A few weeks ago I visited the Rhone Valley for a few tours and tastings. The weather was absolutely perfect which made the trip even more amazing. We began our trip in Cote-Rotie and worked our way south. We visited a range of wineries in size and had the chance to meet with some of the wine makers adding a personal touch. On our last day we had lunch on the terrace of Chateau des Dines Roches which has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Stephane Ogier Bistrot de SerineDomaine Georges VernayM. ChapoutierChateau des Fines Roches Advertisements
I recently returned from a three day trip to the Cognac region. I had the chance to visit the Bureau national Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) and a selection of large and small Cognac producers. I honestly do not drink Cognac very often but have gained a great appreciation for how the spirit is made. I enjoyed the smaller producers such as Delamain and Paul Giraud and had an amazing experience at Chateau De Martell. The first day began with a presentation at the BNIC followed by lunch and two tours.BNIC Lunch @ le Cellier followed by a tour and tasting at Martell. Ending with dinner at Chateau de Chanteloup, historic residence of Jean Martell. Our second day began with a visit to Tonnellerie Doreau to get a first hand look at the barrel making process. After Delamain we attended a visit and tasting at de Luze followed by dinner at our hotel Chateau de l’Yeuse. On our last day we toured Hennessy and Paul Giraud. Lunch @Graine et Garenne a Chateauneuf
My last school trip of the year was spent visiting beautiful chateaus over the course of three days in Bordeaux. We spent our days up bright and early beginning with tours of the estate, vineyard, and cellars followed by tasting. We were even lucky enough to have lunch at two lovely chateaus. We began our visits with Chateau Guiraud followed by lunch at the estate.
Who doesn’t love champagne?! it is absolutely one of my most favorite things in the world so I was so excited when Champagne was first up on the list of class trips. During two days, we had the chance to visit six different champagne houses ranging from small to large. First up was Ulysse Collin. We were greeted by Olivier Collin and taken on a short walk to visit the Les Perrieres plot followed by a visit to the cellar where were able to taste some of the wine currently fermenting directly from the vats.
I know I have been M.I.A for a while, but for good reason. I have just moved to Paris and will be here for 9 months studying Wine and Management at Le Cordon Bleu! arrived two weeks ago and have been trying to take care of the formalities such as bank accounts and getting a working cell phone. Things have been a bit difficult, especially opening a bank account. With all the running around and settling in to my new flat, I have had a little time in between to enjoy Paris and take a few photos. Here are just a few from my first couple of weeks here. I will be back with more shortly!
I seriously miss New Orleans already! This year I visited a few new places and of course my favorites like Deanie’s, Erin Rose, and Felix’s. I was able to try Acme Oyster this time, twice actually and braved the line both times. Now I can finally make my judgement as to if Acme is worth the wait or if you should just go to Felix’s across the street with shorter to no lines. I honestly like Felix’s just a little better but Acme was definitely tasty. I was also able to check out some great music and do a little shopping. Char Grilled Oysters @ Acme Fried Crab Claws Shrimp and Oyster Po Boy Fish and Shrimp Platter Frenchmen Art Market Frenchmen Art Market Beer Menu @ D.B.A. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux @ D.B.A. Fleur-de Lis Shrimp and Bacon Bloody Mary Big Easy Breakfast Seafood Benedict Char Grilled Oysters @ Felix’s Catfish Po Boy and Étouffée Bread Pudding (sooooooo good!) Char Grilled Oysters @ Deanie’s Seafood Crab Quartet: Stuffed Crab, Crabmeat au Gratin, and a …
Here’s a few pics from the Ports of call and a little Miami. The first port was Cozumel. If you don’t have a lot of time when you’re off the ship it’s good idea to have a plan for that day if you don’t choose to book a shore excursion. We chose Nachi Cocom private beach for the day. Your fee into the club includes a three course meal, open bar, and use of all the facilities like pool and hot tub. This was definitely my favorite port. Mixed Fajitas Crispy Chicken Tacos Belize was our next stop and our plan was just to take the tender to port check out the shops and grab a bite to eat. It rained pretty hard that day so we stuck to the plan and ended up at the Tender Bar and Grill. Really fun place on the water with a DJ and room to dance. Conch fritters Lobster Nachos Next up was Honduras. You can walk to the beach from this port or take a chair lift. …
I know I’ve been MIA for a while, but I’m back! Unfortunately, my hard drive was wiped clean due to some computer issues and I lost a few posts and videos. I’m working on new recipes as we speak. I just returned from a cruise on the Carnival Conquest followed by a few days in Miami.
This past weekend the bf and I took a road trip to Rhode Island. If you live on the East Coast it’s really great for a quick getaway. We visited a few beaches, went bike riding along the coast and of course ate! The stand out was the Nordic Lodge in Charlestown. They offer an all you can eat lobster buffet with lots of other fresh seafood, steak cooked to order, and a Haagen-Dazs ice cream bar. The grounds are a great place to relax after stuffing your face complete with hammocks, fountains, a lake and a petting zoo. I will definitely be back to visit Rhode Island in the future.
Port of St. Maarten The first stop was St Maarten. I was here a few years ago and always remembered the lobster from Lee’s Roadside Bar and Grill. Even with the time constraints of having to be back at the ship by a certain time, it was necessary to go back to Lee’s. After a little time on Orient Beach we headed over.