Wine Food Pairing - Holiday Eating and Drinking Tips!

Wine food pairing .. this is the time of year to gear up for some wine and food pairing.  My friend Jean sent me this advice:


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls. 

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas! 

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat. 

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission. 

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello? 

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. 

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again. 

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three.. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day? 

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. 

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by: 

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand and wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!" 

Have a great holiday season!!

Wine food pairing is all about enjoying great food, good wine and wonderful friends ...


Wine Food Pairing - Capri Cafe Rockin' the Isles of Capri

Wine food pairing on the tiny Isles of Capri Florida ... for a fun filled evening of casual waterfront dining, awesome Italian food and toe tapping music wander on down to the Capri Cafe.  This takes casual waterfront dining to a new level with the roll down curtains and outdoor heaters so you can enjoy most Florida winter evenings outside.

BigAl and I decided to check out the Sampler platter and honestly, I don't think that I have ever had calamari so tender.  Usually it is "chewy" ... you know ... kinda like gum, but this lightly dusted and fried delicacy simply melted in my mouth.

Now we got serious with the house specialty ... Pork Osso Buco.  I am familiar with the "pig" shank from my travels in Austria and enjoying their version called stelze.  Well, this is totally different ... same part of the pig, but with an Italian spin.  The Osso Buco had been slow cooked in a light red sauce, came out fork tender and was sans skin ... served on a bed of Angel Hair pasta it was awesome.  We split one dish and that was more than enough.  We paired it with their house Chianti and had our very own wine food pairing "event!

There was even live entertainment ... Johnny Fusco had the crowd rockin' with his singing impersonations.  He had the crowd dancing, singing and laughing.  An all around great evening on isles of Capri.

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The Capri Cafe on Isles of Capri is definitely Naples "Best Kept Dining Secret".


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Wine Food Pairing - A Ton of FUN at the Breitenau Austria Fire Department

Wine food pairing ... fun in the firehouse!

The Breitenau Fire Department in Austria knows how to have a great time ... who would have thought that you could savor good Austrian wine, home cooked schnitzel and then get a personal tour of this station?

Watch and enjoy this wine food pairing adventure ... btw ... I went with a GrĂ¼ner Veltliner ... a white wine grape variety grown in Austria.  This tasty wine has a reputation of being a particularly food-friendly wine ... and it did.


Wine Food Pairing - How about a Baloney Sandwich?

Wine food pairing .. there are so many ways to enjoy wine ... sometimes I enjoy a crisp chilled white along with a good belly laugh ...

BTW ... I think this would go great with a baloney sandwich ... HEhehehehe ...