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Some of our favorite outings whether we are alone or with friends and family are to restaurants, coffee houses and nightclubs. We have our favorites and we also like trying new ones. We follow restaurant reviews and big club events to know where to go but sometimes we want some of that element in the comfort of our homes. If you want to feel like you’re going out or even if you want to know what to look for when having such outings let us be your drink and food guide.

For things to make at home you don’t have to be a gourmet chef or an experienced mixologist because we’ll show you step by step how to recreate some of your favorite entrée’s, desserts and cocktails from yours and our favorite places in North America and Europe.

Check back with us on every issue and see what fine selections we have set up for you. Enjoy!

Eat Recipes

Chris Cringle Cookies from Belgium

Served from Early December till after the New Year

Ingredients for 5 dozen cookies:
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup packed brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2/3 cup butter
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
2 teaspoons red sugar
2 teaspoons green sugar

Start off by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Next grease a 15” x 10” jelly roll pan and set aside for later.

Take a large mixing bowl and cream the butter with the almond extract. Next cream the mixture by adding brown sugar until it gets fluffy. Eggs are next but make sure you add them one at a time and beat it thoroughly before adding the next one.

At this time you mix together the flour with salt and baking powder and once this is thoroughly combined you add it to the other mixture a third at a time. Make sure it’s all blended well before adding the additional thirds.

Pour onto the pan you’ve prepared earlier and spread it out evenly on all sides and corners. Top the batter with the cinnamon and almonds and on top of that the red and green sugar mixture.

Put in oven and bake for about 12 minutes. Cut into any desired square or diamond bar shape while it’s still warm to prevent cracking when it cools.

Drink Recipes

Royal Winter Chill Wine Cocktail

Perfect for holiday parties and events or just for the winter in general this cocktail recipe is great for wine lovers as much as it is for cocktail lovers. Get the best of both worlds and celebrate the season and watch out for our future selection of alcohol beverages.

1 oz Cherry Liqueur
2 oz Vodka
6 oz full bodied red wine
(suggested Hungarian 2004 Monarchia Winery Rhapsody in Red Cuvee or the Greek Estate Hatzimichalis Cabernet Sauvignon Kapnias Hatzimichalis 2004)
Chilled Lemon Lime Soda

In a shaker add a few ice cubes and add the Cherry Liqueur, vodka and one of the 2 red wine selections. Shake well and strain into 2 red wine glasses that are filled about three quarters of the way up with ice. Top the wine glasses off with the Lemon and Lime soda. No garnish needed.

Food and Drink Reviews

Red Wine Feature

Rioja, Spain

Finca Allende Allende Rioja 2004
For our red selection we go to the Rioja village of Briones in Spain and the flavor and nose of this wine is an instant Mediterranean travel tool of the mind, body and soul. The grape here is the Tempranillo that produces a medium to a medium-full bodied wine. The 2004 Allende is a Tempranillo cuvee aged in French oak barrels for 13 months. You get a wonderful balance on the palate, ripe tannins and fruit with berries and a mineral-y nose. The wine was bottled unfiltered.

White Wine Feature

Macedonia, Greece

2006 Domaine Gerovassilio Malagousia
Evangelos Gerovassiliou saved this ancient grape variety from becoming extinct. Malagousia, grown in the Greek wine region of Macedonia which is known to produce some of Greece’s finest wine has made our white wine of the month. This white wine is original yet you detect the aromas of Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc and it makes you feel as if travel to Europe was instant just by opening up a bottle of wine. On the palate it has a wonderful minirality to it, soft spices, lime, a bit of ripe peaches. The nose is a wonderful combination of citrus and Floral.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

This limited edition beer is only available from October to March and is a must have if you like great coffee and chocolate taste. You detect some licorice and vanilla with coffee in the background and the Chocolate and a bit of caramel cover the 10% alcohol flavor. It pours black and creamy with a thick tan head and medium to low carbonation. This limited and exotic Black Chocolate Stout is perfect for complementing strong cheeses, cheese cakes and especially chocolate desserts. Recommended to be served in a snifter glass but Guinness pint glasses do just as well.

Coffee & Chocolate Review

Moonstruck Classic Hot Cocoa

This is the company responsible for the Election Chocolate bars in 2008. It was a great idea and the taste was even greater. Many chocolates to choose from here and our pick of the season is their Classic “Dutch Process” Hot Cocoa. Great taste and great as a gift for the holidays in a 9.5 oz tin. It’s described as “rich and creamy”. How can you resist? For more Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year gifts to choose from like their Penguin and Snowman Collection or Holiday Pie Collection just click here.

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