Over the Labor Day Weekend my good friend, Tracey, who also writes the 40-SomethingLife.com blog invited me to her condo in Southie to review the Amisfield Pinot Gris 2012, New Zealand wine.
Apparently this wine that retails for $20 – $25 is from a vineyard that is a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. While I’m not as well versed with wines as my friend and tutor, I was more than happy to split the bottle.
Sergio obliged by taping the wine review and did a great job at editing the clip. For all you white wine lovers out there, check out our review and let me know what you think.
Cheers to earls kitchen + bar
Cheers to earls kitchen + bar, an upscale, casual restaurant with sixty-five locations in the US and Canada. The will open their first location in the Northeast in Somerville’s Assembly Row on Friday, September 12th.
Today I received this lovely box of goodies from earls (sometimes being a bloggah has perks). The margarita that was included I put to good use at the end of my day. I’m not familiar with earls but based on their welcome box I’m already a fan and look forward to their opening next month.
Texas Rose at Union Bar & Grille
Earlier this spring I wrote about a gin cocktail at Union Bar and Grille that I really enjoyed called the Caprice Cocktail. They have a summer cocktail that I recently tried that is so light and refreshing you’d think you were sitting pool or beach side while sipping it.
The vodka and combier rose cocktail is garnished with a lemon wedge and a sprig of thyme in a mason jar. It is surprisingly light and refreshing. With each sip you can smell the citrus and thyme which probably lends to the illusion that you are outside. You may want to try this and serve it at your next party – it is that addicting.
Haven’t been to Union in a while? Stop by their bar and try the Texas rose.
Writing a blog can have some real perks. Last Tuesday I joined approximately twenty food and wine bloggers for a dinner at Row 34 to try Martin Codax Albarino’s 2012 vintage.
Seated next to me was my favorite food and wine blogger, Tracey (40-Something Life Blog). For those unfamiliar, Martin Codax Albarino, is a great Spanish table wine that ranges in price between $15-$20 at most retailers (or online here).
The wine is very versatile and can (and should) be enjoyed on its own but is perhaps best with shellfish and lighter seafood options like the menu prepared by Row 34 for our dinner. Although write ups from Martin Codax suggest fruity overtones such as apple, peach, pear and lemon zest, I don’t pick that up. Rather, I would describe this Spanish wine as light and crisp with a minerality and dry finish that I like in white wine.
Next time you head out to your local wine shop ask for a bottle, give it a try and let me know what you think.
Beat the heat with a craft beer at BoMA. If I wasn’t in NYC I’d be there.
Summer Drinks that won’t weigh you down.
The season of pool parties, sunbathing and beach days is upon us and nothing compliments the summer sun like an ice cold 300 calorie margarita. So refreshing that you can’t stop after one, and 2 or 3 drinks later you’re feeling an unfulfilling buzz that cost you about 900 calories. Check out these 3 alternatives that will give you the same refreshment with less than half the calories, while minimizing your chances of a hangover.
Vodka+soda+lime: One shot of Vodka, Soda water, and spritz of lemon, lime or both. This bubbly, light, and refreshing beverage is well under 100 calories and very drinkable pool side. Try to a glass of water between every drink to keep hydrated, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.
Tequila+Half cup orange juice+tonic water+lemon and lime: Two parts tequila, one part orange juice (fresh squeezed preferred), one part soda water, spritz of lemon and lime. This option is great for a Sunday brunch or enjoy on the beach. The vitamin C will help metabolize the alcohol more efficiently, that means your co-workers won’t notice any signs of the good time you had over weekend. Depending on your ratios, this is ~150 calories.
Light Beer: Miller genuine draft 64 is the lowest calorie option. If you’re a beer drinker, opt for the lower calorie option of your favorite brand. With some craft beers totalling 300 calories for a 12 oz bottle, these can be detrimental to your weight loss goals.
Remember to always enjoy responsibly, and stay hydrated while drinking. Cheers!
Kyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.
Mark your calendar, Opus Affair’s June social heads to the new Liquid Art House on Tuesday, June 24th in Back Bay at 100 Arlington Street. Be sure to partake in the Punch Bowl Fund.
Opus Affair at Park – Tuesday, June 24th at 6PM
RSVP – No Cost
What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.
Who is Opus Affair? They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene. More about Opus Affair here.