Hey coven! I was too lazy to go to my cowork space so getting my grind on at home. It's been a whirlwind week including my thriller master class, studying for the WSET, clients, and cryptocurrency. 👯♂️ This is my official post outing myself as crypto person. That being said.. since I've started to help people get their crypto situation together and people keep sliding into my DMs asking for the 411, I'll be sharing more cryptocurrency information. Do with it what you will. Maybe you'll be inspired to invest. 🕵️♂️ There's some interesting sh^t going on and you may want to be in the crypto game. If you want to send me some coins, because you feel like, love me, you rich.. bitch, or whatever reason, a link right here: https://cointr.ee/yolandashoshana to pop me some crypto baby. Have an amazing weekend. Rock on!
Yesterday I made a boozy hot chocolate with Dutch Chocolate Van Gogh Vodka. I'm at it again. Since I can't go to Italy bringing a touch of Italy to me. Today's hot chocolate situation will include Frangelico Liqueur and a little Nutella. The two will be bring in a hazelnut sensation to my cup.
In case you aren't familiar with Frangelico...the 300 year old libation is made with Tonda Gentile hazelnuts found in the region of Piedmont, Italy mixed with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.
And I can't imagine you don't know about Nutella, the Italian hazelnut cocoa spread that you should put on anything and everything...maybe even yourself.
Even though it's a bit hard to travel right now, your palate can take you and your senses on a journey. Enjoy! Ciao.
Frangelico & Nutella Hot Chocolate
1. In a warm glass pour Frangelico liqueur and Nutella ( as desired)
2. Fill up with hot chocolate such as Jacques Torres.
3. Top up with whipped cream.
4. Garnish with a cherry (optional)
Glasses used for hot beverages should be heated so they are thoroughly warmed before serving.
Plating and Pairing:
It's no secret that I love me some pizza. I discovered an awesome pizza spot in the Bronx called the Kingsbridge Social Club. Their pies are so on point. Their meatballs are bomb as well.
I got the Wrecking Ball- pepperoni, onion, garlic, mozzarella, oregano, and san marzano tomatoes. I paired with the 2016 Chianti Classico Storia di Famiglia. It was the perfect pairing.
What's in your glass? Cheers to good food and wine!
Just spent a glorious night out with the Remy Martin squad at Sugar Monk in Harlem. A big shout out to Sugar Monk for their hospitality and incredible drinks! I love their libation based in Bruichladdich Scotch. Their cocktails are hand-crafted to perfection. Do know that it's for the grown and sexy.
It was so good to laugh and sip again in a sexy speakeasy Good times!
A sample of the Disaranno Velvet Cream Liqueur has come through to seduce my senses. It's smooth, sexy, and white...how I like some of my men. 😉
This velvety Italian liqueur has aromas of almonds, chocolate, and vanilla. It's wonderful simply over ice. If you are Disaranno fan, you will love it. If you aren't familiar with Disaranno, I have a feeling you will dig it as well. It's perfect for chilling and sipping. It's so smooth it will give you the feels. During the winter months add some to your coffee and it will rock your world.
Oh Disaranno, how I love thee, let me count the ways. What's in your glass? Cheers!
Happy National Cognac Day! As you know Cognac is my favorite spirit. I want to give a shout to Hennessy and Remy Martin for their words on the current events. Going to sip some of this XO or make an Old Fashioned with some VSOP. Wish I had some Remy in the house as well.
It tends to be a running joke that black people love Hennessy, Most people think it's because of rap music, but it goes deeper than that. Hennessy has had a long standing relationship with the African American community. Here are some highlights: -They hired one of the first African-American vice presidents in the United States - After Jesse Owens won in the Olympics he felt humiliated by how he was treated; Hennessy helped create an award in his name which honors an athlete every year -They hired Josephine Baker as an ambassador -In 1909 they were the NAACP’s first corporate sponsor -They took a chance and became the first spirit to advertise in an African-American publication, that magazine was Ebony/Jet
And these is so much more. Hennessy saw that we had a love of their spirit so they made an effort to be a part of the community. So yes..we are loyal AF to them! Wine and spirits brands, be more like Hennessy.Take baby step if you need to. If you don't know what to or how to proceed, DM me. Cheers to progress! ️
I've been in the mood for a French 75 so it's about time I have one. Used a recipe form Paris Cocktails by Doni Delau.
1 oz. Cognac
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
Top with Champagne (sparkling wine)
Shake off of the ingredients in a shaker with ice, except for Champagne. Strain into a coup . Top with Champagne. Instead of using Champagne, I went with Veuve Ambal's Blanc de Blanc Brut. It's an affordable bottle of French bubbles that is great for topping off a sparkling cocktail. You can also sip on it's own when in the mood for bubbles. A bottle will run your only around $12. Perfect for those of you who want bang for your buck.
I blame my new love of Montepulciano wine on Soho House. It became my g to when the house red was switch out. It's the 2nd most planted red grape in Italy. The medium bodied wine has notes of plums, cherries, boysenberries, and tobacco.
My selection for the night is a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC by Caitina Zaccagnini ($15). The ruby colored wine has notes of violets and plums. The wine pairs well with meaty dishes like lasagna and pizza. I'll be a pairing with a cheesy garlic pasta. What's in your glass?
I got to wine and dine at Zuma featuring wine by Yealands Wines from New Zealand. Their chief winemaker, Natalie Christensen, was in the house to take us through the wines which included Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. You may not think that modern Japanese would pair well with wine from New Zealand, but it’s the perfect pairing. 🍷
Yealands is located in Awatere Valley, the southernmost, coolest, and driest of Marlborough’s wine region. All of their wines are sustainable. The wines are definitely worth sipping. They are mainly available in restaurants, but making their way to more stores. Be ready!
What I know for sure is that I really want to go to New Zealand to hang out with Nat and drink some among the vines. Cheers!
Tis the season for cheese and wine pairings. Let's take a minute and give it up for the spreadable cheese, Boursin.
The spreadable Gournay cheese was invented in France by Francois Boursin in 1957. The cheesemaker opened a cheese factory in Croisy-sur-Eure, a small community nestled in northern France. In 1961 a French newspaper stated that Boursin cheese was infused with garlic. The only problem is Mr. Boursin hadn't created the flavor yet, For two years, he worked on his own original recipe inspired by "fromage frais", a traditional party dish blended that blends garlic, fresh cream, soft cheese, herbs, salt and pepper. It was in 1963 that Francois Boursin perfected his recipe and introduced Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs to the world. BOOM!
Boursin was also the first cheese product advertised on French television in 1968. It's extremely popular in France and available in 30 countries. If you haven[t tried it, pick it up next time you are in the grocery store.
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