Caught in a Blind

A blind tasting is a good way to test your wine drinking palate. When you add the criteria that no bottle surpasses $15, it can make things rather tricky. This is what happened last night at Seattle Uncorked.

David LeClaire is the main dude behind Seattle Uncorked; he knows a thing or two about wine and events. Seattle Uncorked is a social networking and drinking club that has events every few weeks. Great chance to network and drink wine. Business cards aren’t required, nor is snootiness. Last night, the blind tasting fee was $10 and we were treated to some good wines (and some not so good) but we also had some good food courtesy of Herban Feast.

Events like this happen all the time, so sign up today to join the fun of Seattle Uncorked. Membership is free if you sign up by the end of the year! Next up is a BC/Okanagan tasting of wines that David personally brought back from Canada. I’m intrigued, as are you, eh?

Internal temp. External joy.

If you find yourself overcooking or undercooking food, might I suggest this snazzy little tool? Yes, it’s a bit spendy, but isn’t your dining enjoyment worth it? I learned about Thermoworks’ Thermapen while reading Cook’s Illustrated. As Cook’s is apt to do, they rate what they think works the best in the kitchen. Fine by me if someone else does the research. But this little wonder can instantly read internal temps of food, which is really the only way to know if things are done. Take solace in that there are tools to help us avoid grey, dry meat that leaves us grasping for the ladle to spoon on more sauce.

Here is a nice little breakdown for knowing temps.

And they come in an array of colors! I have the orange one.

Instant Read Thermometer on Foodista