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Europe, Travel, Wine

Visiting the Vienna Wine Gardens

Visiting the Vienna wine gardens, located in the Vienna Woods, can seem daunting to first-time visitors, as the Vienna Woods aren’t exactly central to the tourist path. Thus, many newbies tend to skip them. This is a huge mistake! Much like beer plays an integral part in Munich’s culture, wine plays a major role in Vienna’s culture. In fact, Vienna is the only major metropolitan city in the world to boast 1,700 acres…

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Persian Kabob Recipe + Contest Winner

Beer Versus Wine Challenge Goes on Hiatus Come again? Yep, I’m taking the Beer Versus Wine Challenge on a break. I know that I said in my New Year’s Post that it wasn’t going anywhere, and it still isn’t. I just need to rethink it. While the Challenge normally draws a lot of traffic, the traffic is not resulting in participation or votes. I’m spending a lot of time promoting a contest…

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Persian Kabob Pairing Challenge – The Vote

Which is the Best Wine or Craft Beer Pairing With Persian Kabob? I was pretty stoked when I read A Famished Foodie’s pairing challenge for January – Persian Kabob.  Any excuse to fire up the grill in the middle of January is a good time to me.  And, as Famished wrote, this winter has been unseasonably warm.  I’ve never cooked Persian Kabob before, but what the heck!  Grilled meat can never be…

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Beer Versus Wine – Persian Kabob

Congratulations to December’s Beer Versus Wine Challenge Winner – A Famished Foodie!  Part of the honor includes coming up with February’s challenge.  Participants have until next Wednesday, January 14 to turn in their suggestion before we take it to a vote.  For more on the rules, click here. Persian Kabob The major winter holidays have come and gone, and at this point, I’m ready for food that doesn’t include turkey, cranberry sauce, or…

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Cheeseburgers Pairing Challenge – The Vote

Who Doesn’t Have Cheeseburger Cravings? There are very few foods that I actually crave.  That, like a heroin addict, once I get the tasteful desire in my head I have to fulfill it.  Cheeseburgers are one of those foods.  In fact, right now I’m craving one just typing this post.  All my brain can think about is a huge hunkin’ patty of ground beef; crunchy lettuce and dill pickles; a soft, fluffy…

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Beer Versus Wine – Cheeseburgers

Congratulations to November’s Beer Versus Wine Challenge winner – me!  Part of the honor includes coming up with December’s challenge.  Participants have until next Wednesday, December 11 to turn in their suggestion before we take it to a vote.  The ante is upped this month.  Not only does the winner receive the honor of presenting January’s challenge, they also receive a tasting kit from Negra Modelo as part of their #theperfectcomplement campaign! …

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Chicken Saltimbocca Recipe + Contest Winner

Chicken Saltimbocca – Not Just for Restaurants Anymore! Chicken Saltimbocca is one of those dishes that I often order at restaurants but have never attempted at home.  I’m not really sure why.  Perhaps it’s because the richness makes it appear so complex that it can’t be replicated by a simple home cook like myself.  SAHMmalier taught me this month that Chicken Saltimbocca can be reproduced at home.  It’s just a few ingredients…

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Chicken Saltimbocca Pairing Challenge – The Vote

Thanks again to SAHMmelier for coming up with such a challenging dish in November’s Beer Versus Wine Challenge – Chicken Saltimbocca.  Who would’ve thought that such a simple dish would be so difficult to create a pairing for?  But sometimes simplicity in cooking doesn’t always equate to simplicity in flavor as Chicken Saltimbocca proves with its salty and savory notes from the prosciutto, appleness from the sage, richness from the butter, and…

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Beer Versus Wine – Chicken Saltimbocca

Congratulations to September’s Beer Versus Wine Challenge winner – SAHMmelier!  Part of the honor includes coming up with November’s challenge.  Participants have until next Tuesday, November 18 to turn in their suggestion before we take it to a vote.  Winner gets to present December’s challenge.  For more on the rules, click here.  Chicken Saltimbocca I haven’t been doing a lot of “inspired” cooking lately.  Instead it has been more like, “what can I…

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Deviled Eggs Recipe + Contest Winner

Grown Up Kegs and Eggs, Anyone? We had so much fun with adult ice cream floats for August’s Beer Versus Wine Challenge of Vanilla Ice Cream that I was disappointed comments didn’t take the same direction for Deviled Eggs.  No reliving kegs and eggs memories from college?  Or do we just not remember those hazy homecoming weekends when our bad decisions started in the AM with scrambled eggs and cheap beer.  Heck,…

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