Wine – Website to Doorstep to Glass

Last month, I discovered an online wine club, Club W. I have purchased wine club subscriptions in the past from different vendors, but Club W impressed me immediately.

Club W

Here’s why I like it so far:

1.  Club W asks about taste preferences.

Club W provides a quick, six question survey called a “Palate Profile” to assess taste preferences.  Answers help to generate recommendations.

2.  The Club W site uses little lingo or jargon.

I know a little bit about wine, but am by no means an expert.  I have a read a few books on wine. I have gone to wine tastings, wine festivals and wine pairing dinners.  I have learned some of the wine jargon.  I have learned some of the wine rules. However, I find the jargon and the rules weigh me down when I select wine.  Club W recommendations are presented with text descriptions and video descriptions.  Very little jargon is used, but when it is used, a hyperlink of the term leads to an easy to understand definition.   Continue reading

Happy National Root Beer Float Day

Today is National Root Beer Float Day!

A root beer float is a fun, simple, classic, easy treat.

Chill a mug or pint glass.

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the glass.

Pour root beer slowly over ice cream.

Enjoy with a straw and a spoon!

My root beer floats will be made with Abita root beer.  Abita tastes amazing, is made with cane sugar, is caffeine free and is my favorite.  Abita is a Louisiana based brewery. To make it easier to find Abita products, the company has a sleek, concise, cleanly designed, and free App for iPhone and Android. Get the App or try Abita’s web based product finder tool at www.abita.com.

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A&W is a name nearly synonymous with root beer. A&W Restaurants will be celebrating National Root Beer Float Day with free small floats while supplies last. A&W will also be using the celebration to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. You can find all the details here.

Hope you enjoy your day!

-Jenn

Kale Me Now

I have been on the hunt this year for a revitalizing, refreshing and flavorful GREEN smoothie.  I have tried a variety of recipes thus far involving spinach, grapes and cucumbers among other fruits and veggies.

Last month, I purchased a copy of Oprah magazine (mainly for the clutter busting tips, as I am a big fan of organizing).  The issue contained a few recipes including one for a kale based juice! Check out the recipe here.  Continue reading

Going Green in 2012?

In my last post, I mentioned that I am the proud new owner of a Vitamix high performance blender.  I have been dying to get this tool in my kitchen for some time and it was a VERY special Christmas gift.  I have been making soups, frozen desserts, fruit smoothies and even frozen cocktails in this appliance.

A few days ago, inspired by an article in Bon Appetit Magazine, I made the above pictured veggie based elixir. I always try to use up what I already have in my refrigerator/pantry, so I put my own spin on the recipe.  Continue reading