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El Dorado's wineries celebrate International Syrah Day

El Dorado's wineries celebrate International Syrah Day
by Holly's Hill Vinyards Local El Dorado Syrah producing wineries have banded together to help celebrate International Syrah Day and you can celebrate with them for FREE.

Mountain-grown Syrah wines will be tasted at the new California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Center.  Bring your mobile phone because this is a tweeting event and you are going to want to let all your friends know what they are missing.   The Taste and Tweet begins at 6:00 p.m.

Can't make it in person?

Great food and no corkage at Bocconato's on Monday

Great food and no corkage at Bocconato's on Monday

If you go to Fair Play, you must go on Monday and you must go to Bocconato's.

You see, Monday is their no menu and no corkage night, and for $20 you get two courses of incredible Italian food. Don't worry if you are a picky eater, they let you choose from a bunch of different things, but I recommend experimenting.

I had risotto with a mascarpone cheese sauce as my appetizer, followed by this scrumptious blueberry lasagna. Who would have thought blueberries would go with lasagna, but believe me, when I tell you it was excellent. In fact, I would drive all the way there again just for this Monday night meal.

But while the food was worth the drive, what makes Monday nights really special is the company. Many of the vineyard owners and wine lovers in the area show up and sit at the community table (so sit there). They each bring their own bottles of wine and the conversation begins.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Red Hawk Casino

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Red Hawk Casino

Red Hawk™ Casino will be celebrating the Chinese New Year by offering a family style dinner at Pearl Asian Cuisine.  Guests can enjoy a family style dinner for $38.88 a person including Dry Scallop with Fish Maw Soup, Braised Sea Cucumber with Tiger Prawns, Sautéed Oysters with Ginger and Scallions, Deep Fried Whole Flounder and Mixed Vegetables, served Lohan style. There is a two guest minimum and reservations are recommended. The special menu will be available now until Monday, February 28, starting at 5:00 p.m. each night.

Pearl Asian Cuisine invites guests to experience exciting authentic Chinese dishes tempered with an eclectic blend of international Asian cookery. The restaurant uses ingredients from the finest markets and purveyors around the world and regularly features fresh seasonal fish and crustaceans. Pearl Asian Cuisine offers a calm serene environment with prompt welcoming service and is conveniently located on the main casino floor.

Crockpot Wednesday: Filipino Chicken Adobo Rice

Crockpot Wednesday: Filipino Chicken Adobo Rice

I've mentioned before that I'm half Filipino but am pretty ignorant about Filipino food. My mom never learned to cook much Filipino food and so the only things I can even remember her making are lumpia, pancit, and adobo.

Filipino food is definitely its own thing. Being situated in southeast Asia and made up of over 7,000 islands, it has often been the stomping ground of invaders. Thus the influences over the centuries include Chinese, Japanese, Spaniards, Americans, and others. All of these influences mish-mash together to create unique dishes  - the true example of fusion cooking.

One notable flavor trait of Filipino cooking is their mix of salt/sour. Adobo is a perfect example. Adobo is considered the national dish of the Philippines. It is usually made with either pork or chicken. I prefer the chicken, and it's important that you use chicken thighs, not breasts. The breasts will be too dry.

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Barbono release at Toogood Winery

Barbono release at Toogood Winery

If you love to try new wines like me, then you won't want to miss this.Toogood Estate Winery is releasing their new Barbono this month.

Toogood's Barbono marries the white pepper spiciness and blackberry-jam fruit of Charbono with the violet, black cherry and minerally aromas of Barbera. Aged in oak to add complexity and depth. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm told that on the palate you will enjoy the bold flavors of blueberry and plum fruit.

Their Barbono is a fusion of 56 percent Barbera and 44 percent Charbono. 

This red wine pairs well with spaghetti, lasagna and most hearty pasta dishes. Especially delightful with lamb shanks, teriyaki chicken or flank steak.

Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon (MLK Day) Jan 14, 15, 16 & 17
Fri-Sat-Sun Jan 21, 22, 23
Fri-Sat-Sun Jan 28, 29, 30

Call (530) 620-1910 to RSVP to one of the tastings. 

Toogood Estate Winery is located at 7280 Fair Play Rd.

Recipe: Guacamole Omelette

Recipe: Guacamole Omelette

Earlier this week I was working on a new crepe recipe, which got me thinking about some of my go-to recipes in the breakfast-for-dinner department.  Though there are a couple sandwich & crepe recipes, I realized that most fall into the omelette category.  Suddenly, I was overcome with an intense desire to have a giant omelette, and instantly regretted the fact that I'd just used my only omelette filling-worthy ingredients in the crepes.

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