A Taste of Hawaii: Kalua Pork, Musubi and Squadra Bianco

I love Hawaii. In my mind it is beautiful and perfect: sandy beaches, warm weather and delicious foods. And lately, I have been really wanting to go back (I don’t know, maybe it is from all this dreary Seattle weather). Unfortunately, I can’t jump on a plane and head off to Hawaii at this moment, soContinue reading “A Taste of Hawaii: Kalua Pork, Musubi and Squadra Bianco”

Le Grande Fete -Our Very Own Le Diner En Blanc

The day started out sunny and bright, another perfect July morning. After a cup of coffee and a few moments vegging on the couch, it was time to start setting-up for our Le Dîner en Blanc. The first step was to figure out timing for the menu. When to stop decorating and when to startContinue reading “Le Grande Fete -Our Very Own Le Diner En Blanc”

A Dinner Party Inspired by the Le Diner en Blanc

Every year about this time, right as school is letting out, I yearn for a change or some kind of exotic vacation. And while the cold, hard truth means there is no vacation waiting for me in mid-summer, it doesn’t keep me from scheming and dreaming. One way to make dream vacations a little closerContinue reading “A Dinner Party Inspired by the Le Diner en Blanc”

Mountain Dome Brut and a side of Donuts

It is Saturday morning and I am hungry. It has been a long week, and I want to indulge on something more than my normal coffee breakfast. I want brunch. The thing is, I love the idea of brunch, but I cannot eat most “brunch” foods (I am lactose intolerant). Eating any kind of breakfastContinue reading “Mountain Dome Brut and a side of Donuts”

Chicken Spiedini, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a little Treveri to ring in the New Year

Continuing my virtual journey through Italy, I incorporated a little bit of Italian cuisine into our holiday meal.  One of my favorite meals that my husband prepares is Chicken Spiedini, which hails from the Garozzo’s in Kansas City (and the Abruzzo region in Italy) Spiedini basically means “skewered meat” and while it can be preparedContinue reading “Chicken Spiedini, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a little Treveri to ring in the New Year”

Chianti Classico Casalino, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Mi Familia

After a long break, I am ready to pick of up virtual “World Tour of Wine,” and what better place to start than Italy and a large dinner with Mi Familia. My brother, Seth and I decided to do a dinner featuring a bottle of 2009 Chianti Classico Casalino. And what better to pair it with thanContinue reading “Chianti Classico Casalino, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Mi Familia”

Cambria Chardonnay, Scallops and a Toast to the End of Summer

It’s fall, school has started and the rain is falling (already).  The best cure for the fall blues is reminiscing about the great times I had this summer, and the great wine. In the middle of August, my family gathered over in Spokane, WA to celebrate birthdays and being together.  My brother Seth had purchasedContinue reading “Cambria Chardonnay, Scallops and a Toast to the End of Summer”

Martin Codax and Paella – A Crisp and Delicious Combination

I have been wanting to try Paella since I started my virtual tasting through Spain.  Saving the best for last, I saved this dish as my final pairing for my Spain adventure. I had heard quite a bit about the Albariño grape – a white grape grown in the Rias Baxias region of Spain.  TheContinue reading “Martin Codax and Paella – A Crisp and Delicious Combination”

A Glass of Villa Narcisa Rueda Verdejo on a Sunny Day

It was a beautiful sunny day in Seattle, which is worth a celebration.  I decided a glass of Javier Sanz Viticultor Villa Narcisa 2010 Rueda Verdejo would do the trick. I am still virtually making my way through Spain, nibble and sip, but today, I was somewhat unprepared culinary-wise.  But then again, maybe not.  IContinue reading “A Glass of Villa Narcisa Rueda Verdejo on a Sunny Day”

Priorat Bodegas La Cartuja with Garlic Pan Fried Chorizo

The Spanish wine region of Priorat is just South of Penedès and is one of Spain’s newer regions.  Even though the region has been producing wine for quite some time, it really hit its stride in the 1990’s.  The region’s terrain is sprinkled with volcanic minerals, which give the grapes a unique flavor. I wantedContinue reading “Priorat Bodegas La Cartuja with Garlic Pan Fried Chorizo”