Sunday Comics #49: Exercise

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Okay, okay…I promise I’ll pick another subject for Sunday Comics really soon, but since it is the last day of January I thought I’d just round out the month with one last one, which ironically loops back around to the first one I posted in January, but then again…doesn’t everything eventually loop around to bacon??  🙂

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Breaking In The New [Unbreakable] Glasses

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Last month, I won a contest by OkieWineGirl for a set of Govino Wine glasses.

SIDENOTE: Follow her blog!  Seriously, she didn’t even pay me to say that.  If you like wine and/or learning about wine, check it out!  We’re not even going to hold it against her that she’s a Sooner fan…except you know, during the Red River Rivalry (Hook’em Horns!).

Anyway…part of her contest was to say where we would love to use our new wine glasses.  I picked while visiting The Rockefeller Tree and was all set to complete my mission when this happened:


That’s right, champagne.  Let me tell you that Moet Rose is an amazing way to break in these glasses.  It’s delicious and crisp with just a bit of fruitiness on the finish…and well, IT’S CHAMPAGNE!

The problem, however, is that it was entirely too drinkable and I didn’t save any for the tree.  Oops.  Also, I’m quite sure it’s illegal to drink alcoholic beverages in public places–aside from the Staten Island Ferry–in New York City.  Not that I wasn’t going to try–I made a promise after all, but surreptitiously, of course, because I have a pupcicle to support! I mean: I’d like to issue a disclaimer to not drink illegally….


As for the glasses, they are fabulous!  They are lightweight, yet sturdy and I love the side notch for ensuring you can properly grip them!  Additionally, they are recyclable and even have a line that are dishwasher safe! I also love that they look like glass, which means that I should probably also mention–in case you hadn’t guessed–they are shatterproof.  Therefore are perfect for the poolside, picnics, tailgating, or perhaps New Year’s Eve parties where you can prevent losing–in one fell swoop–3 Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige glasses (OUCH! that was tragic).

Of course, one shouldn’t give up hope of a Govino & Rockefeller Tree shot, after all there’s always this year…and I did notice that Govino has some champagne flutes that I think I need to invest in, you know, just in case champagne is once again on the menu (because isn’t it always?!?). 😉

Thanks, Allison for the great gift–they (and you!) rock!

Sunday Comics #48: Inspiration

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Apparently I’m on a fitness humor kick, so I thought I’d continue with this little gem…

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Sunday Comics #47: Running Late

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Don’t judge, we all have our own personal forms of motivation…

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Click on the pic to buy this shirt from Etsy!

Try The Wine…Again.

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This month’s wine writing challenge is Second Chances.  It was selected by last month’s MWWC winner, Jill from L’occasion.  And I must confess that it was a bit hard to focus on second chances when all I can think of when I see second is:

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But then I remind myself that the best breakfasts always include some sort of festive libation, which loops me back around to wine…and second chances.  And when I think about wine and second chances, three things come to mind.

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The first thing I think of in regards to second chances with wine is a reminder I like to impart to new wine drinkers: keep drinking and trying wine outside of one’s preferred palate and don’t forget to revisit these wines from time to time to see if and how one’s palate has changed…a second chance, if you will. 😉  As their palate evolves, so too evolves their choices in wine.  Many will find that initially hated wines end up being a house staple.  Over the years working at the wine shop, I saw a lot of this with my regular customers who initially came in with the silly notion that “I don’t like [insert wine here]” and within a few visits, were drinking aforementioned wine–or at the very least, something similar.

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But I think it’s a valuable tip to seasoned wine drinkers as well.  Isn’t that why we purchase extra bottles?  To lay them down for months or years and try them again? At least in theory? At my house, rather than saving them, it usually ends up being “oh what the hell, let’s jussss open another riiiiiight now!”  And one turns into two, which turns into we’ll just get more at the wine shop later…stop judging me, it’s been a long week!

Anyway, I do a lot better hoarding my TEXAS! wine because you can’t purchase it here in New York City (or State for that matter), so I’m actually still sitting on a few bottles that I brought up with me 8 years ago (Becker, Grape Creek, Sister Creek, McPherson, Chisholm Trail, Messina Hof, and Flat Creek…alright, more than a few).  It is usually even more delicious the second time around (or third or fourth…depending on the number of bottles and your willpower!).  Although it doesn’t always go to plan and I’ve had to tragically dump a bottle or two.  However, that doesn’t mean that I go and dump them all–that would be a travesty indeed! For more tales about that, go here: Success.

Finally, don’t forget that the same can also be said of vintages!  So many things can have an effect on how a particular wine tastes from year to year.  Some years it is minute nuances, and some years it varies between “OMFG! This is the best they’ve ever made!” and “What the hell were they thinking?”

Take for example, Grape Creek‘s Cabernet Trois. Grape Creek has been making their Cabernet Trois for a looooong time now.  It is a blend of the three Cabernet grapes: Sauvignon, Ruby, and (my favorite) Franc.  It was THE first Texas wine I fell in love with.  It was deep and flavorful with just the right amounts of fruitiness balanced with spice.  At the time (mid-90s) it very much stood out from a lot of Texas reds, which tended to either be very sweet and heavy or thin and so dry the BFF likened it to leaving your mouth feeling like you’ve eaten sandpaper.  But not the Trois.  It was dry, yes, but with a lot of mouthfeel and delicate flavors.  It was delicious, won a lot of awards, and was my go-to Texas red wine for years.  But then slowly the taste of it changed.  I’m not sure if it was due to the grapes or the wine maker or the need to shake things up a bit.  Maybe all three!  People still loved it, it still won awards, but I was no longer a huge fan, preferring other varietals in Grape Creek’s line-up, like their merlot (shocking, but true, in fact, I still have a bottle of the merlot hanging out in the wine rack downstairs!).

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NOT my hand, btw, but you gotta love the internet where you can find pictures of anything, like a Texas wine from 20 years ago!  Click on pic to got to Vivino, where I found the pic.

Fast forward to a recent trip home where I was in my old wine shop tasting wines from all the new Texas wineries that have popped up in the last several years when my old favorite caught my eye.  Should I?  Should I not?  How could I not?  So I thought, “what the hell?!?” and gave it another chance.  And guess what?  It was back to having all those little nuances that I originally loved about the Cabernet Trois 20 years ago: the fruit, the spice, the mouthfeel.  It was like welcoming an old friend home.

Most importantly, it was a vivid reminder that in a day and age where it is always full steam ahead and looking for the next great thing, sometimes it pays to take a step back and revisit some old friends.  Thanks for the delicious reminder Grape Creek!

Cheers!

Soup, Glorious Soup!

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I love soup.  I know I’ve mentioned this before–like every January, but January seems to be a good time for soup.  At least in the Northern Hemisphere.  Of course, I’m one of those weird-can-eat-soup-any-day-of-the-year people so I don’t necessarily need cold weather to indulge, just a spoon.  This is very handy when one is experiencing an unseasonably warm “winter” in NYC and one loves soup so much.

The other day I had some amazing wonton soup from Ginger’s in Midtown (for anyone in, around or visiting NYC).  It was so delicious.  The broth was seasoned perfectly and adorned not only with wontons so fresh they were practically falling apart, but also spinach which added an extra layer of goodness.  The irony of it all, is that I rarely get wonton soup–I almost always get egg drop but on a whim I went with the wonton and here I am at 7:30am wondering what time Ginger’s opens and if I can work it into today’s schedule.  Now, if that doesn’t speak volumes as to how good this soup is, nothing but tasting it will!

It did remind me that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted about soup.  In looking back at some older posts, I realized that I owe you an up date on my Kaliflower Soup, which I am determined to get juuuuuust right and I think I may have finally solved the “too much” kale debacle (hint: baby kale!).  There is another soup from a health store on the Upper East Side that I’d also like to try my hand at: it’s a veggie soup with yellow lentils, so it has a creamy rather than brothy base that accompanies most veggie soups.  The result is an extra-hearty veggie soup that could easily be a meal all on its own!  I also promised April an actual Roasted Asparagus soup recipe other than Jaime’s vague instructions…

I guess I need to get cooking!

But before I go, I thought I’d leave you with some links to earlier soup posts, in case you’re in the mood to do a bit of cooking on your own and needed some inspiration (and before you argue, stew is a soup and who cares what you call it, it has Guinness so just try not to shovel it in too fast and burn your mouth!):

Bon appetito!

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Sunday Comics #45: Bacon

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I found this the other day on Facebook and thought I should share, since this is pretty much my reaction EVERY time…