Friday, May 6, 2011

Getting Back to Basics with Uncork & Unwined

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After the past 2 weeks, I'm sure it comes as no surprise but...I could really use a drink...

Sadly, I have to pop out this kiddo before that can actually happen for me. But sometimes I like to pretend I have a nice warm glass of dry red wine in my hands. 

Whenever The Hubble drinks some, I always smell it (as well as his beer) and sometimes (yes, I know I'm horrible) I have a sip. I've gotta start building this kid's tolerance at some point right?? ;-p

So today I have a special treat for you. I have K as a guest post. I fell in love with her the moment I discovered her blog and found out it is all about my favorite beverages: wine and coffee. K also throws in some travel (they live in Germany right now) and some good old fashioned love

{What I'm NOT going to tell you is that I am a complete spaz and didn't remember she sent me this guest post until the poor dear emailed me to ask about it. I know...again, I suck! But I really think this post is perfectly timed for what I need}

K and I have a virtual date for when we both give birth to our bambinos. We are going to enjoy some sushi and a glass of wine "together" (even if it is thousands of miles apart). 

So please, sit back, relax and enjoy while K takes you into her utterly delicious world! And once you are done here, pop on over to her blog and give her some love. {And tell her I'm sorry I forgot about her post!} 

Thanks for being so fabulous K! {And please don't hate me!}

Hi! Im K from Uncork & Unwined. Im a nurse practitioner by trade, a wino and foodie by choice and love. Since moving to Germany last June with my AF husband, we've had a blast traveling the world and navigating life overseas. These days I fill up my time with blogging, planning our next trip and preparing for our new addition, due in September.

When Maranda asked me to guest blog for her, of course I jumped at the chance. She is a doll, a fellow preggo and a fun gal, so why would I not? The problem was, I had no clue what to write about. This happens every time Im asked to guest post. I get writer's block immediately and freeze up when it comes to choosing a topic. Thankfully, a topic did come to me and it was such a simple concept really- getting back to the basics.

For my blog, the basics are all about wine and coffee. So that's what this post is all about- two of my favorite things. Unfortunately, I havent been able to partake in either for the last 18 weeks or so. Like Maranda, I am pregnant and counting down the days until I can have unlimited wine and caffeine again. Until then, I can watch enviously as my husband enjoys the pleasures of both. Oh, and talk to you guys about them.

We currently live in the land of beer and wine- Germany. Good wine is inexpensive, easily accessible and in some cases, locally grown. We've had the pleasure of experiencing many new wines since our arrival here last summer. We plan to continuously stock our supply, to hopefully build it up to 200 or so bottles by the time we leave here so we'll have a nice collection to take back with us.

One of the new wines that we have tried and love is called Dornfelder. It is a German red and usually dry, wine. It's smooth and delicious and since it's made right here, it's also very inexpensive. My favorite is:

A Spanish wine called Finca De La Vega is our current Spanish favorite. 
And for only 2.99 euro a bottle, we buy it frequently.

Another hit is a Spanish wine called Dona Dominga. 
It's a blend of Cabernet and Carmenere. So good.

As much as Germany is the land of beer and wine, coffee is a close second. It is customary to have a coffee drink after a meal. I prefer mine during the day, but they like to drink it around the clock. There are cafes everywhere and many drinks to chose from. These drinks arent your typical Starbucks variety. They are stronger, bolder and smooth. Flavors are not usually available, though some cafes do offer mocha, caramel and hazelnut.

We've tried coffees from all around the world while here in Europe. Dutch, Kenya, Sumatran, Ethiopian, German, French, and Italian are a few. Our favorites at the moment are:

We bought this at a German market in Mannheim. It's a 
Guatemalan whole bean.

My brother introduced us to this and we are definitely fans.

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