What’s the Fig Deal? Figs, Fizz, and a Fab New Adventure

Fig recipe fizzy

Greetings, bubble lovers! Things have been busy on a personal front over here in #BubbleistaLand. One of the biggest changes is that Mr. Bubbleista and I recently moved into a lovely, updated 1960’s abode that was absolutely built for entertaining {perfect for a effervescent-lifestyle living Bubbleista!}. Housed on a corner lot at the beginning of a quiet…

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Throwback/Flashback: That Time The Bubbleista was a Finalist in Beringer Wines “Great Steak Challenge” Cooking Competition

Beringer 5 (Davon putting steak grill)

I know what you’re thinking: “What? The Bubbleista…cooks?” Yes darlings, it’s true–this girl can really rock it in the kitchen. You didn’t think all I did was sip bubbly, did you? {wink} Here’s a bit of the backstory: my mother taught me how to cook, and I loved it right from the start. I had…

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Independence Day, the Remix: Host a French-Inspired Bastille Day Party

Bastille Day (great table display w cheese)

Didn’t get your party on quite enough in celebrating the red, white and blue? How about celebrating the bleu, blanc, and rouge as a festive reprise? Although we Americans certainly know how to revel in our Independence Day festivities, the French aren’t too shabby in hosting their own independence holiday festivities called Bastille Day. It…

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Fab Four For Friday Links Round-up: Champagne on Ice Edition

Moet Ice Imperial Bubbles Bar Liverpool

Just in time for your Fourth of July holiday grilling activities are some “hot links” {Get it? Hot links? People barbecue for the 4th? Ah hell, never mind.} for your long weekend reading pleasure. I just made a post on Instagram this week about trying Moet Ice Impérial for the very first time and then, as kismet…

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“Sugah” & Champagne: Bubbly and Donut Pairings for National Donut Day

Schrams Creme Brulee (revised 2)

**Thanks to National Donut day always being honored on the 1st Friday of June, it will always fall on a Fizz Friday! Check out my re-post from 2015! So what do you do when #NationalDonutDay {or #NationalDoughnutDay} falls on a #FizzFriday? If you’re The Bubbleista you effortlessly combine the two and do a champagne and doughnut…

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Stop and Smell the Rosés! The Bubbleista’s Rosé picks of the Season, PART 1

Rose Chateau Thuerry

The weather has gotten warmer… The sun is making regular appearances… Sleeves–and hemlines–are getting shorter… Thoughts are irresistibly turning to sitting pool and ocean-side… Yep, it’s officially rosé season! I attended my 1st {of many!} rosé wine tasting of the season recently and came across some real gems! I’m always delighted by the fact that there are always…

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7 Things You Should Know About Tequila to Celebrate National Tequila Day Right

Deleon tequila

      **we preempt our regularly scheduled Fizz Friday post in honor of National Tequila Day** Everyone knows that The Bubbleista loves a good tipple {a peak at my Instagram page will show you that}, including those of the non-sparkling variety. If I’m going to have a cocktail I want it to be a…

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Fizz Friday: The “Champagne Sunrise Luxe” Cocktail

La Pinta and cocktails

I just returned from a lovely, leisurely, luxury vacay in Mexico a couple of weeks ago and I promise that when I close my eyes I can still smell the surf; feel my body floating in the ocean; see the coral-colored sunsets; and taste the {numerous} pomegranate margaritas I sipped with abandon while lounging on my oceanfront…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “C” is {also} for “Cava”

Wine Wedn Word General Promo

It’s Wednesday, and that means time for another #WineWednesday Wordologie, my dears! Last week’s #Wordologie edition found us delving into “C” vocab territory and, as I mentioned then, I decided we’d hang out with this letter for just a bit longer, hence the inclusion of “also” in my lovely little title. We’ve been at this…

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Break Out of That Wine Rut! 3 Out of the Ordinary picks for Spring & Summer Sipping {Plus it’s #40Wines40Days #WineWednesday!}

{image courtesy of www.winefugitive.com}

It’s so easy to fall into a routine isn’t it? Get up at the same time everyday…travel the same route to and fro…go to the same lunch spot for pot roast Tuesdays…yep, we get real nice and comfy in familiarity. We wine lovers can get into a rut, too. We find a few bottles that we really like and…

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Bubble Me Baby: Perrier-Jouët Champagne Happy Hour

Bottle after bottle of perfectly chilled Perrier Jouet. {image credit Davon D. E. Hatchett}

I just love it when my CGA orchestrate things in my favor. You know, CGA–champagne guardian angel. While most people have 1 guardian angel to guide, watch over, and nudge them in the right direction, some of us who are champagne-fixated are blessed with an extra one. This 2nd angel knows and understands that I was born with…

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40 Wines 40 Days Recap 3: Racy & Refined Reds

{image courtesy of Cape Ardor South African Wine Importers}

The last #40Wines40Days post covered the wild & wondrous white wines I tasted from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, so now it’s time to recap the racy & refined reds that I got to sip at the tasting. Before we get to the tasting though, how about we start off with a little “Effervescent Education” first?…

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“EMERALD ISLE FIZZ:” A bubbly green cocktail

Emerald Isle Fizz graphic (3)

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, but while the rest of the world likes to celebrate by being up to their ears in green beer, I prefer to do things just a bit differently. Any day is a good day for champagne and sparkling wine in my book, and St. Patrick’s Day is no different. So what does…

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40 Wines 40 Days Recap 2: Wild & Wondrous Whites

I had quite a bit to wine about... {photo credit: Davon D. E. Hatchett}

After a little hiatus, I’m back with another #40Wines40Days recap! Now, I’m fully aware of the fact that today is not the normal #WineWednesday recap day, but for the last couple of weeks I was working  furiously on creating an EPIC post on “How to Host the Ultimate Empire Viewing Party.” If you don’t know what…

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“Fab Four For Friday” #LinkLove Round-up

Hidden Caribbean Culebra

March is here and all I can think is “hurry up spring!” Like I mentioned in my March sneak peek for the blog, springtime brings about such a wonderful sense of renaissance, renewal, revitalization, and restoration–the sentiment of a fresh start. This spring spirit of renewal always inspires me to switch stuff up {spring cleaning}; to make…

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Secrets of the Lyons Den: How to Host the Ultimate Empire Season Finale Watch Party

Empire Logo (2)

Admit it: you’ve found yourself completely caught up in the phenom that is Fox’s breakout television show “Empire.” Don’t worry though, you’re not alone: the show was so incredibly popular right out of the gate that the series was renewed for a second season after just 2 episodes. If you need further proof of the show’s…

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It’s a Food Holiday: National Absinthe Day

Absinthe during the louching process.{Image courtesy of theframedtable.com; photo credit: Paul Bartholomew

Never had absinthe before? With the spirit being dubiously dubbed as “la fée verte,” or the “green fairy,” I’m not exactly surprised. Although absinthe originally rose to fame in New Orleans (Sazerac, anyone?) and was in vogue among the poets and artists of Paris’ café society, it was eventually vilified in the 18th century with unfounded beliefs that it caused hallucinations,…

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40 Wines 40 Days Recap 1: How About a Little Espumante Vino? Txakoli, The Fizzy Spanish Wine

40wines40days (redo)

**CONTEST ALERT!** you could win BIG…see details at the end of the post Hey there, wine loving people! It’s Wednesday (also know by the hashtag #WineWednesday every week on Twitter–if you haven’t already you should check it out sometime!) so that means it’s time for my first “40 Wines 40 Days” project recap! If you…

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Start your tequila drinking engines: Sunday February 22nd is National Margarita Day

Blueberry basil margarita

Start your tequila-drinking engines! This weekend is National Margarita Day, so get your salt, limes, and lips ready! I love a good “food holiday” (proof here; here; and here, in case you don’t believe me), especially when it  involves wine and/or cocktails. So, with the desire of fully “getting into the spirit” of this, well, spirit-fueled…

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It’s Chinese New Year, baa-a-a-aby! The top 5 ways to celebrate the Year of the Sheep

lamb spring rolls

  You know that one of the  mantras  in the life of a Bubbleista is that almost any excuse reason is a good one to live ordinary life in extraordinary ways, and the celebration of Chinese New Year is no exception. It’s the Year of the Sheep, baa-a-a-aby (you see what I did there?)! But before…

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