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Light up the sparklers! 4th of July Wine+Toast…

The Wine…

For this star-spangled relaxed weekend spent grilling while the neighborhood kids play with snap-pops and sparklers, I will be drinking two wines. One a pinot noir from California and a rosé from France. This particular Pinot Noir is more “new world” in it profile than “old world”. Let me explain, basically new world refers to the US, Chile, Argentina, Africa, and a few other countries. In a general sense, these wines are typically “fruitier” and less acidic due to weather, production methods and physical location. However, not all new world wines are made big, bold, with heavy oak and sometimes a little sweet so knowing something about a specific winery/producer really helps here. If unsure about a wine, ASK! Most local wine shops or even your local Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods can help out when deciding. Now the French wine I am in favor of is “old world”. In fact, France has been the benchmark for wine production for so long, no one can remember a time when they weren’t the leaders. Now depending on where in france the wine is from, a different result is achieved. Wines from the northern regions will be “brighter”, more crisp and acidic and wines from the southern parts is obviously less. Of course all are considerably different by comparison so I encourage you to TASTE! TASTE!! TASTE!!! This will only help you choose the right wines for your palate, because we all like different things and that’s okay.

2009 Luli Pinot Noir, St. Lucia Highlands, California (great with grilled meats & fishes)

2010 Moulin Gassac Guilhem Rosé, Languedoc, France (perfect all around wine, but excels with veggies, eggs, fishes, poultry)

The Toast…


To her we drink, for her we pray,

Our voices silent never;

For her we’ll fight, come what may,

The stars and stripes forever!


Toasts You Ought To Know…

Father’s Day is Sunday June 19th, 2011.

Thankfully I remembered this and headed out last week in search of a card. Sadly most of the shops only carried various run-of-the-mill golfing, grilling and TV remote jokes, most of which I’ve seen in  the shops year after year. Apparently, this was going to be a home-made-card kind of holiday.  So I wanted to share this light-hearted toast I came across while researching father’s day toasts. This goes out to the wives of these men and fathers.



Here’s to our wives, who fill our lives with little bees and honey!

They break life’s shocks, they mend our socks-

But don’t they spend the money!!






A dear friend once said to me “Meagan, don’t worry, it’s just a little movie magic!” He said this as we were dressing in caveman costumes to shoot a scene in the woods. You can imagine the look of distrust I shot him when he said this. This memory came to mind with the Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing a few blocks from my apartment. It’s oozing a wonderful buzz of excitement in the neighborhood. Even the restaurants are removing their winter façades and setting up their outdoor café tables.

Despite all this excitement, spring has been toying with us here in Manhattan, with bouts of furious thunder storms amidst mild sunny days. I guess the saying is right, April showers, bring May flowers.

Sadly my exploring has been erratic in my quest for gastronomic bliss due to this weather. It has however,  motivated me in rolling out the one thing that’s been on my mind. A podcast feature on How to Eat n’ Drink for you to enjoy & share! I have been wanting to organize this feature for quite some time and now it seems almost ready. To give you an idea of some of the topics, I plan to give you an insider look at wineries, events, food culture & hopefully some great cooking demonstrations so you can really get your hands dirty. It will be slow but should be a lot of fun for everyone.

So hang in there, it should be here soon!

Here is my new favorite spring/summer cocktail, perfect for lounging in the park (make it in a mason jar and pack it with your picnic) or sharing with friends over a meal.



mason jar

Raspberry Bourbon Iced Tea (serves 1)

One tea-pot, bowl or pitcher & a mason jar

Brew 1 tbsp raspberry tea per cup of water (I use Harney & Sons Herbal Raspberry Tea)

1.5 shots of good Bourbon per cup of tea (I use Bullet Bourbon)

1 spoonful Agave or Raw Honey

A few leaves of fresh Mint

A few leaves of fresh Basil or Lime Basil

A few Fresh Raspberries

1-2 Dashes of Lemon or Peach Bitters

Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water

Pinch of salt

raspberry bourbon iced tea

Brew according to directions as much tea as you plan to enjoy (big batches can be stored in the refrigerator without ice until ready). Once the tea has cooled to room temperature poor it into a pitcher or bowl. Then add the honey or agave to taste stirring well with a wooden spoon to combine. Set aside. In the mason jar add the mint, basil, raspberries and a pinch of salt and muddle with a wooden spoon handle or muddler until the raspberries & herbs are bruised. Add fresh ice up to the midway point of the jar and top off with 1.5 shots of bourbon per one cup of tea. Add the tea mixture and tightly seal the lid. Shake it up until the jar gets cold and pour into your favorite glass (you may add fresh ice if desired). Top off with a splash of seltzer water or sparkling water and the bitters. There you go, an easy summer cocktail perfect for an outdoor brunch party, picnic or balmy summer nights with friends.



A bit late this week

Yesterday this Day’s madness did prepare.

Tomorrow’s silence, triumph or despair;

Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why;

Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

-Omar Khayyam






Fill the bowl with rosy wine,

Around our temples roses twine,

And let us cheerfully awhile,

Like the wine and roses, smile.

To-day is ours; what do we fear?

To-day is ours; we have it here!

Let’s banish business, banish sorrow,

To the gods belongs to-morrow.



toasts you ought to know...



Drink today and drown all sorrow;

You shall, perhaps, not drink tomorrow;

Best while you have it, use your breath,

There is no drinking after death.

Beaumont & Fletcher