Wine Wednesday celebrates Reds and Grilled Porterhouse with Chimichurri Sauce

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I know it’s been a while and I’m sorry.  You know – life! There are tons of new things that are happening and there is going to be a new “addition” to what you’ve seen here in the past.  It’s a little more raw…a little more vulnerable…open..and truthful. I’ve been working on it for a while and lately feel like it’s time to take you on a ride with me.  Do you want to come??  I hope so.  But since the summer winding down (where did it go?!?), I thought a wonderful steak would be a great thing to share – along with what became my favorite wine this summer.

First – what a lucky girl am I?? My boyfriend (are they still called that when you’re over 30?) took me to the South of France for holiday. I KNOW!! It was all his planning (which means I wasn’t working on a review of a property), with the perfect house rented, with pool and nothing on the agenda but having wine, cheese and fun.

Upon our arrival we went looking for the house, sort of found, it but had to wait for the owner to come to give us the keys.  Starving from our travels we finally found a place that prepared our first meal of steak, fries and served some amazing wine. I mean we’re in France…there is no such thing as bad wine in France.  Domanie du Coulet Rouge a beautiful medium-bodied red quickly became our favorite and I dare say one we both wish we could bring cases of back home.  This is a easy drinking wine that pairs well with a firm cheese, figs or in this case would be perfect with steak.  walkwithshaemylove

This is us on our property in France…during our Wine Wednesday walk through the lavender

Now, this PorterHouse is pretty easy to make and the Chimichurri Sauce can be as spicy as you want it to be, just use some of the jalapeno seeds.  To have a wine like the Domanie is a perfect compliment because the steak doesn’t overpower the flavor.  So I’ll tell you more about the wines we fell in love with in France next time.  I’ll also be sharing some of the adventures and people we met.  It was an amazing time to be with someone I truly love.

Happy Eating and Happy Wine Wednesday – Cheers! steak

This take on the classic Argentinean condiment includes a little heat in the form of a jalapeño; it’s a perfect pairing for a big, beefy porterhouse steak.

  • 1 (2-inch-thick) porterhouse steak (about 2-3/4 lb.)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
  • 1 Tbs. sherry vinegar, more as needed
  • 2 medium cloves garlic

1 small jalapeño

Season the steak well with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour or refrigerate uncovered for up to 48 hours. Meanwhile, make the chimichurri: In a blender, purée the parsley, cilantro, oil, vinegar, garlic, jalapeño, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp.  pepper, adding more oil as needed. Transfer to a small bowl and season to taste with more salt and vinegar, if needed.

If the steak is refrigerated, let it come to room temperature before grilling. For a charcoal grill, light a chimney starter full of charcoal and bank the coals against one side of the grill. For a gas grill, start with all burners on medium high and then turn off one or more of the burners to create a hot zone and a cool zone.

Pat the steak dry and grill over the hottest part of the grill, rotating it occasionally to create a crust, until well browned on one side, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and sear the other side.

Move the steak to the cooler part of the grill, cover, and cook to your desired doneness (about 14 to 18 minutes for medium-rare). Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving with the chimichurri sauce.

Make Ahead Tips

The sauce will keep in the fridge for 1 week.

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July 4th Fashion Under $60 – Simply Vera Vera Wang & Princess Vera Wang

July 4th is quickly approaching us and that means it’s time for a fun, new outfit to wear to all of your holiday celebrations. Whether your plans consist of a casual day of grilling on the beach or enjoying a rooftop party with friends, Princess Vera Wang and Simply Vera Vera Wang have the perfect pieces to spruce up your July 4th outfit, – all under $60. Below are some of our top picks from both collections, including on trend summer accessories from SVVW and flirty dresses and tops from PVW.

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HSN Introduces spring collections Eureka by Christos Garkinos and Hal Rubenstein

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Eureka by Christos Garkinos is launching for the first time this month on HSN and Hal Rubenstein is returning with new styles, both lines exclusive with HSN.  It’s almost time to pack up our winter wardrobe and break out our print dresses, sleeveless tops and spring colors!

 

Eureka by Christos Garkinos: Christos will be live on HSN with Eureka by Christos Garkinos on March 20th. The collection offers women pieces that showcase her best assets in silhouettes that are form fitting, yet flattering in sizes ranging from XS to 3X and 4-16, 16W-42W from $49.90 to $119.90 (with a small accessory at $29.90.)

 

Hal Rubenstein: Hal will be live on HSN with Hal Rubenstein from March 20thto March 22nd with his namesake collection ranging in price from $39.90 – $299.90. Hal Rubenstein is about a woman presenting her best self to the world every day, as Hal would say “make an entrance”; the collection was designed to reflect her personal style and flatter her unique shape.

 

Nail art but is it the Broncos or Seahawks

Celebrity nail artist, Pattie Yankee, created some fun and flashy designs for the big game.  Here is how to recreate the look at home:

Seahawk Striped Nail: Use Realm as the background and Reign on each side.  Life was used for the middle thick stripe and Divinity stripes to separate.    nail

B vs S Nail: Divinity was used with Realm to write B vs S and Purify and Life for each team color.b

Football Nail: Realm was used at the top to create the football shape with Divinity as the football and a white XLVIII at the bottom for Super Bowl 48.nail4

Broncos Nail: Realm, Purify & Divinity nail7

Striped Nail: Start with a white nail then stripe Vs down the middle depicting the team colors with Divinity, Realm, Purify, Life and Reign.nail11

Patricia Nail Lacquer is available online via www.rickysnyc.com for $9 each. nail18nail12 nail14 nail15  nail17

ARE YOU SINFUL OR SWEET? Kimpton’s Surfcomer Miami wants to know

OK, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Honestly, it just seems like we were just at the Christmas Holiday. Time waits for no one and that’s the truth!!  With all the craziness of the beginning of the year, Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami, South Beach is offering couples a passion-filled escape full of fun, fraternizing and flirtation. Whatever the mood, Surfcomber’s got it covered with its ‘Sinful or Sweet’ stay packages designed for duos with desires for a sexy getaway.  Ladies…I think this would be a great surprise weekend away for your guy!  After all…you know he’s going to get you something.surfcomber-beach-servicessuite3  suite breakout-meetingcabana


A romantic tryst waits, with playful offerings that are sure to spice up anyone’s love life. For couples seeking a walk on the wild side, the sultry Sinful Stay offer will knock your socks off. This sinful package includes:

  • Sex-on-the-Beach welcome cocktails for two
  • Intimacy kit
  • Tantalizing toys, including a blindfold and tickle feather
  • Complimentary late check-out

Meanwhile, sweethearts can also make sparks fly with the more subdued though equally passionate Romantically Sweet package, which includes the following sweet amenities:

  • Bottle of champagne
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Candles
  • Complimentary late check-out

Located in the heart of the Art Deco District on historic Collins Avenue, Kimpton’s Surfcomber, Miami South Beach continues to bring a sense of playfulness and whimsy to South Beach offering guests the perfect trilogy of sun, sand and surf. With direct beach access, this fully renovated hotel offers visitors a one-of-a-kind “daylife” experience with its iconic, sun-drenched pool deck providing guests with the most hours of sun than any other hotel in the area as well as 30 private cabanas, a pool bar, and varied beach and poolside activities.
And once the sun sets, Surfcomber offers one of the most fun and popular hot spots to enjoy cocktails or dinner before the South Beach scene starts to crank up, at its newly renovated and buzzing lobby lounge, The Social Club.

With rates starting at $429, Surfcomber’s ‘Sinful or Sweet’ packages are available for booking and travel now through December 31, 2014. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply. For more information on Surfcomber and/or reservations, please call (800) 994-6103 or visit www.surfcomber.com. Use the booking code SINF for the Sinful Stay package and SWEET for the Romantically Sweet package.

Hotel El Convento Puerto Rico old-world charm and elegance

In the heart of Old San Juan is a Spanish Colonial architectural delight, Hotel El Convento.  With six elegant salons, which can hold everything from intimate dinners to elaborate receptions, your guests will experience flawless service and celebrate with you an event that brings something ‘old’ and something ‘new’ for your wedding day.

Inaugurated in 1651, the Carmelite Convent was created to withstand Indians, European enemies, hurricanes and tropical heat. Doors and grilles were made of mahogany and iron wood which seems to increase it’s strength as it ages. For 252 years this building housed nuns and then it was abandoned.  In 1959 Frederic Woolworth (yes heir to the Woolworths fortune) purchased the convent from the Archdiocese for $250,000 and transformed it into its present deluxe hotel.  There are now 100 rooms including 10 suites.

A lot of the original artwork, wrought-iron fixtures and decorative tiles remain today.  The first two floors are now designed and feature restaurants and cafes, meeting and banquet rooms.  This is the only small luxury and four diamond hotel in the heart of old San Juan.

So why get married here?  One of the most monumental buildings is the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, located across the street from Hotel El Convento, whose Spanish architecture invites you without having to be a believer. The stained glass windows, statues and especially its high ceilings, domes covering it possible not only transported to the era of conquests but to other parts of Europe.  Many celebrities have chosen the Cathedral for their wedding and then walk across the street back to the hotel for their reception. elcon2 elconv4 elconv11 elconv7 conv5 hotelel

Hotel El Convento 100 Cristo Street, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901 Telephone: 787-723-9020  Toll Free: 800-468-2779 Telfax: 787-721-2877

EVENT: Jamaica hosting wedding and honeymoon expo in NYC

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Jamaica Destination Wedding Showcase

Discover the Top Destination Venues and Honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Manhattan Penthouse | 80 Fifth Avenue | New York City

Cocktails with Seagram’s Escapes and Cake Tastings

Hair and Makeup Sessions including a Lash Bar with Celebrity-Makeup Artists

Honeymoon Giveaways (including Grand Palladium Resort & Spa)

Beach Wedding Fashion, and a Fabulous Gift Bag

For complimentary tickets for you and a guest

please RSVP with code JNYBC at www.JamaicaWeddingShowcase.com