Wine and cheese, beer and bread, tequila and lime. Explore these favorite food pairings.
And In Walked the Chassids
When the new kosher Israeli grocery store opened, I was in heaven. Before, there had been plenty of kosher food that was available at different places, but nothing out of the ordinary. This store was gourmet.
Sit tight! Your taste buds are about to illuminate. Your mouth and mind will be topped up with flavour and endless taste you can’t escape.
The Perfect Two: Chocolate Covered Cherries and Red Wine
Chocolate covered cherries and red wine are the perfect pairing. This is a spin on the classic chocoate covered strawberries. We all know that strawberries are an aphrodisiac, so it's a pairing that I offten have with wine. Chocolate covered strawberries are a staple for Valentines's day as a gift of love an admiration, It's romantic! Is chocolate also an aphrodisiac ? no. But is is so tasty you can cover almost anything in chocolate and make it twice as delicious. No wonder we have fountains dedicated to chocolate, and again it's a romantic sweet treat that we can enjoy to sweeten our world. We can all use more romance in our lives after-all.
- First Place in The Perfect Pairing Challenge
Pairing Wines to my Top Songs on Spotify Wrapped 2020.
If 2020 did one thing right, it was give us all more time to appreciate a lot of the things we often took for granted before. For me, the two main things I most definitely took for granted would have to be Spotify and fine dining.
The Match Maker Odyssey
A Brave New World The Odyssey is one of the longest standing epic poems, which is deep-rooted into Greek literature. The tale tells of a man, Odysseus, who battles his way home after enduring one decade of the Trojan war. I often note that Odysseus was depicted to be incredibly strong, but his greatest strength was found in his cunning and wits. Those brilliant attributes are some of many carried by his author, Homer. As one of the greatest epic poets in the world, Homer ultimately echoed many of the Greek values that the aristocrats wanted to reflect. He pridefully wrote about the nobility of greek heroics, but above any of his most commended accomplishments, he perfectly paired the battles of life with the finest sophistication.
An Ambrosia Dessert
Ambrosia is the food of the Greek gods and goddesses. Now some debate it’s a fruit; I, on the other hand, believe that it’s wine. The god Dionysius could make wine with his power. He could grow vines of grapes. He is the most joyous god because wine makes anyone love drunk, especially if you drink too much of it. Some say that Dionysius is a joyful god, probably because he enjoys his wine too much.
- Third Place in The Perfect Pairing Challenge
A Parent's Guide to Wine Pairings
Ask any sommelier, casual wine enthusiast or twenty-two year-old college girl what their favorite wine is and you will get answers that run the gamut from dry to sweet, cheap to expensive, and "more about taste" to "will mess you up after just one glass". Wine is an amazing drink like that, it brings people together. There are some who get paid to swish it around in their mouths and spit it out. There are people who buy wine glasses with quirky sayings about their favorite blush. Then, dear readers, there are parents. Parents don't care about the specifics. Parents don't care about whether its supposed to be cold or room temperature. Just pour. It. In. A. Glass. Or don't. We're flexible.
A feast in Autumn
Crab (Hairy crab) paired with yellow rice wine is a very classic match in Chinese cuisine. “When you feel the Autumn breeze, it’s the time to eat crab; the chrysanthemum is blooming; you can smell the crab’s aroma.” In late Autumn, the hairy crabs have reached their peak. The meat is firm and full, the crab cream is golden, and the crab paste is like white jade. Paired with some warm yellow rice wine, even the cold in autumn cannot stop our enthusiasm for eating crabs. After all, the delicious carb can only be tasted this season from September to November. At this season, hairy crabs generally strong and mature. The flavor of the crab cream and crab paste is the best. Later in December, the hairy crabs will look a little empty that not as plump as before.
wining and dining
Fish eye is probably my absolute favorite. Give me a nice, sweet flavor and I'll be your best friend forever. I'd share it with whomever is brave enough to join me by the fire pit. What says you? What's your go to bottle when you want to enjoy a night in? And what about food? Cheese and wine or beer and nachos?
Hobbit Food Feasting
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - The Hobbit My favorite part of the Holidays is the feasting and merriment. Spending hours with friends and family over shared bottles of wine and tables full of decadent food. Growing up, my family always did a traditional Christmas meal with turkey, casseroles, and pies. However, in the last few years, we've started something new that I think will stick for many years to come. On Christmas Eve I create massive charcuterie boards and we pop open several of our favorite wines from our favorite label: Lazarre.
Surviving the Holiday Season with Sangria and Snacks
The holidays are here! That means overeating, gift-giving, and family quality time. With family comes different personalities and this may bring some awkward moments. What do you do when your aunt asks you why you are thirty and still single? Who will stop your grandfather from talking about politics? Family is great, but they come with some baggage, so what do you do? It is simple, pour yourself some sangria and grab a snack. This is the perfect combination for surviving the holiday season.
Leave the Bottle
If you're anything like me, there's rarely a time when you open a nice bottle of red and don't finish it. Before your first impression of me is that I'm an alcoholic, let me clarify this by saying, I usually share with someone. Let me also take a minute to say, more power to you if you finish a bottle on your own. However, I'm getting old and hangovers last multiple days so it's a shared bottle for me. Now that that's cleared up, let's get back to talking about wine.