From Wine Country to “Whine” Country
October 25th, 2011
What a week! From the wine country in California to the "whine" country in Orlando, I feel like I have been on a roller coaster...literally.
Bobby and I had a gorgeous trip last weekend to Napa Valley as we hosted the finale of The Great Steak Challenge. Ten of the top home cooks in America competed for the grand prize of $25,000 dollars and it did not disappoint. This being the second year allowed Beringer to tweak it a little bit and there were ten solid finalist who all had a shot at the money. The finale will air on the Cooking Channel this spring and I promise the stories and recipes are worth a look so stay tuned! The entrees were so good I pinched every recipe for my self and have already this week used my first recipe.
After taking the red eye Saturday night it took me, oh, 3 days to catch back up, we loaded up everything and drove down to Orlando for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. When I say everything I mean Everything....Y'all ever pack to go out of town for 5 days with a five month old? I had more stuff in the car than things we left in Savannah. Jack is old enough to travel light and Matthew is old enough to basically load up his entire room. Pack-and-Play to sleep, chair to eat in, play mat for tummy time, jumper for exercise, bottle warmer, bath stuff, 42 changes of clothes.....I just finished unpacking the car and I've been home three days.
It was all worth it of course. The two shows I hosted were sold out and our play time in the parks was tremendous. If you get a chance to visit in October you have to check out the Not so Scary Parade, Jack goes completely bananas. And the weather this year! Mid seventies in Central Florida! We usually roast down there even in October but boy were we happily surprised this year. I am already looking forward to next year.
Here's a picture of Jack goofing as one of the characters from Disney's Toy Story:
I have to brag on mom a little bit....#1 on the NY Times best seller list! I am so happy for her. Who ever would have thought my little ole momma up in the rarefied air of the best seller list. Dangerous woman indeed.
Big week for my Dawgs as we travel down I-95 for our match up with the hated Gators. This is a huge game for us and a must-win if we hope to make it to the SEC title game in Atlanta.
Look for me down there, I'll be carrying a cocktail wearing a red shirt and barking my head off.
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