Sunday, December 22, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Bocelli's Sparkling Brut Rosé Wine is pleasant, easy to drink and has the perfect color. Excellent as an aperitif but also with finger food and canapés, it may well be a nice selection to your festive cellar.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
It was another soldout event with music, new vintage wines and dishes from Seattle restaurants. Designed as an introduction of 20-somethings to the premium wines of Washington State and organized by the Wine Commission and the Visit Seattle, this event featured over 58 wineries pouring favorite wines, 16 local restaurants serving delicious bites and music by DJ Tina T.
|Smoked duck breast with Seductive's Vintage Port Syrup, poached figs on steamed fingerling potato|
|Preparing the Ducknuts|
Participants did not have to taste wine the traditional way; representatives of wineries walked around in the venue holding two bottles and poured wine within the crowd. There were buckets to spit on tables and the wine was flowing effortlessly. A different experience for the not so young as well!
|Whole Foods menu|
I had my favorites like the 2011 Three Witches Red Rhone Blend from AniChe Cellars, the Gilbert 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, and the 2010 Syrah from L' Ecole 41 winery. Food was appetizing and interestingly presented. I voted as the best of the night the "Ducknut" from Hook and Plow, a mini donut stuffed with duck terrine with a little bit of jam of top, a pure delight. Amazing was the Albacore tuna tostada from Poquitos restaurant and the Kentucky Bourbon Ice Cream from Snoqualmie Ice Cream.
|Apple and bacon jam served on apple slices|
Guests were encouraged to use their twitter accounts all night long and could see their tweets on large screens in the room. A great event that kept people coming in. Congrats to the organizers!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Whatever the cheese is, make sure you pair it with an amazing jelly or marmalade like the Seville Orange & Whiskey|
|An amazing addition to your cheese or even meat for the day!|
|Stilton will pair wonderfully with figs|
|Thanksgiving with a Mad Men feel|
|Both pies in color and black and white|
|Don't forget the wine|
|And finally, the bird!|
Friday, November 01, 2013
On a sunny fall Sunday, visiting the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market is a pleasant activity. This lively market is one of Seattle's largest markets and offers a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, baked delicacies and the locally made cider. The highlight of the day was the poutine samples, the well-known Canadian comfort food made with French fries, gravy, herbs and cheese -courtesy of Skillet Street Food truck.
Take a peek at my colorful photos that will better tell you the market's story!
Ballard Farmers Market, open Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm, year-round
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
|In black and white because stories at Storyville have their own say|
Storyville, the new coffee shop at the Corner Market building opens on October 1st officially but the lucky guests experienced the comfy coffee shop a few days before. This buzz-y yet relaxing space with views on the Pike Place Market and Puget Sound offers a variety of drinks, pastries and savory snacks. My soy cappuccino was perfectly balanced with the adequate amount of milk and coffee and the cheese & ham croissant was an excellent addition to the afternoon cravings.
I am sure I will return soon with my tablet. The only downsize may be this unique cafe is ideal for people watching and less writing.
Try it yourself. Storyville, 94 Pike St, Seattle, opens on October 1st, from 7 AM to 8 PM every day.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|Maitake Mushroom Tempura|
|Painted Hills Cote De Boeuf- Delicious!|
|Neah Bay Salmon|
|Crunchy Chocolate Profiteroles - the best dessert ever!|
|Croustillant -Olive Oil Cake, Lemon Curd Sherbet, Huckleberry Compote|
Saturday, September 21, 2013
I am currently attending the Bordeaux Wine tasting and writing workshop at the IFBC with Sam Klingberg and Ward Kadel. As we all know, Bordeaux Wines are world known for their quality and their highly priced bottles.
The session kicked off with a Crémant de Bordeaux, a fresh bubbly that is light and easy to drink.
We continued with the L' Orangerie de Carignan 2011, a clear, citrus-y Sémillon grape wine with strong aromas and earthy flavors. The Château Carignan Prima 2009 was next. This 100% Merlot, has strong blackberry aromas, is earthy and full bodied. Le Château Graville Lacoste 2012 comes with peach aromas and pairs well with salmon and creamy dishes. The wine is a blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc.
Château Guillou 2010 from Montagne Saint-Émilion is a blend of 75% Merlot and a 25% Cabernet Franc. This darker red is earthy and smooth and pairs with spicy foods.
We moved to the most famous AOC of Bordeaux, the Château La Tour De Bessan Margaux 2009, a blend of 46% Merlot and 54% of Cabernet Sauvignon. This exceptional wine that can age for thirty year, is powerful and ideal for sophisticated dinners.
Finally, we tasted the Château Haut-Mayne Sauternes 2010, an easy to drink dessert wine with strong butterscotch flavors and sweet taste.
Bordeaux Wines can often be a rather rare choice from American diners but they worth a try. So next time at a wine store, grab a Margaux and give it a go.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Live from the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle. We are in the process of opening, photographing, tasting and blogging about grocery items with Amazon Grocery.
The Junobar from Bumblebar is gluten free, non-GMO and high in fiber. I am chewing the Peanut Butter Cookie bar - it tastes healthy and is a great snack for adults and kids alike.
The Stretch Island Fruit with its all-natural Summer Strawberry fruit strip is definitely healthy and a great idea for kids who don't like fruit but personally I'd go for the real fruit.
Brookside Chocolate brings their Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry, a unique blend of healthy ingredients. Tasty but if you look carefully, the product contains corn syrup.
Navitas Naturals introduces Dragon Fruit, the tropical superfruit that is high in magnesium, iron and dietary fiber. The product in non-GMO, raw, vegan and USDA. I love it!
The Manuka Doctor from New Zealand brings its Manuka Honey, an antioxidant and antibacterial honey that is raw and kosher. I grabbed the spoon and have a taste and I approve. The honey is three times more expensive as any other honey but it is worth it.
YumEarth Organics fruit snacks are 100% vegan, gluten free, organic and free from everything. They are made from real fruit, are amazing and I am addicted.
More products are on the table like the Zico water, the Chia drink and the Fever-Tree Ginger Beer. I am exhausted with tastings already but I have a busy weekend waiting! It should be fun!