New York City…all play, no work!

January 27, 2009 at 7:09 am (Travel) ()

Me, Britt, Kev and Ryan

Me, Britt, Kev and Ryan

Because I am a complete slacker.  And because when I am actually in NYC the last thing I am doing is sitting down at the computer – I am usually out cocktailing, shopping, and overall just misbehaving.   So a day-to-day journal of what went on, is never going to happen! 

For those of you who are interested, I will summarize my latest trip by telling you about my favorite things that we did (this is in no particular order):

1.  Attending Kevin Krier’s Birthday party…best party EVER!
2.  Getting make-up done by Joey on the set of Rachel Ray’s Morning Show and then running into Eric McCormick in the hallway
3.  Lunch at the Spotted Pig (Soft-boiled Duck Eggs with Pancetta and Endive) and a typical Nat, Britt and Kev 2 bottle lunch
4.  Purchasing my first pair of Sex and the City shoes…Manolo Blahnik bitches!
5.  The EXTRA spicy guacamole and Tequila shots at Dos Caminos
6.  Getting lost on the subway and feeling like a complete CA “loser” that can’t understand and underground public transportation system
7.  Stalking Tom Colichio by having cocktails at Craftsteak in Chelsea
8.  Gay Cabaret…need I say more!
9.  Seeing Mary Kate Olsen at Indochine
10.  Taking the “Fashion in Art” tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Triple Over Time

January 15, 2009 at 8:26 am (Napa Valley)

It seems every time that I go to an NBA game there is some sort of overtime.  This has been happening since the days I used to frequent the King’s games back in the day when Chris Webber and Mike Bibby and Bobby Jackson were rock stars!  (Jackson incidentally still plays for the Kings!)

Last night four of us made the trek to Oakland to see the Kings vs. Warriors!  It was a good time…two Blue Moon beers, a mediocre Andouille sausage, and of course TRIPLE OVER TIME that led to a Kings victory!

Needless to say I am TIRED today.  Triple over time means getting back EXTRA late.  But, hey who’s complaining…I’d do it again tonight!

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Cheesewhizzes visit the Green Isle

January 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm (Cheesewhizzes, Napa Valley) (, , , , )

Fancy sign made just for the event!

Fancy sign made just for the event!

Cheesewhizzes…Cheesewhizzes…oh, sweet sweet Cheesewhizzes!

I really can’t believe that I still enjoy these gatherings so much.  But, it seems that each one is so entirely different.

…new cheeses to try
             …new people to laugh with
                          …new locations to wander

The last Cheesewhizzes event was extra special.  Instead of a local winery hosting the event and everyone bringing a cheese and beverage to pair, the Cheesewhizzes hosted the event with Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant in honor of the launch of Culture magazine – the first American magazine dedicated to the wondrous world of cheese.  Since the issue featured the famed cheese making region of Country Cork Ireland, it was decided to showcase the cheeses of Ireland…and no one had to bring anything but their fabulous self.

For $20 an attendee received five different Irish cheeses and two Napa Porter beers.  The cheeses were delivered on a plate with marcona almonds and fun chutneys and fruit paste.  The cheeses were:
1.  Tipperary Cheddar:  The land of Tipperary in south-central Ireland is known for its lush green pastures and mild climate, perfect for dairying. This mild cows milk cheddar is aged for 12 months and has a rich, creamy texture. The deep yellow color of the cheese comes from the beta carotene in the milk, a result of the fertile grasses that feed the grazing cows.

2.  Coolea: This smooth, caramelly, gouda-style, cows milk cheese is made by the Willems family in County Cork. Originally from Holland, the Willems brought their family recipe to the shamrock isle 20 years ago and have married the Dutch traditions and Irish terroir perfectly. It is aged for 12 months (at least).


 3.  Gubbeen: The Ferguson family is a marriage of mother Giana, from Spain, and Tom, from an Irish farming family. They are producing cheese as well as smoked meats in an impressive family farm operation. Gubbeen is a surface-ripened, semi-soft cows milk cheese with flavors of mushroom and cream beneath its delicate pink and white rind.


 4.  Ardrahan: Made from the milk of their own cows, Mary, Eugene and son Gerald Burns of County Cork produce this beautiful washed rind cheese that is earthy, pungent and delicately salty. Each wheel is 2-3 lbs and is aged for up to 16 weeks.


5.  Cashel Blue: Also made in Tipperary, this glorious cows milk blue cheese tastes like Stilton mixed with butter. It is made by Louis and Jane Grubb, whose family have been dairy farmers in Ireland for 300 years. This cheese, however, has only been made since 1984 after the Grubbs noted how popular the soft Danish blue cheeses were. The wheels are moist, aged for 6 months and made from the milk of their own herd.

My personal favorite was the Coolea – loved the caramelly nuances and rich flavor.  The cheddar was delicious as well as the Cashel and most people I asked said these were their favorites.  Some felt that the Gubbeen and Adrahan were a little too funky.  I personally enjoyed them…especially because they were at their prime ripeness.  But, all are worth a try!

The only thing missing from this Cheesewhizzes event was the fun of having the left over cheese and the reason to get together for a night of Mac and Cheese.  But, life always has sacrifices!

All the yummy Cheeses!



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