Farewell Friday . . No Worries .. .Just for a Week!!

Hi Folks, Well, we’re finally doing it.  We’re taking a week off of blogging.  Business and family responsibilities have simply gotten to the point where we need to take a week to organize and regroup. break We’re not going on vacation or anything.  We’ll still be here cooking and finding cool food related stuff to share with you. We just won’t share any of it until the following week. We apologize for the lapse, but we are, after all, a “mom & pop” shop, which means we don’t have a team generating our content, and this kind of thing will just happen from time to time. So, have a great week, see you next Monday, and above all, Bon Appetit!

Hear, Hear for Heartland’s Australian Shiraz 2012

Super busy again, but as always, making sure our regulars have something good to read. Check out this review of Heartland’s 2012 Shiraz. Sounds exactly like our kind of wine. Will definitely pick it up if we run across it. Hat tip to “Girls Go Grape,” who we are now following. Love the blog name, and the content.


Girls Go Grape

Hello wine lovers and happy #wineWednesday to you!  After two weeks of great Pinot Gris, I can hear my red wine lovers sighing relief that this weeks’ post is about Shiraz.

I was asked to lead a tasting for my girlfriends’ 40th birthday last Saturday night.  The group of 25 tasted through 6 wines.  My hubby was an amazing help as I had put my back out the day before.  He was entertaining and a darn great help!

Feedback from the crowd after the tasting was complete was positive.  And, Heartland’s Shiraz 2012 was a standout favourite…


Heartland’s Shiraz comes from their Langhorne Creek vineyard in South Australia.  Here the soils are sandy loam and the region is known for its cool-climate which produces some exceptional wines…

In the glass, it is a deep ruby red with hints of purple.  On the nose, this Shiraz has a pronounced profile with…

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Busy or lazy? How to cook lentils in batches.

It’s been really busy here at Shami’s Gourmet.  We’re working on a variety of technical issues and on acquiring some delicious new items for you.

So, unfortunately, no time for an original piece from us today.  We have, however, found a useful little article for you to peruse.  I’ll be trying this most likely later today and have lentils for the rest of the week.

We’ve really been slacking on the lentils in our diet, and hopefully this will change that.

Bon Appetit!

Busy or lazy? How to cook lentils in batches..

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

Welcome back to Fine Dining Friday… And more lameness from us. We are still extremely busy with inventory and such and still have no time to write original content.
However, what we did on Wednesday, calling attention to a promising new blogger, felt good. So we’re doing it again. Here’s a delicious sounding recipe from another promising new blog. We’ll have to try it out soon.
Bon Appetit!

I Know What You’re Thinking…

Welcome back to Wine Wednesday and another day of lameness for us. Work is proceeding apace on the new items in the site, but we really don’t have the time to write anything substantive.
However, yesterday, while reading through the “wine” tag in wordpress, I ran across a very interesting and well written post on a brand new blog. Both the blog and the post were titled “champagne in a mug,” and I thought they were worth sharing.
I hope our readers enjoy it, and I hope the author keeps writing.

Bon Appetit!

What is Truffle Oil? . . . And Why We Will Probably Be Lame for a While

Welcome back to Truffle Tuesday!

For lack of choice, I’ll make this brief: We are in the process of listing several dozen new products in our store. We are very excited to offer you these items, but listing them will take up the majority of our time for the next week or two.  During that time, in lieu of our usual ramblings here, we will be posting links, either to stuff we’ve done in the past, or to resources elsewhere which we feel are useful.  Please forgive us this brief near-absence.

As for today’s link, a few days ago we realized just how frequently the question, “what is truffle oil?” gets asked.  And in fact, to the uniformed, the answer is quite surprising.  So we wrote up the shortest complete answer to the question we could manage, and posted it in our store here.  If you don’t already know the answer, you owe it to yourself to read this before buying any.

White Truffle Oil
White Truffle Oil

Until tomorrow…

Bon Appetit!

Truffled Risotto Prepared 3 Ways By 3 Top Chefs

Welcome back to Truffle Tuesday!

This week, we’ll be looking at a Northern Italian classic:  Truffled Risotto.  Risotto itself, usually a primo (first course), is prepared a number of different ways depending on the region and the chef.  We’ve chosen these three recipes based on the following criteria:

  • They are all delicious
  • None of them is terribly complex or difficult
  • Each one has the heft of a top chef behind it
  • Each one represents a different approach to the dish, bringing out different flavors and different textures from this delectable dish.

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Saint Martha – The Best Meal We Ever Had in a Strip Mall, and Quite Possibly, in all of Los Angeles.

Just the other day we ran across Joshua Lurie’s blog entry at DiscoverLosAngeles.com entitled, “The Best Non Korean Restaurants in Koreatown.” Jackpot. We had been looking for this information since we moved into the hood 3 years ago. Not that we don’t love Korean food; we do! But for our 11th wedding anniversary, we wanted something special.

Enter Saint Martha.  Highly rated, and easy walking distance so we could both drink, it seemed like the perfect spot for the occasion.  It did not disappoint.

As such, a great big THANK YOU goes out to Joshua Lurie for introducing us to Chef Nick Erven and Saint Martha.

And while we’re at it, a great big THANK YOU to Chef Erven and the entire staff at Saint Martha for quite possibly the best meal we have had in Los Angeles, in a strip mall or otherwise, and for helping make our 11th anniversary a memorable one.

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