not sound like a long time to sit on a wine, but for us it is unheard of! The significant other led me to believe the Pouilly Fuisse (not exactly the name he uses for it...) would be a very sweet wine (ick). Pleasantly we were both surprised to find it was actually medium bodied, dry yet silky and soft on the palate. With hints of melon and just a touch of oak, to my taste buds it was not quite a Chardonnay, and not quite Sauvignon Blanc but somewhere close.
The Pouilly Fuisse paired perfectly with citrus marinated, and roasted chicken leg quarters, mixed green salad with roasted beets dressed with the Gorgonzola, cranberry, walnut dressing from Trader Joe's. Dinner for two with wine pairing, for under $40! Once again, recession does not have to mean depression!
I would highly recommend the Pouilly Fuisse Louis Judot chilled on a warm night or day. A light meal, and a loved one even the red wine only crowd could not resist.
Of course I will have a glass of wine or maybe even a martini.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Stay tuned, there is a new Postino that just opened in Central Phoenix and I WILL be going there soon!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
(3 parts) Vodka
(1 part) Vanilla Galliano
(6 parts) Fresh orange juice Preparation Mix the vodka and orange juice in the glass, then float the Vanilla Galliano on top. Garnish and serve.
Traditionally served in a highball glass (also known ass a tall)
As the story goes this drink was invented in 1952 in California, named for a Manhattan Beach Surfer. In 1970 it was made popular all across the country when it was briefly featured on TWA flights. There are a few different stories as to who exactly invented this drink ...Of course when booze is involved, these things are hard to pin down!
Tip of the day!
When ordering a drink at the bar there are a few key things to know in order to be served quickly:
1. Know what you want before you get to the bar.
2. Have your money or credit card out and in view of the bartender.
3. Keep your eye on the Bartender, when it is your turn they will make eye contact. Clearly and quickly order your drinks.
This deep, cherry red Zinfandel exhibits intense aromas of blueberry, loganberry and baking spices with undertones of black pepper, juicy blackberry and plum flavors and supple tannins, bold, fruit-forward wine with cracked black pepper notes on the soft finish.
I chose the Ribeye for its great marbling, making this steak very flavorful, juicy and tender. the cost $5.59 on sale at Frys Marketplace.
My handsome dinner date chose (well I chose for him) the New York strip. Mostly because it is his favorite, also having lots of flavor. This particular one was not as marbled as we would have liked, I will do better next time. Price $6.22 (Also on sale at Frys Market Place)
The Artichokes were $2 each from Sprouts Farmers Market (they have the best tasting artichokes I have found, and the cheapest)
Sauces when all said and done cost under a $1.
The Kicker is usually the wine, This Fantastic Zinfandel usually runs $14-$16. Today it is on sale (at Frys Marketplace of course) for $7.99! And when you buy 6 bottles of wine you get 10% off of that! SCORE!
That makes dinner for two $24.81! (give or take a few cents) If you had this meal at a steak restaurant it would most likely run you two or three times that amount! Not including the tip. This also saves you from any worry about drinking a bottle of wine and then driving home.
So you see there is no reason romance needs to be as depressed as the economy, go ahead light some candles, pour yourself and your honey a glass of wine and Bon Appetite!