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Food: Champagne Info #8: Champagne-Liqueur Cocktails

December 30th, 2013 Comments off

It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


#8: Champagne-Liqueur Cocktails

One way to dress up a mid-low range Sparkling Wine, or just create a great tasting cocktail is to add a little liqueur to a flute of champagne. I make my own limoncello each year which makes a great lemon-drop style cocktail, but in the past I have also used my friend’s cranberry liqueur, pistachio liqueur from Sicily and even commercial liqueurs like Chambord (raspberry), Frangelico (hazelnut), Amaretto, and Midori (melon).

I think it would be a great party idea to have a wide selection of liqueurs, some mid-range champagne and have an evening-iong (heck, day-long) tasting party with the various combinations. Have each person bring a bottle of champagne and 1 liqueur to share.

Typical quantities are usually 1 shot of liqueur to a flute of champagne. Adjust amounts for smaller glasses, especially it you are having a tasting.

For more information on liqueurs, here is some additional reading:

Here is my video on making your own Limoncello (although the recipe works for pretty much any liqueur)

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Food: Champagne Info #7: Cava – A Spanish Sparkling Wine

December 30th, 2013 Comments off

It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


Cava glass

#7: Cava – A Spanish Sparkling Wine

I discovered Spanish Sparkling Wines in college. They were less expensive than Champagne, but tasted just as good. Cava is named after the caves where it is traditionally made and uses the same Methode Champenoise process used to make Champagne in France.  Freixenet is a cava producer I regularly see on shelves here in California.

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Photo: Cava Glass from Flickr User Hector Garcia

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Photo: #fired_up photo for today’s #projectlife365 via Instagram

December 29th, 2013 Comments off

Food: Champagne Info #6: Nutella Champagne Shooter recipe

December 29th, 2013 Comments off

It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


Nutella champagne

#6 Nutella Champagne Shooter recipe from Bakespace.com

I was cruising around the recipe database on Bakespace.com and came across this amazing cocktail. A few of these could be the perfect end to a New Year’s Eve celebration. Yowza! Chocolate, Hazelnut, Champagne. Yum!

Recipe: Nutella Champagne Shooter recipe from Bakespace.com

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Food: Champagne Info #5: Prosecco – an Italian Sparkling Wine

December 29th, 2013 Comments off

It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


Cinzano prosecco

#5 Prosecco – an Italian Sparkling Wine

Since we are part of a large Italian family on my wife’s side, Prosecco has always been a part of our holiday libations. This sparkler has all the beauty and taste of a French Champagne or a California Sparkling Wine, but with a slightly sweeter, fuller bodied taste. Prosecco stands up well to the inclusion of liqueurs to make a Champagne Cocktail or as the base for a great Bellini or Mimosa breakfast cocktail.

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Product: Moo MiniCards

December 29th, 2013 Comments off

This is probably my fourth or fifth order from Moo MiniCards for my business cards. As you can see form the photo, Moo MiniCards are about half the size of typical “western” business cards and, more importantly for me, I can use any of my own photos for the card fronts. The Moo.com system can pull in photos from your social medial accounts and allow you to format them for the cards. In my case, I used my Flickr account as the source and then selected 25 different photos to use across the 100 cards in a typical order.

Moo cards 2013

One major reason I return to Moo Cards is that the cards never fail to elicit a reaction when I hand them to someone. There is always an “ah ha” moment from the recipient. I then get a chance to talk about Moo and also about the photo they received. I find it to be a great conversation starter and I believe people will remember me better than someone who has a standard business card. Moo also offers several others products including notecards, stickers and even standard sized business cards.

As you can see in the photo, there is a code to get 15% off your first order from Moo.com.

Link: Moo.com

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TV Worth Watching: Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve

December 28th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve

Yet another of the great BBC Documentaries that caught my eye recently. It is so serendipitous when i find one of these. I am almost never looking, specifically, for a television show about X, Y or Z, but when it is placed in my path, I am always amazed and entertained. As a devoted viewer of UK television, I think series like these are one of the best aspects of their television system — whether publicly funded by the BBC or commercially on ITV or Channel 4.

Pilgramage reeve

Even as someone who is not very religious, the history and meaning found in pilgrimage certainly make for an enlightening and entertaining show. You can watch both episodes on YouTube below.

Description from BBC.com:

“For centuries, pilgrimage was one of the greatest adventures on Earth, involving epic journeys across the country and around the world, and new BBC Two series Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve sees Simon retrace the exciting adventures of our ancestors.

He meets inspirational modern travellers, sees extraordinary sights and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage, including the vice, thrills and danger that awaited travellers. He explores the faith, the hopes, desires, and even the food that helped to keep Medieval Britons and more recent travellers on the road.

In the first episode, Simon embarks on a 500-mile journey beginning at one of the earliest sites of Christian pilgrimage in Britain, the island of Lindisfarne. He retraces the footsteps of some of Britain’s first Christians to Canterbury who made the journey some 1,300 years ago.

Such Medieval travellers believed that journeys of endurance, suffering and sacrifice to a holy site would help them find a place in heaven. But Simon discovers the inspiration behind pilgrimage has not always been religious devotion and piety and was often a chance for long-suffering peasants to get away from a life of drudgery and explore their land.

On his way from the Holy Island in the North to the shrine of Thomas Beckett at Canterbury, Simon explores the vast network of pilgrimage sites across Britain. His first stop is to Lincoln Cathedral, then on to the remote village of Walshingham in Norfolk, where he joins thousands of people on an annual pilgrimage.

Next stop, London – once the gateway of pilgrims heading to Canterbury – and Simon discovers why so many visitors stopped at London Bridge. And for the final leg of his journey, Simon joins a group of Chaucer enthusiasts as he trails the route from London to Canterbury made famous by the Canterbury Tales.”

 

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Episode 1

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Episode 2

 

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Food: Champagne Info #4: Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne

December 28th, 2013 Comments off

It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


#4 Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne

Champagne glass

Photo: Flickr user bgvjpe

Champagne purists will turn up their nose at you if you call a California Sparkling Wine (or sparkling wines made anywhere else but France) Champagne. The French have had a lock on the name for a while (It is mentioned in the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI) and in the links below you can find out how and why.

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Food: Champagne Info #3 Méthode Champenoise

December 28th, 2013 Comments off

It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


#3 Méthode Champenoise

How do they make Champagne? Simple, a process called Méthode Champenoise. In this way they first make a good white wine, then using a bit more yeast and bit more sugar, they cause a sec on fermentation in the bottle to create the famous bubbles. You can use a similar method to make homemade ginger beer and fizzy hard cider, too.

Champanhe descansando na Miolo.

Credit: Flickr User Nick Nicks

Here is some more information on Méthode Champenoise and how it is properly done

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Photo: Prosciutto Cheddar Biscuit. Yum! via Instagram

December 27th, 2013 Comments off