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5 Days in Tuscany: The Misadventures of the Chianti Classico Kid

The first cigarette I ever had I smoked behind Grandpa’s barn. It made me dizzy, and I coughed a lot. “Don’t worry, that always happens with the first one,” said Grandpa. “Try another one.” And you know, he was right.  -Jack Handey It’s funny the things you remember from childhood. I don’t remember the first tooth I lost, or the…

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Meat “The Butcher” & King of Beef Cuts Dario Cecchini

Dario “The Butcher” Cecchini likes meat…A LOT. No, I mean he really likes cuts of beef. So much so that he raises his own beef in Spain and puts on a “meat theater” every night at his Panzano in Chianti based restaurant, Antica Macelleria Cechini. When we visited, Cecchini had just returned from an event at the Four Seasons in…

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Prosciutto, Warm Arugula, Egg & Balsamic Brunch Recipe

Here’s a modern twist on a classic breakfast. In place of the bacon we have prosciutto. In place of hash browns we have thinly sliced new potatoes and as an alternative to fried eggs you can use Jerry James Stone’s perfect poached egg technique. A little warm arugula and drizzled balsamic reduction lifts the dish so brunch won’t be too…

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Living a Bi-Polar Life

photo courtesy of wikipedia Just to be clear, I’m not bi-polar. And unofficially, neither is one of my close family members. But he sure seems to exhibit a textbook description of bipolarism. For years growing up, my family member would either be the sweetest guy in the world, or the biggest jerk. That’s not enough to label it as an official…

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#2DaysInSeattle Trip Giveaway

That’s right, I said it. I’m giving away a trip to Seattle to one fellow wine+food lover. All you gotta do is subscribe to this blog and answer the following question: What will you do with $500 and 2 days in Seattle? Last year, Mrs. B and I were challenged with this exact question. We fit a whole month’s worth…

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Washington Wine Giveaway Week

Listen up wine lovers, I’m giving away a bottle of Washington wine each day this week. Well, technically, I’m not giving it away, the wine is going to be sent to you from wine.com and it’s paid for by the folks at Visit Seattle who are behind the #2daysinseattle promo online. Mrs. B and I spent 2 days in Seattle…

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Spicy Cioppino

Wine Pairing We shouldn’t have to look far to find a wine to serve with this. Seafood is the protein, so that helps decide the choice of wine. Although buttery Chardonnay’s are a dime a dozen in nearby Sonoma or Napa, I’m leaning towards a Sauvignon Blanc or possibly an Italian varietal like Vermentino. Unoaked Chardonnay might have the crisp…

Potato Leek and Bacon Soup

Potato Leek and Bacon Soup

Bacon. There, I said it. Crisp savory bacon with some other ingredients, namely chicken stock, potatoes and leeks make this a super easy hearty dish to have in the middle of winter when Punxsutawney Phil tells us to hunker down for six more weeks (damn that little rodent!). What could be easier than throwing everything into a crock pot and forgetting about…

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A Recap of Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting in SF

Last Friday’s annual Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting took place in San Francisco showing off the Grand Cru Classe wines of Bordeaux’s 2010 vintage. Balzac Communications hosted the epic tasting where folks from the Chateaux in Bordeaux flew over with expensive bottles of world class wine can only happen once a year—within the first fifteen minutes you could…

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A Perfect Day in Dry Creek Valley

When driving north on California’s Hwy 101 over the Golden Gate bridge with the city of San Francisco in the background, the scenery quickly changes from asphalt, trolleys and steep city streets to the sparsely developed green hills of Marin. Few 5-lane highways can feel like a winding road like Hwy 101 as it meanders around bends over hills with…