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Aladdin’s Again

February 27, 2015

Went to Aladdin’s in Hudson again today, and decided to try their chicken salad stuffed pita. This is what arrived at my table:
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It was nearly as big as my head! Delicious though – moist chicken, nicely toasted almonds, a pile of fresh feta. And actually mostly lettuce on the inside. Served with hot sauce on the side, of course.

I can’t get enough of this place. Something new to try every time.

Wendalicious Wine of the Week – Sula Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2013

February 22, 2015

New feature! Or maybe it’s an old feature that I tried to do once or twice but got sidetracked by something and forgot about. Hey, stuff happens. It’s Wendalicious Wine of the Week! I would have done it on Wednesdays, but frankly, that’s just too much. You’re welcome.

I have been finding some very inexpensive wines at my local Heinen’s lately, and I’m enjoying trying out some new bottles.  I’ll share a new one with you each week, and I’d love to hear your feedback if you’ve tried it,or if you have some other suggestions for cheap wines I should be trying. What’s cheap? Less than $10. I’ve been finding a few in the $5-$7 range. I’m a cheapskate!

This week’s wine:

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Sula Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2013, from India.

This one intrigued me for two reasons:

  • It was an “end of bin” special at Heinen’s, meaning I could pick up a bottle for $6.99. Even if it’s awful, I’d only be out a few bucks. And I love a last-chance bargain.
  • It’s made in India. This is the first time I’ve seen a wine from India, and it piqued my curiosity. More and more viticultural areas are popping up all over the world, so why not India? They even make wine in Arkansas.

The Review:

I’m really enjoying this one. Light, fruity, with a touch of sweetness and the slightest hint of effervescence. It bursts with pineapple and lemon, and is well balanced.  If it were summer, it would be a great wine to share with friends on the deck. I’m glad it’s winter so I don’t have to share. Sula suggests drinking it well-chilled, but I think it’s a little better if it’s not directly from the fridge. Sula also suggests it is “ideal with food that has a hint of sugar and spice such as Southeast Asian or Gujarati dishes”. I don’t have any of that. Trust me, it’s great all on its own. I wish I picked up the other three bottles on the shelf.

This wine is made in Nashik, the wine capital of India, in the state of Maharashtra. 80% of the wineries in India are located in Maharashtra, due to the state’s beneficial wine-growing climate. As you might suspect, much of India is too tropical to support the growing of persnickety grapes. Maharashtra is located in western India, and is at the northern end of the southern grape-growing region. I think I confused myself with that sentence. Here’s a map:

Map of India's wine regions

Map of India’s wine regions

If you happen to see this wine, or any wine from India, my advice is to scoop it up, since the window on Indian wine is closing fast. If your store has it, it’s probably in the discontinued bin.

Have you tried this one, or another Indian wine? What did you think?

Wendalicious Now Writing for Akron Empire!

February 5, 2015

I’m excited to announce that my first guest post for the Akron Empire blog has posted today! I wrote about my recent experiences at Aladdin’s Eatery, a local chain of Lebanese-American restaurants. My post can be found here.

I’ll be writing for Akron Empire occasionally, sharing reviews of restaurants in the Akron, OH area. Stay tuned for more! (I think donuts might be my next adventure)

Thanks so much to Brit and the entire Akron Empire team for this opportunity! I’m thrilled to be part of a local blogging community again.

Macaron vs. Macaroon: It Isn’t Even a Debate

January 18, 2015

Attention, everyone: it’s time you all finally understood the difference between a macaron and a macaroon. They are NOT the same thing, no matter what you think.

A macaron is a delicate French confection made with egg whites, granulated sugar, ground almonds, and food coloring. A macaroon, however, is something different: it’s most often made from coconut, egg white and sugar, and is sometimes dipped in chocolate. It’s a popular treat for Passover, because it contains no flour. Even the dummies over at Popsugar know the difference.

Just as many seemingly-insignificant things anger my friend the Profussor, this particular failure of understanding makes me irrationally angry. Here’s the post that ignited my rage today:

I tweeted a correction, natch. But, no response as of yet. Surprise.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had to correct someone on the macaron/macaroon question; just last month I sent a Facebook message to the direct-sales company PartyLite, for this gaffe in their catalog:

FH14_J005_P91120_025  Partylite Macaroon

Take a look at the accompanying text: not only did they call it a “macaroon”, they described it as a “rich and buttery…sweet”. My head nearly exploded. NEITHER MACARONS NOR MACAROONS CONTAIN BUTTER. Their reply to my polite correction was, “Thank you for bringing it to our attention.” Which means, essentially, “Piss off, you pedant.”

Let’s review.

These are macarons:

These are macaroons:

macaroons

See the difference?

Great. Now please never make this mistake again. You’re better than that.

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 8

December 21, 2014

Hour 3 of the 2009 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2009, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • Elisa Streeter, news anchor for News10
  • Fred Foy, Radio Hall of Famer and Announcer/Narrator for “The Lone Ranger” radio series
  • Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
  • “Ave Maria” performed by Perry Como

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 7

December 21, 2014

Hour 2 of the 2009 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2009, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • “White Christmas”, performed by big band crooner Garry Stevens with the Charlie Spivak orchestra
  • Benita Zahn, anchor with NewsChannel13 WNYT
  • Julie Chapman, anchor for Capital News 9 (now Time Warner Cable News)
  • Jim Tedisco, NYS Assemblyman
  • Ann Hughes, former anchor for Fox23 News

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 6

December 21, 2014

Hour 1 of the 2009 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2009, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • Old Time Radio Clip: “Truth or Consequences” with Ralph Edwards
  • Old Time Radio Clip: “Home for the Holidays” sung by Perry Como
  • Dori Marlin, anchor for CBS6 Albany
  • Paul Grondahl, staff writer for the Albany Times Union
  • U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

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