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!

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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]
Sangria

Befriend the Bartender

At the end of July, we were invited to participate in a dinner event held at Barra Rossa, courtesy of SeatedCool fact: For every Seated reservation, they donate one meal to every child in need through ShareTheMealthe 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 Barra Rossa. 

Seated provided us with free dinner and drinks, and we were impressed!! Not only was the food amazing, the drinks were a perfect, refreshing way to end a long work day. The bartender even whipped up a margarita for Lauren (pictured above), although it wasn’t on the menu.

  

A few of our takeaways from this experience:

  1. Try new things. We stepped out of our comfort zone to attend this event, and it turned out to be one of the best friend outings we’ve had in a while. While sampling Barra Rossa’s menu, we talked for hours, drank delicious sangria (more on that later…), and had some great laughs.
  2. Seek out community. We heard about this event through the Philadelphia Bloggers Network, which we recently joined after starting our blog. There’s something special about forming community through good food and drink.
  3. Befriend the Bartender!! Possibly the most important piece of advice in this post is to befriend the bartender. Not only did she make us custom drinks, but we also got the recipe for an awesome summer sangria. Which leads us to this month’s featured pairing…

Our wine pairing for August comes in the form of an end-of-summer sangria! Bright, fruity, with a strong finish, you’ll need the following ingredients for this drink:

Peach schnapps

Triple Sec

Pineapple Juice

Your favorite Pinot Grigio

Brandy (one suggestion is Christian Brothers Brandy)

 

Enjoy, and let us know if you have a favorite sangria recipe!