After a trip to the "last chance" mass, we came home to the aroma of a freshly baked chicken that I had placed in the oven prior to leaving. I prepared it like this:
We had a wonderful bottle of 2005 Italian Pinot Grigio by San Angelo that accompanied the delightful, French peasant chicken we had. Very fruity and very light on the tongue. I think some Pinto Grigio's are too heavy but this one tastes like what I've come to expect out of a good Italian. I picked this up for $7.99 and it was also worth every penny. I highly recommend and will buy more on my next trip to T's. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!
Saturday saw a trip to the local Wal-Mart Supercenter to stock up on some essentials and get a few finishing touches for dinner I made for the in-laws. We had some really nice filets that I marinated for about eight hours in:
Friday brought another hectic day with meetings, field work and a run to Cabot just before the traffic got too bad. Stopped by T's place and stocked up with a case of a variety of whites, Chardonnays, Pinto Gris, Sauvignon's primarily. Grabbed a couple more bottles of the Seghesio Barbera just because it is so damn good. I got home and chilled everything I had just bought and opened up a wonderful bottle of Montinore Estate Pinot Gris 2005. This was more of a splurge bottle, celebrate the weekend, even though at $11.99 a bottle it's not really at the cost level of a true splurge! This one had great citrus and fruit aromas with flavors of apples, lemons and maybe a little roasted nut swirling on the tongue. Highly, highly recommend! Capped off the night with a great run of cards during the monthly game and was well in the plus column for the night. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!
Got home around 6:00 p.m. or so and had a couple of glasses of BIG DADDY Chardonnay, the 2003 vintage. This vineyard is out of Mendoza, Argentina and T was able to get a great deal on this which I got at $3.99 a bottle. Reminded me of my 2 Buck-Chuck day's in Illinois. It's oak barrel aged, very tropical fruity aroma and fresh and full on the tongue. My only complaint is that it had a little alcohol aftertaste that I'm not too crazy about. Can't expect much out of a 4 year old Chardonnay selling for $3.99 however. Accompanying my first glass was a decent Chicken Enchilada Casserole #1 picked up from Super Suppers. #1 used to frequent Dream Dinners in Illinois and if they ever open a location in The Rock I'm afraid Super Suppers will go under. Dream Dinners had much better recipes and their portions were twice as large for the same money. A slight recommendation for the BIG DADDY and for Dream Dinners if you can find one! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!
After a nice lunch with #1, I hopped aboard an afternoon Southwest flight to Baltimore. SWA is the only thing flying out of The Rock that goes non-stop to anywhere near D.C. I got to my hotel around 7:30 p.m. and went to check in. I'm staying at the Grand Hyatt on H Street, great location and a nice, classy hotel. However, don't expect to get what you reserve! As Seinfeld once said, "They know how to take the reservation, they just don't know how to keep it!" I reserved my room well over a month ago, a King-sized, non-smoking, and of course when I checked in they had nothing but doubles. They tried to bribe me with free continental breakfast, not even full breakfast, but I would have rather had the room I reserved. Oh, well. I'll write a letter to Hyatt corporate and see if that does any good. Probably not. I had a crab cake sandwich in the Grand Slam Sports Bar in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt which was accompanied by a nice, decent glass of 2005 Glass Mountain Chardonnay. Typical huge hotel mark-up, $6/glass but nice flavors of apple, vanilla and a slight oakey finish. I'd drink it again and it was by far the most affordable on the menu. Tomorrow I'll watch the State of the Union here in D.C. and head home on Wednesday. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!
Sunday saw us camped out cheering on our mighty Chicago Bears in their great win over the Saints. Sorry Katrina victims but I just had to pull for my Bears. I've always loved New Orleans, got engaged there, and hope it comes back stronger than ever. We can only hope! No wine during the game but we did have some tasty bloody marys made like this:
Buy one bottle of Mr. & Mrs. T's Mix, Spicy preferably. Pour into blender. Add appropriate amount of vodka. Then add old bay seasoning to taste as well as hot pepper sauce and about 8-10 large, boiled shrimp. Mix and pour over ice in highball glasses. Top with a little pepper. Good stuff!
We finished the night off with a delightful glass of Green Point Chardonnay, a great little wine from the Yarra Valley of Australia. I don't normally like Australian chardonnay but T has been getting some great buys on these and finding some diamonds in the rough. This was normally a $14.99 bottle that I was able to get for $6.99. I originally bought 3 bottles and liked it so much that I went back and bought the last 7 bottles T had.
I highly recommend Green Point, if you can find it, and hope you enjoy the bloody mary recipe.
My first "Rhettism" I wanted to share occurred this morning when he woke up shaking his head and exclaimed, "Man that was a quick night"! That's my boy summing things up in a nutshell. Remember, Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!
UPDATE: Well, like all good plans mine have changed a little. Life in Little Rock, Arkansas, just wasn't getting it for us so we up and moved to beautiful Northern Virginia. We're a short 30 miles from Washington, D.C. and close to all the East Coast has to offer. We're also surrounded by vineyards, 130+ at last count. Stay tuned for new life adventures from this new part of the country.
UPDATE PART II: Well yet another life changing experience. After six years in Northern Virginia I've relocated to beautiful Huntington Beach, California. Why you might ask? No reason. Just never lived in this part of the country and the rest of the family was all for it. I was the only hold out and finally gave in. We'll see how this new adventure works out.