Random Food and Wine Chatter

Have a good Saturday? I hope so! I certainly did. It involved sleeping late, Mad Hectic overnight oats, dog walking at the MSPCA, lunch at Bukhara with an old friend, shopping at Trader Joe’s and Prosecco on the deck. Not too bad for a hot and sunny day, no?

Today I am up on the Cape in Truro attending the Coastal Wine Trail Kickoff event. I love local wine, and I have literally been looking forward to this event since last year.

So today’s post involves a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I hope you don’t mind ;)

First, a favorite, refreshing summer thirst quencher, strawberry-lemon water. Not lemonade, this spa-like drink is literally a pitcher of ice water with slices of strawberries and lemon. The flavors infuse the water, and then you get to eat the strawberries at the end. This is also delicious with cucumbers and lemons. Water infused with some natural flavor is a summer must-have in our house.

strawberries and lemons  

Speaking of summer beverages, I have so many summer wine recommendations that I thought the weekend before Memorial Day would be a perfect time to get started. There was of course my Duca del Frassino boxed wine from Wednesday’s post. I stand by my post in that I think that this is a perfect wine for your Memorial Day barbeque.

If you are looking for a good red that goes well with barbequed meats and the like, I love Zinfandel. I am a red wine drinker year round, and Zinfandels offer that ripe, jammy, fruit forward flavor that has some good body but is still light enough to have with summer dinner. My favorite Zinfandel is from Zichichi Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma.

Here’s a not so great photo from our last visit to Zichichi. It is a great winery to visit if you are ever in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma. I don’t think Zichichi wines are available outside their winery, but I also like Rodney Strong Knotty Vine Zinfandel and DeLoach Forgotten Vine Zinfandel.

Zichichi Winery

2008 Zichichi Old Vine Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Villa Carlotti Prosecco from Trader Joe's  

I also just discovered a value Prosecco, Villa Carlotti Prosecco, at Trader Joe’s last weekend. Yay for free samples! This Prosecco is about $5 a bottle, and while it is certainly no Veuve Cliquot, it is a yummy bubbly that pairs perfectly with chopped strawberries. It would be perfect for a girls’ night in or a summer brunch.

Prosecco and Strawberry Cocktails   Prosecco and Strawberry Cocktails

I have a bazillion other wine recommendations for summer wines, but I will spare you constant wine chatter. . . for now.

Back to food.

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, part of the Healthworks Blogger Bash swag bag of magic was a bag of Mad Hectic oatmeal, something I have seen around the blog world, and I was SO excited to try it. I am JUST back from an oatmeal hiatus. I really overdid it last year and couldn’t look at oatmeal for awhile! But right now I am loving cool, overnight oats. I mixed about 1/2 cup of my regular oats and grains with this Mad Hectic almond pecan oats mix, soaked it all in some organic milk, and the next morning had overnight oat perfection, which I topped with cacao nibs.

I love the flavor that the Mad Hectic oats brings to the mix! It was nutty and a little like butterscotch! Really yummy, and 840 mg Omega-3 per serving doesn’t hurt either! This kept me filled up through dog walking, all the way to lunch at Bukhara, and I am rarely full. Overnight oats it is!

Mad Hectic Oatmeal Mad Hectic Oatmeal nutrition stats

Finally, I present you with last night’s dinner. We thought about going out, but decided that Prosecco and strawberries went quite well with veggie burgers on “British Muffins” (Trader Joe’s name for them!) and salad topped with tomatoes sauteed in reduced balsamic. Sometimes a relaxing night at home is what a blogger needs.

veggie burgers and salad

After the Coastal Wine Trail kickoff, my night will be devoted to the final episode of Lost.

Who’s with me? What do you think will happen, or what do you want to happen?

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Tags: easy meals, Food, oats, prosecco, salad, Sonoma, summer, veggie burgers, wine, Zichichi, Zinfandel

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    I am loving all your wine recommendations especially the TJs $5 bottle of Prosecco! I need that in my life. I love lemon and cucumber infused water but I never tried strawberry infused! Sounds perfect for summer.

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  2. Melissa’s avatar

    I’m going to try that Zinfandel next time we grill! And the Prosecco with strawberries looks sooo good.

    I can’t wait to try my Mad Hectic oatmeal!

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  3. Bianca’s avatar

    Oooh thanks for the post, I will definitely look for this Prosecco on my next Trader Joe’s run!

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  4. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    Unfortunately I’m not following Lost :D

    Your drinks look awesome, I love strawberries in drinks!

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  5. Corinne’s avatar

    ooo strawberries in water! color me excited. now i know what to do with the bounty of strawberries in my fridge :) also great tip on the tj’s prosecco!

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  6. Megan’s avatar

    I love prosecco, I’m going to have to try that one out! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I recently purchased the Villa Carlotti Prosecco from Trader Joe’s and was quite impressed. I plan to take it on a picnic this weekend; it has such a lovely bouquet and I am wondering, besides strawberries, what foods will match. I want to use it, along with enhanced water, as my primary drink during a beach date I am planning. Help?

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Prosecco is so food friendly, so I think it would go with most picnic foods. It’s so versatile that I would drink it with anything from salads to grilled chicken or fish or chicken salad. I also love it with pizza or Thia food!

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