Wine on Wednesday #4

Another Wednesday and another wine discovered. Looking forward to the next week, having my parents here in the States will for sure lead us to pop open a couple of bottles we have spotted.. So .. Meghan prepare yourself. As usual I send you to the #1 post of this periodic to read what I try to accomplish with Wine on Wednesday and the tasting we do seen as a game.

In the last post I’ve talked about a California red blend so this week I thought about a white, undecided between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc I basically let the bottle label make the selection. My eyes got definitely caught by the bright orange, interesting and funny sticker on this “It’s a HeadSnapper”, 2016 Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

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Coconut Shrimp Curry

Once in a while it’s very nice to change your food cultural target.

One day back from the tennis court we wanted to cook something different something out of our very appreciate and successful Italian routine and we started to wander around the net looking for ideas…
… well, has to be easy (too much energy left on the tennis battlefield), quick and tasty… something creamy, spicy and maybe exotic, light but yummy…

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Wine on Wednesday #3 

Back again today with publication #3 of I Live Italian new periodic series Wine on Wednesday. I’d like to redirect you to Wine on Wednesday #1 for the few words describing what are we trying to accomplish with this series.
Here is then our little game “what do you smell and what do you taste” focused on..

APOTHIC DARK, California blend

The Dark is one of the 3 versions of the Apothic (slowly slowly we’ll visit ’em all) made  with grapes mainly coming from Lodi a northern town of California. As all the brothers by the same winemaker it results quite sweet and jammy; not everyone, especially wine experts, will go crazy for it but the success obtained in the past year shows that general public likes it. Not one of our top selection but we definitely enjoy it especially trying to identify every time a new flavor.

Looking at the label, you can easily consider it an “Halloween spooky bottle” with a black spirit inside trapped by the cork.


To the eye (sight): very dark and dense in color. While pouring into the glass looks like a black opaque ink is flowing from the bottle to the goblet.

To the nose (smell): blueberries and dark berries. Hints of spices with smell of coffee and dark chocolate.

To the mouth (taste): velvety and smooth taste of blackberry; after few moments the smokiness of the roasted coffee and oak comes on the top of the mouth and ends into the nose.

To the tongue (finishing): low in tannin, the dark reveals intense and long lasting flavor of the blackberry and elderberry marmalade

Easily found at every local grocery store, just to indicate how popular this wine became, for a more than honest price ranging between $7,99 to $9,99 and almost every time subject to sales. 

Drink and enjoy responsibly but don’t forget to leave a comment telling us what you think about it, see you soon! Don’t forget to suggest any wine you like out of your cellar, we will try it!

Wine on Wednesday #2

Back again today with publication #2 of I Live Italian new periodic series Wine on Wednesday.
I’d like to redirect you to wine on Wednesday #1 for the few words describing what are we trying to accomplish with this series.

Here is then our little game “what do you smell and what do you taste” focused on
VILLA MARIA, Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Villa Maria is a quite affirmed Sauvignon Blanc produced from vineyards across the Marlborough region in New Zealand. In my opinion a really good wine very compatible with seafood and white meat. Suggested, as every Sauvignon, with Thai Food.

To the eye: light pale color with some green reflex

To the nose: the first fruits you can distinguish is the grapefruit then passion fruit with intense smell of lime. If really chilled some pear notes emerge.

To the mouth: lime and lemon grass as well as other light citrusy flavors are the main and dominant notes together with an intense minerality on the palate.

To the tongue: light to medium body with a refreshing aftertaste.

We found it at our local Vons, where the wine selection is definitely extended. For a reasonable price varying from $8,99 to $12,99 Villa Maria is taking a spot in our favorite white wine options.

Drink and enjoy responsibly but don’t forget to leave a comment telling us what you think about it, see you soon!


Wine on Wednesday #1

Well here we are, publication #1 of I Live Italian new periodic series Wine on Wednesday.

Just few words before starting: With the new home and little more of “our own space and time” we started enjoying now and then a nice glass of wine while playing the game of: “what do you smell and what do you taste”. That’s right if you see it as a game there’s no right or wrong (as it definitely is supposed to be) and results may vary among different person.

Definitely not sommelier of any kind we use little own resources, knowledge and a lot of fun trying to recall which memory a wine is bringing to your nose and taste. Reading here and there I came across the idea that all the tasting is based on memories of flavors we encounter along the life path, how can you recognize a pear flavor in a Chardonnay if you’ve never tasted a pear? On more advanced sommelier courses your nose and mouth is trained to recognize smells and flavors using sets of scents to get acquainted to them.

Nothing fancy in this series, just our little game “what do you smell and what do you taste” extended to all of you. Looking forward to read your comments about the result of your own game!

Now, here we go:


Today’s wine is the Onx Moon, a Dark Red Blend produced exclusively for Trader Joe’s in the Northern California regions. It’s been awhile since we’ve tried it for the first time and we loved it.

To the eye: as a full body wine the color doesn’t hide a deep and intense red with purple shades

To the nose: blueberries, cherries and spices. Maybe a note of mint.

To the mouth: sweet flavors of dark cherries, blackberries, plum with spices and mocha.

To the tongue: not an high tannin wine but with a persisting dark berries taste.

As mentioned it’s found only at Trader Joe’s wine section for a reasonable price $6,99.

Drink and enjoy responsibly but don’t forget to leave a comment telling us what you think about it, see you next week!

W.. like Wednesday or Wine?

Well Why not to Wind down on Wednesday With Wine?

I Live Italian is proud to announce that we have in the shop a new periodic: Wine on Wednesday aka W.

On W I’ll post about our most favorite “W“… Wine obviously on Wednesday!
Just a quick release to try to give a suggestion for a nice bottle to pop open and enjoy with your best partner: girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, even your cat, dog or Kermit the frog.

Wine, Food and Music

Are you into wine (the good wine I’m talking about), food and music?
Then this event is just for you!

From Friday April 28th to Friday September 29th every last Friday of the month.
Events start at 6pm and end at 9pm. Food and music available 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Strey Cellars and Magnavino; both excellent winemakers in Oxnard CA, will join their effort to entertain you with a food  truck located between their tasting rooms, two bands and obviously good wine.

<<I Live Italian knows personally the Strey Cellars owners and every wine out of their list is fabulous, many thanks to Katie and Scott for having informed of this event, will be there!>>

What (is boiling in the pot)?
Every event will be characterized by a different food theme. All of them indicated into the flyer.

Everything will happen in the space between the two tasting rooms located at 951 and 961 North Rice Ave, Oxnard, CA 93030.


Looking forward to seeing some of I Live Italian’s followers and friends with a nice glass of wine in a hand!!

And as usual, comment and let us know yours about it!

Let’s have some Beer in LA!

Beer? Who doesn’t enjoy some??

Lately I’ve seen a drastic increase in real connoisseurs of the so-called “pilot’s juice”. From blond to amber to IPAs to hefeweisen to stouts there’s color and taste for every mouth at fairly accessible prices all over the places.

And for all of you into beer tasting or willing to have fun in LA, we want to point out this event in Los Angeles: THE LOS ANGELES BEER FESTIVAL.

The venue will be LA Center Studios on Saturday April 8th. The organization setup two different sessions:

  • Session 1 from Noon to 3pm
  • Session 2 from 5pm to 8pm

Here below the EVENT INFO you’ll find on the main site:

The 9th annual LA Beer Festival will feature over 200 beers, 80 breweries, food trucks, Power 106 DJ Truck, live music, dueling piano bar, and much more! The event will take place at LA Center Studios from noon to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Admission is $45 for General Admission and $80 for Connoisseurs, which includes access to private restrooms and a VIP lounge with an indoor/outdoor event dock overlooking the event as well as limited beers/ one-offs not available to general attendees. All tickets include beer with food sold separately.

For more info check the event website: LA Beer Fest 2017

See you there!

An oven in your luggage?

As a traveling crew member, one of the biggest discomforts is when you plan to eat healthy food on your 2 or 3 consecutive layovers and after cooking, boxing, freezing and packing, you get to a hotel which does not provide a microwave in the room.

Actually, what I was thinking actually happens quite frequently. Meghan as well, sometimes finds herself in the same situation and all the good proposals to be considerate about quality and food costs on overnights are threatened by the unavailability of a microwave.

Looking around and searching, one colleague of mine just showed me this amazing tool which soon will be sitting into my food bag: HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven



This portable food warmer or carriable oven is very compact and collapsable so it can be placed in the luggage or the lunch bag without taking too much space.

It’s enough to connect the plug, put your food container inside and warm it up with no problems at all. Hard to believe (haven’t tried but only read about) you can even cook a nice piece of chicken without stove at all!

The way it works is genius: the little bag has an aluminum lining to keep the internal temperature and the hot plate warms up your glass or plastic container, not too intensely, which allows the food to defrost, warmup and not get soggy or burnt. Hot logic mentions that you can let it run for hours and the food will be ready anytime and not spoiled.

The black version is always perfect, but Amazon has different colors available: blue, orange, yellow, purple and pink. Also available is the car adapter to use it literally on the go. The whole personal oven collapses and can be placed into any purse, lunch bag or travel bag.

The price of this device is 35,95$ and really can save you a lot on money for your lunches!

Definitely a life changer for travelers like us!




Heres a a video dedicated to my colleagues and friends flight attendants

Just like down the street in Italy

It’s always a joy and a surprise when we have the chance to breath a little of Italy around here.

While driving along the 101 north on our little road trip, happened to divert from the freeway and stop by a little caffe in Santa Barbara known by Meghan. The plan was just to get a coffee, a real espresso in this petit business almost invisible and quietly merged into the little little strip of 6-8 other shops and I have to say that if you don’t know it you don’t see it.

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