Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'Beverages'

Firenze Osteria: Martinis with Magic

Those of you who know me, in person, or though this blog, know I have been a big fan of Fabio's since he was first on Top Chef. Of course we would drive three hours to eat in Moorepark,...

Bahama Basil Splash

We've been off having fun the past four weekends in a row: a shower in San Diego, a therapy conference in San Diego, eating our way through Vegas, and Casey and Sarah's wedding. We will be home for a FOUR...

Mandolina Wine and Orchetti con Broccoli e Salsicce

Our favorite find in Solvang was the tasting room for Mandolina wines, a division of Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards. The tasting room itself is a wonderful shop full of Italian gourmet food products, cookbooks, gifts, art, ceramics and wine-related items....

Slow Bowl Saturday

Saturday morning began with a Starbucks delivery of a Venti Nonfat Latte and a Cafe Americano at 7:10 AM to our room. My version of "breakfast in bed" from Jerry and Paul. Brad loved having other men wait on me!...

Slow Bowl: Friday

We left early Friday for the 5 hour drive to Paso Robles. It only took Brad a little over four hours, but we had some "uncomfortable" moments in the car when the cheesecake, lemon cookies and taralli went flying around...

A Relaxing Weekend

We purposely made no social plans for the weekend, as we both needed some down time. This time of the year in the desert is beautiful. It has cooled down to the 70's, so there is a sense of fall...

Sunday Slow Scoopers Pina Colada Sherbet

This week, Terry chose a wonderful and creamy version of pina colada sherbet. This is a very simple and delicious recipe from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop. It contains a fresh pineapple, and thai coconut milk. Light, creamy and...

Sharing a Favorite Spot

On Sunday morning, our first full day in Montisi, after coffee at the bar, we wandered off with Jerry and Paul to show them one of our favorite nearby spots, the Locanda dell' Amorosa. We spent a lovely week...

Doppio con Latte

This tiny coffee bar, just steps from the villa was my refuge all week in Montisi. My daily schedule was to be up by 6AM, put away any remaining dishes that had dried overnight, make coffee for the guests...

Wine for Dinner?

Sunday evening we went to Cul de Sac for wine and a snack. We weren't too hungry after our huge lunch, and this is our favorite wine bar in Rome. We discovered this in 2001, and it was actually...

Che Bella Roma

Ciao from Rome! We arrived after long but on-time flights. Three of our four bags arrived, but not my BIG one with almost all my clothes. Thank God the cooking stuff is here. I have a change of clothes, capris,...

Cocktails: Part 2

When I am cooking in Montisi for Gail's group, Brad is happy to take on bartender duties. Last Sunday, Brad and I created some cocktails with our friends in mind. The "Great Escape": 1/2 ounce Amaretto 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier...

Favorite Cocktails: Part 1

I don't have a cocktail very often, but when I do, I have a couple favorites. If I'm not drinking wine, I prefer something light and tasty, but not too sweet. My all time favorite drink is a Lemon Drop....

Halloween Dinner and Recipes

We began the evening with Mango Martinis (basically a lemon drop with a float of mango nectar) Dinner was stuffed veal chops, baked pumpkin polenta, and stuffed acorn squash. Acorn Squash with Sausage-Cornbread Stuffing: (Tweaked from the original recipe from:...

More Tastes of Italia

Sunday gave us time to make and enjoy another great dinner. Brad is really enjoying cooking together. He chops, grates, stirs, sautees, kneads, and basically does whatever task I ask of him to help me get several things done at...

Castello Banfi and Saint Antimo

I was downstairs by 6:30 after a great night’s sleep. I had a pot of coffee before Ida came down and we headed ro my caffe for another couple of lattes and a stroll through town. We relaxed, and read...

Lemons and Roses

Our friends, Fiona and Steve, hosted a wonderful dinner party to celebrate (a week early) my birthday and Brad's birthday. The theme for the table was "Lemons and Roses". Fiona gets very creative with her fun tablesettings, and this one...

5 Houseguests

On December 28, a houseful of company arrived: Sorority sisters Connie and Joy, Connie's dad, Frosty, Connie's new boyfriend, John came in one car from Fresno. Casey, my 29 year-old Godson, arrived first from Carlsbad. He and I had a...