A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Greek Dessert Wine
This review marks a double first. It's our first sweet wine, and our first Greek wine. Given the wine's sweetness a full serving is quite small. Don't, we repeat, don't ever drink full servings of a wine like this. You will definitely regret getting sick and drunk on dessert wines. When you think of Greece you may be thinking of Retsina wines, wines tasting of resin that still represent a major section of the Greek wine market. You won't find any such wine reviewed here, and not because of the price.
Samos is a small, mountainous island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey. Its inhabitants have been making wine for well over three thousand years. The Muscat grape is a relative newcomer, probably introduced in the Sixteenth Century. These grapes were grown on the slopes of Mount Ampelos at a height of up to half a mile (less than a kilometer) by a local cooperative founded in the 1930s. The wine reviewed below is their base product; their top of the line is the Samos Anthemis. Usually my quotes are limited to the marketing materials but exceptionally I'll quote one of my favorite wine reviewers, Tom Stevenson, "One of the great sweet wines of the world...are all superb, perfectly-balanced, rich, and mellifluous wines..." If you agree with Tom, you are in for one real bargain.
Fair trade, Carbon Footprints and Affordable Food - Biopesticides help Balance the Books
The UK's most recent 2010 Fairtrade Fortnight, the Big Swap, encouraged consumers to swap their usual purchase for a fair trade alternative.
Almost a million people rose to the Fairtrade Foundation's challenge between February 22 and March 7 2010.
That's great for producers in the developing world, many of them small farmers who often struggle to make a living when they have to compete with import protection and the costs of buying the seeds and fertilizers.
Here's what the Department for International Development has to say on Fair trade: "DFID welcomes Fairtrade Fortnight. It supports its message of making trade work for the developing world. But our commitment to fair trade is not just confined to two weeks in February. We believe that trade is a very powerful way to reduce world poverty, which is why we work throughout the year to improve trading opportunities for poor countries."
Bogey's Grilling Sauce
COMMENTARY: Between making movies, legendary Hollywood actor Humphrey Bogart would often sail his yacht "Sluggy", from San Pedro, California, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Bogey named the boat after his "term of endearment" for his wife Lauren Bacall. He'd said to friends; “She's a real "slugger" she can dish it out and she can take it too”. This recipe was created for him by a Chef in Puerto Vallarta for use with fresh char-grilled seafood. It is said Bogey's favorite seafood was fresh Swordfish. Oddly enough, it was Humphrey who once remarked;
“A hotdog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz”. A sentiment echoed by fellow actor and noted gourmand Vincent Price, who despite his considerable culinary talents was often seen at the Los Angeles Dodgers home games as Bogey was, cheering on the Dodgers and enthusiastically indulging in the traditional hotdogs and cold beer.
Thailand: Land of the Snack Attack
By Carol Penn-Romine
Thailand is a land of snackers.
Meals center around a plate of rice with a few bites of different meat, fish and vegetable dishes to support it (not the other way around--RICE is the focus here). Or noodle dishes, such as the beloved Pad Thai. Always with fresh fruit for dessert. This type of meal leaves room for treats, which is a good thing, because Thais love their treats! Snacking in Thailand is quite a different thing than it is in the West, though. While candy bars, potato chips and fast food--especially anything fried--tend to be staples on the snack menu in the States, Thailand has quite different tastes, most of which are vastly healthier than ours.
Four Tasty Salmon Recipes
Eating two portions of salmon each week is a great way to get a healthy dose of omega-3 fish oils. This is a fatty acid that encourages brain growth and reduces your chances of heart disease. On its own, salmon has a tendency to be quite bland; however we are including four tasty salmon recipes that will ensure that your salmon is bursting with flavor!