• Wine in the City

    August 7, 2010

    What a night! A BIG thank you to Kendall-Jackson and the wine family for a fabulous “Wine in the City” night out on the town. I definitely felt special tonight! :mrgreen:

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    Hello, stretch limo! :mrgreen:

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    The Wine in the City event started with a laid-back, yet sophisticated cocktail party at the Hilton Manhattan East.

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    At the cocktail party, there were lots of delicious appetizers to chose from– both stationary and passed.

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    And, of course, there was plenty of Kendall-Jackson wine.

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    Also a HUGE thank you to “Almanzo” for inviting me to the event! :mrgreen:

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    Once the cocktail party ended, we headed to The Capital Grille for a five-course dinner with wine pairings.

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    I must say, the food + wine pairings was quite impressive! :-D

    First course: Lobster and Crab Cake served with Caper Tartar Sauce and paired with Cambria 2007 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay. I love crab cakes, but lobster and crab cakes are even more amazing, especially when there are big hunks of lobster in it.

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    Chardonnay was the perfect wine pairing. It brought out so much flavor in the crab cake.

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    Blog buddies!

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    Second course: Chilled Seared Sushi Grade Tuna served with Wasabi Oil, White Soy, and Ginger Vinegar paired with La Cream 2007 Pinot Noir. The sesame-crusted tuna was to die for! My favorite sauce out of the three was the white soy. Mmm!

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    I usually don’t enjoy Pinot Noir, but this one was excellent with fresh, juicy flavors of cherry and plums. It was my favorite style of red wine.

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    Hey, Almanzo. How’s that wine? ;-)

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    During the meal, the head sommelier at The Capital Grille briefly described each of the wines to us. It was fun tasting new ones and learning about them.

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    Third course: Roasted Lamb Chips served with Cherry Mostarda paired with Cambria 2007 Barbara’s Pinot Noir. I’m not much of a meat eater, so I only ate a couple of bites of the lamp chops.

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    More wine!

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    Fourth course: Dry Aged Sirloin served with Cipollini Onions and Wild Mushrooms paired with Kendall-Jackson Jackson Hills 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Again, I only ate a few bites of the Dry Aged Sirloin, but I enjoyed this course a lot more. The meat, mushrooms, and onions all had a ton of flavor and went so well with the Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    Final course: Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake. Thick, rich, heavenly.

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    Friends, wine, delicious food. What more could you ask for? It was an amazing evening and one I will never forget. Thanks, again, KJ!

    It’s sooooo late! G’night!

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    { 45 comments… read them below or add one }

    Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat August 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Your life is very difficult. If you want to switch, I can sacrifice my calm existence for your overwhelmed time right now… :-D

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    Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 7, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Dammnnn, now, that’s traveling in style! Some pretty cool company, too. :)

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    Wei-Wei August 7, 2010 at 2:21 am

    You look great! I love parallel posts on my two favourite blogs. :) Looks like a fun night!

    Wei-Wei

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    Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 7, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Wow, a five course meal, wine and a stretch limo. What a night!!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) August 7, 2010 at 3:11 am

    i think they just opened a capitol grill in l.a.?!?!

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    sam @ hold onto healthy August 7, 2010 at 4:06 am

    mmmm that cake looks AMAZING.

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    Hannah August 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

    You are such the celebrity! Limos and cake, what a life ;)

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    Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 7, 2010 at 7:09 am

    This does look like an absolutely amazing evening…you all look so pretty! I’ve walked by the Capitol Grille a bunch of times but never knew how nice it was! Hope you have a great day at BlogHer!

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    Katie August 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

    What an awesome and first class night for sure! All you girls looked so beautiful! I love your dress too! Capitol Grille ROCKS!! Have been there in vegas, chicago, and pittsburgh, loved it! THey have the best parmesan truffle fries and the best lobster mac n cheese!!!!

    Have agreat day today!!! Love seeing the recaps, I really hope to go to more events in the near future!!!!

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 7, 2010 at 7:40 am

    What a great night! The cake looks delicious! I hope you have a great Saturday!

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    diana(mymarblerye) August 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

    alamanzo was there!?! oh my…no wonder jenna wanted to be there too!! You girls are SOOO positive and also SOOO beautiful! Eat up and enjoy life!

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    Chelsey August 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

    that looks like a great time!!!!

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    Ann @ Appalachian Appetites August 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Can’t believe you got to meet Almanzo :) Glad you’re having fun!

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    Julie @ Pickley Pear August 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

    That is an amazing meal! Capital grille is very fancy!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite August 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

    What a fantastic event!!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    Nicole August 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I am drooling looking at the meat, cheese and olive platter! A dirty vodka martini would go nicely with that. Holy Yum!

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    Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

    La Crema Pinot is my favorite pinot and drink it quite often…..so glad you enjoyed it and your special Kendell Jackson night out! How fun is that?!

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    Krystina August 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

    You all look ridiculously gorgeous.

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    Karoline August 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Love your green dress – where’s it from?

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    tanyasdailyproductreviews August 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

    looks like you all had a great night

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    Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I love Capital grille, looks like you guys had an amazing night!

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    Heather August 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

    lots of wine!
    the limo looks fun, too!

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    Lauren August 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    WOW! Looking like you had an amazing night. Which was your favorite appetizer at the cocktail party?

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

    That night looks amazing!!

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love your sophisticated green dress!
    I’ve been to the Capital Grille a couple times for work events and I wasn’t all that impressed. Pretty overpriced for what seems like basic steakhouse fare, but I guess that’s just their thing. Not that I would turn down a free meal there or anything! What were your thoughts on the restaurant in general?

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    Cynthia (It All Changes) August 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

    So fun for you to meet Almanzo and spend a wonderful evening with your lovely blog friends. So hard to choose which wine and food you like best. I think you enjoyed every bite…and sip :-)

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    rachel August 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

    WOW!!!! What a great night, food lookes FABulous and the wine pairings sound AMAZING!!!! BTW, loving your blog!

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    Renee @ Actively Ordinary August 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

    wine and food pairings are my favorite – what a fun night!

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    Steph (Steph Runs the City) August 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    yum! that dinner looks amazing- capital grille is right by my office and i’ve always wanted to try it. hope you’re having fun in nyc :)

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    Tina August 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

    @Karoline: Marshalls.

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    jenna August 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

    hehehe miss you guys!

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    Callie August 7, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Wow. :)
    Sounds like you had so much fun!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 7, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Wow, living like a celeb!

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    Daisy August 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Almanzo made an appearance! heck yes. what a great night for you!!

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique August 7, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Sounds like quite the night! And..that meal looks awesome.

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    Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

    My mouth is watering! :-P

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    Amber K August 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t eat meat, but I would be all over that dessert!

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    Rachel August 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I love your dress! That green is a fabulous color on you. :)

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    Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) August 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    That looks like so much fun! Wine and chocolate-espresso cake – heaven!

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    Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana August 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Now THAT’s a proper way to spend a night in the city. What fun! Love wine pairings!

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    Heather August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    what a night! you look gorgeous (as always :))…and that FOOD! oh my goodness, i don’t know if i could practice balanced eating there…

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I love crab cakes, but I’ve never had a crab AND lobster cake. I bet it would be divine! :D

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    Mac August 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    WOW! The appetizers look absolutely amazing! I need to hire a professional chef asap!

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    How interesting how worlds connect, Almanzo. :)

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    Tim October 15, 2010 at 3:17 am

    I am thinking about taking my girlfriend here, do you have more pictures of the dining room?

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