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Wine & Dine

In July, I bought a LivingSocial deal to a class at Back Label Wine Merchants. I’ve been trying to learn more about wine, so this was such a great deal. Because LS has the “refer 3, gets yours free” system, I shared on Facebook and got one person to buy it (what an influencer I am, ha).

My friend went to the California Wine & Cheese class in September. Since the voucher expires Oct 16, I was checking the events calendar obsessively for a cheese class. No luck.

We went to the Argentina Wines class to discover the various wines made there. I learned that a ton of Malbec comes from here to the US and that Argentina Wines are light wines and not as bold as the California Napa reds we are used to.

(So mad the WordPress app now. I typed everything up and there was an update error!!)

drink up!
drink up!

1. Mendel / 2013 Semillon
2. Familia Mayol / 2014 Garnacha Blanca
3. Zorzal / 2012 “Terror Unico” Pinot Noir
4. Colonia Las Liebres / 2013 Bonarda
5. Bodega Chacra / 2011 “Manique” Merlot

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Wine & Dine, Winnie

Last week, I went to a Tasting Table event in their Test Kitchen. The space itself was very homey, since it is basically a renovated apartment turned into huge kitchen and open area for private dining.

I immediately went straight for the food wall, grabbing the cool rectangular plate that had a hole for the wine glass. Finally, someone out there remembered how awkward networking events are with a hand of food and another hand with a beverage. Now we can all shake hands (although none were exchanged at this event…)

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an event planner’s must-have

My favorite part of this night was not the free soju citrus cocktail, but the amazing crispy rice passed hors d’oeuvres. About an inch in diameter, grilled to perfect, with unidentified pink toppings (don’t know if it was fish or vegetables), I had to keep an eagle’s eye out for fresh plates.

winnie & crispy rice
winnie eating ALL the crispy rice that are coming outta the kitchen

I tried searching through social media for a beautiful photo of this, but no luck. Guess the event was too private 🙁

If you’re interested in trying out the crispy rice, I would recommend Koi. In NYC, they are usually listed for Restaurant Week, which is twice a year in January and September. Here is an awesome photo, from the restaurant itself:

koi crispy rice, yummm
koi crispy rice, yummm

I don’t have an Air-Fry so a pan will do. Can’t wait to try this myself after watching this tutorial (and here, if you need to read / print) by Misha.

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Wine & Dine

I think I had a coffee each day this week after coming back from the cruise. Having to think is just too much after being on a boat, eating all day, and being lazy. I thought I expend my energy showing how much coffee is awesome by drawing it out on the S Note app of my phone.

coffee day
winnie on coffee. drawn on the Samsung Galaxy 4 phone. pretty neat considering there’s no tablet and the app is meant for notes :D

Yesterday was also the the launch of Starbucks‘ new fall drink: the Toasted Graham Latte. I was expecting it to be like cookies & milk or toasted flakes… but it was just a toned down Pumpkin Spice Latte with less sugar and more foam (which I finished eating with my handy spoon! Let no milk go to waste!). Both drinks do not have much flavor. Needless to say, the almost $5 spent on a tall drink was not worth it.

Time to go grab today’s coffee. I don’t follow football but I know the Giants won cause Dunkin Donuts told me coffee is $0.25 today thanks to their New York wins promotion. DD just rocks in terms of membership rewards.

Edit 9/30:

I forgot to mention how cool barista-for-hire is! Check out the rolling bean, who came to my office today and crafted a yummy pumpkin chai latte for me (and again today: a dirty chai pumpkin latte), yum!

the rolling bean
the rolling bean. spice up your party with baristas-for-hire
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Wanderlust, Wine & Dine
disney land tokyo pastries
disney land tokyo pastries

Sweetheart Cafe! Mickey custard bun, pizza bun, Mike melon pan, coffee jelly vanilla mouse 🙂

I went to Tokyo with my sister and we just love sweets. The best thing about vacation is eating dessert EVERY DAY. We’re huge fans of Disney and had to make a stop at Disneyland. Of course, it’s not as impressive as Disney World (in Florida, BTW, people keep confusing these theme park names…) but still very nice to see.

The Mike melon pan was sooo good, we actually bought 3 more after eating it.

I went to Tokyo again in March 2015 and the pastry is still so yummy! Wish I could’ve brought some home but it would definitely have spoiled…