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Happy Wine Wednesday! A short week makes it feel a little like a Tuesday while a very busy one makes it feel like today should be Saturday. I can’t complain because it’s warm out, and I have some exciting things on the horizon.

Every now and then life shakes things up a little when you least expect it, and that can be a very good thing.  Over the past few months, several projects and consulting opportunities started to come my way, and I started trying, one-by-one to take them on in addition to my in-house role. That pretty quickly became too much for someone with only 24 hours in a day (Seriously, why can’t we add more? I want to do everything. )

Charles de Cazanove Champagne Tet de Cuvee

The final push was that one of those opportunities was in the wine industry supporting an event in one of the places I love the most in the world. The decision quickly became a clear one, and we were celebrating even before my official plans were in place. We picked up this 750 ml bottle of Charles de Cazanove Tete De Cuvee Brut Champagne at a Bin Ends event, feeling like a warm spring night and a great opportunity were more than enough reason to start celebrating. This Champagne is everything I love about Champagne; that brioche and biscuit warmth and yeastiness, loads of tiny bubbles that make you smile (and sneeze!), acidity and lemon notes, kind of like lemon meringue pie. We sat in our back yard on the swings and talked all about how life is full of opportunity and how difficult it can be to leave a place and people you really admire and respect.

In one week, I will pack it up at the place where I’ve spent the last two years, learned so much, made memories, and seen some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, and I will be out on my own once again, a new schedule, home office, clients, and exciting work.

If you know of someone looking for a Marketing/Social Media/PR Consultant, let me know! You can find out more about my background here.  As I take this scary step, I know there can never be too much work!

I’m putting the finishing touches on my home office and really excited for the future. I know that some of my work travels will cross over into the blog, and it should be a good time all around. Thanks for sticking around for the ride.

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This cozy little Dorchester spot is perfect for this time of year. Our recent visit to Cafe Polonia was a celebration with great friends, delicious food, and really good beer. November 6 would have been my nana’s 100th birthday, and since her background was Eastern European, we decided to celebrate with Polish food. It was perfect.

Cafe Polonia Dorchester

Cafe Polonia has a large menu and it’s a good spot to visit with friends so that you can order and share a bunch of items . We started with the kielbasa and smoked salmon with caviar. I liked that the salmon was a lighter dish as I knew our main courses would be heavy and involve a good bit of meat. The kielbasa is the perfect bite, dunked in spicy mustard for a little bit of a kick.

Kielbasa

salmon and caviar We decided to share entrees as well, the Polish plate for him and the potato pancake with smoked salmon for me. We ate potato pancakes often while I was growing up, so this was a nice little trip down memory lane. They were perfectly crispy and excellent with the smoky, salty salmon.

The Polish plate is a sure bet and a must-order for at least one person at your table. The plate includes sausage, Hunter’s Stew, pierogis, and stuffed cabbage with a delicious side of braised cabbage. Whatever you order, expect a lot of food.

salmon potato pancakes We washed our meals down with hearty Polish beers, a dark Zywiec for me. As the rain poured down outside, we had a lot of laughs and enjoyed the company of our friends as well as that of our warm and lovely server.

Zywiec My nana, pictured below on her wedding day, was definitely smiling down on us and knew we were there to celebrate her, I am sure of it.

my nana

I highly recommend a trip to Dorchester this winter to check out the comfort food at Cafe Polonia.

Do you have favorite food memories that bring you back to your family and culture?

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Dom Pérignon Champagne

This is the first time and likely the last time that Dom Pérignon Champagne graces the pages of this little food, wine, and travel blog, but I am going to soak up every sip. Yesterday we closed on a property that caused us headaches and stress for eight years. You can get a little glimpse in my “Meet the Neighbors” post; it barely scratches the surface of the crazy we have dealt with, but it’s a fun read.

Some very special friends gave us this bottle of Dom as a housewarming gift, and we instantly knew that getting rid of our old property was the occasion to open it. With baited breath, my husband popped the cork, and it was quiet! However, when it was time to pour, bubbles flowed out like stars and were persistent throughout each delightful sip of Champagne. This Champagne can only be described as rich, complex, and completely divine. That’s not enough of a tasting note, I know, so I leave you with the tasting notes from the Dom Pérignon website. We were pretty excited to be able to celebrate such a milestone with such an iconic wine!

Dom Perignon Vintage 2003

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