Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Really Good Dinner!

As you may know I really like cooking shows but I also like cooking magazines. Well we get a magazine called cooking pleasure. Its a free magazine for being a member of Cooking Club of America. My wife found this awesome recipe for ravioli and mushrooms. It was nice and woodsy and went well with the 2005 Ledson Sauvignon Blanc we popped open. It was a gourmet meal meal on an average Wednesday. Sometimes I feel having something out of the norm on an average day kicks the day up a notch. So when you need a little kick go online or pop open a magazine and cook something you never had before. Your day might turn out better then you expected.

Later!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bills at Jets Week 8 in game

Hi all

Welcome to my second attempt at in game blogging. I still haven't figured out why i am doing this since no one reads my blogs. I think it may be because I haven't done anything exciting at all the last few weeks and I want to add something to my blog. Well if you read enjoy if you don't your missing out.

GO BILLS!!!

1st Quarter:

Kick off 1:05 PST Bills start the 24.

Bills first series. The Bills first series has been just like all the rest run, run, run with the occasional pass thrown in. It has resulted in some good ball movement. There first series already has them in to Jets territory. The screen play seems to be working well so far too. This series has taken up over 2/3 of the quarter. Rian Lindell kicks a 30 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. - The bills still can't get 6. They move the ball well until they get into the Redzone. Its really pissing me off. Lets throw a little. If you are going to bench my boy JP you better see if your new QB Edwards can throw.

Jets first series starts at the 10 after the kickoff. Like the Bills the Jets are moving the ball pretty well on the ground and have made it into Bills territory.

End of 1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

Jets first series continued. Jets moved deeper and deeper into Bills territory but were held up buy the defense in the redzone. Jets settle for a field goal and a 3-3 tie. - Wow the Bills and jets can be interchangeable after the first series. I need the Bills D to to better then this. The O will never take any chances so the D is going to have to score for me.

Bills second series starts at the 39 after the kickoff. OMG the Bills threw the football on first down for a 15 yard gang. Wow 2 throws out of 3 plays with 2 no gain runs. Two series in a row in Jets territory. Edwards throws a pick after a monster blitz. Jets get the ball around the 40..- I don't mind this pick it was a horrible decision but atleast there letting Trent play a little. Lets go D!!

Jet's second series. The short passing game is picking the Bills D apart. With the runs added in the Jets offense is looking really good. I am not liking this. The Jets are inside Bills territory but are forced to punt.

Bills third series starts at the 17 after the punt. It looks like Marshawn has some sort of issue cause he isn't out there. Dwayne Wright is in a running back. This series is going so well for the Bills. A 3 and out for the Bills. - The blitz is killing the bills. No running back and rookie QB is not a good thing for the Bills. Lets hope that Steve fairchild can come up with something to get the O moving. I am not to confident since he hasn't done anything yet.

Jets third series starts at their 48 after the punt and a 15 yard face mask. The Jets are picking apart the Bills D again and are deep into Bills territory. Luckily the Jets fumbled on a trick play and the Bills get the ball back with a little under 2 minutes inside there own 20.

Bills fourth series ends in a punt but at least the Bills came out throwing then they decide to do nothing. - I love the 2 minute drill. I am actually glad the Bills semi tried one.

Jets fourth series ends the half. A screen pass and few runs makes the clock runs out. Lets look at the adjustments at halftime cause so far this game has been a sleeper.

End of half - I have never seen a half of football that lasted a little over and hour. That was really quick

3rd Quarter


Jets fifth series starts at the 33 after the kickoff. Bills D looks good and forces the Jets to a 3 and out. - That is how I would like to see the Bills D and the Jets O work.

Bills sixth series starts at the 10 after the punt and the holding penalty. Marshawn is back in the game lets see if he can do something. It seems to me that the passing game is work well but the running game is doing nothing. I like how the Bills are moving the ball. Too bad it ends in a punt. - Lets hope the Bills know that a short passing game can be a running game.

**********BOLD PREDICTION**********
BILLS WILL SCORE A TD THIS GAME
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Jets sixth series starts at the 19 after the punt. Again the running game is working well but for some reason the Jets want to pass. Jets punt and the Bills start their drive at the Jets 43 after a great run back - I think the Bills and Jets need to switch game plans. The Bills can pass but want to run and the Jets can run but want to pass.

Bills seventh series ends in a 3 and out. Bills punt Jets get the ball at the 15. - I am actually pretty bored. I want to see some good football.

Jets seventh series ends in a 3 and out. Jets punt Bills get the ball at their 40.

Bills eighth series starts with my boy JP Losman at QB. I didn't see Trent go down but I am assuming it is some sort of injury cause the offense was moving the ball ok. JP's first snap is 9 yard gain. After a first down the Bills go 3 and out. Bills punt and the Jets start the drive at the 20.

Injury update - The trainers are looking at Trents wrist.

Jets eighth series starts with a short pass and a nice 5 yard run. The run ends the 3rd quarter.

End of 3rd Quarter

4th quarter

Jets continue their eights series with a no gainer. Another 3 and out for the Jets. The Bills start their drive at the 41.

The Bills ninth series is somewhat resembling playing offense. The Bills finally get in the Jets redzone again but are are forced to kick a field goal. Bills take a commanding 6-3 lead!! - I am only calling this commanding cause no one has scored since the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Its nice to see JP leading the team again. Too bad the play calling still sucks. On 3rd and 1 a bootleg would be nice.

The Jets ninth series starts at the 24. The Jets are moving the ball well in the air but Lavernus (or something like that) Coles got blasted by Terrence McGee and has been down for a little while (lets hope he is ok). Like most of the Jets and Bills drives today they are forced to punt. Bills get the ball at the 3 yard line after a great punt.

The Bills tenth series. Starts run, run, run then an 85 yard TD pass to Lee Evens. Buffalo now takes a really commanding 13 - 3 lead. - Thats why we play JP. It might have been a really dumb think to throw into double coverage but hey it worked. You know what they say its only a bad call if it doesn't work. I think we need to reintroduce the JP era in Buffalo.

The Jets tenth series starts at the 20 after the kick off. Jets bench Chad Pennington for Kellen Clemens looking for a spark. After 2 poor plays Kellen Clemens is slinging the ball around for 2 quick first downs. The Jets get to mid field and thats where they stop. McGee picks off Clemens and that should just about do it. Bills have the ball at there 33.

Bills eleventh series is exactly like I want it. Run, run, run and punt. - The Jets had all of their time outs or else this game would have been over. Bills punt and the jets get the ball back at the 25.

The Jets eleventh series ends the game after a few passes.

End of Game

Bills win 13-3 for 2 in a row. The bills are now 1 game under 500 at 3-4. They have 2 winnable games the next 2 weeks. Home against the Bengals and at Miami. The Bills can be 5 and 4. A man can only hope. If it wasn't for 2 last second losses to the Broncos and the Cowboys the Bills would be 5 and 2 and in the playoff picture. I know it doesn't matter but I think the Bills may be a little better then there record. That and a buck fifty will by you a soda.

Until next week!!
Later!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Not Happy!!

Well lets start off by saying that I don't dislike the newly ordained starting Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills I actually like the guy and I think he is going to be a really good QB. I just don't like that he is starting now. My boy JP Losman should be starting for the Bills. I know that he got off to a rough start and then he got hurt but he made major strides last year. I think he is going to be a great QB but now its going to be for another team. I have 2 issues with the switch. First a starter shouldn't lose his job to injury unless he was on his way out before the injury (See Drew Bledsoe with the Pats). Then again the Bills picked him up for 2 years after that. Second Trent Edwards is a rookie who didn't do that well in JP's absence. Yes the Bills won 2 of 3 and should have won all 3. They lost on a last second fieldgoal to the Cowboys (because of a Trent Edwards interception). I just don't think Trent is ready yet to lead the team. We'll see how things turn out but JP got the wrong end of the deal.

Side note:

I highly recommend that you check out 2 of the new fall shows. Chuck on NBC (8pm Monday) and Reaper (CW 9pm Tuesday). They are both great dramadies. With Chuck leaning more towards drama and Reaper being more of a comedy. I am not going to tell you about them I think you should just watch them and you see why they rock.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Something new!!

Since this is another pretty uneventful weekend I am going to steal an idea from ESPN. I am going to blog about the Bills game.

1st Quarter -

Bills get the kickoff and return the ball to the their 31. Not a bad return to start the game

Bills first series 3 and out. Baltimore returns the punt their 25 - There is the Bills Offense for you.

Ravens first series 4 and and out. Ravens first play is a 13 yard gain. Then they get nothing. Bills return the punt to their 19. - Bills D looking good!!

Bills second series is the Marshawn Lynch show. Lynch had some short 3 and 4 yard runs and a few big runs of 13 and 23. Finally some sign of offense. Bills end up kicking the field goal for a 3-0 lead.- What really pisses me off about this drive is the Bills are finally moving the ball and the don't go for it on 4th and 1 from the Baltimore 11. Don't get me wrong I like points but when you have momentem you have to take some chances. Jauron is a pansy!!

Ravens second series 3 and out. Bills return the punt to the 45. - Great D again and nice return. Its looking like all three aspects of the team may be in sync today!!

Bills third series is the series of the big penalty. Bills weren't doing much on O but the 32 yards pass interference penalty get the Bills down to the Baltimore 7. 3 plays and negative yards. Bills kick fieldgoal for 6-0 lead. - Maybe someday they can get a touchdown. I don't want risky but I would like some attempt at wanting to score a TD.

Ravens third series is a 2 and out. Bills D pick up a fumble at the Baltimore 11. - Bills D rules!!!

2nd Quarter -

Bills fourth series is same as the thrid. 3 plays for nothing and a fieldgoal. Bills lead 9-0. - I am glad the Bills kicker Lindell is on my oppenents fantasy team!! O

Ravens start their fouth series on there own 13. Ravens O is starting to show some sign of life. Ravens convert 2 of 3 third downs and finally get into Bills territory. Ravens punt! Touchback Bills start the drive at there 20.

Bills fifth series started quickly but ended in 5 plays. Bills punt. Ravens get the ball at the 11 after the holding penalty. - Bills special teams does it again!!

Ravens fifth series is showing the Ravens O can move the ball. The Ravens got into Bill territory again but the Bills D forced them to punt for the 4th time in 5 series resulting in a touchback. - Bills D is looking good but its easy against the inept Ravens offense. What does worry me is the Bills D has given up a few third and longs. They really need to work on this. It may bite them in the A$$.

Bills six series ended with halftime. - Bills had over a minute to go and 3 timeouts. Why didn't they try something. I want to see some action this running crap sucks. Let the rookie throw. With the 9-0 lead the second half will probably be run, run, run also. Oh well I guess a lead is a lead.

3rd Quarter -

Ravens sixth series starts the half. They receive the ball in the endzone for a touchback. The offense is again moving the ball well. This is the third series in a row where the Ravens have made into Bills territory. 3rd and long hurt them again. McGahee ran all over the Bills on this this drive. A run of 46 yards for a touchdown and few other runs over 5 yards was basically the Ravens offense on this drive. Bills 9 Ravens 7. - I am not feeling good about this game. The Bills have no offense and they are being way to conservative. You can't win with field goals.

Bills seventh series (starting at the 26) is showing the Bills can move the ball to if they pass a little. Trent Edwards had a few passes of over 10 yards mixed in with some nice 4-5 yard runs made this a nice drive. Bills kick another field goal for a 12 - 7 lead. - There is that damn field goal again. I am going to make a bold prediction. The Bills will score a TD today!!

Ravens seventh series starts at the 31 after the kick off. Ravens O goes nowhere. Bills force a punt after a nice defensive stance. - Keep up the good work D. No more big runs for Willis!!

Bills eighth series starts on the 29. Bill throw the ball again and something good happens. A 54 yard gain for the Bills. Another throw gives the Bills first and goal. After a pass interference penalty in the endzone Lynch runs it in for a 1 yard TD. Bills 19 Ravens 7- See what throwing does. It opens up the running lanes for Marshawn. See I told you the Bills would score a TD and I told you if you open the playbook a little we might be able to score. GO Bills!!!

Ravens eighth series starts at the 20. Again the Ravens are moving the ball well and the Bills D can't get off the field on a few third downs. They also can't stop them on 4th and 10. Luckily they can stop them on 4th and short. Ravens turn over the ball on downs at the 8.- Bills D can't stop anyone on 3rd or 4th and long. It looks like they are Blitzing and playing prevent. I think that a prevent D just prevents the Offense from scoring quickly. My Bills got lucky on that won. I still am not feeling this game. This has been the Bills all season win all game and lose at the very last minute.

4th Quarter

Bills ninth series ends with a pick. It was almost a pick 6. Rolle was ruled down by contact after a challenge. - This is bad very very bad!!

Ravens ninth series starts at the It didn't matter the Ravens didn't score on the INT. The still still score a TD on a laser by Boller. Bills 19 Ravens 14. - I don't want to watch any more only bad things can happen now. You know I am going to watch I guess I am a glutton for punishment.

Bills tenth series starts at the 6 after a dumb move to take the ball out of the endzone. Bills O does nothing and they are forced to punt. Ravens get the ball on the Ravens 32. - Special teams does well again. Please D do something good. Lets get a turn over!!

Ravens tenth series does nothing. Bills D gives them a 3 and out. Bills get the ball at the 11 after the punt.

Bills eleventh series run Marshawn, run Marshawn, run Marshawn, punt. Ravens get the ball at the 40. - This royally sucks. Let the boy play. The QB can throw the ball everyonce in a while.

Ravens eleventh series results in a 4 and out. Bills get the ball on down at the 49. - Bill's D can stop people on 3rd and 4th and short cause then play a normal Defense!!!

Bills twelfth series. Bills get a 3 and out and punt with 8 seconds left. Game over!!- This is the first time I wanted run, run, run.

End of Game
Bills finally win a game!! Well that was fun!! Maybe i'll try it again sometime!!

Food Note!!
My wife made me italian sausage soup. It is so good. I could eat it everyday. My wife is the best!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Nothing has Happened Lately

Well its been a few days since I have posted. After traveling the last 2 weeks this weekend and week have been kind of dull. I actually don't mind dull I just don't need to talk about. I figured I should write something every once in a while for all of you reading about my exciting life. Well this weekend I had a few people over to watch football and to BBQ. Have I ever told you that I like sausage. All kinds hotdogs, polish, Italian, brats, salami, pepperoni. You name it and I probably like it. We had brats this weekend cooked in beer and grilled. All I can say is yummy.

Well its all good. Hopefully something good will happen this weekend but i wouldn't count on it. At least my Bills will be on this weekend.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Dallas Trip

Whats up all!!!

This weekend I went to Dallas to meet up with my wife who was working in the area and to meet some friends who moved from Bakersfield. I took the day off Friday and got to Dallas about 3pm central time where my friends picked me up. We drove to there house where I got to see Josh and the boys. After that I broke the diet severely. I think I ate 2 lb of meat. There was BBQ turkey, chicken, brisket, hot links, sausage, pulled pork and ribs. It was called the full house and I felt like a house after eating it. It was damn good. I highly recommend you try Dickey's BBQ when you are in the Dallas area. It is good reasonably priced food. I also got to try lone star beer. It is a local lager beer that tastes pretty good. For all you girly beer drinkers in Texas I say try it you may be on your way to having some taste.

On Saturday, my wife, April and Josh did some Texas wine tasting in grapevine. We went to a few places and tried some pretty good wines for the price. All of there wines were drink now wines with very little complexity. I am usually not a bog fan of the sweet wines but TX does them pretty well. On the way home we saw a Brew pub at the Bass Pro Shop called Big Buck brewery. Me and my wife sampled all 10 of there beers. They were all good even the Stout. I personally don't care for Stouts that but this was drinkable. If you are interested it is called Black River. My personal favorite was the Antler Ale. It was a nice red ale with the right amount of hoppyness and smoothness. I am told there a a few around county so If you get a chance try them out. For dinner we went to Jaspers in Plano. According to the food network and Bon Appetite magazine they have the best ribs in America. I personally thought they we good but I don't think they are the best. I like my ribs and I know that I have had comparable ones and at $25 for a rack they had better be awesome. Not to mention the rest of my party got other things and they weren't impressed at all. I am never a big fan of the $12 burger when I can get a 3 dollar amazing burger her in Bakersfield. Oh well even my food network has a bad day. One good thing other then the ribs was the glass of 14 hands Merlot from Washington. It was a really nice Merlot. After dinner my friends went home and my wife and I went to the Fox Sports bar and grill and watched some college football. It was a good end to a good day.

On Sunday we had a nice relaxing day at our friends house. I had a 7 pm flight so we just hung out and watched football. Josh cooked us an awesome TX specialty called flat iron steak. I am guessing that you can get it other places but I had never had it before. It is a great tender cut that melts in your mouth. So get a grill, some grill seasoning, and some flat iron steak and get cooking.

Depressing Monday - My Bills lead the game for 59 minutes and 59 seconds. They lost on a game ending field goal. This never should have happened. The Bills O had sucked all day so what does the coach do he calls a pass on 3rd and 7 while the are in easy field goal range. The rookie QB Trent Edwards throws a pick that was returned for 70 yards. At that point I should have went to bed. I knew it was over. Well the cowboys scored a TD but didn't get the 2 point conversion. The Bills were up by 2 but i didn't quite feel right. So on the kick off the cowboys get the onside kick and the rest is history. I hate to say it but the out come was the way it should be when you suck you lose and when you are good and have a horrible day you win!! At least the Bills are well on there way to a top five draft pick.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Great Food, Wine and Beer Trip - Day 4

Monday October 1st.

This is the final day of my trip to the Bay area. There really isn't much to talk about today. No beer, no wine, and no sports. All we did was take the cable car around the city and eat some Chinese food in china town. I had a dim sum platter. It was rather good. After touring San Fran Al and Maria dropped me off at the amtrak station.

The train was supposed to leave at 6pm but it didn't leave until 7pm due to a train derailment about a half hour south of Emeryville,CA (station where I left from). So we left an hour late and we started to head to Bakersfield. Then as we get to the location of the derailment we have to wait about an hour and a half while Amtrak did the worst logistics in in transportation history. They let 4 trains pass in one direction before letting other trains from the other directions pass. I am no transportation expert but it makes sense to me that you would alternate trains so that every direction is inconvenienced the same amount. We were already over an hour late so they figured lets make us even later. I was supposed to get back at midnight instead I got back a 3am. i was so tired at work the next day. I had some important meetings that day so there was nothing I could do.

That was the trip. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!!

Cubs update!!
Its over cubs go home!! Its all good I have learned with the cubs that there is always next year. Lets hope the Yankees have the same fate

Friday, October 5, 2007

Great Food, Wine and Beer Trip - Day 3

On Sunday Sept 30 we left the Valley and headed for San Fran. On the way out we stopped at Mumm's winery. They specialize in sparkling wine. We went specifically for the sparkling pinot. It is one of the few sparkling red wines out there today. It was my first time trying it and I thought it was ok. It was a little bitter for my taste but it wasn't bad. We also tried a few other sparklers and I ended up purchasing the last vintage of one of there lines. Sorry I am on the road and I don't remember what it is off the top of my head. If you want to know I can go check it out. I am sitting in an airport right now. Also in case you care the reason for stopping the line is sterling wants to use the grapes it was selling to Mumm's

After Mumm's we went to Fairfield, CA and stopped at the Jelly Belly factory for a tour and samples. Gotta love the jelly bellies. We also stopped at Sepay olive oil for some great fresh pressed good quality EVOO ( Yes I love Rachael Ray so I am going to quote her).

San Fran is our next destination. We have an appointment for a night tour of Alcatraz. This is all of our first time on the rock so we are pretty excited. If you get to the Bay Area i highly recommend that you take the tour. We had a blast. The audio tour is presented by actual inmates and guards of the prison. They talked about what it was like and how things worked. It wasn’t like a history lesson. It help me feel what it was like to actually be there as both an inmate and a guard. Let me tell you I’ll take the guard any day but I would still always watch my back. My two favorite parts of the tour were the escape stories and the demo of the cell doors opening and closing. It was pretty creepy hearing the doors slam shut when its dark outside. I can’t imagine being a prisoner and hearing those doors closing over and over again everyday know that you are going to be there for a while.

After the tour ended we went for dinner at a restaurant called Ciopino’s. It was really good. I had the Spaghetti alla carbonara. It wasn’t as good as the one I had in Italy or in San Diego but I was very happy with it. It’s hard to find good carbonara. Everyone was happy with there meal. After dinner we went across the street to Jack’s bar. Jack’s has over 60 beers on taps. Needless to say it fits my criteria as a great bar. I had a few pints of different IPA’s and I tried a few samples of other beers the bartender recommended. She was on most of the time. That is a little tip for you ask the bartender what to get when there are a lot of choices. They have probably tasted them all. Just make sure you tell them what you usually drink. They may love something that you would hate. Like me a porters and stouts. We were about to head back the hotel but we decided that we would go have one more beer so we went to a sports bar called Knuckleball across the street from out hotel. I had the Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale and we just chilled and talked for a while.

One more day to go!! Are you excited to hearing the rest of the adventure? I will give you a quick point to get you intrigued. There is a major train story. So tune in tomorrow or later today if I have time!!

Cubs Update - All I can say is it’s over. Cubs lose again 8-4 to the Dbacks. I don’t see them winning 3 in a row but I also didn’t see them making the playoffs this year. We’ll see what happens.

Later!!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Great Food, Wine and Beer Trip - Day 2

On Saturday Sept. 29th we hit the Napa Valley wineries. The first winery we went to was Sterling. This winery is really cool. You have to take a gondola ride to the main complex at the top of the hill. Once you get there you take a walking tour where you sample a few wine along the way. At one part of the walking tour you get to see a great view of the Napa Valley and a few of the vineyards that Sterling gets there grapes from. My personal favorite wines were the 2005 Gewurztraminer and the 2004 Reserve Cabernet.

After Sterling we went to a small boutique winery called St. Clements. It was a really small place and it was packed. I don't really have much to say about the wines. They were ok but I do recommend that you go with there reserve tasting over there regular tasting. I feel the wines were much better.

It is now time for lunch. For all of you who watch the food network you may have seen Guy Fieri's show Diners, Drive in's and Dives. Well we decided to stop and Taylor's Refreshers in St. Helena. There specialties are burgers and shakes. While watching the show Guy watched the Ahi Tuna burger. It looked good so I tried it. It had a nice ginger soy flavor and it was cooked perfectly. The rest of the crew my wife, Alejandro and Maria got burgers. They were damn good but where is the adventure. I always try to get the specialty when I go some place new.

After lunch we had an appointment for a VIP tour at Mondavi. Maria's uncle knows someone so we got hooked up. The tour was a pretty normal winery tour so I won't get into to much detail about the wine creation processes. But i will mention that I got to try wine grapes straight off the vine. They are really good. I didn't expect them to be so sweet. If they were just seedless they would be perfect. The best part of the tour was the tasting. We went to a private room with a bunch of glasses. Inger our wine educator pour a few whites a 2005 Fume Blanc and a 2004 or 2005 Reserve Chardonnay. I don't remember which. They were both good but the reds made the day. We got to try the 2004 Stag's Leap district Cab, the 2004 Reserve Cabernet and what I think may be the best wine I have ever tasted the 1997 Reserve Cabernet. All three of the wines were awesome. The Stag's Leap was was nice and smooth with good fruit and some good tanins. I think it is going to age well. Who am I kidding we are not very good a aging wines. We drink them. The 2004 reserve cab was also really good. It was the big boy wine that I love. It was a strong heavy deep tanin red that I feel I can just chew on. The funny thing is it was my least favorite and I would drink it any day of the week. The final wine the 1997 reserve cab was spectacular. I don't even know how to describe it. It was smooth, silky, chewy, complex and everything else you would want a wine to be. Up to this point in my wine life. I would say it was my perfect wine. A quick fact for you is that the 1997 vintage of Napa cabernets are one of the best vintages the region have ever produced. On Check out I purchased a bottle of the Stag Leap and a bottle of the 2003 Reserve Cab (it is also presumed to be one of Napa's better cab vintages). We are going to save the 2003 Reserve until 2013 for our 10th wedding anniversary. I can hardly wait!!!

After Mondavi was dinner. We went to this really cool tapas restaurant called Zuzu's where we tried 7 different dishes. If you ever get to Zuzu's i recommend the duck sausage and the sliced beef. For dessert we went to this bakery called Sweetie Pie's. You may have heard it on Jamie and Bobby Dean's show Road tasted. We got the cabernet grape pie like they showed on the show. It is only made for a few months during grape season. This may have been the first time a food network show has let me down. It cost be $37 and it was rather gross. I don't recommend it.

Wineries
Sterling - http://www.sterlingvineyards.com/en-row/home/
St. Clement - http://www.stclement.com/stclement/home.jsp
Mondavi - http://www.mondavi.com


Cubs Update - Cubs lose game 1 3-1. Why did they take Big Z. out? Lets up Lilly and his 9-1 record after cubs loses comes through.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Great Food, Wine and Beer Trip - Day 1

I went on a great long weekend trip to Napa, Sonoma, and San Fransisco this past weekend with my wife, Alejandro(Matt), and Maria(Maria). We had an awesome time. I will basically give a day by day recap of the trip.

On Friday my wife and I got up way to early (345am) to catch a train to the Bay Area. I slept most of the time so there isn't much to tell about it. We got in around 11 where Al and Maria picked us up and we headed up to Sonoma. The first winery we went to was Ravenswood. They have some awesome Zinfandals. My favorite are the county series Zins with the Sonoma County being my favorite. After Ravenswood we went to my favorite winery in the whole region Ledson. There isn't a wine on there list that I don't like. I like them so much that I am a member of there wine club. I get 2 cases a year. I like going to the winery for my free tasting. Its a nice perk for being a club member. We also ate lunch at Ledson they have a awesome deli with fresh meats and cheeses. Having a picnic at Ledson is one the best things you can do in the area. The view on the grounds are spectacular (if you like vineyards and castles). Our next stop on our wine adventure for the day was Blackstone. I personally wasn't really impressed with any of there wines. They were all just ok. Kunde's wines were pretty good and we got to go on a cool cave tour. I particularly liked the 2005 Gewurztraminer. Its a nice light wine that is good for chilling on the porch on a warm summer day. Our next stop Valley of the Moon winery was Maria's favorite. Not for the wine but for the shop. She bought a maple leaf chip and dip tray. She was all excited and happy. I thought the wine there was decent and I purchased a bottle of there 2005 Barbera. Its a lower cost wine that goes well with pizza and other Italian foods. Think a lighter chianti. I am looking forward to my next pizza night.

On our way to the hotel we saw one other place that was open Domaine Carneros. There specialties are pinot nior and sparkling whites. The wines were all pretty good but a little over priced. The coolest part about the place is how they serve the tasting. You order from one of the staff while sitting on a patio overlooking the Napa Valley. It was cool to just sit and talk while sipping on the bubbly.

We then checked into our hotel to decide on dinner. I am sure you know how much of a chore that is. No one ever wants to make a decision. So I did. I chose a nice microbrewery. It is called Silverado Brewing Company. I am glad we chose it cause everyone was very happy with the choice. I had the fish and chips and a sampler of the beers.

Well that is the end of day 1. Look forward to days 2-4 of my epic adventure.


For more info on the specific wines go to there individual websites:
Ravenswood - http://www.ravenswood-wine.com
Ledson - http://www.ledson.com/

Blackstone - http://www.blackstonewinery.com/

Kunde - http://www.kunde.com/

Valley of the Moon - http://www.valleyofthemoonwinery.com/

Domaine Carneros - http://www.domaine.com/



Brew pubs -

Silverado Brewing Company - http://www.silveradobrewingcompany.com/



Cubs Update - WOW!! I am watching the cubs in the playoffs!! Not only that but while I was gone Directv added a bunch of HD channels including TBSHD. I get to watch my cubs in beautiful High-Definition!!



Diet Update - What's a diet. I was very very bad on the trip. I did work out once though. With all the great food and wine in the area. I didn't stand a chance. I will get back on track after my trip to Dallas next weekend.