Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Winemaker Series Battuello Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, CA - $110


From the Estate Napa Valley Collection, this Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Winemaker Series Battuello Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is another hit from the winery we love so much! I believe it's only available through the wine club, and is priced at $110 a bottle.

Dark garnet in color, dark cocoa and dry with such soft tannins - so lovely! This is truly my favorite winery! Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum.....

Monday, March 20, 2017

Feuduccio Santa Maria d'orni Fonte Venna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2014, Italy - $10


Bought this Feuduccio Santa Maria d'orni Fonte Venna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2014 at Costco for $10 a bottle. Tart, dry, no tannins. It's fine for the price.

DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana - Restaurant Review

DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana is such a cute pizza place! Great service, house wine on tap ($7 per very full glass), Italian wine by the bottle ($30+), amazing condiment bar (olive oils, balsamic vinegar, peppers, garlic, parmesan and pecorino romano cheeses), impeccably clean and cute kitchen/eating area/bathrooms - what more can you ask for?!

In addition to glasses of House Red (Pinot Nero) and White (Pinot Grigio), we ordered the large Verdura (broccoli rabe, mushrooms, Vesuvian cherry tomatoes, garlic, scamorza, mozzarella di bufala, pecorino romano - $21), and it was spectacular! I even ate the crust, which I never do, even at Home Slice (my other favorite pizza place in Austin). I am in total love!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Magical Blender Muffins - Recipe

I love the convenience of breakfast muffins, and I especially love that these are full of great ingredients and absolutely no filler! See the original recipe here - of course I altered it for my own use.

Servings - 12 regular sized muffins

  • 2 cups organice rolled oats
  • 2 ripe organic bananas
  • 2 brown organic eggs
  • 1 cup non-fat organic Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons organic honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of organic sea salt

Topping Suggestions
  • cinnamon and apple chunks
  • strawberries and blueberries
  • chocolate chips and almonds
  • strawberries and chocolate chips
  • unsweetened coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. 
  2. Place 12 pieces of parchment paper or muffin-cup liners in muffin cups, or spray tin with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (whisk egg and crush banana to start).
  4. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  5. Sprinkle with toppings of your choice.
  6. Bake at 400° for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool muffins in pan 5 minutes. 
  8. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Washington State - $14

Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is our new favorite Cab! It's chocolaty and dry with medium tannins, and at only $14 a bottle at Western Beverages it seems like a steal! Yum! Can hardly keep this in the wine fridge!

Red Ash Italia - Restaurant Review #2

Love this place! Prefer the happy hour, but if you arrive anytime after 5pm, there is a long wait. Sigh.

I previously had these bishop hats with brown butter when MU visited. They were yummy!

I also LOVED this super-lemony Cesar Salad - can I have more?!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Numero 28 - Restaurant Review

Numero 28 is a restaurant that I frequent because it's convenient to my workplace. I like the food, but the service can be a little interesting sometimes. It's usually very good, but when your waiter is in a bad mood, he can spoil the entire evening.

When the restaurant first opened, I tried the Caesar Salad ($9) and Minestrone Soup ($5) and was underwhelmed by both of them - the lettuce in the salad had red edges as if it had been prepared several hours previously, and the soup just didn't have as many vegetables as I prefer in a Minestrone. I haven't tried them again - too many good versions in Austin to risk it.

The next time I dined at Numero 28, seven girlfriends and I ordered a three 29-inch pizzas (rectangular, $27 to $34 each) to share amongst ourselves, and they were pretty good. It's a decent place to stop in after work for a casual glass of wine and dinner, so we started making regular visits about once every couple of months.

One evening, our waiter pouted through our entire meal. It affected our experience so much that we ended up not going back to the restaurant for about 6 months.

However, my girlfriends and I returned last week after the long hiatus because we wanted to eat somewhere nearby. This is one of my favorite dishes at Numero 28 - the Arancina Vegetarian, which is a tomato rice ball featuring eggplant, mozzarella, basil, and tomato sauce ($10). There is also a meat version (Arancina Tradizionale - also $10) featuring saffron rice, Bolognese sauce, green peas, mozzarella, and basil. These are on the menu as appetizers, but one is filling enough to make a small meal. I also had a glass of house rosé ($8). After tax and tip, my bill was $23.

Numero 28 is generally friendly, delicious place on a fabulous block downtown. Swing by if you get a chance!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

VINTJS Monterrey Pinot Noir Rosé 2016, California - $7


Trust me - Trader Joe's is more than just a place that sells Two Buck Chuck. Yes, they have some lovely wines, and some of the best TJ brands are its line of VINTJS wines.

I'm really into this VINTJS Monterrey Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 for only $7 a bottle at TJ's. It's fragrant, light, bright, and food-friendly. Not bitter, not too acidic, it's fun and free (or practically, at this price!). In love!!!