Photo by Elissa Wiehn
Derby is coming! It’s my favorite time of the year in Kentucky. Everything is so festive and fun. Even the weather is going to cooperate. So this week all Bubbly Horse posts will be Derby related.
Let’s talk mint juleps. Not the juleps that you buy at the track, they aren’t very good. Let’s face it, you can’t have a good craft cocktail when you are preparing for the masses!
The key is the simple syrup. It’s soooo easy to make and you can keep it in your fridge for several weeks. All it is sugar and fresh mint leaves boiled down into a syrup. It makes the drink so much better than when you use the mix. You’ll see!
If you don’t have julep cups then use a regular glass. I had a mint julep served in a Moscow mule cup the other day which was really good. Just be creative and have fun! xoxo
Yield: Makes 1 drink
1 ounce minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon (I would use a quality bourbon versus a cooking bourbon)
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
Add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water (or not). Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.
Last week we went to a new store opening in Lexington. It was called Total Wine & More. This is their second store in Kentucky, the other one is in Louisville. According to their website they are located in 20 states.
I’m a big Costco fan and Trader Joe wine fan. They have great wine available for a great price and are always very knowledgeable. To be honest with you, if I’m at home I’m going to drink a $10 or less bottle of wine. There’s plenty of wine that is really good for that price point.
Total Wine & More was totally awesome! They had such a big collection of wine, beer and spirits. For example, I’m a big Cava fan and other places may carry one or two brands of Cava. I’m not kidding there were 20 brands at Total Wine! I was in heaven. I couldn’t fit them all in the photo.
When you go, be sure to look in the glass cases. That’s where the really good stuff is that you will want to check out. It’s not everyday you see a $1,000 bottle of champagne in a fancy bottle!
Total Wine is a great store. On site they have a cigar humidor, a classroom, free wif-fi and a growler station (that has something to do with craft beer). The coolest thing I saw was a wine chiller, in case you need a cold bottle FAST!
Be watching for wine classes. This is totally going to be fun! xoxox
Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a David Bowie exhibition in Brooklyn, New York that was going on this summer and fall. If you are going to be traveling to NYC I have another suggestion for you!
Stuart Weitzman has been designing beautiful shoes for women for many years. Do you remember the pair of million-dollar shoes he designed for the 2002 Oscars? They were adorned with Swarovski crystals and were called the Cinderella shoes. He is credited with creating the first pair of shoes that were designed to provide couture fashion for feet.
The exhibit runs thru April 20th -October 8 at the New York Historical Society. There are over 100 pairs of gorgeous shoes that show the evolution of ladies footwear.
Photos courtesy of the New York Historical Museum
Summer is the most popular time to travel. I’m sure everybody is getting their plans together and getting ready for a fabulous summer trip!
I ran across this article from Food and Wine that lists the best pizza places in the country. I’m sad to say that there’s not any listed that are in close proximity to me, but they are in places that I like to visit. I keep a list of recommended restaurants in places that I travel to often. I’m sure that you do too.
I have several Italian friends and they have always told me that the water up east is better for making pizza dough and bread than water in the south. One friend even told me once that a restaurant he knows in Florida has water shipped in from NYC to make bagels. That seems a little far fetched, but I guess it could happen. The bagels, pizza and bread seem to have a different consistency and taste in New York or Philly than in Kentucky. Nothing beats a slice of pizza in NYC!
See below for the article. You might want to make a stop to one on your trips and try them out. xoxo
International travel is difficult. Long flights, potential delays and hauling luggage around multiple airports are just a few things that happen routinely when you travel. But you can’t get across the globe if you don’t fly to some point on the map!
I ran across this article and thought it was really interesting. The airlines are rolling out the red carpet for first-class passengers these days. Not so much in the coach section, but a first-class ticket is something to dream about! Maybe one time in your life you will able to experience the luxury of a first-class trip.
Champagne is the ultimate luxury beverage. Everything about it screams fancy. So why wouldn’t the airlines use vintage champagne to lure customers into first-class?
According to a recent article from T & L:
“The change in selection is relatively unremarkable — except that Singapore Airlines also began offering the 2004 Krug to its first class passengers a few months ago.
Emirates is also giving its first class passengers a bubbly upgrade. Instead of serving the usual Dom Perignon, elite passengers on routes to Europe, the U.S. and Asia can sip on Dom Perignon 2000 P2 edition (an almost $400 bottle).
First class passengers should be aware of the “champagne wars” as airlines try to outdo each other with more expensive, luxurious offerings to lure customers.”
I’ve got a new item on my bucket list! Cheers xoxo.
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Recently I was reading an article from T & L that discussed the best places to travel this summer with the most favorable exchange rates. Let’s face it, it’s really expensive to travel and the more ways that you can plan in advance, the more you will save. And you know what that means, more money to shop and eat!
You may know that I went to South Africa last summer. It was expensive to get there, but the exchange rate from the Rand to the US dollar was awesome! Overall the trip was very reasonable for food and services. The article lists South Africa as the #1 adventure for the best favorable exchange rate.
I’m planning a trip to Chile and Buenos Aires this fall. Both countries are on the list. Yay!
Traveling can open your mind to different cultures and new experiences. Grab your passport and let’s go! xoxo
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It’s almost spring and that means that Derby is right around the corner! Time to celebrate. Everybody knows that I love champagne but Cava is my new favorite. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Cava is Spain’s twin to Italy’s Prosecco. It’s really good and it’s so affordable.
I have a secret that I will share with you. Cotton Candy. Yes, that’s right, Cotton Candy is super good in your champagne. You can buy it at any grocery. Try it you will like it!Cheers xoxox!
You know that champagne is my favorite drink. I love the bubbles, the color and just the overall vibe of the drink. So when I find recipes that use champagne I get really excited and want to share! This champagne vinaigrette is wonderful for a dinner party or just as an everyday dressing. I always try to make my own dressing. It’s so much better tasting and better for you. Enjoy! xoxo
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good quality olive oil
Makes enough for a salad for 6-8 people.
How many of you use satin pillowcases? Well if you don’t, get some ASAP!
There are so many reasons to use satin pillowcases. The first reason is that when you are a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper the satin lets the skin glide easily across the pillow. This is good for preventing wrinkles and also for preventing hair breakage. Both of these are super important!
The second reason is that satin pillowcases don’t absorb oil like cotton does. Cotton pillowcases will dry out your face and your hair. It sucks the oil right out. We don’t want that! We need to keep all the natural oil we have in our skin and hair.
And the last reason is that satin pillowcases are so pretty. They come in a variety of colors. Nothing says fancy like satin. Here’s to looking good! xoxo.
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