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Buy Wine: Caution and Preach!

Inflated Prices: Where to Buy Wine I was shopping in my local grocery store the other day.  Even though I rarely buy wine there, I always walk through the department to see what is going on.  This week I stumbled upon two wines that I have talked about in the past: Cote des Roses and Whispering Angel.  Damn, you will pay a hefty premium to buy these wines at the grocery.  Whispering Angel is $31.99 here.  At my local wine store it is $20.59 and at Costco, it is $18.99.  That is $13.00 more than at Costco and $11.40 more…

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So Much to Do, So Little Time

This has been a tough week for me as a blogger.  I had a lot of work to do with my other jobs (wedding and portrait photography and dog sitter) so there was little time left to research and write. Additionally, the editorial calendar I created to help me made it impossible to fill the day’s posts as intended.  Yep, I did not taste any new wines in the past week which means that Wine Wednesday was a bust and while I have 10 posts started for Thoughtful Thursday none of the posts are completely flushed out so they are not…

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Stella’s Charleston: Upscale Greek Finally!

I love Greek food. But the offerings in Charleston are very limited.  There is a good gyro joint in Mount Pleasant but I’m not driving to the opposite side of town for a gyro.  There are a couple Greek restaurants around town that are more tavern-like but the food is “just ok”.  If you go to any of them once every two or three years that is plenty.  Then again, perhaps I should have said, “were” limited.  Because now there is Stella’s. Stella’s: Not a Character in a Tennessee Williams Play but Definitely Desired Stella’s Charleston came onto the Charleston food scene…

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Me and You and a Little Peru…-ivan Style Chicken

Gary is out of town this weekend at a conference.  I have no dogs to watch over, so it is just me on a Friday night and it’s time for dinner.  Actually, I came to this realization early Friday morning and I thought…”This will be a great day for that delicious Peruvian-style Chicken with Tangy Green Sauce and Salad.”  I say that because this is a recipe that uses a whole roasting chicken with skin and bones.   Gary likes his chicken without bones or skin so this was the perfect dish since he is not here. So I called a…

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Mother’s Day When Your Mom Has Passed

Mother’s Day is just two and a half weeks away.  For most, it is a time of showering your mom with love and perhaps a gift of some sort.  It can be a big deal celebration or not, but on this day most thank their mother for creating the family that helped turn a gaggle of people into the family that we are today.  That is until your mother is no longer among the living. Mother’s Day Again My mother is no longer with us, and that is why I am writing this post today versus in two and a…

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Two Rhone and a Languedoc-Roussillon: Red Wines from Southern France

While most vinophiles will gravitate to Bordeaux and Burgundy regions of France for the high priced and highly recognized wines from those regions.  I seem to be more focused on the three regions on or near the Mediterranean coast: Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and Côte due Rhone.  These wines are much more approachable as well as affordable yet full of complexity. Getting into French wine can be difficult for some as it is not as straightforward as our American wines. As I have mentioned before most French wines are blended with at least two varietals of grapes from the same region or…

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France in Charleston: Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier

The other day I got an email from Ancestry.com about a new hint in my family tree.  Next thing I know hours have passed and I have no idea where the the day has gone. What caught my eye was a hint from the des Marets family line on my mother’s side.  I have traced that line back to the mid 1500s in northern France and when I get a hint from that part of my family, I get so excited I can’t contain myself.  But talking about my ancestry experience is for another day.  Today it is about this amazing French Pastry…

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Roasted Grapes: Who Woulda Thought?

I was shooting a wedding a couple weeks ago and along with the accompaniments for the salad station was a bowl of what looked like red seedless grapes that lost its luster.  So I popped one in my mouth and was overcome by pure delight.  Roasted grapes – who knew!  I knew it was a grape but the flavor is more intense. It tastes nothing like a fresh grape but it is so so good.  My mind started racing about what one could do with these delectable morsels of goodness.  All I can say is, I never would have thought…

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Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens…. Favorite Things

  Today seems like a great day for some Favorite Things.  Anyone that knows me is aware that I am not a shopper.  When I find something I like I am very loyal and will stay true until it is no longer available.  I have basically 5 ways that I learn about new gadgets, clothes, foods, and other favorite things: Amazon, Costco, Blair, referred by a friend, or an internet ad. Favorite Money Saver I love my Sonicare toothbrush and have been faithful to the brand for years and years.  I do have to admit that I hate paying $8-12 for…

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Respect And The Relationship

This June Gary and I will celebrate 29 years together.  It does not seem possible that anyone would want to spend that much time together but I can not imagine my life without Gary and I know he feels the same about me. (He better!)  I look forward to the next 29 or as long as we have on this earth.  I knew it the moment I met him.  It took him another 6 months but he got there. No expectations One of the realities for us as a gay couple is that there are no expectations. There was no…

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Last All Rosé Tasting this Season: Embrace the Pink

Spring has sprung and as we approach the end of April in coastal South Carolina summer is just around the corner.  That means you should have settled in your pink wine (rosé) for the season.  We have tasted five pink wines so far this year and with these last four there should be something for everyone.  It has been a vintage year of hits and a few misses.  Check out what we have tasted in the last week. Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel 2016 There is generally lots of buzz around the release of the Whispering Angel and the 2016 vintage is…

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Hola, Delicioso Beef Barbacoa!

When my youngest sister announced she was having a Mexican dinner party, I immediately volunteered to make barbacoa.  Gary does not eat beef so this is my opportunity so make a dish that I love!  I know you must think that we eat a lot of tacos based on my posts, but that is not the case.  It’s just that my sister was having this party.  What to do, what to do! FYI: I found the recipe on my neighbor Natalie’s highly successful women’s fashion blog designer bags and dirty diapers.  She found it on Gimme Some Oven. Slow Cooker…

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A Messy Relationship

Save the Shirt, You Cheapskate! Food and I have a messy relationship, especially sauces and oils.  I love them and they love to drip and splatter on my shirts.  When I am cooking or when I am eating it does not matter. Making salad dressing, boom! Olive Oil on pasta, boom, Melting Butter, boom! Gravy, boom!   Seems like if it is a fat, it will end up on my shirt and leave a messy stain.  So I was thrilled to read on Facebook that artificial sweeteners will lift oil stains from clothing.  The claim is that because the sweetener is a…

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Random Thoughts and Other Brain Activity

There are so many thoughts whirling around in my head this week that I should be dizzy.  Some benign and some reactions to the crazy shit happening around us.  So this Thoughtful Thursday is a purge.  I need to release some of these thoughts from my head and decide what, if anything I can act on.  Trust when I say this is random. Talking Heads Blackout After the presidential election in November, I vowed to stop watching cable and broadcast news that present opinion as news and that have pundits screaming over each other to get their point across.  I…

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