Drinks, Recipes 0 comments on How To Make a Proper Bloody Mary

How To Make a Proper Bloody Mary

Since we finally pimped up our bar at home, Jean has been making amazing drinks for everyone. Our guests are mostly hovering over it when they’re here and it couldn’t be more fun.

As a bartending amateur, Jean has all the tools one needs to make successful cocktails. Since my favorite drink is bloody mary (with gin instead of vodka), he made me one last week when our friends came over for dinner. It was the best bloody mary I’ve ever tasted – bias aside 😉

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I asked him for the recipe so I could share it with you guys, so here goes!

What you’ll need
  • 3 parts Vodka or Gin
  • 6 partsTomato juice
  • 1 part Lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Celery salt
  • Pepper
  • Tools: A jigger would be better to have (picture below)
How to make it
  1. In one of these beautiful jars (pictured) that you can find at Technotel Dfouny’s bazaar this week (check this link for more details), put the salt, tabasco, worcestershire sauce and pepper
  2. Pour the lemon juice over and stir until disolved
  3. Add the tomato juice and stir
  4. Add the vodka or gin and stir
  5. Top with a handful of ice
  6. Garnish with a celery stick, a lemon slice and maybe a scallop roe

You can also grind fresh pepper on top before serving!

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Drinks 0 comments on Chateau Sainte Andree: When Family And Wine Mix

Chateau Sainte Andree: When Family And Wine Mix

When my sister was here visiting, we had a great day at the beach around a BBQ and excellent wine (Chateau Sainte-Andrée) brought by John-Peter, a great friend of ours. I was nicely surprised by this delicious wine and I was fascinated by its story.

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John-Peter’s father Paul Sacre has been a wine amateur for as long as he can remember. He’s always had his own wine cellar filled with bottles of wine from all over the world. Some of the bottles were even very old (with one of them dating from 1947!).

Paul used to spend his summers at his aunt’s in Mradiye, a small village next to Ghbele in North Lebanon. He loves this region and that’s why he ended up buying a 25,000 square meter land there and started making his own wine. Like any success story, this started as a hobby. During the first 2 years, Paul was making wine to have fun and enjoy it with his family. He then started to sell it in fairs and wine tasting exhibitions.

The Wine

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The vineyard produces almost 8,000 bottles per year: red (3 cuvées), white, rosé, fruity (peach) and 6 tastes of liquor.

The quantity they produce is not large but their aim is to produce the best quality there can be. Paul is helped by an oenologist for the mixes, the cork is wooden rather than silicon, which is better to preserve the wine’s quality and to be able to leave it in cellars for years (up to 12!).

The red wines are placed in French and Californian oak barrels for 8 to 16 months instead of aluminum or stainless steel which gives it a nice aroma.

Andree is the name of Paul’s wife (thus the name Sainte-Andrée) and each red wine cuvée has the name of his 3 children: Peter, Lynn and Laura.

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It’s also worth mentioning that they also produce organic honey from the Jabal Moussa reserves that come from the pine trees, oak trees and fir trees. And they also produce their own vegetables (but those are not sold).

I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did. To order the wine, you can call Paul Sacre directly on: +961 (3) 700 267

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4 Summer Drinks To Make At Parties This Summer

Summer parties are upon us and for those of us who love to host dinners, lunches and barbecues, having a bar corner is crucial. Since the weather is hot and one of our goals is to keep our guests refreshed, fruity drinks are the best option.

To inspire your next gathering menu, here are some drinks ideas for your bar corner!

1) The famous Aperol Spritz.

In 3 easy steps, you can have yourself an amazing refreshing drink that takes you straight to apperitivo time in Italy. Click here for a video of the recipe.

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2) A delicious grapefruit and rum fizz!

This is so refreshing and you can substitute the rum with vodka or gin if you prefer. Click here for the recipe.

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3) Bubbly white sangria.

To make your party more colorful and fruity, try this cooling white sangria. It’ll be so popular you’ll need two punch bowls of this drink! Click here for the recipe.

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4) Classic Red Sangria.

In my opinion, a white sangria is nothing without its red other half. This basic red sangria is a year-round drink you can make in no time and that almost everyone loves. You can find the recipe here.

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If you’re also wondering which drink to adopt on a specific night out, here’s an infographic that might help you: Are you thirsty?

Thoughts? Any drink you’d like to share?

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Collaborate, Decorate, Parties & Happenings, Style 1 comment on Eat Al Fresco : How To Have The Perfect Picnic

Eat Al Fresco : How To Have The Perfect Picnic

Our generation is always complaining about the lack of things to do in our country. We claim it’s always the same things and that there aren’t enough choices out there. So in an effort to innovate your outings, we, Breadonbutter and Playing with Fashion collaborated to bring you a complete guide to having the perfect, most charming and fashionable picnic there is.

On a sunny and hot Monday morning a few weeks ago, we packed our things and went up to the Bekaa to have some fun, eat some food and take nice photographs. We then hurried to compile the best way we can inspire you to go have a fun picnic yourself.

Breadonbutter was of course responsible for the food and Playing with Fashion was obviously responsible for showing you the best way to dress.

So if you’re planning on having a picnic out in nature anytime soon, this is what I think is a good checklist to follow.

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Food

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The best way to go when it comes to picnics is to make sandwiches. You can be as creative as you’d like when it comes to the toppings. Here’s the list I suggest:

  • Parma ham
  • Chorizo or Turkey slices
  • Gruyère cheese
  • A small-sized camembert cheese
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Bread of your choice

Drinks and Beverages

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Here, I would suggest you take only 3 kinds and get a cooler. Water is the basic thing you should think of, followed by a nice bottle of white or rosé wine and a bottle of juice that you can substitute with a soft drink if you’re a true addict.

Fruits

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Fruits will provide something fresh to munch on while you’re sipping your drink and having a conversation with your picnic pals. Here’s a list of fruits that can last the trip:

  • Dried:kiwi and apricots
  • Fresh: Apples, Strawberries and Sour plums

Snacks

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If you don’t feel like having fruits, or if you feel like biting on a variety of flavors as snacks, you can get some of these:

  • Kaak or grissinis
  • Crisps (my favorite brand is Kettle)
  • Raw nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts

Sweets

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Last but not least, how can a picnic end without a sweet bite? I chose:

  • Cookies
  • Dry raisin cake
  • Amaretti biscuits I had from Italy (which I highly recommend!)

Gear

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You’ll need a practical and useful gear to put all this food in and be comfortable throughout the picnic. What I took with me:

  • Plastic wine glasses
  • Plastic cups
  • 3 glass jars
  • Straws
  • Cutlery (I prefer wooden or plastic for such outings)
  • 1 regular knife, to cut the cheese and bread
  • A cooler
  • Tiny fun bags for the nuts
  • A board for the sandwich toppings and the bread
  • Small containers for fruits
  • A basket to carry it all up there
  • And a tablecloth to sit on of course 🙂

Now girls, to get outfits ideas, head to www.playingwithfashion.com for the picnic lookbook!

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Photography by: BetKet Photography (you can view her website here).

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Top 6 Places To Enjoy Sunset Drinks in Beirut

Even though the rainy weather is still surprising us on those May nights, the season for drinks at sunset is here. Like every month of May in Lebanon, the crowd’s sole excitement at the moment is to go drink the sunset away to celebrate the opening of the happy-go-lucky summer season. 🙂

For this occasion, I’ve compiled a list of 6 places to watch the sunset while having a cocktail in Beirut.

Sporting Beach Club

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Photo taken from thisisbeirut.com

There’s nothing better than to have a late lunch at the Sporting Beach Club terrace, then sit there and watch the sunset while you drink your Mexican Beer.

Four Seasons Hotel Roof

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If you’re in need of a calm escape to quiet your thoughts, the four seasons rooftop is the place to be. It’s also very romantic.

Coop d’état

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One of the most relaxed places in Beirut.

O Monot Rooftop

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The best place for a fancy sunset drink with a small group of friends.

Zeitouna bay

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Zeitouna bay is great for an afternoon jog then a sunset lemonade or coffee at one of their cafes.

Iris – and you thought I wouldn’t mention it 😉

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Iris is familiar to every Beiruti. It’s a favorite place to go for a drink, or even -most recently- brunch until 6 pm.

Any place you’d like to to add to the list?

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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: Drinking Misconduct

Never eat alone. Always share what you eat. There is no bigger pleasure in life than giving.

– Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks all contain the summer spirit. These three drinks are excellent to put you in a fun summer mood! Check it out and follow him on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Drinking Picks

Colonel Beer – Batroun, Lebanon

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Strawberry juice at Lazy B – Jiyeh, Lebanon

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#Strawberry #Juice at #LazyB #Lebanon #Fadsfood@lapostabeirut

White Chateau Qanafar at The Wine Room (Bread Republic)

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A must try #white #fruity #wine Support local wine!@chateauqanafar #beirut #fadsfood #thewineroom#breadrepublic #lebanesewine

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL AND SAFE – DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! If you do drink, you can order an Uber ride.

Christmas, Parties & Happenings 2 comments on Cheese and Wine Christmas Menu by AZIZ Delicatessen

Cheese and Wine Christmas Menu by AZIZ Delicatessen

As promised last week in the Christmas menu ideas sponsored by AZIZ Delicatessen (click here), the second part of this collaboration is all about cheese, cold cuts and their pairing with the appropriate wine. Over the years, I’ve discovered that not all families roast a turkey and cook a whole lot of stuff to have for their Christmas meals. Some of them go for a simple cheese and wine party with delicious bread of all kinds. For those people, here is the best menu inspiration AZIZ brought us.

Cheese and Wine Christmas Menu by AZIZ Delicatessen

Cold cuts

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Choices: The cold cut platter can include the following: Parma ham of your choice (it can be smoked or crudo which is my favorite), 2 or 3 kinds of salami (depending on the number of people), sliced turkey breast, chorizo (also one of my all time favorites), and a type of cold cut sausage. Just head to the cold cut side of any AZIZ branch and choose your favorites.

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Drink with: Bordeaux red wines, Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The brands you can find at AZIZ are Les Granges de Civrac 2010, Ronan by Clinet 2010, Cossieu Coutelin 2009 and many more.

Cheese Platter

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A good Saint Maure de Tourraine (a delicious unpasteurized French cheese made from full fat goat’s milk you won’t regret) with a Red Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011 or a White Cuvée Clémence

Chèvre affiné (a type of goat cheese) with a Mercurey La Framboisière 2011

Brie de Maux with a White Chateau Carbonnieux 2010; Brie aux Truffes with a Chateau Tour du Pin 2010, or any Brie of your choice with a White Chablis 2012

Brique de Brebis with a Chateau De Terrefort Quancard 2009

A nice Saint Felicien cheese with a Blason de L’Evangile 2010

A great camembert (recipe on this link) with a Clos Marsalette 2009

Roquefort or any Blue Cheese with a White Riesling Grand Cru 2011

A Comté cheese with a Red Chateau Haut Condissas 2009 or a White Sancerre 2012

Parmesan with Amarone della Valpolicella 2009

And finally, a Burrata Mozzarella with a Chianti 2012

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Which menu will you be choosing this Christmas? We’d love to know 🙂

 

Christmas, Parties & Happenings 3 comments on AZIZ Delicatessen Tips For Perfect Holiday Food Pairing

AZIZ Delicatessen Tips For Perfect Holiday Food Pairing

I frequently visit AZIZ Delicatessen, one of the most famous delicatessen houses in Lebanon. Known for its high-quality exceptional food products, Aziz has never lost its quality and can always be trusted.

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When we walked in the Kantari branch one evening to get wine for a night in with friends, I saw Aziz Junior 🙂 , a friend of my sister’s. In our conversation, I asked if I could get some tips for the coming holidays, what for the different menu musts and the best way they could be paired with wine, champagne, and other drinks. And that’s why I bring you today the first part of ideas for your Christmas menu, brought to you by one of the country’s most renowned delicatessen houses, AZIZ. First things first, let’s start by summarizing the essentials of a Christmas table.

Christmas Table Essentials

The classic starters mainly involve Foie gras (THE Christmas classic), an acquired taste that comes with time, as well as smoked salmon, caviar, cold cuts and cheeses (part 2 will be all about the cheese and charcuterie, so stay tuned).

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For the main meal, most houses cook a nice turkey for Christmas. Some, like my mom, name it after a Saint or someone who brings luck throughout the year to come. In other houses, lamb meat, duck, or fish is cooked as the main dish. You can combine the turkey with one of the latter, like a nice honey duck or fish.

Last but undeniably not least, come the desserts and pastries. We all know the ones we prefer: Buche, Mont Blanc, Pavé aux marrons, Marronier, Profiteroles, Meringues, and typical French pastries like tarts, éclairs, etc. A pure delight.

In collaboration with AZIZ Delicatessen, I’m sharing with you today 3 different menus you can make this Christmas (or order from AZIZ catering).

Menu 1

 Starters

Foie Gras platter

Smoked Salmon platter

Caviar

Quinoa and shrimps salad

 Mains

Turkey with vegetables

Sea food Paella

Cooked ham with fruits

Desserts

Buche (either chestnuts, praliné, moka or the regular chocolate one)

Aziz also offers the mix of the 4 tastes

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Menu 2

Starters

Foie Gras en terrine

Caviar

Salmon cake (sushi cake)

Endives salad

Mains

Venison Leg

Roasted duck with orange, served with tagliatelles

Green curry shrimps

Desserts

Chestnut pavé

Chocolate Buche

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Menu 3

Starters

Sep or Asparagus Tart

Cold cuts platter

Black and white truffles linguines

Spinach sprouts, pecan nuts, pears, cranberry and blue cheese salad

Mains

Capon with vegetables

Lamb leg, apples and pineapples, marinated in honey

Thai style shrimps, mango sauce

Desserts

Marronier

Fruit Tarts

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Of course, you can add to it all potatoes in the oven, quiches (I promise an easy recipe real soon) and salads.

But, what counts the most is the combination of all this food with the fitting drink. So let’s pair your menu with the dishes’ drinks, as per Aziz’s recommendations.

The Foie Gras (Jean Larnaudie)

You can choose from a variety of flavors, like duck foie gras, Foie gras de canard, Foie gras d’oie, Foie gras de canard truffé, Foie gras d’oie truffé, Foie gras de canard au torchon, Foie gras d’oie au torchon, Foie gras en terrines.

It is best paired with sweet wines. The best sweet wine you can find at AZIZ is Les Sauternes or Alsatian wines like Gewürztraminer Selections de Grains Nobles and Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives .

Foie Gras is also delicious when paired with wine jam (also Sauternes) or fig chutney.

The smoked salmon

It can be paired with white or red wines. More specifically, if you’re looking for the best brands, you can go for:

  • In white wines: Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre or even a south african Cape Heights.
  • In red wines : AZIZ’ famous Crozes Hermitages 2011 Les Allegories or Saint-Joseph Hermitage 2012.
  • It also works very well with the full-bodied wine from Chile, the Montevista Carmenere 2010.

The Caviar

When it comes to caviar (Beluga Royal is the type you can find at AZIZ), you can have it with Vodka on the rocks.

For wine lovers though, dry white wines should do, more specifically Chardonnay and Semillon grapes. One brand you can choose is Chablis or Ch. Carbonnieux 2010

The Lamb Meat

If you choose a menu with lamb meat as a main meal, you can shop for a variety of Red wines, ideally cahors and wines from the Rhone Valley.

You can ask for the following while shopping at Aziz: Ch. de Chambert 2009 (cahors); Chateauneuf du Pape 2010, Les Choregies (Rhone Valley) – For Burgundy lovers, their famous Nuits Saints Georges 2011 Domaine Faiveley.

The Duck

The duck should be paired with Red wines, ideally with Ch. de Valandraud 1999 and 2000. Ch. Beauregard 2006 , Ch. Clinet 2003.

The Fish

It is known to all that fish or dishes like Seafood Paella are to be paired with white wine. Sancerre, Chablis, Meursault, and M de Minuty are just a few brands to choose from.

The Turkey

Now for the most consumed dish at Christmas, the Turkey shall be eaten accompanied by Red wines from “Premieres cotes de Bordeaux” and “Cotes de Blaye”. Brands to look for are Ch. De Paillet-Quancard 2009 and Ch. D’Aiguilhe 2010

Dessert and Pastries

Ideally, they are had with Champagne. At AZIZ, they have 2 of the most delicious champagne brands there are: Billecart-Salmon And Joseph Perrier.

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 And there you have it!

 Of course, all you need to do is go there and ask for the great advice they all know how to give.

However, if you’re not hosting a Christmas party at your house but going around several ones to visit family, you can combine foie gras with their assorted wines and chutneys and take them as a gift to your host. You can do the same with dessert and even add a nice Cognac bottle (Delamain) for warmer winter nights.

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What is the item you buy the most from AZIZ Delicatessen? And anything to add to these ideas?

You can visit their website here and facebook page here for more information. Also, follow them on instagram: @azizdelicatesse

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Make Your Own Drink: Grapefruit And Rum Fizz

Last Saturday evening, we were waiting for my sister to get back from London. We were preparing dinner for the whole family and thought it would be nice to throw in a nice and refreshing fizzy drink. After researching some recipes on the internet and gathering ideas, we came up with one ourselves. It turned out to be really refreshing, kind of like this white sangria we had mixed a few weeks ago. It’s also really easy to make and great for parties you host!

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What you’ll need (for 6 persons):

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– 2 cups of Rum
– 1 cup of Grapefruit
– Soda water
– Raspberries
– Mint
How to make it:
1) In a jar, mix the rum and grapefruit
2) Add the raspberries and mint
3) Pour in each cup with a dash of Soda water
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Parties & Happenings, Recipes 1 comment on Make Your Own Drink: Bubbly White Sangria

Make Your Own Drink: Bubbly White Sangria

Usually, when hosting gatherings or cocktail parties, it’s fun to have a bar corner filled with pitchers of margaritas, fizzes and sangria. Having both red and white sangria would be perfect for different tastes and preferences. So as a sequel to this Red Sangria I posted at the beginning of summer, here’s a refreshing White Sangria you can make.

What you’ll need (for 8 glasses):

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– 3 tablespoons of Sugar

– 3 shots of the apple liquor of your choice (we like Marie Brizard)

– 1 sliced lime

– 1 sliced lemon

– 2 peaches cut into wedges

– 2 green apples, also cut into wedges

– 1 box of raspberries

– A bottle of Prosecco (we chose the Martini brand here and it was great!)

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How to make it:

1) Combine the sugar, apple liquor, lime, lemon, peaches and apples in a pitcher

2) Pour the whole bottle of Prosecco on top and let it chill in the fridge for as long as you can

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And voila! The Prosecco is actually the best for a white sangria as it represents the white wine and soda water combination usual recipes add to it. Also, the more colorful the fruits, the more summery and fresh your sangria looks.

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