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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday Entertaining with Angle 33 Wine Thermal

*This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA! Photography by Brad Bahner.


One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that it brings everyone together! From holiday parties, to potlucks and clothing swaps, friends and family take advantage of the chilly months to get together, laugh and share stories. 

This past weekend we had a fun clothing swap where we all brought clothes we no longer wear for one reason or another - you know those tops & dresses that hang in your closet with the tags still on? Yeah. We then pick and choose which of other's items we want to keep, and the rest get donated to charity! It was super fun and made even more exciting with delicious treats and chilled libations. 

Enter Angle 33: A family-run business out of Montana which handcrafts sleek, modern, and functional pieces for your home and entertaining. I love their pieces for how unique and high-quality they are - they honestly make the best holiday gifts! Founder Matt Baack has been in the concrete industry for over 20 years, so he knows how to craft these gorgeous concrete pieces so that they not only look great, but last a lifetime. 

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Angle 33 wine thermals were perfect for keeping our wine at a perfectly chilled temperature - without the drippy mess that a bucket and ice creates! Here are just a few of my favorite things about Angle 33 wine thermals:


  • You can get them customized (with text, images, logos) for weddings, anniversaries, or birthdays if you're feeling extra classy. 
  • They protect your wine or champagne bottle from getting accidentally bumped off a counter top or table. 
  • They come in 12 gorgeous colors so you can match them to your current decor.
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Wine thermals keep your chilled wine or champagne cool for up to 45 minutes. You can extend this to 90 minutes by placing the thermal in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to entertaining.


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Fun fact: these wine thermals are also useful for red wine, even though you usually only chill white wine. Place the thermal in the fridge for 30 minutes to keep red wine at an ideal temperature for up to 90 minutes in the sun.

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I'm so impressed by the Angle 33 wine thermal. It really keeps the wine looking AND tasting cool! They also make really cool beer flight boards and beer chillers - which would be fab gifts for anyone but especially guys who can be tough to shop for!

Comment Challenge: Who do you know that would love these wine thermals? 



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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

South of France Bed & Breakfast: Domaine de Canfier

*Note: This is a sponsored post, thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA! All opinions are my own.

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Settled in the French countryside of Robion, Provence, bed & breakfast Domaine de Canfier is the perfect relaxing getaway just a few hours south of Paris. This provincial venue is nestled at the foot of the Luberon mountains, with a rustic exterior and adorable, modern interiors. 

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How cute is the outside courtyard? There's also a large pool for the summer months. I loved this massive stone table and bench set, with the stone steps and topiary surrounding the space. It was such a relaxing and gorgeous space!

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Domaine de Canfier has been a B&B for over 23 years. Run by the cutest husband and wife team, they grow a medley of fresh fruit as well as olives for olive oil. 



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I loved the skeleton key to our rooms!


How pretty is this pink sunrise? The garden was unreal!

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I loved the little poem in French on the wall, and did not want to stop looking out my bedroom window at the Luberon mountains!

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This is the best way to wake up and take on the day!

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Loved the heated towel racks throughout our trip to France - can these become a trend in the states too??

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Deliciously sweet and light raspberry start for breakfast.

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Hot cocoa!

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These rustic homemade jams were so epic - each made with the freshest ingredients grown on the property. We tried the fig, peach, strawberry, watermelon-orange, plum, and apricot flavors! 

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Domaine de Canfier is the perfect venue for a few friends. They have another property nearby which houses 15 guests as well, obviously making it perfect for a destination wedding or other large parties. The owners are the sweetest, the breakfast is amazing, and it's just a 2.5 hour high-speed train ride from Paris! 

From the train station, we rented a car and drove here (~60 min drive). There are a ton of nearby attractions, such as electric bike riding, visiting nearby centuries-old villages and castles, wine-tasting, and even a lavender museum. Stay tuned for a recap on all of these adventures!

Do you enjoy bed & breakfasts? 
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tuscan Kitchen with Dining Playbook, Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson

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Let's face it, passion is contagious. I recently had the pleasure of attending a dinner at the amazing Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, MA with Dining Playbook, Billy Costa, Jenny Johnson, and Tuscan Kitchen founder Joe Faro, and it was so inspiring to hear Joe's story and passion behind his restaurants. 

Joe visits Italy at least 2-3 times per year, and brings back authentic Italian dishes for us to enjoy in New England! We had an epic meal with great company and conversation, what's better than that? They're even opening a Boston location in Seaport this fall, can't wait to visit! Read on to see what we dined on.

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Tuna crudo is one of my favorite dishes!

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So honored to be in such great company - listening to the wisdom of Billy Costa, Jenny Johnson, and Joe Faro!

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This steak was so flavorful and delicious, and the potatoes were seasoned perfectly. My favorite dish of the night!

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This plate had such an epic preparation. They torched the inside of the parmigiano cheese wheel, then put the pasta inside of it to absorb the cheese, and finally topped it with grated truffle. In the end it was a perfectly light and subtle dish.

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Dinner was topped off with a dessert platter just as impressive as the rest of the meal. This was a feast to remember, and I absolutely recommend Tuscan Kitchen for upscale Italian in New England! Don't forget to check out their new Seaport location opening soon!

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