Here are a few brunch menu highlights that I can’t wait to try!
Missoula Ski Bowl Hash with roasted cauliflower, zucchini, potatoes, onions and mushrooms in a Hatch chili herbed hash
Mt. Alyeska-Drunken Spiced Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast: served with homemade jam and homefries
Eggs Breckenridge: an Embers Ski Lodge gravy poached egg and reindeer sausage on a split croissant, served with home fries.
You have to pair all of this delicious food with the the bar’s Every Day I’m Trufflin’ ! A cocktail is made with truffle-infused vodka, soy, smoked paprika, and truffle salt, and is not to be missed!
This unique cocktail has quickly become the guests’ favorite! What for it!…..A delicious twist on a Bloody Mary, the drink took six months and numerous trials using different truffles to perfect,” says Embers Ski Lodge Creative Director Gary Hayward. “The flavors are huge and perfect for such a savory classic. The recipe is held in a vault with Colonel Sanders seasoning, but we are very proud of it.”
For those looking for a more traditional brunch cocktail, Embers Ski Lodge will also offer $5 mimosas all throughout brunch service.
Barahonda 2011 is synergy: the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.
The Yecla region in southeastern Spain has hot, dry summers that are ideal for the late-ripening Monastrell grape. Low rainfall and the temperature variation between night and day contribute to slow ripening, intense color, flavor and aroma concentration.
Monastrell is a rich, dark, fruit-driven red wine with meaty, herby and distinctive aromas and with strong tannins. Blending Monastrell with another Spanish favorite varietal, robust black grape Syrah, with flavors and aromas of blackcurrant, licorice with strong tannins and distinctive black pepper on the palate creates a mouthwatering, balanced wine with all of your favorite aromas and flavors that you love in Spanish wine.
The synergy of this blend is truly a gift for the palate! This is a sexy wine!
It is quite floral, spicy and muscular with a well-developed full body you can see in the glass and taste on the palate. Fragrances of dark, ripe blackberries rich with spiciness and a generous touch of licorice and minerality from the limestone,clay and sandy soils. A sturdy backbone of tannins with a hint of smokiness creates a wine that is big, bold, aromatic and luscious all at the same time!
A Pairing for You!
Here is a leisurely meal for the weekend with Spanish Paella filled with chicken, shrimp and mussels with bold spices including smoked paprika and saffron. Home-smoked briny olives (ask me how!) served with Spanish cheeses are the perfect tapas to complete this wine pairing dream!
EVERYONE LIVES THIER LIFE OUT LOUD IN NEW YORK CITY!
A week of cabs, skyscrapers, lots of walking and more people than I ever knew existed in the world and I would do it all over again!
OK. I have to make a confession. Until this summer, I have never been to New York! I know! Can you believe it? Thanks to my daughter, Layla, who had set up model photo shoots in New York, we decided to make this a mother-daughter vacation. What better reason to go!
Times Square is so beautiful at night with all of the hustle and bustle of tourists. This spectacular view you will see when you watch Good Morning America.
Although I had never been to New York, Layla had already visited once with a friend and they stayed at a The Court, a St. Giles Hotel in Midtown Manhattan so we decided to stay at the St. Giles Tuscany which is the sister hotel to The Court next door. This modern boutique hotel was just perfect and convenient for a mother-daughter getaway.
Please follow this link to read more about St. Giles Tuscany Boutique Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
The first two days in New York City, I followed Layla and her team around while she was shooting. Layla is taking photos on the streets of Bushwick in Brooklyn outside in the warehouse district. The graffiti made a perfect background for this photo shoot. I was so proud of Layla and how far she has taken her talent and skills as a photographer.
At the stylist’s apartment in Bushwick, the crew is putting on the finishing touches on the model.
behind the scenes during the shoot
The second day, another photo shoot took place at Vandervoort Studio in Brooklyn in Williamsburg with two models. The roof top view was stellar!
On a friend’s recommendation we dined at Maialino’s , a new-fashioned trattoria just perfect for present day New York City overlooking Gramercy Park. Whether is breakfast, lunch or dinner, the menu is packed full of rustic cuisine of Rome and it’s surrounding areas. Their pasta dishes are amazing and I truly loved the warm Bagna Cauda with fresh vegetables. But, I have to tell you, the pig face was a treat! PORK LOVER’S REJOICE! Testarella, which is Crispy Suckling Pig Face with Market Greens was all that and more! If you are into pork, this is the ultimate in “pigging out!” The very crispy skin and ears encased the sweet and succulent pork underneath. Nothing was left but the bones. And, the tiramisu was a delicious finish to a unique meal!
The Chelsea Market has something for everyone. Lovers of food MUST GO NOW! The crab sandwich, lobster and all of the seafood choices were endless.
If you love meatballs, The Meatball Shop is your place! I have made several recipes from their cookbook, but go to the restaurants for the ultimate meatball experience. Meatballs with marinara over warm and creamy polenta and the Buffalo Chicken Meatball sliders with creamy blue cheese sauce were just a few of my favorites. The Meatball Shop has several locations around the city so they make it very convenient for you!
Bubby’s Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes in the High Line District is another great find. The Chew with Carla Hall did a segment on this decadent blueberry pancakes breakfast last season and we just had to try this Americana restaurant right in the middle of this historic part of NYC. Check out the menu and old-timey soda fountain, you’ll be there all day!
Recently, The Nashville Kroger Grocery Stores became home to Murray’s Cheese! We attended a Mozzarella cheese-making class compliments of our Nashville District Manager for Murray’s Cheese and we had a blast. If you haven’t been to the Murray’s Cheese on Bleecker St., be sure to go on your next trip to NYC!
We dined on Spanish paella, sangria and tapas at Socarrat Paella Bar located in the Chelsea District in NYC. As you know, I am a local Paella Chef with a business in Nashville, TN. We ordered all of our favorite tapas including pan con tomato, juicy sizzling chili shrimp and two paella, fresh scallop paella and an earthy lamb and mushroom paella both with the perfectly formed socarrat. The sangria was refreshing with lots of fresh fruit slices.
Coffee and Wine
La Colombe Coffee in Soho is one of the best coffee shops ever. We discovered this just by chance and glad that we did! This coffee shop is amazing and if you don’t go there while in NYC, you are missing out!
How could I resist this wine? It was “calling my name, literally!”
While waiting for the cheese class to begin, I sipped on a tasty glass of an Argentinian blend 2009 Bodega Noemia, A Lisa, Rio Negro Valley, Patagonia. This wine is 90% Malbec, 9% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.
We were happy campers on this trip! I can’t imagine why I waited to so long to go, but it was the right time for a mother-daughter getaway. This was my first but will not be my last. You see, Nashville has non-stop flights to NYC daily! I’m hooked!