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Sugar Baby Education 101: Wine & Food Pairing

When you are an SB, it is important for you to play the part in your SD’s life, meaning be well educated about things and have proper etiquette and KNOW your wine… or have at least an idea about wine and food paring.

 So here, my hoes a little basic overview (if want to learn more about wine, just google that shit out!)


Just like adding milk into coffee will change its texture and taste; food when interacting with wine will affect its flavor. Different ingredients and preparation methods will bring out different taste sensations with the same bottle of wine.

There are a lot of pairing guidelines, but only one universal pairing principle –

A good pairing is when the food and wine do not overshadow each other. Wine and food can complement or contrast each other, as long as they do not mask each other’s unique flavor and characteristics.

Factors to Consider when Pairing

When pairing food, you are really complementing or contrasting four elements. The way the dish is prepared and cooked will affect these elements:

Body/ weight: heavy, medium, or light-body?
Flavor intensity: weak, moderate, strong?
Aroma: earthy, fruity, grassy, or herbal?
Taste: sweet, spicy, acidic, sour, bitter?

Example 1: Most people prefer pairing Cabernet Sauvignon with steaks because they are both full-bodied, strong flavor, and the protein in the meat will soften the tannin in the wine. A venturing wine lover may pair a red steak with a full-bodied white Roussanne.

Example 2: With spicy, strong flavor Thai dishes, the classic gourmets would go for a Riesling. Its neutrality will complement Thai cuisine’s spices. Its acidity and med bodied will match the weight of the food. A venturing wine lover may pair with Gewurztraminer or Marsanne.

Our Favorite Wine and Food Pairings:

It is not always white wine with white meat… Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Chianti are few handful reds that pair well with chicken. Below we have listed our favorite pairings as a good starting point:

Western Dishes:

Chicken – Full-bodied whites (Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc) or light reds (Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Chianti)
Foie Gras / Pate - Sweet whites (Sauternes, Riesling Spatlese, Tokaji)
Green Salad – Herby whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Vinho Verde)
Grilled Fish – Light to medium bodied whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde, Chablis)
Pasta (red sauce) – acidic reds (Barbera, Chianti, Zinfandel / Primitivo, Valpolicella)
Pasta (white sauce) – fuller bodied whites (Chardonnay, Viognier, Gavi, Pinot Gris)
Pizza - Sparkling or a fruity red (Prosecco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Valpolicella)
Raw or steamed shellfish – Crisp, acidic wines (Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis)
Steak – Full-bodied red (Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Barolo)

Asian Cuisines:

Chinese – Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir
Japanese Sushi – Beaujolais, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
Spicy Thai / Indian Curry – Viognier, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Rousanne

Cheese:

Creamy soft brie or camembert – Champagne, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, dry Riesling
Strong goat cheese – Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly-Fume
Hard / Aged cheese – Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Brunello, Dolcetto, Merlot, white Burgundy
Semi-hard cheese – Semillon, Rioja
Smoked cheese – Gewurztraminer, Sauternes, Shiraz
Blue cheese – Sauternes, Banyuls, Port, Late harvest wines, Madeira, Amarone;

Last but not least, some PAIRING TIPS:

Acidic wines go well with many dishes. Sauvignon Blanc, dry Riesling, Chianti are great examples. In addition, acidic wines make salty dishes appear less salty.
For fatty food such as foie gras, try Sauternes (an equally rich and intense wine).
For spicy food, try fruity, low-alcohol wines such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Sweet food goes well with a bottle that is slightly sweeter.

Pair complex food with a simple wine. And pair simple food with a complex wine.

Bella with the good hair - Jacob Black imagine

Could you do an imagine where Jacob and the reader are together, but the reader feels kinda neglected because he’s always busy obsessing over Bella and they have an argument about it? Sorry for any misunderstandings, English isn’t my first language.

Your English was perfect! Thanks for the request! Also, I tried to be funny in the title so I’m sorry.


We were all sitting around a roaring bonfire, the town elders were reciting the legend of the Quileute tribe. There she sat, next to Jacob, next to MY boyfriend. Her stupid perfect chocolate brown curls which lay perfectly on her head and frame her stupid perfect face. Leah Clearwater nudged me with her elbow.
“You’re grimacing again.” She said to me. Leah was my best friend she understood what I was going through, she used to date Sam Uley but over the summer something changed, they broke up and he started dating a girl named Emily.

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captainalinjastars  asked:

Well, if we're talking about drinking, I'd like ask: what type of alcohol "adult" part of series would prefer: Kakashi, Asuma, Kurenai, Guy, Genma, Iruka, Yamato, Jiraya, Tsunade, Shizune (Of coursr, please do the caracters you've met already)?

I thought long and hard about this and I’m pretty confident with my answers. I had to do some serious research for these headcanons.


Naruto Adults’ Favorite Alcoholic Beverages

Kakashi loves Hennessy Black. It’s sleek black packaging is very appealing to the eye. He prefers to drink it over ice. While it can have a variety of undertones in its flavors, Kakashi tends to notice the honey taste more than the others. 

Asuma is a beer drinker. His favorite is actually Irish Dry Stout. It’s dark in color and it goes well with the barbecue he often eats with Team 10. It’s a little bitter in flavor, which mixes well on his palate with the taste of cigarettes.

Kurenai likes her red wine, particularly Pinot Noir. This wine pairs well with a variety of different foods, especially with Japanese dishes like sushi and salmon. She likes how delicate it is as a beverage and how she can easily pick out the fruity aromas like strawberry or plum. 

Guy likes hard cider. He finds the crisp apple flavors to be very refreshing after a long day of training. It can cool him down and stimulate his tastebuds without making him so drunk he can’t function. 

Genma prefers bourbon - the kind that will instantly make you grow chest hair with how much it burns on the way down. He likes the kind that has aged a bit more so he can really pick out the vanilla notes that he can’t find in younger whiskies. 

Iruka loves Baileys Irish Cream. While he has tried many flavors of this liqueur, he tends to stick with the original cream. To Iruka, nothing is more relaxing than coming home after a long day and brewing a cup of dark roast coffee and pouring two shots of Baileys in. It’s not the strongest alcohol, which he appreciates, but it definitely helps put him to sleep when he needs it.

Yamato actually appreciates white wine. His favorite kind is Gewürztraminer, a German wine. It is very sweet and pairs well with Asian cuisine. He likes to sip it over dinner. He likes the hint of peach flavor in the wine and likes how dry it is.

Jiraiya loves Belgian Quadrupel beer. Pairing well with smoked meats, Jiraiya can often be seen with his type of alcohol at his table. He likes the sweetness of brown sugar that he can taste. It has a high alcohol percentage, so it usually doesn’t take him long to feel the effects.

Tsunade really enjoys white wine, particularly the more velvety kinds of Chardonnay. It goes down smoother than usual dry wines and has bold hints of citrus flavors. On occasion she will drink the fresh barreled kind for the taste of vanilla and coconut. She can go through two bottles in one night if she isn’t careful. 

Shizune loves Merlot red wine. It’s a softer wine which she only drinks on the occasion where she needs a hardcore relaxation period. She likes how she can taste plums and other herbs on her tastesbuds. It was this wine that really introduced her to alcohol when she became old enough to drink. 

Made a corny fic cover while I was stuck at work today on infinite phone hold!

Of course Harry falls asleep in his armchair and has a dream of such magnificent filthiness that he’s almost afraid to look in the mirror when he wakes up some hours later, stiff in the trousers and red in the cheeks, fearing he might see Satan’s face there instead of his own. Something about Eggsy – of course – but the details slip through his fingers like water the harder he tries to recall them. Something about hands – a hand in his hair, another deftly unfastening buttons, and a cock huge and thrilling and insistently thrusting into his mouth and throat with the sort of desperate ferocity he’s always really fucking loved even though it’s difficult to speak the day after indulging without sounding a bit like Tom Waits. Something about Eggsy’s arse – god, his glorious arse, Harry’s got the urge to write a sonnet or something about it or maybe commission somebody to sculpt it in marble for his front hallway – and something about the hot wet slide of skin, taut muscles, a pair of golden tanned thighs and the sensation of his cock driving between them above the stretch of merlot-red tights neither of them could be patient enough to remove properly.

There’s a quiet beep from his glasses, the comms line opening, and Merlin’s voice says, “Your heart rate is off the scale. Something wrong?”

“Everything’s bloody wrong,” Harry says in despair.

Ballerino on Ao3 

anonymous asked:

Fall/Winter fashion must-haves? F/W literary must-haves? F/W must-haves in general?

Black turtleneck, dark grey wool blend blazer, black and dark blue mid-rise ankle-crop jeans, navy sweater, camel-hued ankle-crop trousers, black leather pointed-toe ankle boots, rain boots, a quality ¾ length parka (to endure the harsh Canadian winter), camel-hued sweater, leather strap watch…

The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger), Ariel (Sylvia Plath), Just Kids (Patti Smith), The Stranger (Albert Camus), Franny & Zooey (J.D. Salinger), The Weight of Oranges (Anne Michaels), Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut), Paris Spleen 1869 (Charles Baudelaire), Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)…

Almond tea sweetened with honey, Rhye’s album Woman, university libraries that smell of firewood, ballet, used bookstores, cooking with in-season vegetables (soups and bakes), candles for early nightfall, walks at late hours while it’s snowing, evenings spent at the museum or art gallery, Tchaikovsky, red wine (merlot or cabernet sauvignon)…

I had a debate with my family once about the most popular wine grape.  (I thought it would be Merlot…I was wrong.)  This weekend, I was in Napa and it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to make a graphic on the subject.  So here it is - the distribution of wine grapes in California.  The land acreage dedicated to growing wine grapes is not surprising.  Napa leads the way, with 9.60% of its land area used for growing wine grapes. San Joaquin takes second at 8.20%, and Sonoma, third, at 5.97%.  Note the scale is nonlinear because so many counties are below 1%.  Most counties grow more red than white wine grapes. However, Chardonnay claims the most overall acreage.

Data source: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/California/Publications/Grape_Acreage/

2010 Petrolo Galatrona Toscana IGT

Oh dog, so this is my “I’m drinkin’ the Pétrus of Italy” face. Let’s start with the nose - dark plums, blackberries, cocoa dust, espresso powder, nutmeg, morels, thyme, purple flowers, and anise. Loads of plums on the palate with dark cherries (and a hint of some red cherries from the acidity), blackberries, mushrooms, cocoa, espresso, leather, and cinnamon. Nice, bright acidity. So velvety smooth from the Merlot. If you can’t afford Pétrus (I mean… who can?), put a bottle of this in your cellar instead. Phenomenal.

5/5 bones

$$$$

Merlot

14% abv

Tuscany, ITALY

Simple Accidents (Pt 8)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

Jensen x Reader

Warnings: Angst, Language, slight sexual tension

Word Count: 2,188

Y/E/C= your eye color

(A/N: Pretend the shirt is black instead of white. You’ll understand later.)


After you admitted your hunger, Jensen requested you to put on something nice  as you walked back to your room.

Searching through your closet, you pulled out a black sweetheart neckline, covered in lace with short sleeves that hung off your shoulders. The dress ended just below the halfway mark of your thigh. You let down your tousled curls, shaking it out with your fingers. You fixed your eye make up and added a light coat of subtle, soft pink lipstick.

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