Thank you to Cellr for featuring our winemaker in their Humans of Wine Blog!
I created a youtube channel! I am excited to have finally started making videos to show you more about wine, food, and my winemaking skills…. all with a sparkle of my RedHead attitude! In this weeks video, I pair more “netflix-binge worthy” snacks with RedHead Red Blend. Bare with me – it’s my second video, ever! It’s unscripted and I just go with the flow! Like and subscribe to keep up with my videos every Tuesday around noon. Cheers – Marisa
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As you all know, I am a huge foodie – as a winemaker, being passionate about food comes along with the job, right?! Ironically, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I think this is funny because wine really doesn’t “pair” with breakfast, but I am up for that challenge (stay tuned for when I launch my new youtube series). Once we woke up, we searched for the top rated breakfast spots in Menlo Park / Palo Alto. We landed upon Quattro …and as soon as we arrived I had to order a cappuccino! I usually order black coffee and add cream or milk to it, but since I am on a trip, I decided to feel a little “fancy” with this choice.
This delectable beverage was even served with cinnamon dusted shortbread cookies. Let. me. tell. you…they were too good to be true! 10/10 would order again. I forgot to take a photo of what I ate ( I was too hungry and forgot LOL) but, I ordered a three egg omelette with fresh goat cheese, mushrooms and asparagus.
After breakfast, we went back to the Airbnb to get some work done. When I am away, I always make time to get things done for RedHead so I can keep you all in the loop and ensure the wine is readily available in your markets! I love what I do and love keeping up, regardless where I am. But, in the meantime, I was waiting for my best friend, Lexi, to arrive in Menlo Park. When I used to work in Modesto, Lexi and I met at a mutual friend’s house and have been friends ever since. I haven’t seen her in over 2.5 years (since I moved back to Ohio!), so I was counting down the minutes!
We decided to spend the day walking around Stanford University’s campus and get a late lunch. If you haven’t been to Stanford before, I highly recommend that you do. The campus is beyond gorgeous and full of history, endless opportunities for students, and a place that is fun to walk around and enjoy the beautiful California weather. Here are some photos from our walking tour:
Stanford is so beautiful, that I feel showing you rather than telling you is a better way to showcase my time there. To learn more about Stanford, check out there website here.
After walking for a few hours, we ventured off campus to a well-known (according to google LOL) pho restaurant celled, hometown noodle. It’s a very small and quaint place, but…wow….their pho is probably the best I have ever had in my entire life, thanks google!
Overall, day three was a simple day still filled with adventure, friends and amazing food (are you surprised?!). We really had a great time together and the day flew by fast.
If you’re looking to learn more about my experiences or have questions / comments about what I did, tweet me at @RedHeadWine.
Cheers! – Winemaker, Marisa
Day 4- time spent in Palo Alto (downtown)
We spent the earlier part of the day getting work done and preparing to fly back to Ohio. But most of our adventures happened in the evening- we wanted to hit up downtown Palo Alto which is full of fun places to eat!
We stopped at Salt and Straw, known for unique and delicious flavors of ice cream. I absolutely LOVE anything coconut flavored, so I had to get their Toasted Coconut Milk & Cookies (v)! You can find the description that sold my appetite and heart below:
Salty, sweet, fudgy, and simply unforgettable! We pump up the coconutty goodness of our extra-rich coconut ice cream by blending in dark-toasted shredded coconut, then add in handfuls of homemade (gluten-free!) salted chocolate chip cookies and velvety-soft chocolate ganache made with almond milk.
Uhmm…how amazing does THAT sound???!! I wish I could indulge in a scoop…or two..while I finish writing this blog!
But, even better news, Salt and Straw allows you to pick two flavors, regardless of what size you order. I decided to be a little more adventurous and chose Honey Lavender! Here is the flavor description from the website:
For this dusky purple delight with a cult following, we steep pounds of carefully selected lavender flowers in honey to bring out the buds’ delicate herbaceousness. While other folks use a lavender oil and can tip the scales towards perfume, our method treats lavender like fine tea, extracting just the right amount of flavor for a beautifully round, creamy taste kissed by a bit of honey.
Last stop of the night before wrapping up the trip was a quick stop at Signona’s Farmer’s Market. Before heading to the west coast, my grandma requested that we pick up authentic jumbo CA raisins. We were worried we would not find any, but, Signona’s for the win! They had a dried fruit bar at the store- full of endless options!
Stumbling upon Signona’s was the perfect way to end the trip – a great place to shop and find unique foods while grabbing some authentic CA raisins!
All foodies sound the alarms, sharpen your knives, and dust off your cutting board, today is National Cheese Lover’s Day and it’ll be a crime not to celebrate! Wine’s perfect marriage is a well-done meat and cheese board, and I have a long resume decorated with cheesy experience, pun intended. To celebrate, I’ve compiled a simple guide to help jump-start your party.
Dare to buy beyond cheddar.
Trust me, I am guilty as charged! Sometimes I am busy and bee line through the grocery store grabbing my go-tos and do not think outside the box. More often than not, I grab a block of white cheddar and call it a day. But, in order to indulge and explore the cheesy flavors of life, we need to buy cheeses other than those in the cheddar category. Most grocery stores have a decent cheese section. If you have absolutely no idea about what to chose, buy with your eyes! What looks good? What names sound appealing? Just go with your gut and buy small samples of each. Most cheese counters have various sizes of the same type of cheese. You can invest in your experience without completely breaking the bank. Artisan cheeses can be pricey, but the way I see it, I like to invest my money in food and experiences. We are what we eat, you know! 😉
2. Not fond of a messy kitchen? Go grab Fondue!
I am a sucker for The Melting Pot. If you’re close to a major city, they usually have a location. They have amazing cheese fondue selections and eating here will make National Cheese Lover’s day a very memorable and delicious experience. I’ve made homemade fondue before (this requires a double boiler and a lot of patience) but, going out to the Melting Pot can help avoid the mess! But, if you’re feeling adventurous, here is an “easy” recipe for house-made fondue.
3. Don’t have any cheese on hand? Learn how cheese is made, instead!
I absolutely love learning new things. Although it is great to learn while enjoying a snack, you may be snowed in right now (like most of the Northeast) and are most likely unable to grab the cheese this day (and yourself) deserves. (But that’s ok!) you can still celebrate this amazing holiday thanks to technology, but in a different way….Here is a great video on how cheese is made!
Share with me how you are celebrating #NationalCheeseLoversDay by tweeting me at @RedHeadWine
Cheers! – Winemaker, Marisa
If you’re like me, you are trying to prepare for halloween last minute but act like you’ve been planning your costumes, party menu and house decorations since September….
I whipped up a last minute costume last night (stay tuned) but also created a fun, easy and SIMPLE red wine cocktail.
Personally, I love fancy drinks that have unique and complicated ingredients when I go out to bars, but when I have to make them myself I want to be a mixologist with what I have available!
Try this simple RedHeaded Vampire Wine Cocktail recipe to impress your guests….or yourself… with something so simple, yet so delicious!
If you try this recipe, share your thoughts and photos with me on twitter, instagram and facebook by tagging @RedHeadWine. CHEERS! – Marisa
This crisp Monday morning inspired me to try a new coffee. I bought this (in photo) last night from TJ Maxx and I have to say, it’s delicious!
Sometimes products don’t always get their descriptions right, but this coffee truly is smooth, buttery with hints of macadamia and chocolate notes.
I may be one of the “worst” coffee drinkers out there, as I enjoy my cups with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 2% milk. I did try it black just to ensure I did not “dilute” the flavor… and definitely… this brand is very smooth without milk. I was tempted to switch up my bad habbit and ditch the milk, but I couldn’t resist pouring it in until it turned a light caramel color. As a winemaker, you’d think I would enjoy my coffee black, but some habits you just can’t break!
I prefer to support local coffee houses rather than buy products like this from TJMaxx, but when I picked up the bag in the market to smell it, I instantly was hooked! I had to look over my shoulder out of guilt, because 15 minutes earlier I ran into a good friend and owner of Stonefruit coffee in the home decor aisle. So once the coast was clear, I snatched the bag and ran to the check out counter. (Stonefuit coffee is absolutely amazing, so if you’re in Boardman, Ohio you must try it!)
Monday mornings are a little “sweeter” when you take a risk to treat yourself with even something as simple as a cup of joe!
Tweet or tag me in your “sweet” coffee moments on Intsagram, Twitter or Facebook @RedHeadWine. I’d love to see what you are enjoying and learn your thoughts about other types of coffee. Cheers! – Winemaker, Marisa