Dinner at Tassia’s

When friend-and-fellow-foodie Tassia tweeted that she was about to cook up a storm and was looking for dinner guests, I bit the bait and went right in.

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I turned up with wifey Kristal and an empty stomach, ready to devour whatever Tas had in store for us. However, I was refused access into the kitchen and was told to hold my corners. Lol.

Kristal

Kristal

The night was spent chatting away over endless glasses of wine and delectable eats. We started out with a nice bottle of perfectly chilled Yellow Tail Moscato and nibbled away at aperitifs of pepper-stuffed olives, plantain chips, and French macaroons.

aperitifs

Aperitifs: Pepper-stuffed olives, French macaroons, plantain chips, Moscato

And a very luxurious Quiche Lorraine made by some French friends that were visiting her.

quiche lorraine

Quiche Lorraine

But the highlight of the night was Tassia’s chunky chicken penne alfredo. I’ve got to admit it was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had. Perfectly cooked penne with just the right amount of cream, seasoning, and plumped chunks of chicken breast fit for meat lovers, aka me.

Chunky chicken penne pasta

My sage worked well, too.

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By this time we were well on our way with the second bottle of wine.

J. Moreau & Fils Chablis

Second bottle, J. Moreau & Fils Chablis

Oh, I almost forgot the scrumptious garden salad which started the entrée round. The freshest medley of lettuce, olives, carrots, bell peppers, sweet corn and raisins, topped with grated white cheddar and drizzled with a divine balsamic vinaigrette, one of my fave salad dressings. This definitely cleansed our palates and prepared our tastebuds for the rich, impending penne alfredo.

Garden Salad

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The night ended with a reminder that the following day was a workday. #womp Nonetheless, everyone was pretty buzzed to even be bothered. All in all, it was a great night spent with great friends, great food, and yes, great wine.

Live. Love. Eat.

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Cheers! – Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

This cocktail came to me one Friday evening with two of my dearest friends, Nakeeta and Daenia, after our regularly monthly Friday evening dinner splurge. They decided to stop by my apartment and by means of my usual hospitality, a cocktail was born. I had a pack of frozen blueberries in the freezer and thought that this would add well to my showmanship. It did. The cocktail which would have been a usual cloudy-green from the lime juice, morphed before our eyes from bore to a ruby red wonder with the addition a few simple frozen blueberries. The choice of Appleton Genesis was the perfect spike as it added the right amount of buzz without being too harsh. Don’t underestimate its strength though…after but two drinks, Daenia was knocked out completely, and Nakeeta was about to follow suit.

Try it out and make a nice impression with your mixology skills!

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade