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The sparkling wine from Italy that most American consumers are familiar with is Prosecco, made in a specific area of the Veneto region from the glera grape in the bulk Charmat process. Prosecco tends to be simple, tasty, with notes of ap...
The sparkling wine from Italy that most American consumers are familiar with is Prosecco, made in a specific area of the Veneto region from the glera grape in the bulk Charmat process. Prosecco tends to be simple, tasty, with notes of apples and almond blossoms, and often fairly sweet, though the best examples imported to this country are increasingly dry. Another area of Italy produces sparkling wine that deserves attention, however, and that’s Franciacorta, in Lombardy, where the sparkling wines use not only the traditional champagne method but the typical chardonnay and pinot noir grapes of the Champagne region. These are sparkling wines of real character that make Prosecco and other Italian sparklers look like mere bagatelles. Not that there’s anything wrong with mere bagatelles; sometimes they fill a necessary place in life. My recommendation today, Wednesday, is the Satèn Lo Sparviere non-vintage Franciacorta from the producer Gussalli Beretta. Made completely from chardonnay grapes, this sparkling wine, which fermented 80 percent in stainless steel and 20 percent in large casks, offers a pale gold color with a gentle surge of tiny glinting silver bubbles. The initial effect is clean, fresh and energetic; aromas of roasted lemon, jasmine, ginger and quince and lightly buttered cinnamon toast are delicate and fine-spun, while the whole package, though enlivened by dynamic acidity, is dry, elegant and high-toned, with great bones and a whip-lash limestone spine. 13 percent alcohol. We drank this delightful Franciacorta over several nights as aperitif with various snacks and appetizers. Excellent. About $22, a Steal, and a terrific addition to restaurant and bar by-the-glass programs. Imported by Siema Wines, Springfield, Va. A sample for review.
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Though absent from our screens both big and small for some time, Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar is making his return to TV this month on Lifetime's The Witches of East End, according to E! Online. And, apparently, Prinze Jr. decided no...
Though absent from our screens both big and small for some time, Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar is making his return to TV this month on Lifetime's The Witches of East End, according to E! Online. And, apparently, Prinze Jr. decided not to leave his shirt at home: "He'll reportedly be playing Leo Wingate, "a gallant and sweetly shy entomologist who falls head over heels for Wendy Beauchamp (Madchen Amick)," according to EW. "The scholar is said to specialize in rare and exotic insects, and he soon begins to wonder whether Wendy is more interested in his body or his bugs. He is set to guest star in the fourth episode, with more episodes possible." Prinze Jr.'s last stint on TV was as Cole Ortiz on 24. The episode of East End featuring Prinze Jr. will air October 27. He's also slated to guest star on the season premiere Bones. Whether or not he will be equally undressed on that show is anyone's guess. Will you be tuning in to welcome Freddie back to TV land?
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Famous Stars & Straps celebrates October with the release of a Halloween 2013 pack of limited t-shirts. The capsule is comprised of a pair of tees sporting Halloween-inspired graphics. The Death Machine t-shirt features an orange BOH...
Famous Stars & Straps celebrates October with the release of a Halloween 2013 pack of limited t-shirts. The capsule is comprised of a pair of tees sporting Halloween-inspired graphics. The Death Machine t-shirt features an orange BOH cross bones hit on the front left chest, while a spooky graphic of a hearse is printed onto the […]The post Famous Stars & Straps Halloween 2013 T-Shirt Pack appeared first on BallerStatus.com.
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Photo: Courtesy of Dinner: A Love Story. Let's face it: You're busy — too busy to mess around with complicated cooking at the end of the day. Still, dinner should be more than just a cup full of cereal and the dream of a brighter tomorro...
Photo: Courtesy of Dinner: A Love Story. Let's face it: You're busy — too busy to mess around with complicated cooking at the end of the day. Still, dinner should be more than just a cup full of cereal and the dream of a brighter tomorrow. Enter: Jenny Rosenstrach, a busy mom who makes dinner happen with style, simplicity, and just the right amount of sizzle. Whether or not you're cooking for kids, we love her easy, delicious approach. In fact, we love it so much, we'll be sharing one of her recipes every week, so you can have a life — and a REALLY good meal, too. I know it seems hard to believe, but there are a handful of people out there in the world (OK, the immediate family) who have never heard of Andy’s seminal “grilled chicken for people who hate grilled chicken.” This, in spite of us linking to it so many times on DALS that I actually hear my early readers (Yo Amanda in SF!) thinking what I used to think at my childhood dinner table: “Oh jeez, not the chicken again.” The secret of course, is the yogurt marinade. Which yogurt marinade? Well, that’s up to you. As long as you have the basic template ingredients (yogurt, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper) you can go in almost any direction that feels good to you. (Remember, this is marinating, which, I believe is Lithuanian for “You can’t screw it up.”) Start with this template: 2 cups plain yogurt 1/2 large onion 1/3 cup olive oil salt & freshly ground pepper Once you have all that in the blender, you can choose your own adventure:Option 1: Lemon-Pepper, “The Classic” 1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped Juice from two lemons 1 really nice squeeze of honey Even more black pepper (about 10-15 grinds)Option 2: Tandoori, “The Crowdpleaser” (from Bon Appetit) 1 cup cilantro leaves (no need to chop since it’s going in the blender) 2 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon garam masala (McCormick now sells this — it’s an Indian spice blend that’s kind of sweet) 1 2-inch piece ginger juice of one limeOption 3: Middle Eastern, “The Middle Easterner” (I’m pre-coffee; can’t do better than that at the moment) 1/2 cup fresh oregano, stems removed 1 clove garlic juice from one lemon 2 teaspoons cuminOption 4: Mustard and Herb, “The Pantry Special” ½ cup Dijon mustard leaves from a couple sprigs of thyme 2 tablespoons cider vinegarOption 5: Chutney, “The Cheater” 1/2 cup your favorite chutney (these are my favorite) 1/2 cup cilantro Whichever direction you’ve chosen: Give the ingredients a good whirl in the blender, then pour into a large freezer bag along with your meat — 2 to 3 pounds chicken thighs or breasts (pounded flat between two pieces of wax paper), drumsticks, or…here’s some breaking news: SHRIMP! I’ve discovered that a good flavorful yogurt marinade is a great way to kick up the sometimes bland frozen shrimp we pick up in the Northeast. (The photo above was made with the tandoori marinade — the dipping sauce is chutney mixed with lime and more yogurt!) Marinate your chicken or shrimp (thawed if frozen) in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. Build a medium fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium-high. Brush grill grates with oil. Scrape excess marinade off chicken or shrimp. If you are making shrimp, thread them onto skewers. Grill chicken turning once, until browned and cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side. The shrimp will take a little less time, about 2-3 minutes a side.Jenny Rosenstrach is the author of Dinner: A Love Story and the blog of the same name. She and her husband write The Providers column for Bon Appetit. Read More
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We named Volcano Choir’s Repave Album Of The Week against ridiculously strong competition back in September, and the band’s dumbfounding Fallon performance a week later was enough to make me not mind that whole Bon Iver indef...
We named Volcano Choir’s Repave Album Of The Week against ridiculously strong competition back in September, and the band’s dumbfounding Fallon performance a week later was enough to make me not mind that whole Bon Iver indefinite hiatus thing. Justin Vernon and the boys are on a tear, so you’ll want to carry the laptop over to your comfiest chair, dim the lights, and plug in headphones to watch their full 9/12 concert from legendary D.C. concert venue the 9:30 Club via NPR. Check it out below in all its splendor.Read More...
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Emma Heming took Mabel to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood, Calif. on Tuesday (October 8). The adorable toddler got to ride in a little wagon. This past week Emma tweeted: “My husband: “I know who the boss of this fa...
Emma Heming took Mabel to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood, Calif. on Tuesday (October 8). The adorable toddler got to ride in a little wagon. This past week Emma tweeted: “My husband: “I know who the boss of this family is. She’s sleeping in that crib in the other room” #sotrue #runstheshow” It’s obvious Bruce Willis loves having another daughter. He has said in an interview, “My family and friends are the most significant part of my life, and no film script will ever change that. Having a brand new baby daughter is an extraordinary thing – it feels like it’s the first time and it’s just as fun and exciting. You feel nothing but love for your child. It’s really remarkable.” View Slideshow »» View All Photos »»
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If your calendar has a gaping void during Saturday the 12th (of October) then you should head to Corvallis. Starting at 1pm and running through 11pm, Block 15 presents Bloktoberfest - a little bit of Oktoberfest in downtown Corvallis. A...
If your calendar has a gaping void during Saturday the 12th (of October) then you should head to Corvallis. Starting at 1pm and running through 11pm, Block 15 presents Bloktoberfest - a little bit of Oktoberfest in downtown Corvallis. A quick history of Corvallis Joseph C. Avery settled a land claim at the mouth of Marys River where it flows into the Willamette River in 1845. In 1849, Avery opened a store at the site, platted the land, and surveyed a town site on his land claim, naming the community Marysville. It is possible that the city was named after early settler Mary Lloyd, but now the name is thought to be derived from French fur trappers' naming of Marys Peak after the Virgin Mary. In 1853, the legislative assembly changed the city's name to Corvallis, from the Latin phrase cor vallis, meaning "heart of the valley." Corvallis was incorporated as a city on January 29, 1857. The town served briefly as the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1855 before Salem was eventually selected as the permanent seat of state government. source, Wikipedia Today Corvallis is not only home to Oregon State University but also one of Western Oregon's most under appreciated breweries, Block 15. All the more reason to stop in Saturday October 12th for their 5th Annual Bloktoberfest. WSU Cougar fans might appreciate the fact that the game versus (naturally) Oregon State will be on the big screen, starting at 7:30pm. $5 gets you in from 1pm - 11pm. Featured at this year's event will be live music, food, games and of course beer. Included below is the current menu of beer (plus cider and wine) as well as the entertainment schedule. Featured Beer Bloktoberfest Marzen Lager Atmosphere Hop Forward Pale Ale Lemon Raddler Featured Cider Two Towns Outsider Hard Cider Local Wines Live Music Tent 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Accordioso 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm     Wild Hog In the Woods 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm     Lederhosen & Dirndl Contest! 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm   The Bon Ton Roulet 7:30 pm watch the Oregon State Beavers versus Washington State Cougars Games Tent Darts Photo Area Projector Screen with Pac 12 Football Games 7:30pm OSU Beavers Football Cheers About Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery is the Mid Valley’s premier Brewpub. We specialize in locally sourced casual food and premium, from the source, craft brews. Take some time to browse our website where you will find what top quality goods and techniques form the brain of our establishment. Block 15 is situated in downtown Corvallis, Oregon. We are in the heart of a bustling area amid shopping, commerce, historic buildings, and the waterfront park. We are also only a few blocks from the Oregon State University campus. Located at the corner of Third and Jefferson, our building was originally built in 1926 for the Gazette-Times newspaper. Through a fusion of old and new, traditional and unique, Block 15 was born. We take our footprint on this earth seriously. Breweries and restaurants in general create a large amount of waste and use a lot of resources. Through planning and training, Block 15 takes the steps to reduce waste and limit resource consumption. Our plan is always evolving, as we constantly search for unique and effective ways to bring you the highest quality beer and food in a more sustainable manner. See more information on our practices. –source, Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery About the photo’s author "Matt Wiater is a photographer covering the Portland beer scene for portlandbeer.org."
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Pour rester dans les manteaux, un autre basique de mi-saison: Le duffle Coat ! J’adore tellement ce coté « petit chaperon rouge » Enfilez un duffle coat et on vous donne le bon dieu sans confession! Je parie que...
Pour rester dans les manteaux, un autre basique de mi-saison: Le duffle Coat ! J’adore tellement ce coté « petit chaperon rouge » Enfilez un duffle coat et on vous donne le bon dieu sans confession! Je parie que je pourrais porter … Lire la suite →
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1. One fish, such as pickerel may be used for this famous dish; or a mixture of several such as carp, haddock, whitefish and pike. Take out all the bones from the cleaned fish but do not discard them, cut off heads, fins and tails and sa...
1. One fish, such as pickerel may be used for this famous dish; or a mixture of several such as carp, haddock, whitefish and pike. Take out all the bones from the cleaned fish but do not discard them, cut off heads, fins and tails and save. Remove the flesh from the skin of the fish but try not to tear or break the skin; put it aside. 2. Chop and pound the flesh very fine, gradually adding to it...
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Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Dr. Death holds a breast cancer awareness flag before the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports As you may well know, Octo...
Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Dr. Death holds a breast cancer awareness flag before the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports As you may well know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The NFL does it’s part which is why football fans see a lot of pink during the games. I have heard a lot of people complain about seeing pink. I have also heard questions asking: “why just breast cancer and not all of the other cancers?” or “what about other diseases or health issues?” Brandon Marshall and mental health issues come to mind. While it would be nice to see the NFL and other major organizations promote and raise money or awareness for every valid and meaningful cause; there are so many worthy causes out there it is just not possible to promote all of them The NFL partnered with the American Cancer Society in 2009 and created their “A Crucial Catch” campaign to promote breast cancer awareness. [The] program provides outreach and breast cancer screenings to women in underserved communities. Throughout the month player and coaches wear different items (shoes, shirts, jersey patches, hats, etc) and those items are auctioned off. All proceeds go to the ACS. Personally I don’t mind it. Perhaps other organizations attempted to partner with the NFL and perhaps not. The ACS was successful with this particular campaign, and that’s okay. Breast, prostate, skin, liver, lung, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, cervical; the list of cancer types is long and almost shocking. Cancer is not a respecter of persons; big, little, old, young, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, wealthy, poor; it doesn’t matter. At some point in your life, you will be affected by cancer in one form or another, whether you have it or a friend or loved one has it. Cancer Sucks. I hate cancer. I really do. I extremely dislike the Packers, Lions, Vikings, Seahawks and Cowboys, but I HATE Cancer. My Mother Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. She fought the disease for 2 years before going into remission. After another couple of years, it came back, only this time with a vengeance. The cancer was in her bones, her lungs, her kidneys, her lymph nodes as well as many other places. I watched my sweet Mother suffer through treatments and a slowly deteriorating quality of life. At one point she was given 6 months to live; she passed away 5 1/2 months later in 2006. She was fairly young at 62 years of age. She was, like so many other cancer victims, taken from her spouse, her children and grand children. Losing a loved one to any disease is a terrible thing to go through. May is still a really difficult time of year for me and many in my family because of my Mother’s death. Many say that it’s not fair that the NFL promotes Breast Cancer awareness month and does not promote awareness of any other cancer or disease; well, life’s not fair either. Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Bear Goggles On - Bear Goggles On - A Chicago Bears Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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