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.

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!