Monday, June 26, 2006

Mixology Monday IV: Apéritif

I know this is a food blog but I couldn't resist joining Mixology Monday, hosted by Jimmy Patrick of Jimmy's Cocktail Hour. Besides, whoever heard of eating without drinking?

The theme for this event is aperitif.

First impressions last longest. The downbeat of the conductor's baton, the first step in a tango, the opening words in a flirtation these initial moves can make or break.

William Grimes of the New York Times couldn’t have said it better when describing the role of the aperitif when entertaining. Although I wouldn't go so far as to say it would make or break your dinner party. It's a pleasant way to start the evening. Your choice of having before dinner drinks sets the tone and mood whether its a casual get-together or a more formal soiree. Serving an aperitif when guests arrive is an invitation to an enjoyably long evening.

To start the evening in a festive mood, my aperitif of choice is Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine that can be served with an assortment of tapas. Cava is made in the tradional way, the same method of making sparkling wine as Champagne. My favorite is the semiseco Oro Rondel Cava. It goes with almost anything you serve - vegetable sticks, strong and mild cheeses, spicy shrimp, parma ham or Chinese dumplings. Cava is also light enough for you to enjoy more than one glass, but don't get carried away there's still dinner to consume.


Sean said...

Hi Macky;

I'm part of a group of bloggers working with a new site, ThisNext, looking to develop a network of trusted and experienced bloggers that we feel really stand out. I recently posted your site to our blog, in fact, as part of our coverage of MXM IV. Please see:

ThisNext just started a month-long private beta and I’d love to extend an invitation to see what you think of it. It’s free, and we want nothing from you but your participation and feedback.

Clicking this link will get you into your account:
It’s a one-time URL that’s only for you so it can’t be shared.
The bottom of every page has a place for your comments… We’d love to know what you think!

Our shopcasting network is a place where people can recommend and discover great products and is built based on our philosophy, “Buy better to live better.” Shopcasts are lists of “favorites” that tell stories about how you do things and what you use. We want people to be able to answer online a question they ask all the time in the real world, “What do you use?”

We consider ourselves a layer in a blogger’s virtual identity:
-A way to keep products about which you’ve posted from getting buried
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-In a few weeks, we’ll have finished a badge bloggers can run that plays shopcasts.

One small favor: We’re asking the bloggers that we invite to please NOT post about the project until our public launch in August. We’ll let you know when… We deeply appreciate being able to develop the most usable site we can before presenting it to the world.

Hope to see you around the ThisNext shopcasting neighborhood… please let us know how the site’s working for you… We’re still working on it!


P.S. Don’t hesitate to email me any questions!

My blog: Hedonia – Eating, drinking and living the good life in America’s most hedonistic city, San Francisco (

Ruslan said...

hey, would you please send me an invite please?