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  • Downton Abbey: Pairing Wines with Television Shows

    Downton Abbey: Pairing Wines with Television Shows

    My wife is a huge fan of the PBS series, Downton Abbey. While I’ve been in the room with her while she watched it, I’ve never really paid attention to it. Since I am usually on my laptop tweeting, or setting my fantasy football lineup, I would be hard pressed to name a single character in the show, much less expound on the plot. I never thought of pairing a particular wine with a television show, but after sampling a […]

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  • Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    I admit to being one few adults in the United States who hasn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love to read, but lately, my attention span is about 140 characters so I spend more time reading tweets than books. But when presented with the opportunity to snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, I couldn’t resist. Fifty Shades of Grey Wines are the creation of E L James, the renowned author of the record breaking Fifty Shades Trilogy which prominently features the […]

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  • Ten Commandments of an Authentic Italian Meal

    Ten Commandments of an Authentic Italian Meal

    Anybody who follows our adventures knows that we love to eat. We believe the best way to appreciate and embrace a culture is through its cuisine. I was recently hosted on a trip to Gargano, Italy by a local tourism group called Gargano OK. Gargano is the “spur of the boot” jutting out into the Adriatic Sea. It is a popular destination among Italians but it is not nearly as touristy as many of the other regions in Italy. Therein […]

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  • GODIVA Takes Chocolate Lovers Around the World in Six Bites

    GODIVA Takes Chocolate Lovers Around the World in Six Bites

    What’s not to love! Two of our favorite things: Travel and Chocolate …

    GODIVA Chocolatier has created Chef Inspirations – Flavors of the World limited edition chocolate collection. Curated by GODIVA’s international chefs, Flavors of the World is inspired by their culinary journeys across the globe, and the unique local ingredients they have encountered. The chocolates incorporate deliciously surprising flavor profiles to allow chocolate lovers to travel the world in six bites.

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  • Ghost Pepper, Tongue Torturing Fun at Zest Fest!

    Ghost Pepper, Tongue Torturing Fun at Zest Fest!

    Experience the fine line between pleasure and pain at Zest Fest in Irving, as Rick enters Intensity Academy’s “Hot Lolly Lick-a-thon”, a fun tongue torturing contest involving a lollipop made from the infamous ghost peppers (Bhut Jolokia Chil). It is easily  the hottest lollipop on the planet. Can you say “OUCH!” ? What’s the hottest thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?    

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  • Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and is celebrated each year on May 23 in what is now recognized as National Chardonnay Day.  I’m not sure how National Chardonnay Day came into being, but any grape that is planted on over 400,000 acres worldwide and in more wine regions than any other grape, including Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly deserves it’s own day. It wouldn’t be right to celebrate National Chardonnay Day without sipping on an excellent Chardonnay. So […]

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  • Popping the Cork  #WineWednesday

    Popping the Cork #WineWednesday

    It’s #WineWednesday and nothing says celebration like the sound of a Champagne cork popping. Wine is fine anytime, but if you want to turn a party into a celebration you’ve gotta bring the bubbles! Barefoot Wines produces a Brut Cuvée and Pink Moscato Bubbly that have been a part of my family’s celebrations for the last few years.  One interesting observation from our celebrations is that most of the guys seem to prefer the crisp Brut Cuvée with hints of green apple, while the […]

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  • It’s a Chocolate Kind of Day

    It’s a Chocolate Kind of Day

    We enjoyed more than a few of these chocolate covered cake balls  at the Jambalaya Jam in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  They came in a variety of flavors, so naturally we had to sample them all to make sure we didn’t miss anything. The red velvet was Rick’s favorite while Sandi preferred the chocolate. Chocolate cheers to you and yours! What’s your favorite chocolate dessert? 

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  • Valentine Vino

    Valentine Vino

    So Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and you need a Valentine vino to compliment the chocolates and roses, something that’s not too expensive, something to win points in the romance department. Think red! I’m playing it safe and going with one of my favorite wines reviewed last year –  Apothic Red, a full bodied red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It has an intense dark fruit flavor with hints of mocha and vanilla. At $14 a bottle, […]

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  • National Chocolate Cake Day! Celebrate with Chocolate Cupcakes!  #Recipe

    National Chocolate Cake Day! Celebrate with Chocolate Cupcakes! #Recipe

    It’s National Chocolate Cake Day and we are celebrating with Chocolate Cupcakes! Because we’re a mix and match kind of group, we like to take a little of this, a pinch of that and see what we come up with. This is never more fun than experimenting with one of our favorite desserts; cupcakes. Armed with a recipe for dark chocolate cupcakes (that are supposed to be stuffed with peanut butter filling) found on www.howsweeteats.com, the Midlife Road Trip test kitchen decided to see just how much chocolate we could stuff into a cupcake. Is there ever such a thing as too much? Our sweet tooth voted ‘No’.

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  • Behind the scenes at Le Chique

    The Year’s Most Memorable Foodie Moments

    How could we let 2013 pass without highlighting some of the year’s Most Memorable Foodie Moments. So much of our travels are about food. Learning about local culture, breaking bread with new friends or toasting old ones with a fabulous wine, trying something we’ve never had before or learning about the ingredients it takes to make an amazing meal. Sometimes it’s as simple as an unbelievable donut and a great cup of coffee and other times it’s a multi-course meal in a 5-star restaurant.

    Our travels over the last 12 months have taken us to some incredible destinations. As hopeless foodies, we love sharing our culinary adventures. So as we reflect on this year’s journey, we thought we’d share some of our most memorable dining experiences of this past year.

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  • Buffalo Chicken Milkshake

    Buffalo Chicken Milkshake

    Here’s something sure to “shake up” your next party – the Buffalo Chicken Milkshake as seen on 30 Rock. It’s different, it’s easy, it’s quirky and … it’s delicious!  Special thanks to our friend Monica Sanford for bringing this fun video with step by step instructions to our attention. 

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  • A Wino’s Guide to Holiday Wines

    A Wino’s Guide to Holiday Wines

    Choosing, gifting, and drinking wines for the holidays? Of course you are! Here is your “wino” guide for picking the perfect wine for all of the festivities. Holiday Office Party You don’t have to skimp on quality when buying in quantity for the office party. Caposaldo Prosecco is an inexpensive, Italian sparkling wine that will pair wonderfully with a variety of party finger foods. Alcohol Level:  11.5%     Suggested Retail Price:  $15 Gifting the Boss It’s never a bad idea […]

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  • Sauce it Up! Bananas Foster #Recipe #SundaySupper

    Sauce it Up! Bananas Foster #Recipe #SundaySupper

    We’re going to Sauce it Up with this simple Bananas Foster #Recipe for #SundaySupper!

    When you travel as often as we do, the last thing you want to do when you get home is to make dishes that require a lot of time in the kitchen or shopping for ingredients. That’s why we love this very simple to make Bananas Foster sauce. It has only a handful of ingredients, most of which you usually have on hand and it’s ready in minutes.

    Serve it over vanilla ice cream and you have a delicious dessert in no time!

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  • A Fall Festival Not to Miss: Check out the Jambalaya Jam for Good Food, Music and Family Fun!

    A Fall Festival Not to Miss: Check out the Jambalaya Jam for Good Food, Music and Family Fun!

    A Fall Festival Not to Miss: Check out the Jambalaya Jam! Good Eats, Good Music and Good Family Fun! The annual Jambalaya Jam in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a must for fall festival fanatics. Guests at this incredible down town street party are invited to dance in the streets to live music and sample some of Louisiana’s best jambalaya from over 40 competing teams. These folks are as serious about their jambalaya as LSU fans are about their football.

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