Friday, August 30, 2013

Movie Night on the Hudson River

One of the best features of NYC are the endless free events and activities, especially prevalent in the summer time.  Last week a few friends and I took advantage of the River Flicks on Hudson River Park showing of Hunger Games.  

My first summer in NY I swore off outdoor movies after failed attempts at Bryant Park (too crowded) and Pier 46 (sitting on concrete).  But I decided to give this one a go and I'm so glad I did.  I walked over after work and set up our spot.  Karen and her friend Sonia joined and we had a lovely 2 hours of prime picnicking before it started to get dark and the movie began.  The weather could not have been better, warm, a slight breeze, and the sun setting over the Hudson, a perfect NY summer night!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wine Wednesdays

Last week I met some friends on the Hudson River for an outdoor showing of The Hunger Games (post to come).  I brought a bottle of Da Da Da 2011 Lodi Chardonnay from my most recent case from  The wine was light and easy to drink.  It paired well with my latest obsession:  tomato/basil/corn/grilled nectarine salad = summer in a bowl.  There was hardly any oak on the finish, crisp and clean, the description on says it all "If you're the kind of person who might open a bottle just because the sun is out and the sky is blue, this is a great wine for the small, unplanned celebrations in life."  I couldn't agree more!

I'm heading home to CA this weekend to make the most of these final summer days.  Harvest is in full swing so I'll have plenty to share when I return!

Wine:  Da Da Da 2011 Chardonnay
Price:  $12.49
Would buy again:  Yes, great value....and a screwtop!  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Day, New Blog....and an Anniversary!

Welcome to Chardonnay ~ Moi. 
I decided it was time for a change around here, and as my interests grow in the wine/food/entertainment realm I figured there was no better place to gather and share my thoughts.  While Perry Street and the heart of NYC will always play a large role in my life, this seems to fit for now.  My parents joke that they almost named me Chardonnay, and it is my drink of choice afterall.....
In other news, 5 years ago today I boarded a plane with 2 stuffed-to-the-brim suitcases and headed to NYC with a one-way ticket.  Time flies!  I guess I'm now halfway to "officially" becoming a New-Yorker! 
My first apartment on the UWS, where like every good made-for-tv movie about "making it" in New York, I shared a one-bedroom with my best friend Emily.  Lucky for us after the first week the landlord bought us a second bed so we didn't have to share everything ;-)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wine Wednesdays

This week, a review of my favorite wine that was a part of my order.  This Rachis 2012 Sauvignon Blanc was crisp and well balanced, but had the robust and creamy mouth feel of a richer Chardonnay, but in no way was it overwhelming.  Added bonus, a well rounded wine without any over-powering oak that might be typical of a Chardonnay. 

This wine paired perfectly with our summer grilling last weekend while out in Montauk: fresh grilled shrimp, halloumi + watermelon + basil, and tomato and corn salad with grilled nectarines. Nothing better than fresh produce in the height of summer!

Wine:  Rachis Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Price:  $27.99
Would buy again:  Yes...just placed a new order :-)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Making the Most of Summer

The perfect day...."The kind of day that can break your heart, it's so perfect.  The kind of sky you imagine when you imagine moving here." ~Michael Hainey

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wine Wednesdays

In an effort to squeeze every last drop out of summer (August already?!?!) we threw an impromptu picnic on the west side highway.  It seems the sun is setting earlier and earlier every day, but clear blue skies made for a perfect sunset.

My friend Sydney brought along a Louis Latour 2010 Chardonnay.  The fancy bottle and French appellation wrongly gave me high hopes (marketer's dream?) but I was a little disappointed in this.  Perhaps it was a little past its prime; it was a bit lackluster and fell flat.  I didn't get any of the "toasty" bouquet mentioned in the tasting notes, but again wouldn't really expect that from something aged in stainless steel.  It was relatively easy to drink and no complaints, but not something I would seek out in the future.

I've been on a serious greenmarket kick and attempting to enjoy all of nature's bounty in these fleeting summer months.  I think I've made this salad 4 times in the past week, all to rave reviews of company, myself included!

We stayed until well past sunset and lucky for us there was a fireworks show near the Statue of Liberty!  A perfect New York night!

Wine:  Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2010
Purchased:  Brought by a friend
Price:  2010 appears to be sold out, but looks like 2011 retails for $12.95
Would buy again:  No


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lobster Fest in an NYC Apartment!

In celebration of the birth of my dear cousin and BFF, Augusta, we threw a lobster dinner party in her West Village studio.  Quite a feat if you ask me but a total success! 

We picked up whole, cooked, and cracked lobsters at The Lobster Place
For appetizers we made edamame hummus and lemon-dill-yogurt dip to accompany fresh veggies and pita chips.
We set the table with that day's NY Times, lobster bibs, drippy candles in wine bottles and lemon rinds on the table to channel that beachy feel.

Oh hey little guy!

Not a fan of the tentacles.....
Kisses vs. Bites
In addition to the lobster we made a side salad, recipe adapted from this cornbread panzanella.  I used Pioneer Woman's skillet cornbread recipe substituting coconut oil for shortening and making my own buttermilk with milk/lemon. 

"It's the CLAW!"
Toasting the Birthday Girl!

The request of the birthday girl was "trashy cake" just like we used to have in high school for someones birthday. I couldn't bring myself to leave it entirely up to the box/can, so I compromised, making this chocolate cake (it's vegan!) and frosting with classic rainbow chip straight out of the can. On the side to make it even trashier, I whipped up this no-ice-cream-maker cake batter and golden Oreo ice cream, a winning combination if I do say so myself!

Big Wishes!


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