On Vacation

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As the summer comes to an end, this blogger will be away on vacation.  

I will schedule some posts to run while I am disconnecting and clearing my mind.  

Of course, I will be reading some wonderful books that are all loaded and ready to go on my tablet.  

I will have some exciting reviews when I get back.

Read, dine, drink wine, relax and be kind.

~Susi

Wine Review – Martín Códax Albariño #wine

I love to try different wines.  I don’t worry about names or prices.  You see, I have found that drinking wine and enjoying wine is a very personal experience.  I do enjoy getting and giving wine recommendations.  

Today’s wine was a gift from my mother.  She didn’t give it to me. She heard about it from a friend and went out and bought it.  She gave it to my husband who doesn’t enjoy wine as much as I do.  He has a glass and I have well…you know, a few.   

My thoughts on this wine:  Delicious. Medium bodied with a crisp finish.  Fruity, with subtle hints of peach, apple and spice.

I paired it with tilapia and roasted vegetables and it was delicious.  

If you are looking for a delicious Spanish wine, I recommend this tasty Albariño.  

¡Salud!

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To learn more about this wine, click here.

Review – 100 Things To Do in Miami Before You Die by Roxanne Vargas & Maruchi Mendez @RoxyNBC6 @MaruchiMendez

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Get ready to take in the rich flavor and diversity of Miami, one of the most vibrant cities in the country and a place with something for everyone! Whether you’re planning to explore our shores, indulge in our international cuisine, or check out the swampy river that is the Everglades, 100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die gives you the inside track to the best spots, from popular to obscure, in the metro area. Discover festivals that garner international attention, ideal places to sip and socialize, historic sites, and international shopping destinations – not to mention places where you can throw down a game of dominos while sipping a café. Written by two Miamians for locals and visitors alike, this guide will help you make the most of a family vacation, romantic getaway, or escapade with friends. So strap on your salsa shoes and experience the magic that Miami has to offer!

 

My Review

I am a Miami native and I love the city I live in.  There are so many things to do here. One of my favorite things to do is to visit my favorite book store, Books and Books in Coral Gables.  While browsing this one of a kind store, I spotted this book, 100 things To Do in Miami Before You Die by Roxanne Vargas and Maruchi Mendez.

Well, I immediately flipped through the pages and decided I needed to buy it.  You see, although I live in Miami, there are many undiscovered gems I have yet to experience.  This little book is my new guide to Miami.

The book is organized by categories:  Food and Drink (my favorite) Music and Entertainment, Sports and Recreation, Culture and History and Shopping and Fashion.  As I went through this book, I checked off the places I’ve been to and the things I have already done in my wonderful city.  I was surprised to see that I have experienced many of them.  However, as an adult I am looking forward to revisiting many of these places and experiencing them through new eyes.  Just like a book, you always learn something new the second time around.

This book makes a great gift for out of town guests. It is also valuable to the locals.   Have you ever had friends over and can’t think of where to go?  I recommend you get yourself a copy of this book and keep it with you.  You will be amazed at the new plans that will evolve from the wonderful suggestions in the book.

Since purchasing the book, I have already enjoyed the Southernmost Winery in the USA, Schnebly’s Winery in the Redlands.  (stay tuned for my post & wine review)

I gave this book 5 stars!

Thank you Roxanne and Maruchi for your stellar suggestions.

You can find this book at Books and Books, #100 in the book, where you can find the pulse of Miami’s literary world.

~Susi

Buy Link

100 Things To Do In Miami Before You Die

 

 

 

 

 

Coming up, Coral Gables Restaurant Week

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Mark your calendars!

There are so many delicious restaurants in Coral Gables for you to enjoy.  

Be sure to check this event out.  #foodie  

 

CORAL GABLES RESTAURANT WEEK 2014

Downtown Coral Gables is celebrating our 7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week presented by Bacardi USA from June 9th-29th with exciting new restaurants and new unique events. This year, you have three whole weeks to taste your way through Coral Gables, giving you plenty of time to try new eateries and return to old favorites, all offering amazing prix-fixe menus at a discounted price.

For three weeks, restaurants will offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus. Guests (21 years of age and older) can pair those meals with the classic BACARDÍ® Cuba Libre, the official cocktail of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, and MARTINI® Prosecco as the featured wine.

So what are you waiting for… on your mark, get set, eat!

  • CHOOSE A RESTAURANT
  • MAKE A RESERVATION (Not required, but strongly suggested)
  • ENJOY YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE (Make sure to ask for the Coral Gables Restaurant Week prix fixe menu)

 

Check out all of the fantastic restaurants that are participating in this gastronomical fest.  

 

http://coralgablesrestaurantweek.com/

 

Follow @shopcoralgables to stay socially connected with everything foodie related including special events, happy hour deals, weekly promotions and more. 

Tasty Tuesday Wine- Moscato D’Asti

I always celebrate my Mother’s Day with a family brunch.  Every year, I look for new dishes and wines for my guests to enjoy.

I recently discovered this very delicious Dolcevita Moscato D’Asti dei sensi while shopping at The Fresh Market.  It is my new favorite Moscato.

This sparkling moscato is sweet, light, fruity and refreshing.  I think it will be perfect for a brunch.

I loved it so much, I had to recommend it!

 

Check it out and enjoy!

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Spanish Wines – ¡Salud!

Here are some of  the delicious wines I had while in Spain.  I wanted to share them.  I know several of my followers love wine.

All I can say, I recommend them all.  #winelover

 

¡Salud!

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On Vacation – Be back soon!

Good evening!

I will be on vacation for the next 10 days.  Goodbye Miami, FL and hello Madrid, Spain.

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I won’t be posting any blog posts until I get back.

During my vacation, I will be reading and enjoying the gastronomy of Spain. I am really looking  forward to my cooking lesson while in Madrid.  I plan to come back with recipes to share. #foodie

As a #winelover,  I hope to bring back some Spanish wines that I can tell you all about too.

My bags are packed, my camera is charged and my tablet is fully loaded with lots of books for my flights.

Be back soon!

~Susi

A Delicious New Cab – Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon

I am all about trying new wines.  I love it when I receive a bottle of wine as a gift.  This past Christmas, I received several bottles of wine.  While some were my usual favorites, I did get some new and interesting varieties.

Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was one of those new never tasted before wines.

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I finally got around to that bottle and truly enjoyed it.

This wine was quite fabulous. Pour this dark ruby red into your wine glass and enjoy the perfect blend of flavors.  Your taste buds will be rewarded with hints of raspberry, oak, chocolate and spices. It was easy to pick out some of these distinctive flavors.  The wine was delicious and perfectly balanced.  This wine was smooth, full bodied and savory.  For me, it paired well with a nice steak.

Since I enjoyed this wine, I looked for it locally and was surprised that this delicious wine was also inexpensive.

If you are looking for a nice cab to go with your dinner tonight, check this Chilean wine out for yourself.

~Susi

Rose Wines – My New Favorites

I recently visited a wine shop here in Miami.  While I was overwhelmed with the choices of wines, I was on a mission for one particular wine.   ~Rose

I had just finished reading and reviewing A Sip of You (Book 2 in the Epicurean Series) by Sorcha Grace.  Her 5 star story inspired me to try new rose wines.

I bought three wines to sample.

rose winesThe first wine is from France. Domaine Guy Mousset – Cotes du Rhone 2012.  ~Refreshing, fruity, hints of strawberry, and a great price!

The second wine is from Spain. Eguren Tempranillo 2012 ~Light, refreshing, raspberry and red berry flavors, great for tapas! Great price too!

The third wine is from Argentina. Aberdeen Angus Rose 2012   ~  Light bodied, crisp, cherry and strawberry flavors, fresh and fruity, great with light salads.

While all three were equally delicious, my favorite is the wine from Spain, the Eguren Tempranillo 2012.

Rose’s have quickly become my favorite anytime wines.  They are perfect when entertaining or just lounging around.

Try these wines and let me know what you think.

Do you like food, wine and romance?   Check out these books too!

A Taste of You  and  A Sip of You by Sorcha Grace

Happy Saturday!

~Susi

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Welcome to Reading Between The Wines

Welcome! I am so glad you stopped by to check out my new blog.  Reading Between The Wines is all about reading, sharing great book reviews, meeting new authors, discussing wines, recipes and great restaurants too.

As an avid reader, baker and foodie, I look forward to posting and sharing with all of you.  Thanks for reading. 🙂

~Susi

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