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Wine Wednesday|Trader Joe’s Grower’s Reserve 2011 Organic Zinfandel (Paso Robles)

Howdy Wednesday!

Through the miracle that is…I’m not sure what it is, actually.  Pre-posting?  I’m writing this almost a week in advance.  Yes, that means I’m ahead of schedule.  Which is also a minor miracle.  Not sure what to chalk that up to, but regardless, the return of Wine Wednesday is off to a flying start.

Up to something new…

Tastes Like Fresh Milk - 1

Hey there! I’m in Abu Dhabi, UAE until October 28, working at the 3rd annual Middle East International Film Festival. While I’m away, I don’t plan on doing much cooking (there’s a hot plate in the hotel room with me, but not much aside from that), but I do plan on documenting some of the foods I find here. So far I’ve found this wonderful milk substitute pictured above to go with my instant Nescafe, something called “special local meat sausage” and “veal bacon,” along with a slew of absolutely delicious foods that our crew was treated to a couple of nights ago by ADACH, the festival’s parent organization. The UAE celebrates Ramadan, which is in full swing, and the daily fast is broken every night with a meal called Iftar, right after sun down prayer. The Iftar we attended was at the Emirates Palace Hotel (which will also be a film festival venue) and featured an overwhelming number of beautiful dishes – unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera! But I have no doubt that much more is coming our way in the next 7 weeks, so I’ll put as much up here as I can.

Just for fun on Saturday

~This is the fifth post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.~

I love this Improv Everywhere project. It follows all the key baking-ninja guidelines – make people happy, do it for cheap and have a good time while you’re doing it.


This Is Awesome*


2009 – The 1st 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational

Registration now open!

The Invitational lands in downtown Los Angeles, CA on April 25, 2009!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Competition starts at 1:00pm
Admission Fee: $5. Competition Fee: $10

See you there?


*Thanks to the 99 Cent Chef for posting this piece of awesomenicity!

Happy Inauguration Day!

I’m excited about today – I hope you are too. And I hope we all have a wonderful day.