Archive | August, 2015

The Smashed Grape: Wine Seminar # 3

14 Aug

Happy Friday! I am thoroughly enjoying my day off and I just finished a pretty tough workout including a mile long walk and part of a Jillian Michaels video. After I finish this post, I plan on taking a quick dip in the pool before running some errands.

This past Wednesday evening, Dan and I attended the third wine seminar held at Spicy Green Bean and hosted by The Smashed Grape. As usual it was such a fun and informative evening and it was a nice little date night for us. We love supporting local businesses, especially ones with such great owners!

We loved having a reserved table!

We loved having a reserved table!

This particular seminar was presented by Cat Schaller of Slocum & Sons, which is an importer and purveyor of fine wine & spirits out of North Haven, CT. Cat provided an excellent presentation and I think Dan and I both learned quite a bit.

Although it was a wine seminar, they decided to start it off with a cocktail (I was not complaining!). We sampled an organic cucumber mojito made with Prairie vodka which is actually the number one organic vodka on the market. It was refreshing and not too sweet, a perfect start to the tasting!

These went down way too easily!

These went down way too easily!

Wine # 1: 2014 Terres de Saint-Louis

This wine was a French rose which I found to be pretty dry, which is typical of a European rose. It was very light and would be easy to drink on a hot summer day.

Wine # 2: 2014 Acadia Unoaked Chardonnay

Now I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of chardonnay as it is usually too dry for my tastes and I am not a fan of the aftertaste. However, this one was not too bad! I think the difference is that this wine is not aged in oak which gives it a different flavor than most other chardonnays. I can honestly say that I would order a glass of this wine, although I wouldn’t be able to drink much more than that.

Wine # 3: 2014 Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This wine was from New Zealand and was made by three German brothers. It had flavors of passionfruit, kiwi, and grapefruit. I really enjoyed this wine and I think it would pair well with fish or chicken as it is very light and crisp.

Wine # 4: 2013 Rioja Muga Blanco

I think that this wine was definitely my second favorite overall because the flavor was so unique. The grape was a viura grape which I don’t believe I have ever had before and it was wonderful. It comes from a famous winery in the Rioja region of Spain. It was delicate, light and very different from any other wine I have tried. It would pair wonderfully with fish and I definitely recommend it!

Wine # 5: 2014 Amalaya Malbec

I saved the best for last! This was the only red wine we tasted and it was my favorite. I haven’t had red wine in a while since I don’t usually drink it in the summer so I was excited for this one. It was a blend with 85% Malbec, 10% Cab, and 5% Syrah grapes. It pairs well with everything and it was the perfect balance of dry vs. sweet. We purchased a bottle of this wine after the tasting (only $9.99!) and I enjoyed a couple of glasses last night.

The Food:

Spicy Green Bean outdid themselves this time with the variety of food which was provided. There were Portuguese codfish cakes, an abundance of cheese, marinated steak tips, breaded chicken, caprese salad and so many other things that I can’t even remember. The food was all so delicious and we are planning on dining there in the very near future.

Their presentation was truly remarkable!

Their presentation was truly remarkable!

I most definitely went back for seconds!

I most definitely went back for seconds!

It was a wonderful evening and I can’t speak highly enough of both Spicy Green Bean and The Smashed Grape. They are true, local, family-owned businesses and we are so happy to be able to support them!

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Sayulita – South Glastonbury, CT

13 Aug

Happy Thursday all! It’s my Friday today as I took tomorrow off to get some things done and because we are heading up to Boston for the Red Sox game with my aunt and my cousins tomorrow afternoon once Dan gets out of work. Needless to say I’m pretty excited and I can’t wait for this work day to fly by!

Today I wanted to share with you guys a delicious meal that we recently enjoyed this past Friday at a new-ish restaurant in town with Melissa, Alex, and Dan. The restaurant is called Sayulita and it is located in South Glastonbury, CT. As you can probably tell by the name, it is a Mexican restaurant with a huge focus on unique dishes and local ingredients.

The ladies!

The ladies!

There was a little bit of a wait so we started the evening off in the bar with some cocktails. I enjoyed the skinny margarita which was light and not too sweet. The service was excellent all evening and they advised us of a half hour wait but I don’t think we even had to wait more than fifteen minutes! Another plus was that we were able to sit outside. Dining outdoors has recently become one of my favorite summer activities so this made me very happy.

A clear representation of Friday night

A clear representation of Friday night

We were all pretty hungry so we decided to start off with some guacamole and salsa. The guac was very flavorful and came with some plantain chips as well which were a nice and unique addition to the appetizer. The salsa was just the right amount of chunky and was not too watery which is always a concern of mine at Mexican restaurants.

So delish!

So delish!

As for my meal, I wanted to try as many different things as possible so I chose three different tacos to enjoy. I had the lobster and black truffle taco, which I have had before, and it was just as amazing as I had remembered. As you guys know, I love truffle anything and lobster is my favorite food so naturally this was my favorite taco ever. I also had the citrus braised pork belly taco, which was unique in that it was definitely more sweet than savory and I definitely enjoyed that. The third taco I had was the fried green tomatillo which was absolute perfection. I loved the addition of the jalapeno hummus and that combined with the tomato and corn salsa provided an explosion of flavor.

The presentation was great as well!

The presentation was great as well!

I had assumed that everyone would be too full for dessert but when asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu, Dan enthusiastically said “yes!” We chose the sayulita churros which came with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and chocolate sauce. These were wonderful and the vanilla ice cream was probably my favorite part as it definitely hit the spot on the warm summer evening.

Heaven.

Heaven.

It was a delicious meal and I definitely recommend that all of my locals try Sayulita as soon as possible! It is very evident that the owners have put a lot of time and thought into making the restaurant a very unique and enjoyable place to have a meal.

Have a great Thursday!

Quick Little Catch Up

5 Aug

Happy Wednesday everyone! There has been quite a bit going on, as per usual so I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. It’s just a little bit of catching up on this past weekend and the start of the week as well. As busy as we are, we are lucky to have such great parties and events to attend so I’m not complaining at all!

But seriously, thank you guys!

But seriously, thank you guys!

Friday evening turned out to be a little bit stressful and a nice dinner with Dan and Melissa was just the cure for that. We went to a new-to-us Japanese restaurant in Wethersfield called Edoichi Sushi & Hibachi Steak House. We enjoyed a yummy scorpion bowl and some amazing sushi which was some of the best I had ever had! It was a nice, relaxing evening which was much needed.

This thing was very tasty and not too sweet!

This thing was very tasty and not too sweet!

The presentation was incredible and the flavor was even better!

The presentation was incredible and the flavor was even better!

Alex’s birthday party was Saturday evening and as always, her party was filled with great food, delicious drinks, and so much fun with some of our best friends. I didn’t really take any pictures because I was really immersing myself in the night and I will take that as a win!

Me and my beautiful friend Daniela, love our almost matching skirts!

Me and my beautiful friend Daniela, love our almost matching skirts!

I believe this photo was taken by Alexandra, love group pics!

I believe this photo was taken by Alexandra, love group pics!

Sunday was spent celebrating our good friend Dan’s birthday. We all carpooled and headed up to the Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts for a Thrill Show which included a variety of different races, demolition derbies, and even some monster trucks. Since we always enjoy the demolition derby at the Hebron Fair, this was a lot of fun and on a much bigger scale than we are used to. We came home exhausted that night but it was well worth it!

It was a gorgeous but very hot day

It was a gorgeous but very hot day

The fire dept guys that attended... Christian, Tyler, Dan C, Justin, and Dan

The fire dept guys that attended… Christian, Tyler, Dan C, Justin, and Dan

I think this is my first panoramic picture ever taken

I think this is my first panoramic picture ever taken

Huge monster truck!

Huge monster truck!

I ended up working from home yesterday since we had a meeting with our Reverend early in the evening to finalize some wedding details. I took the opportunity of working from home and made myself a delicious lunch that I normally would not have had time to make on a normal day. I used my new Nutribullet and blended up some spinach, peach slices, apple slices, cucumber, and raspberries for an amazing smoothie and paired it with the rest of the apple and peach slices for a healthy and surprisingly filling lunch. I also took the time to prepare dinner ahead of time, which was Skinnytaste’s Santa Fe Chicken. It was SO easy and I just basically dumped all of the ingredients into the crock pot and cooked on low for 10 hours. We used the results to make chicken tacos as a celebration of Taco Tuesday! It was so delicious and I will definitely be making it again.

I think that Taco Tuesday will be happening more often

I think that Taco Tuesday will be happening more often

Like I said, life has been crazy but for the most part, it has been amazing. I will try to post once more this week but no guarantees! Have a great day!!