Sunday, December 4, 2016

PAIRED Blog Tour && Guest Post! #recipe #booktour


PAIRED - Champagne & Sparkling WinesBy Fran Flynn & David Stevens-Castro

  • Writers Digest Book Awards - First Place - Reference Category
  • Gourmand World Cook Book Awards - A 'Best in the World' award - Food & Wine Matching category
  • Foreword Reviews - Finalist - Cookbook of the Year
  • Australian Wine Communicator of the Year Awards - Finalist - Best Wine Book of the year These awards followed on from winning 'Best in Australia' in two categories of the Gourmand regional awards for 'Food & Wine Pairing' and 'French Wine' earlier in the year
paired-3dFood and wine pairing can be easy! All you need are taste buds and a sense of adventure. This beautifully presented, full colour recipe book will encourage and support you to experience the pleasure of food and wine pairing for yourself. The first volume showcases sparkling wines of all styles, and challenges usual perceptions by offering sparkling wines with tantalising home-cooked recipes for all courses of a meal, not just with finger food. The delicious recipes, presented by husband-and-wife team wine expert David Stevens-Castro and food photographer Fran Flynn create a foundation to apply your new pairing skills with confidence. Leave your comfort zone behind, try the unexpected, and bask in discoveries that your taste buds will be forever grateful for. Renowned award-winning wine expert Tyson Stezler contributes a foreword and discusses the current trends in champagne and sparkling wine consumption. Aimed at anyone with an interest in food and wine, this book uses a light-hearted and accessible style of language, plus full-colour illustrations to guide you on the right path to understanding food and wine pairings for yourself, with the added benefit of demystifying terminology and explaining wine labelling. Seven chapters each showcase a style of sparkling wine, present a visual synopsis of the country of origin, supply complimentary cheese ideas, and several recipes that will pair with the topical variety. Every recipe illustrated with full colour photographs is introduced by Fran, while David narrates some pairing suggestions. Common misconceptions about wine are dispelled, a broad range of dishes suitable for sharing and entertaining are presented, and suggestions on how you can introduce your friends to the wonderful world of food and wine are also provided.

Note: All measurements appear in both imperial and metric format throughout the book.

Guest Post

Make every meal sparkle
There is a popular misconception that champagne and sparkling wines are only useful for raising a toast or washing down the canapés at a wedding. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
With Christmas and New Years Eve just around the corner it’s time to start experimenting with some new ideas that will surprise your guests and open the door to new discoveries that your tastebuds will be forever grateful for.
Did you know that:
While true champagne (i.e. produced in the Champagne region of France) is usually at least $50/bottle, there are other delicious bubbles that come at a lower premium. Having said that, it is still worthwhile buying the best that your budget can afford, unless you have a hot tip for a cheap steal. French sparkling wine with ‘cremant’ on the label is a creamy style of sparkling wine also produced in France. It is produced with similar methodology to champagne but the grapes come from other regions of France. Cava is the name given to sparkling wine produced predominantly in Northern Spain. It is created using native Spanish grapes that usually present a slightly fruitier style to champagne.
There are red varieties of sparkling wine and some can go beautifully with a meaty meal such as duck or lamb. Australia actually produces the largest proportion of available sparkling shiraz. Young examples are usually refreshing, rich, fruity and juicy with a touch of sweetness. Older examples are typically rich and lush in style, and some high quality bottles are suitable for cellaring and aging. Sparkling red offers a surprising texture on the palate and a sparkling shiraz can be a real conversation starter among virgin tasters. For a new angle to the barbie this Christmas, try some sparkling shiraz with our recipe for lamb cutlets. (link here)
Italy also produces a lot of sparkling red, the best known of which is lambrusco. Lambrusco suffers from a bit of a bad name as a cheap, sweet and even unappealing beverage, however, quality lambrusco does exist. Dry (secco in Italian) examples are available also.
In general dry (brut/extra brut in French) sparkling wines tend to match very nicely with oily, nutty and egg-based dishes. Seafood is also a pretty safe bet — and the perfect match for Christmas day prawns. Chicken can work too, but make sure you take into consideration any sauce that accompanies the dish, e.g. something tomato-based is a no-no, however, light creaminess can still enhance nicely.
Moscato is a low-alcohol sweet, often pink, sparkling wine. It generally has an aroma of Turkish delight and is a delightful daytime tipple for holiday time. It is a beautiful accompaniment to an afternoon of high tea with delicate sweet treats or even your Christmas pavlova.
Sparkling rosé can often be mistaken for a sweet wine due to its pink colour but, in fact, it is usually dry in style and very versatile when it comes to matching food. It has a particular affinity with charcuterie (cured and smoked meats), duck, salads, shellfish, berries and chocolate — and even pork! Again, this is particularly enjoyable on a sunny summer’s day.
So put your preconceived notions to one side, take a step out of your comfort zone, offer your guests something new and bask in discoveries that will surprise and delight your palate (not to mention increase your street cred!).
If you would like to learn more, check out PAIRED: Champagne & Sparkling Wines – The food and wine matching recipe book for everyone by David Stevens-Castro and Fran Flynn. The book is available from (link

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Charlie the Tramp: #ChildrensBook #Review!

Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.

Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.

My Review:

So adorable!! I think this is such an adorable book especially for the children. It goes to show that you may think you want one thing because its easier, but you don't realize that it may not be whats in your blood to do. Charlie wants to be a tramp because tramps don't have to do heavy lifting or much of anything but live carefree, but when something happens that peaks his curiosity his instincts as a beaver kick in without him even realizing.

Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters. #TheMummy

Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters.

THE MUMMY – In Theaters June 9, 2017
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #TheMummy

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tickets on sale now for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!

Advance tickets are on sale now for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated standalone Star Wars adventure ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
Tickets are available wherever tickets are sold.

To celebrate ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, several theater chains and ticket sellers are offering special promotions:

Detailed information available here! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Have you seen MOANA yet?!

I am so excited to say that MOANA is officially in the theaters!! I am so excited because I got to see the movie before it was released and it was such an amazing film that I couldn't wait for it to come out so everyone else could experience the movie as well. The lessons you learn throughout this movie are just amazing. Disney has absolutely out done themselves once again!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Who is excited for CARS 3?!!

Gahh everything is about to change!

Watch the teaser trailer below for CARS 3!

Go ahead: Like CARS on Facebook && Follow Disney/Pixar on Twitter!

CARS 3 opens in theatres everywhere on:

June 16, 2017!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

#BeThankful this Thanksgiving | #BBR #Giveaway!

Be Thankful this Thanksgiving Season!

People ask me what I am thankful for and so many things/people come to mind. I have so much to be thankful for this year that narrowing it down to just one thing is kind of hard. My mother, first or foremost, is who I am thankful for everyday because without her i would have never gotten to where I am today. She pushes me until I can't go any further (even if it's somewhat annoying sometimes LOL). I would not be anything without her. Then theres my work family. I have never been so thankful for having a job I love waking up and going too. My co-workers are my family and I have never felt support like I do when I am with them.


I have been through so much in my life. Even through all the hurt, loss, love and heartbreak I would never change a thing because without all the struggle's I would have never found my strength. I am stronger and wiser than I have ever been. Without the help of my family & my work family, I don't know where I would be. 

So I wanted to say thank you.

Giveaway Time!!!

Enter below for a chance to win a 24- Count Box of #BBR Gingerbread Man Coffee

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