Blog

Red

Wax & Wine

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the first month of 2019! The two of us are planning some website updates, events, and much more for this year. In the meantime, we want to share our experience from last month at Wax + Wine (a fun studio space where you can make candles and drink wine!), in honor of Lauren’s 27th birthday.

Think about one of your best friends. Now, what scent do you think describes them? A strange question, we know! This is something our party wrestled with at Wax + Wine, when asked what scent would best describe Lauren. We noted that Lauren is smart, sassy, and quick-witted, which you know to be true if you’ve ever met her. Ultimately, we failed at choosing a scent, but all agreed that lavender is a nice scent to keep us calm and grounded when needed most. After some hilarious introductions and ice-breakers, we went through the process of making our own candles with help from the amazing Wax + Wine staff.

All of us walked through the Scent Cellar, and wrote down specific fragrances that we enjoyed. We won’t reveal who liked the sensual fragrances the most, but the laughs and wine were certainly flowing! Check out some of the photos below to see our trip to the Scent Cellar, the process of choosing fragrances, and how we made our own unique candles.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The tricky part of this process is at the very end, when you’re asked to combine your scents, with a ratio you create yourself. Then, you mix those scents with the hot wax for a short, timed period (thank goodness staff kept time for us!). If you successfully follow instructions, the end result is a beautiful candle, mixed with a lot of great memories.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Since the party was in honor of Lauren’s birthday, I (Alexis) couldn’t finish this post without adding in some extra love and appreciation for Lauren, and our friendship. This friendship has been filled with so many hilarious stories, ups and downs, that I’ve definitely forgotten some. But at its core, is a strong bond, formed on a small college campus 6 years ago. I’m grateful for Lauren’s constant encouragement and support, and partnership in numerous endeavors. I look forward to many more laughs, drinks, and stories to tell. Here’s to 2019, our best year yet!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our featured pairing for this month is Liberty Creek’s Sweet Red Wine, which everyone at the party couldn’t get enough of. Tasting notes below!

“Sweet Red is a blend of red wines that yield a fresh fruit forward taste. This brilliant wine captures the flavors and aromas of rich, ripe fruit. Typically characterized by sweet berry notes, it has a soft finish and refreshing mouth feel… Sweet Red is soft and sweet with layers of bright cherry and wild boysenberry flavors, and a silky smooth finish.”

Rosé

More Wine Please!

Last month, Lauren hosted a vision board party for her closest friends. The night provided plenty of fun and relaxation, as well as an opportunity to enjoy great food and wine! In preparation for the event, Lauren asked guests to bring a bottle of their favorite wine, so the group could try them as they made vision boards.

The conversation was full of laughter, and provided a huge release, after what had been a hectic time for most of the group. Throughout the evening, we were able to catch up regarding professional updates such as new jobs, personal endeavors such as upcoming weddings, and various civic engagement projects.

As we began to look through the magazines and stickers, we were able to reflect on where we all were individually, and what things we might aspire to do in the future. It was the perfect time to think about the goals that we repeatedly think about, but have yet to put in motion. Throughout the evening, guests made their way to the dining room for more wine as new bottles were opened, to taste the many red and white wine options available.  After we finished our vision boards, each person had an opportunity to discuss theirs, and say what we hope to accomplish in 2019. Some of the common goals were: to find happiness, save money, live healthier lifestyles, and be intentional about our respective goals.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Anytime women come together, something magical happens! The environment is infused with optimism, possibility, and encouragement, which is good for the soul. It is so easy to get caught up in life’s competing demands, that we often feel guilty for taking time to simply do nothing, or have fun. The old adage, “you cannot pour from an empty cup,” is so true. It is imperative to create and seek spaces that recharge you. Some key takeaways from the event were:

  • Make time to connect with friends
  • Take time to reflect, and be intentional when setting goals
  • Speak things to existence. Words manifest reality.
  • Create a supportive network to serve as accountability partners
  • Wine makes everything better!

Our wine pairing for this post is Apothic Rosé 2017, which is one of the bottles we tried that evening. Full tasting notes below!

Apothic Rosé contains layers of strawberry and watermelon, with a hint of raspberry, for a refreshing wine that is light in color, yet dark in nature.

White

Everything Happens for a Riesling

In October, our friends at Seated invited us to a happy hour event at Lou Bird’s Restaurant, which is located at 20th and Lombard. We were treated to a wide spread of their menu, along with specialty cocktails and wine. These Seated events have become the perfect respite after a long workday, and continue to be a fun way to connect with bloggers throughout the city.

One of our favorite (non-wine) beverages of the night was a mixed cocktail called The Bee’s Knees. It was refreshing and light, with the perfect burst of citrus at the end. The main ingredients included honey, gin, and lemon, but the surprise twist was a hint of lavender.

While sipping our first drinks, the two of us caught up after a few weeks of not seeing one another. There’s never a dull moment once we start talking, whether it be about recent work stress, ridiculous personal stories, or those funny memories from the past that we will never forget. Our conversation gave us a much needed opportunity to reflect on the ups and downs of the last 10 months, but more importantly discuss the boundless opportunities the future holds, understanding that everything happens for a reason, even if not initially apparent. Needless to say, after a few laughs, and a few life updates, we promptly returned to the bar for round two!

With drinks in hand, we were ready to check out the delicious food Lou Bird’s was serving up. We started with a cheese and fruit board, and tried everything from dumplings with a cabbage slaw to fancy sliders and mini cheesesteaks. Of course, they didn’t let us leave without trying dessert, too! Below are photos of some of the other options on Lou Bird’s menu. Don’t forget: Lou Bird’s has a double happy hour on Wednesdays from 5-7 and 9-1.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our takeaways from this experience were:

  • Never go long stretches without seeing your friends, if you can avoid it. They help make the hard days easy, and the easy days fun!
  • If the bartender is mixing up a new cocktail, definitely try it– and ask for the ingredients. You could stumble upon your new favorite drink.
  • Lou Bird’s Restaurant has delicious food, with a wide range. Check it out, and let us know what you think! (menu here)

Our featured wine for this month is S.A. Prüm “Essence” Riesling (which you can find on the menu at Lou Bird’s). Full tasting notes below!

“Pale gold in color. On the nose, aromatic, with scents of apricot and peach. On the palate, fresh fruit flavors of pineapple and apricot are perfectly balanced by a racy acidity and mineral character.”

Sangria

Wine Now, Run Later!

Last month, we had the pleasure of dining at Chima Philadelphia, as part of a promotion featuring their Rodizío dinner. As expected, the service, food, and cocktails were outstanding. Mid-way through dinner, we ran into some friends of ours and ended up joining our reservations together…because the more the merrier!

Apart from the great service, food, and cocktails, we were reminded of the importance of community. After both navigating hectic periods in our lives individually, it was great to have an evening to connect with friends, to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. During dinner, we reflected on 2018, and what an adventure it’s been. We thought back to some of our previous posts such as “Reclaiming Our Time”, and the importance of not staying in environments that no longer serve and honor you. We thought about “Be Well Sparkle Often” and how imperative it is to listen to yourself, and take the time to, address and process situations in healthy ways.

Between the laughter and stories, we feasted on unlimited rounds of Brazilian inspired food all evening. We started off with the unlimited salad bar, which arguably could be its own meal! If you know us, then you know that we also had to indulge in one (or two) of their signature cocktails. The white sangria was definitely a table favorite that night.

While at dinner, we were also afforded the opportunity to visit Chima’s wine room, which was such a cool experience for us both. See some of our photos below!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our pairing for this month is a Rodizío Sangria, which we can’t get enough of! Although sangria leans slightly sweet, you can taste the burst of citrus and hint of brandy, which warms and rounds out the flavor.

Rodizío Sangria 

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange wedge (1/8 cut, seeded)
  • 1 lemon wedge (1/8 cut, seeded)
  • 1 lime wedge (1/8 cut, seeded)
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. brandy
  • Splash Triple Sec (orange liqueur)
  • Splash melon liqueur
  • 1/3 cup Guarana Antarctica
  • Wine (red or white)

Directions:

In a mixing glass, add the lemon, lime, orange and simple syrup. Gently muddle it. Top the glass with ice and pour the brandy, Triple Sec and melon liqueur. Shake well and transfer it into a 22 oz. Cervoise Glass. Once again, top the glass with ice. Top glass with red or white wine. Garnish with an orange and cherry canoe. Stir it before drinking.

[source:  https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/food/index.ssf/2014/02/drink_of_the_week_Rodizío _gril.html]
Rosé

Time to Wine Down

In August, Seated hosted another evening of great food, wine, and conversation, this time at Ristorante Aroma, located in Center City. The Italian BYOB features Italian specialities from northern and southern Italy. The menu is curated by Head Chef and Co-Owner, Antonio Cardillo, who in fact was born and raised in Italy. 

The cocktail hour and dinner provided a great opportunity to learn more about the fellow bloggers that were present. All the bloggers have interesting stories, regarding how they got involved in blogging, and how they determined the focus of their blogs. During dinner we were able to discuss our families, friendships, careers, our goals for our blogs. It was awesome to meet such accomplished and inspiring women, who found community through blogging. After a hectic day, it was a perfect way to wind down.

For dinner, Ristorante Aroma served us four amazing courses, including 3 dynamic appetizers, a sampling a three pastas, and entree of our choice. By the time the entrees and dessert arrived, there was a general consensus that everyone was stuffed, but could not resist tasting the main course and the marvelous dessert options.

Below is a copy of the menu we enjoyed along with some pictures of the great food.

Screen Shot 2018-09-01 at 2.38.22 PM

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I must say one highlight of the evening for our table was the Terre Siciliane IGP Rosato. It was our drink of choice the whole evening.

A few of our takeaways from this experience:

  1. Try local restaurants– Once you have your favorite go to restaurants, particularly chain restaurants it is easy to get in a habit of dining at those establishments. However it is great to support local restaurants, like Ristorante Aroma who have authentic menus, with great flare. Moreover, you are often able to try new types of food, learn more about the inspiration for the menu,  curate an intimate experiences, and develop a great repertoire/relationship with the establishment.
  2. Dream BIG– One question that came up often during the event, was “what’s your vision for your blog?”. As we have continued this process with Sarcasm, & Wine, we have have thought of this often, dreaming of the possibilities. That evening our fellow bloggers provided great insight and encouragement, and told us the possibilities are endless– reminding us to dream big, be consistent, be patient, and continue to grow our network.
  3. Have fun-Even passion projects can become burdensome, and become one more thing to do on your checklist. However, when you step back and remember why you started the project to begin with, it puts things in perspective. Although we have certain goals for the blog, taking the time to celebrate the milestones big or small, and enjoying the ride is part of what keeps us going. It’s even better when we are able to find opportunities to allow us to do both, enjoy great food and wine, meet great people, and develop content along the way.

Unsurprisingly, our pairing for this month is the Terre Siciliane IGP Rosato. In keeping with the stylistic freedom of the IGT category, Terre Siciliane IGT wines can be made in virtually any style: red, white or rosé, still or sparkling, dry or sweet. Tasting notes are below!

Screen Shot 2018-09-01 at 2.00.10 PM

The Terre Siciliane IGP Rosato is bright pink, and taste like spices, and flowers. The herbs complement red berries on the nose and in the mouth. At once “dense and juicy, with the light red fruit flavors and floral notes carrying through on the persistent finish, which features an underbrush nuance.”

Cool fact: For every Seated reservation, they donate one meal to every child in need through ShareTheMeal, the app from the United Nations World Food Programme. When you book reservations through the Seated app, you are rewarded in credit (that could be used for your next Lyft ride), for trying great restaurants like Ristorante Aroma.