Recap of 'Wine Dabbler' at Louie's Wine Dive Kansas City

When weekdays tend to get boring, some wine and good company can be the perfect respite. Last week (on Tuesday, 19th September) we found the same at the 'Wine Dabbler' event presented by Louie's Wine Dive Kansas City.

We were able to taste and compare eight 2oz pours of wine from France and California provided by local wine vendors. This included two whites and two reds from each of the two vendors.
We started with the French white wines which included, Cave de Lungy Les Charmes and Normand Macon LaRoche Vinuse. And followed by the California white wines, Charles Krug Carneros Chardonnay and Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mtn. Chardonnay. Every one of them had unique taste.
The Cave de Lungy Les Charmes was our favorite among the whites.
In the mean time some delicious appetizers were server along. First, came the meat balls which were really juicy and flavorful.

Then we were ready to try the red wines. The reds from France were Chateau Les Trois Croix Bordeau and Nicolas Barreyr…

Recap of 'But I Can't Give up Cheese'

That Friday was a little different from the regular weekend parties or events that we attend. On August 25th, we were at 'But I Can't Give up Cheese' event presented by Voice for Animals - Kansas City and VegLife Kansas City, showcasing a wide variety plant-based/vegan cheese. So, what were doing at a Vegan event, although we are not vegans? Well as a foodie and a food-blogger I am open to all kinds of food. And I am interested in being aware of anything related to food. Another reason for being a part of this event was my readers. I know that a certain amount of people who visit my blog are vegans, or trying to be. They often look for vegan alternatives in the recipes. Therefore, I wanted this event to be a learning experience for me, which I could share with you all in future.

Apart from all that was said above, who doesn't like cheese? Especially when it's kind of guilt-free as it is plant-based. And this event had a broader sense than just being for the Vegans…

Sweet and Spicy Deviled Eggs

Finger food or small bites are often the star of a party menu. There are several reasons why they are the crowd-puller. No matter what the occasion is, parties are meant for socializing. Be it a formal setting or a casual house-party one thing people would definitely do is talk. And you do not want to be occupied with being too attentive while shoving food in your mouth as you enjoy all that gossip. Thus, small bites are the perfect thing to nibble on while you sip on your drink and get all chatty with your friends.

Deviled Eggs are one such simple yet sophisticated route to take, making it very popular in any appetizer line-up. The creamy egg yolks are the perfect base to infuse flavors and the egg white is the perfect vehicle to carry it. And so it was the apt canvas for me to get creative and make these Sweet and Spicy Deviled Eggs. I wanted to infuse some Mexican flavors into the classic European version. And I was glad that the end product of this fusion did not create any confu…

The Don Julio Experience at Margarita Wars on August 18

Are you a tequila lover? Would you be able to make it to Kansas City (if you are not a local or traveling) on August 18, 2017. Then this the perfect opportunity for you to try some of the finest tequila at the Don Julio Experience at Margarita Wars, presented by The Pitch Kansas City and Don Julio Tequila. The Don Julio Experience (DJE) is a special addition to Margarita Wars this year.

Venue : The Waldo Pavilion 
Date : August 18, 2017 (Friday)
Time : 4:30 pm
Tickets :
The party would begin a little early for those who choose to be a part of DJE, beginning as early as 4:30 pm and will feature three complimentary cocktails made with the finest Don Julio tequila, including 1942, 70th Anniversary & Anejo. The DJE will also include additional food from The Well in a separate air-conditioned room. Those who choose the Don Julio Experience will have access to the private room until 7 pm as well as full VIP access to Margarita Wars until 9 pm. You …

Save the date for Margarita Wars on August 18

There is something mind-blowing about the cocktails whose names start with 'M', at least for me. You can call it a coincidence but I refer to them as the 'holy trinity' in the world of cocktails. That is, Margarita, Martini (vodka) and Mojito would definitely make to my Top 5 list on any given day. So you can guess how excited I am about tasting the finest Margaritas from in and around Kansas City.

I mean, what better way to spend a Friday evening than sipping on some great margaritas and hanging out with some cool company. If that sound like the perfect thing to you then don't miss the 4th annual Margarita Wars presented by The Pitch Kansas City and Don Julio Tequila on August 18. You will not only be able to taste them but also vote for KC's best margarita. Moreover, there will be some yummy snacks from local restaurants. Everything is included in the tickets. There are VIP tickets too for exclusive early entry at 6 pm.

Venue : The Waldo Pavilion 
Date : Augus…

Cucumber-Mint Raita (Yogurt Condiment)

Small and simple things are very important in life. Not only do they compliment the bigger things but also enhance their impressions. Even if we are satisfied with the bigger wins we often miss the smaller ones. The exact same logic applies to food. Some big and bold dishes often feel incomplete without the pairing of proper condiments, like pancakes are incomplete without syrup and tacos without salsa. One such indispensable thing with many a Indian dishes is Raita, yogurt based condiment/ dip. It is very popular as a side with Biryani, Pulao, Kabab and Paratha to name a few. There can be a lot of variations to it depending on individual preferences and seasonal availability of ingredients. Raita does not only tastes good and works as a palate cleanser but is also known to help with digestion. I make it too often as it is served along two of our favorite dishes, Biryani and Aalu Paratha (stuffed Indian flatbread). You can find my recipe for Aalu Paratha with video here.

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Peru Picks 1 : Grilled Chicken and GoogleTranslator

"Hola, buenas tardes". I tried to greet the pretty waitress cum owner of the little Polleria next to my BnB in Cusco. I couldn't say looking at her face whether she was amused or disgusted by my Spanish accent, or even more, if she had understood. I was holding my breath in anticipation, like I do in between when someone delivers my food in front of me and I plunge into it.

She replied, "Hola!"

It was half past seven in the night, and how we say in Bengali, "a mouse was doing crunches in my tummy". We didn't eat substantial amount of food, a mistake, all day. We were hiking around and travelling back from Machu Picchu, the famous Inca ruin and were so mesmerized, eating literally became less important, plus we had a train to catch.

Now, being back in Cusco, the rat in my tummy was going crazy. The Polleria we entered and several like this are the most common eating joints in Peru. How common? Well, more common than a McDonald's in the United Stat…