Long time no see! It has been a tad hectic on my end, but I am peeping in the blog to write a review about a sparkling wine I tried recently, and that I particularly liked: Domaine Carneros – Brut Rosé 2013.
We visited the Domaine Carneros Winery for a tasting a while back, but we brought back one bottle our waiter/wine tasting person recommended. While all the other ones we tried were really good, this one stood out so we decided to bring back a bottle.
We were lucky to have a beautiful weather on the day we visited, so we could have our tasting on the terrace, and enjoy the sun and the view.
Domaine Carneros is a winery you cannot miss as you are driving to Sonoma. It stands on its own between vineyards and green, just a big castle against the blue sky.
We decided to have a full tasting experience and order cheese and charcuterie, and enjoy the array of wines that they offered in the tasting.
I don’t think this sparkling wine is sold in stores, as I remember it was a winery exclusive, but you can get it online. I will copy their description here:
Lush aromas of red berry and peach pie with a note of lime zest are followed on a round palate evoking plum, berries and a hint of spice. The wine will continue to develop depth and complexity as it ages, so consider cellaring a few bottles for the coming years.
||Domaine Carneros – Sparkling Wine
|Composition or Varietals
||59% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay
||Fruity with hints of cheese
||Background notes of citrus, fresh, crisp. Lingering finish. High fizz.
|| 5 stars
Suggestions: Sipping, charcuterie, cheese, poultry, fish.
Brownies, who does not like them?
I love mine gooey and fudgy inside. The first time I had them I was in Lebanon, my aunt used to get them for me from a gourmet store by her office.
Then the store moved and no more brownies, which requited trying recipes.
We received a Striper as a gift last week and to me that was a great opportunity to make Siyyadiyyeh.
Siyyadiyyeh is a Lebanese dish that the onion caramelization can make or break. Having fresh fish on hand is a great help, because you don’t want the “fishy” taste that some frozen fish can have.
Posted in Cooking, Entrees, Fish and Seafood, Main Dish, Recipes
Tagged Fish, Lebanese, Lebanese Food, Rice, Siyadiya, Siyadiyeh, Siyadiyye, Siyyadiyya, Siyyadiyyah, Siyyadiyyeh, Striper
This recipe is one of my brother-in-law’s specialties, and it has been such a long time since I’ve had it, or actually since I’ve remembered it. Out of the blue, the other day, it just pops into my head and I decided to make it.
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Tagged Fish, Lebanese, Lebanese Food, Lebanon, quick recipe, Tagine, Tahini Sauce, white fish
Clint and I like this tapas place in Winters called Ficelle. It is a small restaurant that only opens at the end of the week, but it is always packed. It has a convivial atmosphere, whether inside or on the patio, and if you are looking for something fancy then Ficelle is not the place for you.
This post is actually long overdue. I uploaded the pictures a million years ago, but did not get to actually write the post till now.
Sailboats in Santa Cruz
It has been a long hiatus from blogging, but when I have nothing to share I tend to not say anything;
The picture above is from the last family vacation to Capitola and Santa Cruz. It was a mini-vacation and it went by so fast. I don’t have food experiences to share really, I did not even think of taking food pictures, but Clint and I had a wine tasting there: a Sonoma winery called Armida has opened a tasting room right by where we were staying in Capitola.
I missed the blog though and here I am with a few links that I thought would interest our readers. A couple of them point to our ratings of the wine tasting experience from Armida.
It has been a while since I did a wine review that it is long due. I have been tasting a lot of new wines but have not really took the time to do a full technical sheet. The good news though is that Clint and I discovered a site/app where you can rate your favorite wines and keep track of your likes and dislikes. Join and follow me here on Vivino, if you want to keep track.
The novelty of this review is that you are getting two technical sheets: one from me and one from Clint, offering you a comparative view. Follow Clint here on Vivino.
This is my second Thanksgiving here! Already!
While last year all I did was eat and try new foods for the first time on Thanksgiving, this year I wanted to pitch in and prepare something.
A couple of weeks ago we bought a big bag of cranberries and they have been sitting in the fridge begging to be used.
I have followed the blog “The Wednesday Chef” for about a year now. I found it interesting and appealing, hence when the author Luisa Weiss published her book, My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes), I wanted to read it.