Bright Cellars Review - Monthly Wine Club

Bright Cellars Review – Monthly Wine Club

If wine delivered straight to your door sounds like a dream come true, dream no more!  Bright Cellars Monthly Wine Club sends you four wines a month, custom picked for you!  I tried it for a month, and here’s what I thought.  Note: Bright Cellars sent me their wines in exchange for my honest review.

Are you overwhelmed by wine lists?  Do you stand frozen in confusion in the wine aisle at your local supermarket, trying to figure out the difference between a shiraz and a syrah?  A wine club can help!  Personally, I love the idea of wine clubs, because even though I don’t think I’m completely clueless with wine– there is SO MUCH that I don’t know!  Bright Cellars is here to help with their Monthly Wine Club.

Keep reading– Bright Cellars also sent me a coupon for you!

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3 Seafood Stews from Orca Bay - Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup) from Orca Bay

Orca Bay Dinners – 3 Seafood Stews

3 Seafood Stews from Orca Bay - Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup) from Orca Bay

3 Seafood Stews from Orca Bay – Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup) from Orca Bay

These three gourmet seafood stews for two from Orca Bay are ready in minutes, and deliciously perfect with practically zero effort.  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

I adore soup.  All winter long, I want soup as often as possible, in as many flavors as possible.  As much as I love homemade soup– sometimes I’m short on time,  sometimes I’ve run out of the ingredients I need for made-from-scratch soup, and sometimes I’m just looking for a quick and easy dinner solution.  What then?

It’s tempting to reach for canned or boxed soup (and sometimes I do), but I’m always a little worried with how much salt is in pre-made soup.  Orca Bay has another, much tastier, less salty solution.  What is it?  Frozen soup.  That’s right– soup that you buy in the freezer aisle.  These tasty concoctions have all the flavor, all the freshness, and all the deliciousness of a homemade soup.

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Vegan + Vegetarian Recipes to Feed a Cold

Recipes to ‘Feed a Cold’

Vegan + Vegetarian Recipes to Feed a Cold

Recipes to Feed a Cold

This cold and flu season, keep yourself hydrated and fortified with these vegan and vegetarian Recipes to ‘Feed a Cold.’

Have you stayed healthy this winter?  I sincerely hope so.  However, after seeing news stories about ‘epidemic flu levels,’ after looking unsuccessfully in store after store for generic Mucinex and finding that EVERY SINGLE STORE was sold out, and after spending several days looking suspiciously at each person who coughed in my general direction–  I’m fairly sure that I’ve been exposed to some epic germs.

If you, like me, caught one (or one million) of those germs, these Recipes to ‘Feed a Cold’ will help soothe your throat, fill you with nourishment, and ease your way back onto the road to health.  Both the drinks and foods listed are filled with healthy ingredients like onions, ginger, turmeric, and garlic.  Some of these recipes aim to boost your immune system (like this green smoothie or this elderflower-turmeric tea), and others to calm an angry throat (like this hot toddy).  Some of these recipes are here to help clear your sinuses (like this onion and garlic ‘get well soup’ and this spicy noodle soup), and others will help fill you with wholesome ingredients as you heal.

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I tried Bright Cellars new Monthly Cheese Club, and here's what I thought!

Bright Cellars Review – Monthly Cheese Club

If gourmet cheese delivered straight to your door sounds like a dream come true, dream no more!  Bright Cellars Monthly Cheese Club sends you four cheeses a month, custom picked for you!  I tried it for a month, and here’s what I thought.  Note: Bright Cellars sent me their cheeses in exchange for my honest review.

Calling all cheese lovers!  Listen up!  There’s a new cheese delivery service in town, and I’m kind of excited about it.  Here’s why– I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how many times I’ve stared in confusion at the bazillions of cheese options in the grocery store.  It’s the worst when stores have cooler after cooler of cheeses with exotic-sounding names from far-off locations, but the confusion also happens in smaller stores.  As much as I want to be an expert on all things cheese, the selections can be overwhelming.  Bright Cellars is here to help.

(If you read “Cheese Club,” and are already sold, go ahead and take the CHEESE TASTE QUIZ!)

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Try the World Review - Pantry

Try the World Review- Pantry

Interested in having gourmet ingredients from countries around the world delivered straight to your door?  Try the World’s Pantry service keeps your cabinets stocked all year long!  I recently tried three months of the service, and here’s what I thought!  Please Note: Try the World sent me their boxes in exchange for my honest Try the World Review.

My name is Sarah, and I have a problem.  I’m addicted to the gourmet food aisle.  That’s right– I can’t stop.  Fancy salt?  Sold.  Spices I’ve never heard of?  I’ll take them!  Infused oil?  Unusual pastas?  Olive oil from Timbuktu?  Mine, mine, and mine.  That said, it’s probably no surprise that I was thrilled, THRILLED, when I heard that Try the World was starting a ‘Pantry’ service.

Try the World, my favorite gourmet grocery delivery service, won my heart last year with their country-specific ‘signature’ food boxes.  Their new Pantry service is designed to stock your pantry with high-quality, gourmet specialty foods.  I recently tried a three month subscription to Pantry– here’s what I got, what I did with it, and what I thought about it.

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What is a Pescetarian? Learn about the diet and get free resources!

What is a Pescetarian?

What is a Pescetarian? Learn about the diet and get free resources!

What is a Pescetarian?

Today on Champagne Tastes:  What’s a pescetarian?  How can you find resources for a pescetarian diet? 

When I first started this blog, I had a spelling question.  Is ‘pescetarian’ spelled with an ‘e’ or an ‘a?’  Is it pescetarian or pescatarian?  I asked several people, and the answer I got, without fail, was– “What’s a pescetarian?”  (In case you’re wondering, both spellings are correct.)  If you too are reading this thinking, ‘What is she talking about?’– this post is for you!  If you’re reading this and thinking– ‘I’m a pescetarian!!!’– this post is for you too!

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Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

This list of top Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen is a collection of food and drink gadgets and gizmos that I use on a regular basis.  These contraptions have earned their spot in my extremely limited space!  Plus, check out a few recipes that use my favorite appliances!

Do you love kitchen gadgets?  Do you find yourself wandering through the kitchen aisles, envisioning all the amazing things you could do with each machine?  It can be easy, even in a spacious kitchen, to find yourself overwhelmed with too many appliances.  For those of us with teeny, itty-bitty spaces, however, it can be a struggle to keep your kitchen uncluttered and usable.

Today’s post is a list of my Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen.  These gizmos and gadgets made the cut– they were worth trading space for convenience.  Obviously, your kitchen needs might be different than mine.  For instance, if you don’t drink coffee, then you probably don’t need TWO coffee appliances.  (Yes, two… I can’t help it!)  If you bake on a regular basis, maybe you found room for a stand mixer in your small space.  Take a look at my top picks, and then let me know what yours are!

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Date Night doesn’t have to be at a restaurant to be special and delicious! These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will help you plan a gourmet meal without setting foot in a restaurant!

22 Recipes for Date Night at Home

Date Night doesn’t have to be at a restaurant to be special and delicious! These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will help you plan a gourmet meal without setting foot in a restaurant!

22 Recipes for Date Night at Home!

Date Night doesn’t have to be at a restaurant to be special and delicious!  These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will help you plan a gourmet meal without setting foot in a restaurant!

Do you love Date Night?  Do you get excited about a chance to dress up, eat delicious food, and stare dreamily into each other’s eyes?  I do!  Sometimes, however, date night also means making a reservation, parking blocks away from a restaurant, paying to park, and handing over a credit card for obscenely expensive meals.  If the chilly winter wind has you dreading the walk to your destination, if your credit card needs a break, or if you simply want to impress your significant other with your mad-crazy cooking skills– keep reading!  These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will have you romancing your way through the night with decadent, gorgeous food from the comfort of your own space.

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Try the World - Michelin Curated Specialty Box

Try the World Review – Michelin Curated Box

Interested in having gourmet ingredients from countries around the world delivered straight to your door?  Try the World does just that, and right now they’re featuring their special Michelin Curated Box!  Please Note: Try the World sent me their Michelin box in exchange for my honest Try the World Review.

Do you ever wander around the international section of your local grocery store in confusion?  Does it throw you when the labels aren’t in English?  Do you see 15 different kinds of pesto, and don’t know which is best?  Have you ever tried asking someone for help choosing the right curry spices, only to receive a blank, confused stare?  If you find yourself peeking around the aisles, hoping to find someone who radiates ‘food confidence,’ or asking ten employees in a row before shrugging, grabbing food at random, and hoping for the best– you aren’t alone!   Picking out unfamiliar, deliciously tantalizing international food can be exciting– but it can also be confusing.  I was ecstatic, therefore, when I came home and found Try the World’s new specialty Michelin Curated Box on my doorstep, because they’d done all the research for me!

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Green Chef Review- A Week with Green Chef

Green Chef Review- A Week with Green Chef

Interested in a meal subscription plan and want to try Green Chef?  Looking for a Green Chef Review?  I tried it for a week, and here’s what I thought.  Please note: This post is NOT sponsored by Green Chef– I used a promotional email offer for a free week of meals to try it out (but I still had to pay for shipping).

Do you want someone to plan your dinners for you, deliver the food straight to your front door, and keep doing it week after week?  Have you begged your neighbor to be your personal chef, but they refused?  Is your ‘better half’ still laughing?  Did your mom tell you it’s time to learn how to cook, and your cat refuses to grow opposable thumbs and cater to your every whim?  Well, dear reader, I totally understand!  Never fear– you aren’t out of options yet!  There are plenty of meal subscription companies ready to be your personal meal-planning assistant– for a price.  Which is right for you?  Here at Champagne Tastes– I’m here to help!  During my ‘Blue Apron Project,’ I’ve been experimenting, taste-testing, and eating everything in sight.  I’m trying out several meal subscription plans, so you can figure out which is best for you.  Today I’m looking at Green Chef— one of the few meal delivery services out there that offers a vegan menu.

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