Everything Fine

Just Keep Sipping

This fall, the two of us have seen one another and connected often because we’ve had some of the same social and professional commitments, which is always fun! We’ve been able to spend time together at birthday celebrations, while also co-facilitating workshops on professional development. These experiences truly demonstrate the breadth of our friendship. It has become clear to us just how great it is to have friends that you can grow, learn, build and dream with. Often, people will put you in boxes or cultivate their own ideas of success for you, but it is imperative to keep dreaming and keep those who believe in you close by. 

As we head into the last few months of the year, it’s important to think about who and what takes up your time. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, this year reminded us that life can be hectic, upsetting and joyous all at once, so it’s critical to constantly evaluate if the connections we have with others are of substance. We have 2 months until 2020; let’s not waste any more time on people and spaces that do not add value to our lives. Here are some reminders that the two of us keep coming back to. We hope they will help you too! 

  • Surround yourself with people who inspire and support you.
  • Never limit your dreams because others don’t see the value in them. 
  • It’s important to have fun, but also keep planning for your future.
  • Time waits for no one. 
  • Your plan only works if you do. 
  • When in doubt, don’t worry. Just keep sipping! 

Our featured cocktail for this month is a Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, which we enjoyed at Chima for a birthday party. This delicious cocktail is made with cachaça, sugar, and lime. We also enjoyed a version that included pineapple! 

Ingredients

2 tsp superfine sugar (or 1 oz simple syrup)

1⁄2  Lime (cut into wedges)

1 1⁄2 oz Leblon cachaça

Garnish: Lime wedge

Glass: Rocks

Directions

Muddle the lime and sugar in a shaker, add the cachaça and ice, and shake well.

Pour into a rocks glass.

Garnish with a lime wedge.

White

No Wine Left Behind

Last week, we attended the 2019 Philadelphia Magazine Wine Festival— huge thanks go to Philly Mag for this amazing opportunity! The Festival, presented by Lexus, offered attendees a chance to sample more than 500 wines from around the world, and meet and greet with the winemakers from featured wineries in their exclusive Winemakers Lounge, next to the on-site Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store. Additionally, guests enjoyed cuisine from more than 20 of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants.  The event benefited the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, which aims to end heart disease and stroke in women.

We were so thrilled to be at this event, and wowed by just how many wines there were to try! One of the first wineries that caught our attention was Pacific Rim, which is based out of Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Pacific Rim is passionate about Riesling, so if you like Riesling, you’re in luck! We started with the 2016 Hahn Hill Vineyard Chenin Blanc. This wine has floral notes, perfectly balancing sweetness with a hint of citrus. The two of us typically prefer different wines, and this was a great compromise. We loved every wine we sampled from Pacific Rim, and highly recommend you give them a try! Their bottles are affordably priced, too.

After a few (perhaps more than a few) wine samples, it was time to try some food. We enjoyed delicious bites from Tinto, The Twisted Tail, and Los Camaradas, which are pictured below. We even sampled a pasta dish from one of the event sponsors, Barilla, and the new funfetti cookie flavor from Insomnia Cookies.

The Wine Festival featured Hampton Water and Ferguson Crest, with both Jesse Bongiovi and Fergie on-site to promote their respective wines. We talked with Jesse Bongiovi about Hampton Water, and learned that rosé is the water of the Hamptons. Bongiovi also demonstrated how functional and practical each bottle’s glass stopper is, which seems perfect for a beach trip! This wine is for anyone to drink easily for hours on a nice summer day. Pat Ferguson (Fergie’s dad), had a huge smile that never left his face, and spent the evening giving attendees samples of Ferguson Crest’s 2014 Fergalicious Red Wine Blend. Meanwhile, Fergie was close by, taking photos with guests and signing their newly-purchased wine bottles. The Fergalicious blend offers savory and smoky notes, and finishes boldly on the palate.

Overall, the event was a blast, and we had a ton of fun walking the venue and sampling as many wines as we could. We finished with the Chairman’s Selection, and stopped to take some photos and record some memories. Life doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, and we feel blessed to share these moments together, and simply have fun. Life is too short to leave any missed opportunities, or wine, behind!

This month’s featured wine is Pacific Rim’s Chenin Blanc, which we detailed in our post. “Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc is vividly bright with flavors of pear, quince and grapefruit essence. It has a drier style, which closely resembles the Loire Valley style rather than a CA Chenin.” Read more about this great wine below!

Rosé

Flower Power: Stop & Smell the Rosé

This past weekend, we visited the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A popular attraction in Philadelphia since 1829, this annual tradition — which is the world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind —  draws more than 250,000 people to Philadelphia each year. This year’s theme is Flower Power,” which pays homage to the 1960’s psychedelic culture, and the impact that flowers have on society, as this is the 50th year anniversary of the Woodstock Festival.

The Flower Show revenue supports the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) greening efforts, which help connect people through horticulture, and work together to create beautiful, healthy and sustainable communities. The following slideshow is a small snapshot of the many exhibits we experienced and vendors we saw:

While we explored the different arrangements and vendor tables, we had some time to catch up with one another, and think about the various projects we’ve collaborated on over the past few years. As always, we wound up laughing about some of our favorite memories (while searching for the nearest wine vendor!). It’s amazing to think about how much has happened over the past few years, and how much we’ve grown since we first met six years ago. We are both very excited about what the future has in store, and can’t wait to share more with everyone soon! Below are some themes that were reinforced during our visit to the Flower Show:

  • Enjoy your time away from work
  • Make time for friends (We say this often, and it’s always worth a reminder!)
  • Be willing to try something new
  • Appreciate and explore your city’s local culture
  • Find time to stop and smell the flowers
  • Give people flowers while they can smell them

Our wine pairing for this month is the Domaine Chandon California Sparkling Rosé. Tasting notes below!

“This rosé is a pretty pink with intense ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry fruit aromas and flavors. On the palate, this wine is creamy and seductive with a defined structure from the Pinot Noir added in its final stages.”

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]
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.

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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!

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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.