Sunday, May 29, 2011

Margaritaville Spiked Tea

Drink: Margaritaville Spiked Tea
Store: Total Wine
Price: $7.99/6 pack

Thursday evening the hubs and I had the pleasure of joining a million other parrotheads at Jimmy Buffett's first concert in Virginia Beach in 11 years. We had a fabulous time. I saw an advertisement in the ampitheatre for their new Spiked Tea and Lemonade. When we saw themt in Total Wine last night, we decided to give the tea a try.

First of all, let me say this is not a Long Island Iced Tea. This will not make you happy if you are looking for a substitute for that. It is, however, very good. Definitely tastes like a slightly sweetened black tea (not sweetened to Southern proportions) with a little bit of a kick. Very easy going down-and I can see where this would be easy to drink one too many of and not realize it till it's too late.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trader Joe's Reserve Chardonnay

Wine: Trader Joe's Reserve Chardonnay
Store: Trader Joe's
Price: $4.99

I think this is my new favorite Chardonnay. It's the perfect blend of being just oaky enough, an edge of acidity, with a nice buttery finish. It's an absolutely fantastic wine-especially for the price.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April Goals Revisited

I am ashamed. When you look at my April goals and what I accomplished, it's going to look like I didn't accomplish much. And in some ways, I haven't. And things are only going to get worse as we get into May.
  • Finish Apollo's Angels for real. I am enjoying this book, but reading puts me to sleep.
  • Wash curtains in addition to Spring Cleaning the entire house. I kinda completed this one...the entire upstairs, kitchen, and bathroom were thoroughly Spring Cleaned. I haven't washed the downstairs curtains yet because I haven't done the walls and Willow is still here.
  • Find Willow a new home. It's still not a good situation with Willow, but she is still with us. Her owner is in Japan, and I feel bad with all that has been happening. I have no idea when she will be leaving us.
  • Plant flowers. I didn't want to do this before mulching, and that just happened yesterday. I was, however, pleasantly surprised that some plants I planned last year which I thought were annuals came back this year, so that's less I have to plant.
  • Mulch the flower beds.  Thank you brother in law for doing this yesterday for me.
  • Begin Container Garden.  I technically did not do this, but we decided we are not going to do this right now. I bought the containers and was looking at plants, but then we heard of a CSA down the street from my parents house, and we have joined that insteard. We're really excited about that.
  • Re-make Easter Egg Wreath. I thought about doing this, but then I ran out of hot glue. And I'm not sure that's how I want to do this. So it's all still in the bag.
  • Re-make cork wreath. Accomplished sometime during Spring Break. I don't remember when exactly.
So then, what are my goals for the month of May? Good question. My first goal is to get through this month. It's going to be crazy busy. There's a lot going on at work, with my both my "regular" job and my part time one, I have a couple social engagements coming up, and there's a lot with my family. None bad-just a lot going on. I'll have to think a little more about 1) what I want to get accomplished and 2) what is realistic to get accomplished. 

Flip Flop Pinot Grigio

 Wine: Flip Flop Pinot Grigio
Store: Total Wine
Price: $7.99

"Tastes like: Light-bodied, refreshing Pinot Grigio with tropical citrus, ripe pear and a zesty, clean finish.
It is full of: Balanced crisp acidity
Eat with: Bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara, eggplant parmesan or your favorite tacos."
A friend of mine shared this wine with us this evening for the hubster's birthday. (He's a ripe old 28 now!) Part of the attraction was the fun label. The implication was spot on: definitely a summer wine. It's very light and crisp, with definitive fruit notes, but not at all sweet. It's on the dryer side for something with such strong fruit flavors. We were having turkey burgers tonight, and it was a nice compliment to it.