Friday Favorites # 15

We’re back on the blog after taking time off to be with Alessandro’s parents who were visiting us from Italy! We ate lots of homemade Italian food (thanks Mamma Lella!), walked around the marina and canals close to our home, went to the beach and enjoyed their company.

Fun– Hiked this short but intense Chumash Trail with my Dad. It’s just two hours round trip at a steep incline. Best part was climbing th American flag at the peak overlooking Point Mugu Navy base.

Family– Funny times between foreign families! Italian parents meeting the American ones with two translators in the middle to go back and forth!

Find– We made one of our favorite pictures of us walking the Brooklyn Bridge into a metal print to hang on the wall. Shutterfly did a nice job and this option is a nice sleek alternative to a traditional framed photo. They are offering 50% off right now with code word SUMMERTIME.

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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Friday Favorites # 14

Find–  Bought longboards at Play it Again Sports to surf the sidewalks and cruise around the channels near our house

Fun– First Dodger game of the season and first live baseball game for Alessandro!

Friday Night Fireworks– Beautiful fireworks after the Dodger win!

Foto– Hiking around with my crew and capturing the big skies of Montana

 

Have a great weekend!

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!

Friday Favorites # 13

Hi everyone, I am back again with my new series I share every week with all of you. We are on episode #13 and these are my top picks of the week in the F category … F like … Friday. Food, Foto, Fun, Fashion, Ferry, Find.

 

Fun- Celebrating international yoga day and summer solstice outside at our new favorite daily yoga spot at the beach, Yoga by the Sea. You couldn’t have a better setting with bunnies hoping around, and palms swaying overhead while you reflect and stretch. Check out Meetup.com for free local yoga in your area.

  

Flick- Just watched Wizard of Lies which came out in May on HBO about the Bernie Madoff scandal/largest Ponzi scheme ever pulled off in America. Robert de Niro is uncannily mistaken for Madoff himself and Michelle Pfeiffer nails Ruth Madoff’s thick Queen’s accent. I just had Pfeiffer on a flight recently and she is still so youthful and beautiful and much different from the older Mrs. Madoff she played on screen.

Food- It’s cherry season! There are cherry stands popping up everywhere from farmstands to people selling them out of their truck roadside and this deep-dish pie from FOOD52 caught my eye. This Pistachio, Cherry and Chocolate Tart also looks good.

Find- This article about the Woman who made Anthony Bourdain a t.v. star was interesting especially since I just read his best-selling book Kitchen Confidential : Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. He leaves no gaps in your imagination as he details the good, the bad, and the ugly of serving people and running a kitchen.  I have to say I have so much respect for the people in the restaurant and food industry especially now that the general public demands so much more, thanks to the foodie-culture and fine dining and critiquing that became everyone’s full-time hobbies, seemingly overnight.

 

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!

 

Friday Favorites # 11

Hi everyone, I am back again with my new series I share every week with all of you. We are on episode #11 and these are my top picks of the week in the F category … F like … Friday. Food, Foto, Fun, Fashion, Ferry, Find.

FUN– Perfect day sailing with our friend Paul on his beautiful boat with beer and sandwiches in tow, not far from our house at the Oxnard Harbor on a particularly windy and cloudy day.

FIND- Costa Rican coffee! Adding to my collection from the some of the best coffee purveyors around. Perhaps one of the coolest perks of this job is getting to sample local products and bring back goodies from all over the world! Dark Chocolate covered coffee beans and roasted drip whole coffee beans!

FOOD– real (slow-cooked) polenta with a sausage and wine-rich tomato sauce (similar recipe here) cooked up by my personal chef (aka, Alessandro)! It’s my go-to request  for comfort food lately even if it’s a classic cold-weather dish.

FACT– Interesting article on how Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck wine is so inexpensive and the main factors that differentiate expensive bottles from the cheap table or cooking wines in California.

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:

ONX MOON

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!

Friday Favorites # 10

Hi everyone, I am back again with my new series I share every week with all of you. We are on episode #10 and these are my top picks of the week in the F category … F like … Friday. Food, Foto, Fun, Fashion, Ferry, Find.

FIND- This looks appealing especially since we have no t.v. (still deciding what we want to get) and our house is wide open with not much on the walls yet.  It would be great to do yoga in an open space in a different part of the house or move to an outdoor patio for movies al fresco.

FILMFox’s new show LA>Vegas looks like a good laugh. The premise is about an airline crew that goes back and forth to Vegas from Burbank and encounters a variety of crazy passengers along the way. It stars Dylan McDermott as the Captain! Check out the trailer.

I bet I could give the writers episode ideas.

FOOD–  olio piccante  (chili oil) the perfect home-made condiment to put on pizza, pastas, rice, bread or anything where you need a little or big kick. I used tiny dried whole Calabrian peperoncini  but you could use any dried or fresh pepper variety and split them in half and added them to the pretty jar followed by a high quality earthy extra virgin olive oil.


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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.