Leave it to the Brits to create a sandwich that could (for a moment) make us question whether or not we were born on the right continent. They call it the Shooter’s Sandwich. We call it the Widowmaker.7 Comments »
Last night Francesco Secchi and his oldest son, Stefano, teamed for a joyous dinner celebrating the flavors of Francesco’s homeland, Sardinia. The timing of this dinner was perfect, as Stefano is still working on his fundraising for his soon to be made film about his father and uncle Dino, their life in Sardinia and beyond. This was also the first of a series of dinners that the Seccis will be doing at their Ferrari’s Italian Villa Grapevine and Addison locations.
Though warmer days are shifting palates from heartier wine to lighter, patio wine, I find there is always a desire to enjoy a big, bold glass of red wine…whatever the season. And I have tasted some exceptional ones lately. Here are a few ideas if you are looking to satisfy your palate, you won’t be disappointed!
Some were sent for editorial consideration, all are great!
FromSbragia, the Cabernet Sauvignon that Ed Sbragia is making is incredible. I am a big fan. The former wine maker for Beringer now has his own velvety smooth and succulent Cabernet from vineyards throughout Napa. A few of my favorites include the Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon, from vineyards on Howell Mountain at an elevation of 2100 feet. The 2007 is filled with lush blackberry, black plum and currant with a hint of black tea from a bit of Cabernet Franc added right before bottling. This is an expressive wine, very representative of the hands off approach Sbragia takes with all their wines. Another is the Rancho Del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon, another vineyard on the top of Howell Mountain, this time owned by the charming Betty O’Shaughnessy (another favorite Cabernet I have written about before.) She knows how to grow great grapes, which Sbragia then creates an intensely aromatic wine from filled with lots of red cherry, raspberry and chocolate flavors. They are not the least expensive wines, both retailing for about $75, but they are wines that will be a part of great memories. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Big Bold Red Wine"2 Comments »
The stretch of Preston Road that runs south from LBJ Freeway to Royal Lane has seen its fair share of delicatessens come and go. Many of us remember Wall’s Delicatessen, which opened in 1951 in Preston Royal Shopping Center. Then, of course, there was Gilbert’s in Preston Forest. Wall’s closed in 1990 and operates only a catering facility, and Gilbert’s ceased its cranky operation in 2004. Ed’s Deli, Deli News Too, Zinsky’s, Bagelstein’s, and Roasters’ n Toasters have all opened and closed in the last few years.
Recently, Gio’s New York Style Deli debuted in the Deli News-turned-Roasters space at LBJ and Preston. There is nothing special about the interior, but there is plenty to like on the menu. Pastrami, corned beef, and kosher dills and half sours are shipped in from Carnegie Deli in New York. Bagels and bialys are made on-site. I’m sure deli purists will complain that the sandwiches are wimpy. Click for more.
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What would you do if the following scenario was your life?
My Austrian foreign exchange student’s parents are coming here at the end of May. I want to have a going away party for the student and combine it with a welcome to Texas party for the parents. I can’t decide what to do. A taco truck would be fun, but don’t have the names of any. Or should I do BBQ, is that more quintessentially Texas? I can’t spend a bunch of money. I am amenable to having it catered at my house or at a restaurant. Any suggestions?
I am no longer a caterer and my heart rate doubles when I read this, so you guys help her.16 Comments »