Walking into a florist shop right before Easter the other day was like walking into a chocolate candy shop for me. Pure heaven! The scents of hyacinth, lilies, hydrangea and magnolias transported me to a place of contentment. What is more amazing is the fact that I didn’t buy all the flowers! I can’t wait for the warm weather so that I can plant my garden.
Friends and cooking with work squeezed in between, occupied my weekend. So, I was looking forward to a peaceful and quiet Easter Sunday. However, as usual, my plans took another direction. A phone call, an impromptu “end of the day” get together invite and I was flying out the door.
An array of wine and spirits to choose from along with a few Easter baskets filled to the brim with treats were waiting when I arrived at my destination. I opted for Hennessy VSOP, one of my favorite cognacs. I love the complexity, smoothness and definitive flavors. A hint of floral, spice and honey on the nose led to a rich variety of fruits and spice on the palate. Always good! www.hennessy.com
I have a busy week ahead, but I’m already looking forward to next weekend!
The weekend was filled with fun activity. Between cooking, attending an October Festival and meeting up with old and dear friends, I’m ready for a quiet Sunday. However, that’s not going to happen. I’m off and running soon!
After a very long day, I was ready to curl up and watch the Mets vs. Cubs game last night. A phone call and a visitor changed all that. The game went on “mute” and the cognac came out. We had lots to chat about as we sipped on Camus VSOP. I have reviewed this cognac a few times. You can find the review in archives.
My wine commentary for the day will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m grabbing one of my artwear shawls and heading out into this brisk day.
When one thinks of watching baseball at a ballpark, it might evoke images of hotdogs, popcorn, crackerjacks and beer. However, if sitting in the comfort of one’s living room and watching the game on TV…well…anything goes!
Last night, with the temps still hanging in the 90’s, grilling was out of the question. In the spirit of the game, my friend suggested picking up a pizza and beer to watch the Mets vs Nationals game. I told him to bring pizza dough and I would make the pie. I topped the pizza with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, goat cheese and fresh basil. After it was done, I drizzled truffle oil on it. Yum!
Towards the end of the game, we poured some Prunier VSOP Cognac to sip on. I have reviewed this cognac a few times. You can find my reviews in the archives, under cognac. As far as the game went…the Mets lost.
It is another hot and humid day, but I have lots to do.
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Wednesday turned out to be quite busy. However, I made sure to put aside some time in the late afternoon for a leisurely swim.
After putting together a quick dinner in the early evening, we settled down to watch the Stanley Cup. I decided to open Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac to sip on throughout the game.
This amber liquid was rich and silky with scents of nuts, pears and flowers. There was a mixture of raisin, prune, a touch of vanilla and caramel on the palate. It had a very satisfying and warm finish. http://www.martell.com
The game was good with Blackhawks winning and tying the series. And I was ready for bed!
Have a productive Thursday!
How did it get to be Wednesday? What happened to Tuesday? The days are racing by and I’m juggling clients, writing, and setting up my deck for summer fun and pool time.
In between it all, friends have been popping over for some fun distraction. I had a little down time with a friend yesterday afternoon and then as I was about to settle in for a quiet evening, another friend stopped by for a little Stanley Cup viewing, conversation and cognac.
I pulled out the Camus VSOP and we each had a tiny snifter. We sipped, watched the game and the incredible “lightning” show going on outside.
And now, onto another busy day!
The rain and thunderstorms yesterday kept me inside for most of the day, but I was productive and utterly exhausted by the end of the day.
I declined an invitation to watch the NY Rangers playoff game and instead settled into a cozy evening at home. I had a great dinner, watched the game and then sipped on a little snifter of Prunier VSOP. I reviewed it in February. “Their VSOP uses only grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Floral aromas mixed with honey, peaches and a hint of orange are just the beginning of the adventure. The palate explodes with butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and subtle traces of fruit and oak. The caramel flavors continue, leading to a long and smooth finish. This is a winner!”
I’m waiting for the sun to show its face as I prepare for a very special visit from my niece today.
Have a great Tuesday!
Before I dive into a very busy Thursday, I’m pausing to write a quick post.
My day was filled with appointments, clients and general minutia yesterday, So, I was hoping to get into bed early. It was not meant to be. A friend came over for a quick cocktail at the end of the day and then rushed out the door for a dinner engagement. No sooner did his car leave the driveway than my phone rang with an invitation to dinner. My car left the driveway 15 minutes later! So much for rest!
My friend prepared a simple meal with the hopes of opening a bottle of wine. To his chagrin, I passed on the wine! Yes…that’s right! I said no to wine. Truth be told, I was tired and was not looking forward to the long drive home. However, I did partake in a snifter of VSOP Hennessy Cognac. It hit the spot and was the perfect dessert.
Have a good one!
Another day got away from me. It was crazy yesterday, but I brought it to a halt early. With the warmer weather arriving and the sun still out after 5 pm, a friend and I headed over to a favorite haunt, The Farmer & The Fish. I’ve been a patron of this restaurant for several years and have introduced many friends to this fun gathering place.
We were not the only ones who had thoughts of celebrating spring. The “cocktail hour” was a reunion of friends and then some! As my friend and I sipped our Belvedere martinis, we entertained hugs, kisses and many stories from our fellow celebrators!
My evening ended with a dash home to meet another friend for a nightcap of Camus cognac and champagne truffles…so decadent!
Wine review coming tomorrow!
After tossing and turning for a few nights in a row, I finally relented and tried a “home remedy” bedtime drink that a friend highly recommended.
As strange as this concoction is, it actually tasted quite good! I was skeptical with regard to the ingredients, but anything with cognac in it can’t be that bad!
Brandy has been used in many great drinks such as the Antebellum Mint Julep, Brandy Alexander, Sidecar, Brandy Smash and Stinger. So why not try it in a bedtime drink?
Clover honey is the key to this cognac based drink. It only takes a few minutes to prepare. I opted to use Prunier VSOP Cognac for this experiment.
One teaspoon of clover honey
One and one half parts cognac
Four parts milk
A sprinkle of nutmeg if desired
Combine and gently heat the ingredients…”gentle” being the key word. Pour into mug, drink and enjoy a peaceful sleep!
It worked for me!
I will catch up over the next day or so with some wine reviews and knitting!
Fueled by determination and coffee, I attacked my “to do” list head on yesterday. Not only did I check off a few items, but I also managed to close a small deal.
After a much needed and welcome tea break with a friend, I regrouped and did some more work.
At the end of the evening, I treated myself to a little Prunier VSOP Cognac. It was a recent gift from a friend who obviously reads my blog and saw my SOS post that I was running low on cognac.
Prunier is a decadent cognac. Their VSOP uses only grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Floral aromas mixed with honey, peaches and a hint of orange are just the beginning of the adventure. The palate explodes with butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and subtle traces of fruit and oak. The caramel flavors continue, leading to a long and smooth finish. This is a winner!
Prunier’s history can be traced back to the 17th century. Go to their website for more info. http://www.cognacprunier.fr
Have a great Wednesday!