So I’ve been a little bit of a slacker about posting lately, but that’s only because I’ve been busy. I am getting backed up on stories, but I’ll get them down eventually. I had dinner at a great sushi place in Sunset, a bad Chinese delivery place and an amazing dinner at Prospect on Spear. I also made some great dishes of my own that I’ll share when I get a little more time and a little more energy. I had every intention of writing some of these tonight but woke up this morning with a killer, throbbing headache that decided to stick around all day.
One thing I thought I would share is some exciting news I got in my inbox this morning. It involves fermented grape juice and a nickel. That’s right, it’s BevMo’s 5 cent sale time! Grab some boxes and get ready to stock up. The deal is, you buy any bottle of wine at regular price and get a second of the same for 5 cents. Madness! I knew breaking that wishbone at Thanksgiving would pay off. It’s a dream come true for a wino, eh hem, I mean, connoisseur such as myself. Looks like I’ll be filling up the wine rack this weekend, so don’t be surprised if my posts I’ve been putting off don’t make any sense when I write them this weekend. Please feel free to share any recommendations in the comments!
Today was the closing of the sale of our first home in Silver Spring, Maryland. We lived there for three years and poured our blood, sweat and tears into that place (in some cases quite literally during some of the renovations.) It was a wonderful first home in a wonderful neighborhood with wonderful neighbors and I will never forget it.
I thought it would be fitting to honor the closing of the house with a toast. I picked up a bottle of LaMarca Prosecco at Mollie Stones and promptly chilled it in the freezer.
Once chilled to my liking, I was ever-so-careful to uncork without bruising the bubbles and gently filled the flutes.
I have found that Prosecco off the shelf at the supermarket is always hit or miss. It doesn’t matter what the price is, it seems to have absolutely no bearing on the flavor or quality of this sparkling bubbly beverage. Thankfully, my choice of LaMarca held true to its promotional shelf tag. It was light, crisp and refreshing with clear hints of citrus, apple and grapefruit and had a clean, dry finish. I would say it’s an excellent sparkler (I’m coining that term) for $18.99.
LaMarca was a great choice to toast the bittersweet moment of saying goodbye to a first home and cheers to new beginnings. Salute!
Since moving into the new house, I noticed a strange pattern with one of our dogs, Riley. Every time I use the oven, he starts trembling, pacing and seeks a “safe place” which is usually outside. He goes straight for the door and outside keeping a distance of about 25 feet from the house while staring into the sliding glass door to see when it’s over. (I have to add that I can’t tell you how long it took for him to realize there was glass there. I had to put up a stop sign so he would know he can’t run through it. It’s funny and heartbreaking.)
Now, I consider myself to be a pretty good home cook, but I find myself feeling insulted… by my dog. I start feeling guilty every time I want to cook something that uses the oven. I didn’t get it. He had never done this before.
After the second or third time, I realized what it was: the smoke. The previous residents clearly let something cook over in the oven without cleaning it. The first time or two I used the oven, it burned sending a cloud of smoke into the kitchen. So there you have it- my dog is terrified of smoke.
I guess the bright side is, he could be a great firehouse dog. Maybe those spots are on his ears for a reason. Looks like I better not burn any meals anytime soon. No pressure.
I finally sat down to get the new blog started! I loved writing Devouring DC, but unfortunately it doesn’t make much sense if I don’t live in the DC area anymore. I’ve decided to create a food blog that isn’t quite so geographically focused. Don’t get me wrong, most of my dining experiences will be in the Bay area now, but I don’t want to limit myself to just that.
My goal for this blog will be to give readers insight into all things food, including restaurant reviews, original recipes, chef interview, markets, tips, tricks, food science-geeky stuff and things that are all around forking good. I imagine I’ll be making many tweaks and changes along the way, but bear with me, I promise to keep delivering the mouth-watering goods. Hope you enjoy!