We just had the best evening! Amazing wines, lovely guests, and I guess quite decent food pairings too 🤗 It was a pleasure to brighten up your weekday evening with a bit of Mediterranean sunshine! To many more wine tasting events to come! Cheers!
When you're trying to be all about that sugar syrup life.
I just recieved my refractometer today! A refractometer measures the amount of stuff in water. In this case, my "stuff" is sugar. It's important to help control the size of sugar crystals in rock candy, product consistency, and also bacteria growth. In the case of candy making, I want 0 bacteria growth
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes ⠀
1 head garlic⠀
2 pounds red potatoes, washed well and quartered⠀
Salt and freshly ground black pepper⠀
5 tablespoons butter⠀
3/4 cup heavy cream⠀
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice off the very top of the garlic head. Drizzle head with olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a sheet tray and bake until tender and fragrant, roughly 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Remove the cloves and mash with a wooden spoon. Place potatoes in a large stockpot and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender and drain. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Meanwhile heat butter and cream until butter melts. Add the roasted garlic and potatoes and mash all together. ⠀
Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. ⠀
Travel and tourism expert André Xavier joined me on The I Love CVille Show powered by Greenberry’s Coffee at Barracks Road, the talented Dr. Scott Wagner of Scott Wagner Chiropractic and Sports Medicine, trusted real estate firm Roy Wheeler Realty Co. and Intrastate Inc., a home’s best friend!
Here are some of the topics we covered: (1). Who is Andre Xavier the husband, the dad, the entrepreneur and the passionate Charlottesville lover? (2). Andre, please explain what you do? Please tell us about your travel and tourism empire, including Cville Hop On Tours, Cville Tours, Cville Travel, Explore DMC and RVA Hop On Tours. (3). What is your background? Why did you start your businesses? What brought you to CVille? (4). CVille Hop On Tours is an EPIC/Awesome company. How did you meet your charismatic co-founder Jon Craig? Why have you enjoyed such explosive growth? (5). You and Jon Craig have expanded CVille Hop On Tours outside the CVille market to Harrisonburg and Richmond, which I think is super cool! How did you get to this point? Why expand to other markets? Please explain your trials and tribulations in expanding your business. Please educate the entrepreneurs who are watching in what you did well and what you would do differently. (6). What are the next strategies and steps for your vertically-integrated travel and tourism business? (7). What’s it like working with a partner in business? What advice would you give the entrepreneurs about working alongside a co-owner? Should you launch a business with a friend or someone that is more an acquaintance than friend? (8). In regards to Charlottesville and Central Virginia, we are at a cross-roads with our image and our brand. The Charlottesville brand needs much strategic work, especially at the regional and national level. Lets start open-ended first, Andre. What are your thoughts on the Charlottesville brand from a regional and national level? ~ @ilovecville#ilovecville@jerrymillernow@andrecville
With another ramen night in the books. Just wanted to give a huge shout out to all the people who came, and donated so generously. With every night we do we are a little closer, to achieving our dream. Still along way to go. But we've already come along way since we started. Also a huge shout out to my housemates. For tolerating the monthly destruction of our house. Our boy @michaeloulton for the support, encouragement and photos. @anr_77 for being an awesome hostess and organiser of humans.
Big love to everyone who supports us, we couldn't do it without you. More photos to come