Thursday, March 31, 2016

2012 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc

Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc
Arroyo Seco, CA
44% Roussanne, 48% Grenache blanc, 8% Picpoul Blanc 

Price $20-30
Vintage  2012
Alcohol  13.0%
Clarity clear
Intensity pale 
Color lemon
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry, medium acid, low tannin, full body, long finish, sweet floral- citrus flowers, Asian pear, honey, stone fruit, herbaceous - grassy, oak - cedar.
Personal rating  10 out of 10

Additional comments: Like eating an Asian pear in the finish. Very rich, floral, fruity, perfect summertime wine for a refreshing evening drink as you watch the sunset. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Crab Cakes!

What to do when you have a craving for seafood and nowhere near the sea... and you're the only one craving seafood?? Why make it yourself of course!

I'm on a "let's see if I can make my own" kick or when I eat something in a restaurant that I really like: "Let me see if I can try to replicate this" so I can always eat it whenever I have a craving without breaking the bank...or having to drive there. As it would seem most of this is driven by inner cheap and lazy...but it produces a positive outcome, delicious food (hopefully) and stress relief from the fun things that accompany adulthood: life.

To be honest, I think I've only had crab cakes maybe once or twice and I can't really remember them. Not that I didn't like them, they were probably not too memorable. What drove this experiment was mainly because I was craving crab, oh did I want crab! So what is the most concentrated form of crab you can get? Crab cakes! Even the actual crab probably has less than the crab cake. 

So I poked around the internet, found a few recipes with ingredients that I liked and of course gave it my own little twist and BAM, craving was fed and it was yummy. I was surprised how big these came out. Shortly after I had made these I decided to order some the next time I was in a restaurant that served them and not to toot my own horn or anything but I'd rather much prefer these. While I was looking up recipes and such, I learned that there are different versions of crab cakes depending on where on the east coast so these might not be the most conventional if you're from the east coast but for a CA girl like me, they're not so bad. I do want to try making different versions of crab cakes to test out which ones I prefer but for the time being, here is 1 version:
Crab Cakes
Makes 4 cakes

  • 8oz crab meat
  • 2/3 cup panko (I mixed in some Italian bread crumbs)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (dried works fine too)
  • 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayo (I used spicy chipotle mayo)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (I only had creamy dill mustard, I'd imagine any mustard will be fine)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of ground red pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan (optional)
  1. Combine 1/3 cup of panko w/all the other ingredients except for crab meat and olive oil
  2. Slowly add meat into the mixture then shape, coat with leftover panko crumbs, and flatten
  3. Cook over medium heat in a flat skillet. Cook for approximately 3 mins on each side of until golden brown

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wanderings - Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, CA

Dear Oh Dear!
I've been away so long that even Blogger is looking a little different ... so much for being more diligent about posting... I pretty much took that one and threw it right out of the window... 

It's been a YEAR! I can't believe it! Well I can't even believe its March because I swear last time I looked it was Christmas...
So one might wonder what I've been up to these last 365 days of my life... Mostly buried under books and sorts

Let's see:
  • I finally finished moving! - but you know what the scary part is, 1 year later...some of my stuff is still sitting in a corner in boxes. Lets just say I am working on a "Goodwill" spring cleaning box
  • Work has been a whirlwind of emotional ups and downs and lets just leave it at that because if you wanted to read about daytime drama, you can just watch Days Of Our Lives (first one that popped into my head :))
  • I'm almost done with my Winemaking Certification! I have 1 more class to go and then I'm done! It feels like college all over again, can't wait for it to end, June 2016 can't come any sooner!
  • AND the most important life changing piece of new information.... I've recently reach a new magic number, THE BIG THREE ZERO. 30, Hello new decade
Let us then begin this "welcome back" entry with pictures from my birthday in back in Feb. I'm not one for huge parties so instead my caveman took me to Pfeiffer Beach. The original plan was to find the spot where a beautiful waterfall falls onto the beach but we didn't realize Pfeiffer State Park and Pfeiffer Beach are 2 different locations... so after much poking and hiking up random hills we realized we were in the wrong place.

Nonetheless just as great of a reward. We managed to find this quiet secluded spot while hiking and while we were resting under a tree we noticed out in the distance a school of dolphins!

They were as happy as can be playing, riding the waves, enjoying every beautiful moment. Couldn't have asked for a better birthday experience! Not only did I get to see dolphins, I got to see them in their element and an entire school of them!