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Red Wine Hot Chocolate

There’s something irresistible about chocolate and wine together, which is why I tried my hand at yet another experimental recipe this week, following the success of last week’s red wine brownies.  The post offered two key learnings: 1) adding red wine to dessert gives it an extra layer of flavor and complexity and 2) people like boozy food,…

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Red Wine Brownies

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there are two things that generally come to mind for traditional gift giving, date night or Galentine’s celebration: wine and chocolate.  Now, I’m a wine over chocolate gal, but when you can infuse one into the other, you’re onto something.  Last year, I made bacon roses and turned them…

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A Day Trip to Chile’s Maipo Wine Valley

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate this year, as far as wine is concerned, is the difference in each country’s wine regions, especially Maipo Valley.  But, Carin, can you really tell the difference in region simply tasting the wine?  I mean how many wine regions does one actually visit in the year.  Five.  I’ve…

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My Top 12 Favorite Minneapolis Entrees

When you leave home for a year, you generally anticipate missing friends, family, pets if you have them, the comforts of your own house, own bed.  What you don’t count on is how much you’ll miss your favorite meals when you can’t find them, your go-to restaurants, and those foodie comforts that hit the spot…

Out With the Old, In With the New (2017)

It’s only when you move your life forward that it makes sense when you look back. This year happens to be case in point, a year that I believe to be a pivotal one in the grander scheme of my greater lifetime.  My perspective back in January 2017 was severely different than what mine looks…

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How To Cure Every Holiday Hangover

‘Tis the season for decking the halls, blasting Mariah Carey, and consuming as much food and alcohol as your liver can handle. But while raging at a holiday party can make for some hilarious stories to start the New Year with…it can also make you feel like S#!T the next morning. Sure, you can chug water…

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Christmas Cookies & Wine Pairings

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.  Everything in the city is lined with twinkle lights, Christmas music is blaring in every retail store (super win when it’s NSYNC’s Home for the Holidays album) and people tend to be happy all around.  The holiday brings about old traditions, one of which is baking…

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Dining, Drinking & Last Minute Travel to Birmingham

The fun thing about life is that it’s full of surprises. Sometimes life presents us with the opportunity for an unplanned vacation (don’t we all love when that happens?!) or last-minute work trip. Who says you can’t find yourself unexpectedly in Birmingham, Alabama, for a few days, in which case you’ll need a place to…

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2017 Holiday Gift Subscriptions Guide

This year, the holidays will look a little bit different for me.  Actually, who am I kidding?  They are going to look a lot different.  There won’t be any cold or snow but rather beaches and sun as I celebrate Christmas this year in Santiago, Chile.  My #giftgivinggoals will consist of internet browsing and ordering, yet all my…

Mendoza Wine Guide: 3 Days, 3 Nights

Most of us dream of places like Mendoza: beautiful mountains, peaceful countryside and handsome winemakers (maybe that’s just me?).  But let’s not forget about the wine itself, especially Mendoza’s most notable, the Malbec. I spent last weekend in Mendoza (rough, I know), an area I’ve wanted to explore for some time.  I’ve been to many…