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When it comes to alcohol, women get the shaft. Dietary guidelines recommend we have no more than one drink per day, or seven over a week (men get double). People: No one is more disappointed than I—because I know it means my nightly tipple is limited to 1.5 ounces of my beloved bourbon. Or I can enjoy one 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 12-ounce beer. One. I've made my peace with this, though, and certainly don't want to jeopardize my health. So I have devised strategies for making that one drink as enjoyable as possible.
> Go for quality. Don't waste your one precious serving on something "meh." Instead, enjoy a full-bodied beer, robust cabernet, or slow sipper (such as the Whiskey Donna above).
> Time it right. Enjoy your drink when you can truly savor it: during dinner, after the kids go to bed, or during a bath.
> Be mindful. Fully appreciate your drink—breathe in its aroma, relish its mouthfeel, let it linger on your palate.
How to Acquire the Taste for Wine
This article was co-authored by Samuel Bogue. Samuel Bogue is the Wine Director of the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group in San Francisco, California. He gained his Sommelier certification in 2013, is a Zagat "30 Under 30" award winner, and is a wine consultant for the San Francisco Bay Area's top restaurants.
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Some of us are enamored with the idea of going on wine tours or drinking a glass of wine on special occasions but can't help but be turned off by the strong taste. Fortunately, acquiring a taste for wine is easier than you think. It's mostly a matter of letting your taste buds become accustomed to the flavors that characterize wine. After all, there are so many different varieties, there's something out there for everyone!
What to do When You Can&rsquot Travel
While this is the time of year to plan those spring break trips , if you&rsquore stuck at home, here are ideas to fuel that wanderlust whether you&rsquore a couple looking for staycation ideas or you are searching for travel ideas at home!
1. Cook a Meal From Your Travels!
Have a favorite meal from your time traveling in the past? Maybe it is the most perfect pho from Hanoi, Vietnam , khao soi in Chiang Mai , or the perfect roast chicken from France .
Dream big, and make a list of meals you loved and try to recreate it at home! As we cook vegan at home, we try to recreate famous dishes from countries and &ldquoveganize&rdquo them. We have found so many fantastic vegan versions of recipes and the result is super tasty!
Here are a few of our favorite vegan recipes we&rsquove found:
- From One Green Planet
- Vegan Tempeh Khao Soi by Full of Plants by Vegan Huggs
Even if you aren&rsquot vegan, there are plenty of great recipes online and in fantastic cookbooks. We have been cooking from Cooking Light Global Kitchen&rsquos cookbook for years and they have so many great recipes from tofu bahn mi to chicken tikka masala.
Want more recipes? Around the World in 450 Recipes is a great cookbook as well! Get cooking and start savoring the world from your plate!
2. Not a Cook and Still Figuring Out What to do When You Can&rsquot Travel? Drink! Check Out the World&rsquos Best Beverages!
From sipping the tastiest wines from Burgundy to figuring out the best way to drink a Belgian beer , many countries around the world have a famous beverage.
We&rsquore not just talking about the alcoholic kind too. Mint tea from Morocco, creamy hot chocolate (like Les Deux Magots&rsquo ancient hot chocolate in Paris ), and organic Peruvian coffee are fantastic&hellip and easy to brew up yourself at home!
Now that you&rsquore stuck at home, you can become an expert in wine around the world and do your own at-home wine tastings with Kevin Zraly&rsquos book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course .
Or you could learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee from the World Atlas of Coffee .
Let these awesome beverages take you back to fond memories from your prior travels or get you excited for future trips! From exploring the robust Pinot Noirs of the Willamette Valley to sipping Colombian coffee, sip and savor the tastes of the world!
3. Plan a Trip!
As the saying goes, &ldquoThis too shall pass.&rdquo And when it does, there may be some incredible flight and hotel deals as these industries are trying to recover. Plus, did you know that the best part of a vacation is actually planning the vacation?! Don&rsquot believe me? Check out this HuffPost article all about the happiest part of your travels.
Maybe you&rsquove had to cancel a trip or you were thinking about booking a trip later this year, you can use this extra time at home to start dreaming and planning your next bucket list destination.
Luckily, for those who are rescheduling, flights and hotels have been super accomodating. We just changed our trip to Colombia from April to later this year without much fuss! So fear not if you need to potentially reschedule!
4. Get Travel Inspiration For That Next Trip
Need some travel inspo when you&rsquore stuck at home and can&rsquot travel? Y&rsquoall, that&rsquos our literal job! Check out your favorite travel bloggers, Youtubers, Instagrammers, podcasters, and other content creators.
Honestly, we&rsquore all hurting right now as many of our income streams come from ads and affiliate links. And during this time, many of us are getting far less traffic than before. Even just visiting someone&rsquos blog or watching a YouTube video can be enough to generate some income for these creators.
Or course it isn&rsquot just about that we&rsquore here to help you figure out your next dream destination and to answer all of your questions about visiting there! Looking for inspiration? Check out our destination page or check out our Instagram !
Here are a few of our favorite itineraries we&rsquove had over the years:
Don&rsquot forget to always remember to purchase travel insurance for your next trip! And for more inspiration, check out these virtual tours !
5. If Advisable According to Your Location, Visit a New Place Nearby
If you aren&rsquot completely stuck in your house at the moment, then get out and explore your city or the surrounding area!
Here in Cleveland, we&rsquore not far from the gorgeous Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are so many great hiking paths and beautiful spots to visit that this is a great time to explore and go for a hike!
And there are many restaurants that are also hurting at this time. Check out a restaurant with a new cuisine you maybe haven&rsquot tried! Never had El Salvadorian food? Get some pupusas! Never had dim sum? Head to your town&rsquos China town (or Asia town in Cleveland) and give it a try!
6. Learn a New Language
Maybe you are planning to travel to a new destination or maybe you&rsquove always wanted to learn a second language. Either way now is the perfect time to start!
Chris and I have been using Duolingo and love it! He has been learning Spanish for over a year and was able to converse pretty easily while we were in Peru! It definitely helped us out a lot in less touristy areas!
I&rsquom learning French and guided us around Paris last year. I&rsquom definitely not on Chris&rsquos level of conversation yet, but it is getting better each day and I feel more confident to get around in France!
We both love Duolingo as you can use it for free and it gamifies learning a language. You set goals, earn points, and more! They also have a podcast in various languages to learn even more once you get to the intermediate level.
7. Read Books About Destinations
If you want to learn more about a destination, you can get some books for it! I love guidebooks like Moonguides (like this guide all about USA National Parks ) or Lonely Planet.
However, Chris is a fan of reading historical novels, memoirs, or historical fiction regarding a destination. Before our trip to Southeast Asia, he read First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers .
As a history nerd, before visiting London for the first time, I loved reading the historical fiction books about Tudor England (such as The Other Boleyn Girl ) by Philipa Gregory.
If you want to read some literature by local authors, it is a great way to learn more about the culture before arriving and a great way to travel while at home.
8. Watch a Foreign Film
Much like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City and her love of travel to Paris while not having visited until season 6, you can travel while sitting on your couch! Many online streaming services have amazing films from around the world!
One of our favorites is 3 Idiots, a Bollywood coming-of-age film about 3 engineering students and the life lessons they learn and adventures they have. It&rsquos got all the feels and it is on Netflix!
For those French-lovers, check out films like The Artist or Amelie.
But really, y&rsquoall, there are so many options on Netflix!
9. Time to Finally Make That Scrapbook You&rsquove Been Putting Off
If you love to travel, chances are that you&rsquove taken plenty of photos. And remember back in the day when people had photo albums or scrapbooks from trips?
What a fun way to remember some old trips! There are great and super easy ways to do this online like on Shutterfly, or you could head to your local craft store and make a fun homemade scrapbook the old fashioned way.
This totally depends on your level of creativity. We usually make our photo books online but to each their own!
10. Last But Not Least on What to do When You Can&rsquot Travel: Reminisce on Prior Trips
This is one of our favorite pastimes when we aren&rsquot traveling. As we only travel about a quarter of the year, we love to sit down with a cup of tea or wine and talk about our favorite travel memories from having breakfast amongst some pesky macaws to the draw dropping scenery of Halong Bay.
We can all count our blessings from prior travels. Have you ever been to a place that you were so thankful to have been able to visit? Think back on the moment you were truly awe-inspired. That is the perfect way to be transported to that memory and destination.
We know this is a difficult time. And it is definitely disappointing to cancel or postpone travel. But at the end of the day, we have so much to be thankful for . As much as we&rsquod all love to travel more, when we can&rsquot travel, these are all great ideas to bring travel to you!
2. Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
This is similar to the “Stress Buster” orange smoothie that can be found in the Ninja recipe booklet. However, it is slightly different. Either way, we feel it is a creamy burst of citrus that will remind you of days gone by when you were anxious to taste an orange cream soda or a bowl of orange sherbet.
Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 Frozen Ripe Banana (Peeled and Sliced)
- 2 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2-Cup Orange Juice
- 3/4-Cup Vanilla Yogurt (Greek)
- 1-Orange (Peeled and Sliced)
- 2-tsp Orange Zest (Optional)
Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Preparation:
- Using your favorite blender, add banana, vanilla, and orange juice.
- Blend on high for approximately 3-minutes or until smooth and creamy.
- Add the yogurt, orange, and zest.
- Blend until mixed well.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Please Note: Variations from the Ninja recipe booklet include: 3/4-cup almond milk rather than yogurt, a carrot that has been peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces, and ice if you are not using frozen bananas.
Add a Tea Ceremony to Your Other Practices
This simple practice of a tea ceremony is a wonderful addition to any additional spiritual practices. Whether you practice yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, work with crystals, or with your next angel meditation, try having a cup of tea before you begin or to close.
When you’re fully present with your tea, it becomes a powerful extension of any other spiritual practice. Whether you’re drinking tea for the effects it has on your body, mind, or spirit, you really can’t go wrong by slowing down and spending a few moments in presence.
Here is an angel message with Archangel Metatron which is a beautiful additon to your tea ceremony.
Embracing Pleasure: My Self-Love Takeaways from ‘Eat Pray Love’
Am I the only one who has had wanderlust being landlocked during this pandemic? When I saw “Eat Pray Love” was on Netflix, I poured some wine, made some pasta, and hit play. This whole movie felt like warm, cozy, fulfilling gratification that gave me some strong indications of what my soul is yearning for.
After Liz makes the enormous decision to totally switch gears in her life, her journey begins in Italy. A particular scene that was monumental and laid the foundation for Liz’s journey was when she was in the barber shop with her new Italian friends. The scene goes like this:
Liz- “I feel so guilty.I’ve been in Rome three weeks and all I’ve done is learn a few Italian words and eat.”
Luca Spaghetti (Italian in the Hairdresser chair)- “You feel guilty because you are American. You do not know how to enjoy yourself.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“It’s true- Americans know entertainment, but don’t know pleasure… You want to know your problem? Americans. You work too hard. You get burned out. Then you come home and spend the whole weekend in your pajamas in front of the TV.”
“That’s not far off actually.”
“But you don’t know pleasure. You have to be told you’ve earned it. You see a commercial that says, ‘It’s Miller time.’ and you say, ‘ That’s right, now I will buy a six pack and drink the whole thing and wake up the next morning and feel terrible. But an Italian doesn’t need to be told. He walks by a sign that says ‘you deserve a break today’ and he says, ‘yeah, I know, that’s why I’m planning on taking a break at noon…..’”
Another man in a barber chair says: “We call it ‘dolce far niente.’ It means the sweetness of doing nothing. We are masters of it.’”
This was such a beautiful scene. It was light hearted, but honestly really freaking powerful. Luca called us out. Luca called me out. I honestly have not been able to connect to pleasure in quite a long time. Traveling in the past has been the gateway to my connection to self and true, authentic pleasure. It lends me the perspective I need to feel alive in my own life and see all the beauty around me that I sometimes have a hard time seeing when it is right in front of me.
This conversation gave Liz permission to continue on her journey in freedom: buying bigger pants, not carrying around guilt of enjoying those delicious carbs, savoring every sip of wine and good conversation. This was the part of her journey where she could come up for air from her own life.
The next leg of her journey was one that was going to challenge her in life-changing, in-depth ways. Liz stayed in a yoga ashram in Ganeshpuri, a pilgrimage centre of Mumbai (Bombay). Here Liz learned the power of prayer and began the process of forgiving herself with the help of her new friend Richard.
Liz then made her way to her third and final leg of her journey and headed to Indonesia to meet with Ketut. Here she finds inner peace, balance, and even love. First I would like to say, I think we all need a Ketut in our lives. It felt like after Liz was broken open, this part of her journey was about her being put back together again, even better, stronger, and more connected than before. She embraced the idea of balance. She strengthened her meditation practice as well as being able to enjoy her life and even how to smile with her liver…something I can’t say that I have experienced.
She then met a wonderful man and fell in love. I felt her pain when she was so scared to allow him in and risk losing her newfound balance. And if I’m being honest, there was a part of me that didn’t even want her to end up with Felipe because I was getting so much life from her connection to herself.
I knew something was up because I am quite the romantic and normally melt on the inside with a beautiful love story. But what I realized is that the love story I am truly craving in this season of my life is one with myself.
I am yearning to enjoy the pleasure of being with myself, of embracing all the parts of myself: the good, the ‘bad’, and the ugly. I am yearning to feel the salty sea air on my face, breathe in the warmth of the sun with complete trust and freedom of knowing I love exactly who I am and I really do have everything I need right inside of me.
I had a friend share with me that she was breaking up with this concept of her self-inflicted rejection. She said, “I’ve lived a life in rejection of myself, and I realize I can break up with rejection.” This is basically what Liz Gilbert did.
On her journey, Liz did not have one person in her life that supported the huge decision to listen to the cries of her soul. What she wanted and needed was not conventional. Rather than rejecting herself and what she was crying out for, she leaned in, got uncomfortable, and came out more alive because of it.
So as I lived vicariously through Elizabeth Gilbert on her journey- the main takeaways that I thought could be helpful for us all as we are surviving the pandemic were:
- Awaken your senses with presence as you give yourself permission to savor a glass of wine or cup of coffee, or sitting on the balcony watching the snowfall.
- Carve space to literally do nothing- and savor it. Even if its sitting on your bed in your towel after a hot shower for five minutes.
- Spend intimate time with yourself through meditation (guided or self-led) and journaling. Journaling does not have to be pen to paper. Journaling could be snapping a photo a day that captures what you are feeling, pulling out those water colors, dancing those feels around your apartment, singing at the top of your lungs in the shower.
- Cultivate your own love story with yourself. This can look a million different ways for a million different people. I don’t subscribe to the notion that we have to be madly in love with ourselves before we can find romantic love. I believe we are all on a journey of learning to love ourselves well. And some of the most fulfilling love I have experienced has been giving myself the love that I need.
The pandemic has hindered us in a lot of ways. It has also illuminated a lot of things for us that we may not have been able to see or at least were able to see sooner. We may not be able to travel to Bali tomorrow, (although I have been looking into retreats there for the future), but we can embrace the hope of being alive and all the small pleasures that come along with it. We are getting near the end of this thing and there is hope. Cheers to your journey of coming alive more and more as you savor the small pleasures and continue to grow more in love with yourself.
“I think you have the capacity, someday, to love the whole world.”
How to Taste Wine Like a Pro Wine Simplified
http://betterbook.com/wine Expert sommelier and wine educator Marnie Old demonstrates how to evaluate wine using four senses-sight, smell, taste, and texture. Learn how to detect dryness vs. sweetness, fruit flavors vs. oak flavors, and qualities like acidity and body..
This video is an excerpt from iPad/iPhone book “Wine Simplified.” For more tips and tricks to navigating the world of wine visit: http://betterbook.com/wine.
Available on iTunes.
Video taken from the channel: betterbooktv
How to Taste Wine Like a Professional Look. Check out the Color and Clarity. Pour a glass of wine into a suitable wine glass. Then take a good look at the Smell. Our sense of smell is critical in properly analyzing a glass of wine.
To get a good impression of your wine’s Taste. Finally, take a. Wine needs a good balance of acidity to taste and age well.
Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Next, if you want to learn how to taste wine the professional way, bring the wine glass to your nose and give it a good, strong sniff. Think about what the wine smells like: is it fruity? That&rsquos an indication of the type of grapes or other fruit and herbs that went into the wine. Is.
A professional wine taster needs to remember that they&rsquore tasting on behalf of others and not only for themselves. Keeping an open mind allows you to evaluate wines fairly and consistently, thereby improving communication with people whose tastes. To taste a wine, take a decent sip. Swirl the wine around in your mouth, making sure it coats your whole palate. If you can, slightly purse your lips to draw in some air.
Think about what you taste while you are doing this. Choose Your Glass. When it comes to tasting wine, choosing the right glass is essential.
Certain wine glasses work better for certain types of winefor example, white wines are served best in smaller bowled glasses in order to preserve floral aromas and maintain a.
5 HOME BAR MUST-HAVES
Christy Martel at Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q, photo by Dante Fontana.
Aaron Blitvich at Milestone, photo by Dante Fontana.
Tista Visconti as Visconti’s Ristorante, photo by Dante Fontana.
Paige Flynn at Paul Martin’s American Grill, photo by Dante Fontana.
Paul Martin’s American Grill
1455 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-783-3600, paulmartinsamericangrill.com
How long have you been bartending? This year will be 30—yikes!
Best part of your job? The relationships I've built with our regulars over the years. I try to make every guest feel comfortable and love to see everyone socializing and enjoying themselves. I also enjoy hearing people's stories and learning about them. And, of course, my coworkers are pretty great, too!
Favorite cocktail to make? One that blows my guests socks off, especially if they’re trying something different. But I do like to make a nice, cold martini.
What do you drink at home? I like experimenting with different drinks, the regulars are wine, vodka and Diet Coke, vodka and Squirt, or Scotch.
Fill in the blank: Dear customer…I can’t tell you how many times I've heard, “I've always wanted to be a bartender. It looks so fun." It is fun, but it's not easy. If your bartender makes it look easy, they’re a great bartender. It's very physical, there’s a lot of responsibility, and it takes skill to make a great drink.
What bar do you frequent when you’re not working? The best quarantine bar right now is the one at my house!
Best bartending tip? Put a smile on your face and never let your customers see you sweat. No one likes a stressed-out bartender.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Taste Italy in the Valley Today at Canas Feast
For only $15, sample Oregon's version of Italian wines, experience gourmet olive oils, get a voucher for a mouth-watering panini from the Cucina and take home a logo glass to remember it all. I'm thinking I'll be tasting some Dolcetto, Arneis, Sangiovese, Moscato and of course Pinot Grigio, but I'm really anticipating a few surprises. It should be fun day, so come out and sip Oregon's Italy with me. Ciao and hope to see you there!
Breaking News: In addition to the 13 different wineries, 30 wines, a food ticket, and Olive Oil from the Willamette Valley's only Olive Oil producer, there's also going to be Italian cars to drool over… Ferraris and Lamborghinis! All for just 15 bucks. Don't miss it!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Oregon Keg Wine is Alive in Portland's Slabtown!
As we located a prime parking spot near the address of where the restaurant was supposed to be, I remarked on the lack of signage to my friend Robert, saying, “I guess you have to just know where it is… it’s so New York”. To which he added, “Yeah, New York five minutes ago.” I felt like I'd heard that before recently. Having just come from the fabulous grand opening of the highly recommended Springbox Art Gallery in NW Portland, my friend and I, ready for our next round of entertainment, set out for the elusive The Bent Brick with one lofty goal, to sample absolutely everything on the menu.
How many times have you looked at a menu, unable to decide what to order because everything was so equally tempting? Imagine looking at that very same menu and then turning to your waiter and saying, “I’d like to order everything on the menu please.” Well, that’s what we did, because for just $48 per person, you can “Eat the Whole Menu.” Though we ordered it just for one, it was still way more food than even two hungry people really could or needed to eat in one sitting… and it sure was fun. A scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally came to mind, when Sally's friend Marie quotes Harry's friend Jess to him by saying "Restaurants are to people in the 80's what theater was to people in the 60's." Thirty years later and restaurants are still much like theater, providing an entire evening of worthwhile entertainment, or perhaps I'm just stuck in the 80's.
One part chic restaurant, one part casual tavern, two parts remarkable establishment, The Bent Brick opened about three months ago in Portland’s old industrial Slabtown district. There are several stories behind how this district got its name. One of the kinder, gentler ones, as told by The Bent Brick's General Manager Anna Josephson, is that long ago when the area was part of the city’s wood processing district, people would come out to pick up the discarded scraps of wood (or “slabs” as they were called) to use for firewood, etc. Another urban legend is that if one frequented that rough part of town, which went from Old Town up to the Pearl back in the day, you would end up like a slab or in a slab, or something like that. Paying homage to the Slabtown history, the Bent Brick has incorporated slabs of wood (not bodies) into their urban décor, particularly in the Jenga Lounge, which is perfect for a large group to take over, or for smaller groups to mingle at in a community fashion when the tables are full or for a more intimate setting. With roll-up garage-style doors, sleek metal seating and lots of old exposed brick and pipes, the restaurant has done an admirable job of incorporating the building’s history with contemporary touches ultimately achieving a striking balance of comfort and excitement.
Scott Dolich, chef and owner, has a clear vision for The Bent Brick, an offshoot of Park Kitchen: to focus on investigating stylistic choices while using only domestic ingredients… everything is sourced as locally as possible. Neither the kitchen nor the bar uses a single imported product, and not just their pepper and pigs, they don’t overlook where their dry goods come from either and make many of their own products like vinegars and syrups themselves. You won’t find olive oil in their kitchen as the domestic versions are too expensive, but Chef Dolich has found a way around that, roasting domestic canola oil to develop more complex flavors.
I’d met Chef Dolich initially at a Raptor Ridge Winery #ReTweet (more on that to come in the next post or so) and was impressed when I heard him eloquently say, “As you eat through a meal, sometimes you have to have periodic knocks in the head to wake you up”. This might actually sum up my relationship with food, wine and dining out: Perhaps I just really enjoy being knocked in the head, so to speak.
Dolich expressed that “Each dish should have a reference point, not just be a dish that tastes good”, so, we also enjoyed a beet and faro salad with seeded crisps inspired by a simple everything bagel, crispy pork rinds, an amazing tomatillo gazpacho serving elegantly as a bed for a tasty scoop of Padron pepper gelato, Virginia ham rillettes, a shrimp, corn, tomato and coriander salad and sweetbreads with cabbage, horseradish, dill, bacon. By the time the roast and braised dishes arrived at the table (a pork with root beer glaze and perfectly pink beef with smoke, onions and potatoes), I was beyond just loosening the button on my pants and felt like I might just possibly explode. Unable to let even one more morsel of food pass my supremely satisfied lips, I unbelievably passed on the main courses and then just stared at the dessert dishes too, taking pleasure in watching my friend Robert enjoy them… alone.
While the food the kitchen presents is impressive, healthy, a bit surprising and inspired, those qualities are conveyed in the bar as well. 100-percent domestic, between the list of attention-grabbing cocktails and out-of-the-ordinary local wines, knocks in the head are virtually around every corner. Their keg wine program is actually what first caught my attention. With 15 Oregon and Washington wines on tap at one time, The Bent Brick passes the savings on to their consumers allowing them to enjoy glasses of the best current release wines from regional vintners like Patricia Green, Grochau Cellars, J Daan, Viento and Andrew Rich, just to name a few, for an implausibly low $5-$9 a glass.
The bar also offers a selection of local and domestic beers and features cocktails like the Path to Victory: a warming blend of Cana’s Feast Chinato, bourbon, gingersnap, bitters and vinegar or the Lakeside: a lovely and refreshing mix of vodka, rhubarb, verjus and elderflower. With a generous Happy Hour and a Half from 5:00-6:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday, guests will enjoy fine wine (by the glass or carafe), beer (by the glass, bottle or pitcher), cocktails and food specials that will wake up the palate without breaking the bank.