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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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  • Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut

    Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut

    Tailgating season is in full swing and Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut are a great way to pimp your party! Ingredients: beer brats, beer, sauerkraut, red pepper relish (hot or sweet depending on your liking) caraway seeds and rye buns.   Kickoff Kraut 1.  Add about 1 pound of drained sauerkraut to a large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. 2.  Pour in approximately 3/4 of an amber beer – drink the rest:) 3.  Stir in approximately 4 oz of hot […]

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  • Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    This year I’m celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a old adage that wine gets better with age. The Aurielle is a higher end Napa Valley wine that if cellared for a few years will totally ROCK!   However, I have neither the patience nor discipline to wait for a wine to peak so I uncorked the bottle and poured it into a decanter. Just letting the wine breathe for about 20 minutes was a remarkable act of self-restraint on […]

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  • Behind the Scenes ~ Berry Fresh Cafe

    Behind the Scenes ~ Berry Fresh Cafe

    We received several emails telling us that we HAD to eat at the Berry Fresh Cafe in Port St. Lucie , Florida. So when we were in the area filming at the PGA Village, we  stopped by and were treated to some great food and great fun.

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  • Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe

    Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe

    This Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe is just what you need to spice up your menu! I had the pleasure to dine at Timpanos Italian Chophouse in Tampa the other night. It was a great meal and I tasted just about everything on the menu from meatballs to mussels. One of my favorite dishes was the Shrimp Fra Diablo. Packed with flavor and a little kick, the Shrimp Fra Diablo was a personal favorite so I asked, and they gave me the recipe to share with you. Their recipe is for a single serving, but I would multiply by five (because that’s MY size single serving) …..

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  • La Dolce Vita … The Sweet Life

    La Dolce Vita … The Sweet Life

    On Santa Monica Boulevard, a little Italian restaurant, La Dolce Vita “The Sweet Life” sits unassumingly since 1966. While outwardly it’s unremarkable, inside it is the keeper of stories of some of Hollywood’s most notorious characters. Restored to it’s original glory during a 7 month hiatus, owner Alessandro Uzielli, clearly passionate about this rare treasure, resurrected the decor and menu that contributed to its previous success.

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  • Raising a glass of Emeril’s Champagne Punch to you! #sundaysupper

    Raising a glass of Emeril’s Champagne Punch to you! #sundaysupper

    en #SundaySupper decided to throw a potluck we knew right away we’d make Emeril’s Champagne Punch! (Recipe Below) Since successfully arriving in MidLife, every day is a celebration! We love nothing more than getting together with friends for laughs and good times, whether talking about world travels or a delicious new recipe. Raising a glass of Emeril’s Champagne Punch to you and wishing you a healthy, happy and well traveled New Year!

    A great example of never giving up on pursuing your dreams, Emeril Lagasse has inspired us to “Kick it up a Notch” when it comes to our own journey!

    Our favorite Emeril Quotes: “When I first decided to open a restaurant, I was turned down by several banks. It was the late 80′s and many restaurants were failing. I refused to give up because I knew I had a good concept”

    “Life just doesn’t hand you things. You have to get out there and make things happen. that’s the exciting part” “If you think big, then it’s going to be big”

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  • This Wine is the Cat’s Meow

    This Wine is the Cat’s Meow

    Lately I’ve been trying to eat a healthier diet. I remain a carnivore, but I’m including more chicken and fish in my diet and and less red meat. I generally prefer red wine, and while there are many reds that pair very well with foul and seafood, my new diet is giving me a good excuse to experience more whites. I found a simple recipe for pan seared scallops on the Food Network’s website and decided to pair it with […]

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  • Wonder Bread, Twinkies and Childhood Memories

    Wonder Bread, Twinkies and Childhood Memories

    TAhhh the childhood memories! Wonder Bread and Twinkies were a staple in every baby boomers home. There was a time when eating all things white was what we did. Putting something sweet in your child’s Flinstones lunchbox was not call for alarm but an acceptable practice. Of course this was before the days of seat belts and car seats. Wonder Bread .. It was a staple growing up, we thought “it did a body good.” Everyday from kindergarten through high school I brought a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich to school. EVERY day, I kid you not. It always was followed up with something sweet (as if a PB & J on white bread wasn’t sweet enough). Somehow I survived. I wasn’t an overweight kid, partially because my parents sent me out of the house “to play in traffic” soon after sunrise, only to return for dinner. It was a time of innocence, when small things had a big impact, like the joy of treat in your lunch box.

    Hostess Twinkies have spanned generations. In recent years they have made a resurgence, Deep Fried at State Fairs. So popular throughout the years, their was even a Twinkies Cookbook featuring recipes like Twinkie Sushi, Twinkie Burrito, Pigs in a Twinkie and the holiday classic Pumpkin Twinkie Bread Pudding. While I have never personally been a fan of the “Twinkie” I feel like another piece is being chipped away from my childhood. The goofy commercials and the silly grocery store displays were all part of growing up in the boomer generation.

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  • ThisLife. Your Story Just Got Easier! A home for all your digital memories

    ThisLife. Your Story Just Got Easier! A home for all your digital memories

    When JD Andrews aka EarthXplorer suggested we take a look at ThisLife, a cloud solution for protecting, organizing and sharing photos & videos, we did.  JD is a great photographer and well, probably a lot more organized than us so we knew ThisLife was worth a look see.  The bottom line is telling YOUR story just got easier with ThisLife which is a home for all your digital memories! We are always looking for a way to simplify and get […]

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  • Hot Diggity … National Hot Dog Day

    Hot Diggity … National Hot Dog Day

      Hollywood has a ‘must-see’ list too large to cover in a few days, but no visit would be complete without a stop at one of the most famous hotdog stands in the country.

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  • It’s the #SummerOfDoing Why not try Bed and Breakfasting

    It’s the #SummerOfDoing Why not try Bed and Breakfasting

    Have you ever stayed at a Bed & Breakfast? It’s a nice alternative to staying a hotel and a great way to get a feel for a community. We recently stayed at Miss Olivia’s B & B on our way through Gainesville, Texas on a cross-country road trip. After weeks of hotels it was a welcome change to slow down the hectic pace. There’s nothing else quite like sitting on the front porch of a B & B,  sipping an […]

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  • PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA Vine ripe tomatoes, peppers, oregano & prosciutto di Parma PAIRED WITH: ZARDETTO PROSECCO BRUT CONEGLIANO, VENETO Straw-lemon with a fine perlage, fragrant aromas of peach, citrus and tropical fruits.

    Filini – Modern, Authentic Italian Dining …

     Modern, Authentic Italian Dining Filini, located in the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago is so good you never have to venture out of the hotel. The contemporary decor and old world classic dishes with a modern spin are indeed the perfect pairing.

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  • White Port – a Pleasant Surprise

    White Port – a Pleasant Surprise

    I recently had the opportunity to sample a bottle of Quinta do Portal Fine White Port. I’m usually not a fan of port wine, or for any sweet wines for that matter, but I did find the white port to be a pleasant surprise.  It is a dry to semi-sweet aperitif that pairs wonderfully with appetizers and salads that feature fruit and cheese. It is best served chilled. Porto and Douro wines come from the Douro Demarcated Region, situated in […]

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  • It’s a Great Time to Get Naked!  #wine

    It’s a Great Time to Get Naked! #wine

    The Naked Grapepinot grigio has slight flavors of citrus, pear and honey. At only $9 a bottle, it’s a great time to get naked! :)  Pinot grigio is a great every day wine. One of the things I love about pinot grigio wines is that they tend to be light, and crisp and pair with almost anything. It may not be the absolute best choice for every meal, but for me it’s not a bad choice for any meal. I […]

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