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Thanksgiving at Seasons 52

1 Nov

A little advanced notice… Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with our friends at Seasons 52!

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Book that cute bistro on Opentable!

8 Feb

offersI know it’s hard to believe, but now you’ve only got three days left before Valentine’s Day! Have you decided where to take your honey? If you keep putting off deciding this might help you get motivated- opentable.com has a ton of participating restaurants who all list their information on the site and let customers book reservations from the comfort of their home. Or cubicle. Or mobile phone. Or wherever! Be sure to check the site for Valentines Day specials that restaurants near you may be offering!

Here are the Open Table links for some of the bigger cities, but chances are your city is registered, too. Just visit Opentable.com and see!

OpenTable – Cleveland

OpenTable – New York

OpenTable – Chicago

OpenTable – San Francisco

OpenTable – Florida

There’s no such thing as wassail

11 Dec

Wassail

If you’ve never tried or prepared Wassail (WAHS-ul/Wah-SALE), try it this Christmas season. Rosie Schaap, writer for the New York Times, explores this warm drink’s rich history, traditions, and debated preparation instructions. Go ahead and give it a read!

Wassail Delivers British Nostalgia in a Warm Punch

 

I AM a Dutch-German-Hungarian-Polish-Russian-Jewish-American woman. Yet every December, I turn into a 19th-century British gentleman.

It’s a little embarrassing, this surge of Anglophilia. If I must think of myself as an occasional Englishman, I’d rather be, say, a soccer-loving, beer-swilling extra in a Ken Loach movie, not a Dickens re-enactor.

Still, I put up a Christmas tree. I cook a hefty rib roast, reserving its drippings for Yorkshire pudding. This isn’t a recent development: My mother, whose father was an unrepentant Anglophile, often made a roast on Christmas and sometimes followed it with plum pudding and hard sauce for dessert. (I usually swap that out for a big chunk of Stilton, served with port.)

But this year, I’m adding something else to my faux-English Christmas repast: a great big bowl of wassail, a hot winter punch made with cider, ale, spices and an optional garnish of toast. Yes, toast.

My hope is that it will warm up my holiday dinner guests, encourage them to linger a little longer at the table — and maybe even inspire us all to sing a wassailing song or two.

Wassail (pronounced WAHS-ul or wah-SALE) is enjoying a small revival in New York bars these days, particularly those with nostalgic tendencies, whipped up in big pots or slow cookers. But for those of us who have any active associations with wassail, they are probably musical. “Here We Come a-Wassailing” is about as likely to turn up on your supermarket’s holiday Muzak loop as “The Christmas Song” or “Frosty the Snowman.”

And therein lies the beauty of wassail: more than just another nice-tasting drink, it’s part of a long (if largely forgotten) tradition of celebrating the life that winter can seem determined to snuff out. It’s a fragrant, warming concoction mixed in bulk and set out for sharing, all but demanding that you call in a crowd. There’s really no such thing as wassail for one.

It’s a noun, a verb and even a salutation.

 

READ FULL ARTICLE ON NYTIMES.COM

 

White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

8 Nov

We love this recipe from favehealthyrecipes.com — nothing beats a delicious treat, something hot to dunk it in, and a cozy corner to curl up in when the weather gets cold! Do you have a favorite coffee shop that makes divinely delicious biscotti like this?

White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

Curl up on a cold evening with a warm mug of hot chocolate and one of these White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti cookies. This recipe yields a cookie that is softer than traditional biscotti, so you can eat them without dunking first. The peppermint flavor is a perfect seasonal touch that will make these a stand-out favorite at cookie swaps or family gatherings. The white chocolate drizzled over these cookies is a decadent touch that, besides adding extra sweetness, gives these cookies a festive, snow-covered look.

Read more at http://www.favehealthyrecipes.com/Cookies/White-Chocolate-Peppermint-Biscotti#hjYsJImvGeC5EeHf.99

Spooky Drinks for Halloween!

25 Oct

Here’s a great list of scarey drinks you can make for your kids this Halloween – we particularly like the Halloween Slime Punch and Witch’s Brew. If your kid is a little nervous, you might want to leave out the floating hand in some of these drinks. What drinks do you like to serve on Halloween?

Thanks to the “Chew On That” blog for sharing these recipes!!

Halloween Drinks for Kids

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Entertain the little ones with these spooky, creepy and tasty drink recipes on Halloween.

Halloween Slime Punch: This is so good, I even use it for birthdays and showers without the bugs.

Witch’s Brew: A black cauldron bubbles and steams ominously. This is the most dramatic effect for drinks, essential at a Halloween party.

Dirty Bath Water: This is a fun drink to make for kids during Halloween – they’ll be so grossed out they’ll all want to try it!

Black Halloween Punch: Delicious! As it is with any Halloween punch, a frozen ‘hand’ adds just the right spooky touch!

Scary “Goulade”: This “Goulade” really packs a punch when you float a frightening, ghostly blue hand in your serving bowl.

Wormy Swamp Punch: A frozen orange ice ring floats in a swampy sea of pineapple-flavored punch in this Halloween beverage recipe.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

16 Mar

May the luck o’ the Irish be with you all this weekend as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

We’ve provided a handful of links and a few festive images to help you get inspired. Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s day – stpatricksday.com

St. Patrick’s Day – Wikipedia.org

St. Patrick’s Day – History.com

St. Patrick’s Day – Wilstar.com

St. Patrick’s Day Google Doodle (say that five times fast!):

guide.trustedtours.com

pureinfotech.com

Valentines Day Is Right Around the Corner – Get Inspired!

2 Feb

Chocolate, flowers, and love songs – must be Valentines Day!

In honor of the occasion, here are the “Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.” as compiled by Gayot. Take a minute to browse and get some romantic inspiration for your own special dinner together.

We’ve included a couple from the list here, and you can check out the article on Gayot’s for the full list here.

p.s. Don’t forget to make a reservation at your own dining choice ahead of time!

Canlis
2576 Aurora Ave. N
Seattle
WA 98109

Timeless elegance and accomplished cooking have made this spot Seattle’s special occasion restaurant for more than 60 years. Set on a slope above Lake Union with classic lines crossing Frank Lloyd Wright with Pacific Northwest design, the building opens to refined rooms that are welcoming and gracious.

Being family-owned for three generations, its professional service and world-class wine cellar, as well as its cuisine, set Canlis apart. Five sommeliers, who are gracious whether you order a $30 or $3,000 bottle of wine, help you choose the right selection from more than 18,000 bottles. A menu with both traditional favorites and contemporary seasonal fare makes deciding between truffle fries and butter-poached lobster or a well prepared steak and a twice-baked potato a true challenge.

If you like decisions made for you, the prix-fixe chef’s tasting menu ($115) shows off the talents of executive chef Jason Franey. Canlis’ signature dishes are equally impressive, especially the Canlis salad, Washington-raised Kobe-style beef, and the vermouth-bathed Peter Canlis prawns with garlic, red chilies and lime. Desserts include a Grand Marnier soufflé (order in advance) or a luscious molten chocolate cake.

Extend your evening by enjoying brandy in the bar while listening to jazz or show tunes played on the house Steinway. No matter when you leave, your car will magically be waiting.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Flamingo Rd.)
Las Vegas
NV 89109

If Las Vegas were the house, this restaurant would be the best seat in it, for this fine-dining perch in Paris’s Eiffel Tower has an unobstructed view of the Strip, including Bellagio’s dancing fountains across the street. Burgundy velour banquettes and a Belle Époque décor set a plush stage for the contemporary French offerings.

Among imaginative appetizers, we like the cold foie gras torchon with duck prosciutto and a fig compote, offered for lunch and dinner. Luncheon sandwiches include steak with Roquefort cheese and a red onion compote. A salad favorite is created with lobster, shrimp and crab. The dégustation menu dreamed up by the chef each evening is a popular choice, featuring menu items such as warm lobster salad with fingerling potatoes and toasted caraway seeds; butternut squash soup with duck confit; sautéed sea bass; venison chop; Eiffel Tower desserts or a soufflé; and petits four.

Wine can be paired with the tasting menu for a complete experience. Among à la carte dinner entrées, try the slow-roasted filet of Atlantic salmon with Pinot Noir sauce. Prices are high, but dishes such as the individual Eiffel Tower beef Wellington with sautéed snap peas are worth it. The wine list consists of more than 900 labels.

See full list….