dinnerwasdelicious

Dreamy little festive treat.

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Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine

Something happens at midnight on Thanksgiving that makes it feel like winter. Maybe the turkey hangover raises your basal body temperature and makes outside feel colder or maybe it’s just, you know, nostalgia and shit. This year, here in Chicago, it feels extra blustery and we needed a drink to help us warm up.

Wine on its own is never a bad choice, but drinking it sweetened with honey and pomegranate juice, warmed gently and made fragrant with cinnamon and clove is quite possibly the best choice on the fucking planet.

While we wouldn’t recommend using gut-rot-boot-leg-drink-it-in-college-with-straw-two-dollars-for-a-jug-not-that-we’re-speaking-from-experience hooch, this is a great recipe for lower end red wine. Merlot is great, Cabs are delightful but we’re particularly fond of Trader Joe’s brand Old Vine Zinfandel for this recipe.  

Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine

  • 1 bottle Red Wine
  • 2 cups Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick- Mexican cinnamon is particularly nice
  • 1 tbsp Whole Cloves
  • 1/4 cup Honey

Day-dreaming on this dreary Monday and wanted to share a few more happy pictures from my lovely staycation with mama. 

We had such a good time - so many good eats, drinks, laughs, and relaxing moments together. The last two days were heavenly - day trip to Napa - lunch in St. Helena at Farmstead, tasting down the street at Cakebread, and then down to Sonoma for happy hour and snacks at The Girl and the Fig - and the last day of her trip we spent at Nob Hill Spa - massages, facials, and lunch, relaxation at its best.

It’s been years since I’ve spent that much QT 1:1 with my mama (we see each other a good amount, but you know how it is…there’s always a brother, father, boyfriend, aunt, cousin, or friend around) - it’s incredible how as you get older, you really become friends - and spending time with her felt like spending time with one of best friends that I just don’t get to see enough. So with that said, we’ve decided this will be an annual trip (sorry dad!)

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My motto on this Monday morning as mama and I get ready to spend the day up in wine country. 
You know those Monday mornings you wake up and all you want to do is to go back to bed? All you want to do is anything but go to work? All you want to do is sip coffee lounging around until 9 AM? It would feel like a dream to spend the day sipping wine with your mama in Napa Valley…well, for me that’s today and I could not be more grateful. Cheers!

My motto on this Monday morning as mama and I get ready to spend the day up in wine country. 

You know those Monday mornings you wake up and all you want to do is to go back to bed? All you want to do is anything but go to work? All you want to do is sip coffee lounging around until 9 AM? It would feel like a dream to spend the day sipping wine with your mama in Napa Valley…well, for me that’s today and I could not be more grateful. Cheers!

This is what our Memorial Day weekend looked like:

Heather visits SF: my bestie in the whole world came out for the long weekend and beyond (she left today!) - she is very seriously thinking about moving out to SF so the trip was a way for her to “feel it out” and go on some interviews.  I had to woo her so this is what we did…

We girl talked it up at Uva on Haight Street for wine and pizza, brunched at Corner Store with mimosa’s in hand, caffeinated at Matching Half and The Mill, wine’d and dine’d up in Napa, sang our little hearts out at Mumford & Sons at the Greek Theatre, BBQ’d in Mill Valley, shopped around and hung around with great people, and explored SF and it’s surroundings as best we could. I think it worked…all signs point to yes. Fingers crossed she’s an SF resident in no time!

Napa: pool + wine time - We brought lunch to Clos Du Val which was gorgeous and the wine was better than I remember!  Very good reds and whites (hint: if you get to a winery 30 to 60 mins before closing they will give you lots of free tastes, and I mean lots; they would rather the wine go in our belly’s than down the sink). We snacked at La Condessa in St. Helena and sipped fancy drinks with big ice cubes at Goose and Gander. We played dirty catch phrase, went for a walk/run via golf course, and sunned ourselves by the pool. Perfect little Napa getaway. 

And just a small shout out to M-Day…the long weekend holds a special memory in my heart since Lauren and I signed our SF lease M-Day in 2011 :)

And there goes another Memorial Day wkd…now bring on the summer fun! 

*Pictured above - you know Jeremy and Heather, new PJ guests are Sheeva and Nick..Sheeva is a very good friend and co-worker and Nick is her adorable finance - they were awesome additions to our night in Napa. 

Mi Casa es Su Casa

This past weekend, J and I discovered one of our new favorite wineries - Casa Nuestra. What a hidden gem. We stumbled upon it because we were looking for a low key vineyard where we could bring a picnic lunch, buy a bottle of delicious vino, and sit outside to enjoy the 75 degree temps.

Casa Nuestra came up in a list of “The Best Wine Country Picnics”  in Napa Valley by SF Gate. They nailed it, calling the winery “hippie-dippy”. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect spot. The family-owned, appointment-only funky farmhouse was established in historic St. Helena in 1979. The name Casa Nuestra means “our house” and was named by the vineyards predecessor, after his spanish-mexican heritage. I’m already in love with it for its name and history, but wait there’s more…

Their wines are produced entirely by their organic vineyards (and let me tell you they are tasty) and all three buildings on the property are solar-powered. Like most wineries in Napa, if you buy a bottle of wine the tasting fee will be waived. Welp, we certainly didn’t hesitate - we purchased a bottle of their most popular Tinto to have with lunch, and a bottle with the cutest label I’ve ever seen, Two Goats Red, to take home with us.

We sat outside in chairs made of wine barrels, listening to the birds chirp as we devoured our lunch and half the bottle of Tinto. This was our happy place.

And you want to know one more reason we fell in love with this quaint little spot? A goat named Elvis (named after the one and only Elvis Presley who filmed a movie on the property)!

A must visit, I know we’ll be back, but let’s keep this our little secret, eh? 

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Tinto

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Picnicking

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Elvis

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Tasting room

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J instagram-ing Elvis

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Best wine label

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 My happy place

A few other photos worth sharing via the internet :)

foodandwine
This image just spoke to me for some reason this morning. And I must find wine glasses with short stems (think they’re called snifters), something about it just seems sexy and retro. Maybe I need my morning coffee? Or maybe I better look into purchasing something like this or this?
Apartment Therapy has a great guide to stemware, here.
foodandwinephotos:


© Michael Turek
Root-Vegetable Minestrone Recipe
Contributed by Grace Parisi
Click here for full recipe

This image just spoke to me for some reason this morning. And I must find wine glasses with short stems (think they’re called snifters), something about it just seems sexy and retro. Maybe I need my morning coffee? Or maybe I better look into purchasing something like this or this?

Apartment Therapy has a great guide to stemware, here.

foodandwinephotos:

© Michael Turek

Root-Vegetable Minestrone Recipe

Contributed by Grace Parisi

Click here for full recipe

This is my kind of sangria, yummy yum yum. Will be making this at my parents beach house next weekend (in Rhode Island!! So excited) and will report back on the tastiness.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pineapple slices
  • 2 to 3 orange slices
  • 2 to 3 blackberries
  • 2 to 3 lime wedges
  • 2 ounce or 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons elderflower-flavored liqueur*
  • 2 ounces or 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • Splash orange juice
  • Ice, as needed
  • Red wine, as needed (recommended: rioja)
ramshackleglam

Wine-Opening Trick: All You Need is Your Shoe?

Holy moly this actually works! I watched Jordan’s video below and found a bunch of others. AH-mazing.

ramshackleglam:

What is this madness?

No…but seriously…

this isn’t possible, is it?

Wizardry! From the French!

(If you know any ways to remove wine bottle corks sans openers, please leave them in the comments for the edification of all.)

28 Years Young in San Francisco

A much overdue birthday post…

Last year’s birthday post has inspired me to keep up the tradition of tracking the birthday activities, venues, and eats.The past five were spent in NYC and how fun it was to look back on how things changed over the years - so this marked my first west coast birthday! The b-day fell on a Wednesday night this year so the night before my good friend Kate threw me a little girlie get together at her apt with apps and wine (we tried ReWinery, yay!), and then Wednesday night Jeremy and I dined at Nopa (which was delicious and took a month to get a reservation!) The weekend following, in typical northern California style, we rallied together Sarah and Danielle, who you remember from my recent travels and their BFs, and our good friends Jared and Carmen who you remember from many fun SF & Maine adventures and we headed up to Jeremy’s parents condo in Napa (thanks Franks!) for some eating, drinking, and living room dance-partying.

Thanks to everyone for such a great birthday! Some of the fun details and snaps below.

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Twenty-Eight

Venues: Kate’s Apt, Nopa, Weekend in Napa Valley (including Guilliams Winery, and Mumms)

Good Eats & Drinks: ReWinery, Strawberry Short-Cake & Strawberry Confetti Cake
(I’m on some weird strawberry kick this year I guess), Pinata (?!) + Flabongo, and lots of delicious wine and bubbles

Double the birthday, double the fun! Gar’s (Sarah’s bf) birthday was a week after mine so we thought it was the perfect excuse for us to combine forces and head away for the weekend to celebrate.

Group shot at Guilliams Winery in Spring Mountain district - highly reco this family run spot, you’ll need resi, but it’s totally worth the gorgeous drive up the mountain.

Pedro the Pinata

Pot de Crème a la Nopa

Apps via Lauren and Kate :)

Strawberry Short Cake

ReWinery success! How adorbs are those labels? We had to keep the bottles. The “Mission” Pinot Noir was our fav (far right).

What was in this box you ask? A tennis racket and 3 hour long tennis lessons at the CA Tennis Club!

Wine Delivery in SF? Um, Yes Please.

Have you SF’ers heard of this amazing service?

Basically the next time you are desperately in need of a glass of vino and are too lazy or just can’t make it to the store - Rewinery will bring you a trio of delicious high-quality wines to your home, office, or even your picnic blanket in Dolores Park - for a flat free of $40!

You can order wine daily until 2 AM within SF by phone or via their iPhone app. I mean, this sounds like a dream if ya ask me. Reminds me of the delivery ice-cream club I joined in NYC which was amazing. I will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

Thanks to Tasting Table for the note.

Cheers!

Throwback: Lil’ Frankies - Wine by Consumption

Vintage Edition.

About a year ago a bunch of us went to Lil Frankies in NYC’s east village for a nice hearty Sunday dinner. Lauren, (my current roommate!) happened to be in town visiting and we wanted to show her our idea of the perfect cozy NYC spot for wine and pizza as a way to wind down the weekend.

One thing that is AMAZING about this gem besides the food of course, is that they offer Wine by Consumption. What does this mean you ask?

As far as we know, we are the only restaurant that offers a program like this. We are willing to open any of the bottles on this list and pour you a glass. Or a half a glass. Or open the bottle and leave you alone with it until you have reached your limit, or the bottom. You let us know when you are finished and we will measure the bottle and charge you accordingly.

How great is that? This was the only restaurant I knew that offered such an amazing service until I moved out to SF and discovered Frances - another gem.

*Picture above: Sunday family dinner = Two pizzas, two pastas, two salads, two bottles of vino. Thanks Frankie. Saying we left full is an understatement.