Roasted Tomatoes with Harissa

Just finished roasting some grape tomatoes with harissa olive olive (and testing a new phone app for posts) WordPress for Windows app.

Martini Wisdom

Some wisdom from the patio in Arizona: Everyone has an opinion on the perfect martini – how dry, dirty or not, favorite gin, olive, lemon twist or cocktail onion, etc. We should just follow the advice of the great Noel Coward (a true man among men), “A perfect martini should be made by filling a…

Steak and Whiskey

Grilled a beautiful T-Bone for dinner and sipped on Beat Single Malt Whiskey (Djinn Spirits, Nashua, NH – batch 1, aged for one year in 15 gallon barrels). Nice smokiness and spice, paired great with a medium rare steak. (Djinn Spirits in the news)

An IPA Thursday Afternoon

Enjoying The Calling IPA (Boulevard Brewing. Kansas City) at the Liquor Factory in Casa Grande, AZ.

Saeculum Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

Enjoying the Arizona winter on the patio with a bottle of Saeculum Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (2013, Rolling View Vineyard, Cochise County, Arizona)

Happy New Year to All

Celebrated New Years Eve with friends for food and drink at a community party then came home early. Celebrated the passing of the year by opening a bottle of WineSmith 2007 Cabernet Franc (14.5% ABV, Winesmith Cellars, Lake County, Sebastopol, CA)

Christmas Bourbon from Flag Hill

A good friend, John Temchack from Labelle Winery in New Hampshire, came to visit for Christmas and brought me a bottle (batch 1, a 6 barrel batch) of bourbon from Flag Hill in Lee, New Hampshire. Flag Hill makes some excellent wines that I have tried in the past. Had a chance to crack it…

Rare Spirits and Wines

Recently discovered (thanks to  messynessychic.com) my most favorite place to “window shop” for old, rare and vintage wine and booze – Finest & Rarest, part of Oxygenee LTD. I say window shop because there is no way in hell I could afford one of these bottles. Maybe someday I will win the lottery but until…

jazz and wine on the patio

Sun going down, listening to cool jazz via Pandora and enjoying The Stump Jump (d’Arenberg Pty Ltd, Australia, 2011) a nice blend of Grenache (46%), Shiraz (39% and Mourvedre (15%). Don’t let the screw top fool you, it is a nice sipping red  for a relaxing evening.

Wine for grilling

Enjoyed a glass of Bodega Pierce  Chardonnay (2014, Arizona) while grilling hamburgers served on Mexican bolillo rolls.

Thanksgiving: And the Day Begins

Busy day so far…turkey in the oven, my special cranberries with red wine and orange made and in the fridge, full update of Windows 10 on the desktop (tablet still in progress) and drinking enough coffee that I am considering putting it into an IV drip for the direct effect.