The Nutty Attache’

Oh the delights of Diplomatico Rum.  There are several flavors and so far I have been digging these three:

From left they are Mantuano, Planos and Exclusiva.  These are a little slice heaven in a bottle and are imported from Venezuela.  Aside from its beautiful people, Venezuela has delivered a most beautiful Rum.  There are a few other varieties and once I save up my coins, I will give the Mac-daddy versions a try.  (I accept monetary gifts if you are so inclined. )

For the Nutty Attache’ I have chosen to use Planos.  It’s smooth and clear and combines nicely with the other ingredients.  I have chosen to combine the Planos with Midori and Orgeat.   The sweet yumminess of the Melon Liqueur combines so smoothly with the creamy nuttiness of the Orgeat and they balance each out with precision.

And this recipe is so easy and quick:

It’s quick and easy and vibrantly beautiful.  Give it a try and post a comment if you enjoyed!

Peace & Love,

DAN

Autumn Leaves

After living in Los Angeles for years and years, I began to crave seeing seasons dramatically change.  LA does have seasons but the seasonal changes are quite subtle.  There’s the rainy season (often 2 or 3 days a year), the Christmas season, one quick week of winter and then a very long a dry period called summer.  And when the Santa Anas blow, your skin is as dry as parchment paper.  That season weaves in and out of summer.  But living in LA I didn’t have oily skin.  Ever!

A couple of years ago, the craving for autumn leaves got the better of me.  I found an very affordable cross-country airline fare and off East I went.  I landed in Newark and then took Amtrak to Philadelphia.

It’s always fun to take the train.  It’s quick and efficient and I love the rocking back and forth.  Arriving at 30th Street Station I was submerged into old school charm.

The station is clean and well attended and downtown is just steps away.  Philadelphia is full of wonderful architecture.  Remember, it was once the capitol of the US.

I love public art.  And Philadelphia has an old installation at the Municipal Services Building called “Board Game Art Park” and it speaks to my youth:  Monopoly, Checkers, Dominos and Chess.  Look at these adorable pieces:

I so have a Small Sweet Tooth.  I can go days on end without eating anything sugary.  But when I travel I always want to find a little nosh in the afternoon to keep my walking energy Up.  (At least that’s my excuse…). So over the years I have settled on A Doughnut.  Just one.  I looked online and found recommendations for Beiler’s.  It’s an Amish Bakery shop located in the Reading Market.  They also have several varieties of pickles and cheeses, but I wanted the doughnut more.  And, Coconut is my favorite flavors.  

Confession time.  I love Kane’s donuts in Boston.  But THIS is the Best Doughnut I have ever had.  BEST!  If a doughnut could levitate because of it’s lightness, this one would fly.  The cream was heavenly and the coconut as fresh as if it had just been plucked form the tree.  My GF Cyndee asked me why I didn’t bring one back to LA for her.  The truth is that doughnut would never have taken off from Newark outside of my mouth.  NO way!

Reading Terminal Market is such a cool place to visit.  It’s the old train depot and it’s full of vendors selling all types of wares.  Doughnuts were only tip of the iceberg.  And the place is full of fun and fancy neon signs.

 

 

 

 

 

And one “Oh Hell No!” item

There is a limit.  I am Southern and we may “Eat most Everything on the Pig but the Oink” but for me, I draw the line.  No ears or feet!  Period!

Like so many wonderful cities, Philadelphia has wonderful outdoor art.

And of course one of the most recognized sites in Philadelphia.  The Rocky Stairs (aka Philadelphia Museum of Art):

And with all of life, LOVE is the greatest gift of all.  And Philly has love in many languages.  Here are two of them:

And I live in Love!

So about that color I was craving.  Turns out I was a couple of weeks early, but there were some starts to the change.

And all too soon, I was back at 30th Street Station and queuing up for the train back to Newark and glowing from all of the fun times had in Philadelphia.

I love to travel.  And Philadelphia is such a friendly city full of history, culture, food, sites….  I highly recommend a trip there.

Peace and Love (y AMOR)

DAN

BUMBU

I know for those of us who imbibe, we might have had that ONE thing that we enjoyed a wee bit too much.  I love Gin, but the number of peeps that say “Oh Heavens to Betsy NO, I don’t do gin…”  Or scotch or tequila or or or.  Me, I had never been a fan of rum.  But perhaps that’s because I had never experienced  GOOD Rum.  That has changed!  Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of the goodies that I have come to know.  F\But for now…

When I moved to Eastern TN, I was turned on to the best spirits house in town: Parkway Discount Liquors.  They have a great variety of spirits.  On my first visit, one of the employees insisted that I give Bumbu a try.  I informed Terry that rum wasn’t my go-to.  She said you will try it. You will like it.  Since it’s booze, so I said “OK”.  (And truly I was a little afraid to say no to her.  LOL). She told me that she had hers chilling in the fridge and just the weekend before she had enjoyed it straight with frozen strawberries.  Even though I was originally skeptical, I now know that Terry “done schooled me.”  This Bumbu is simply heavenly.  And now I maintain a bottle in my fridge.

So for the tasting notes.…. yeah, about that…. I can only tell you if I like it.  If you click the link for tasting notes you will see what others say.  I already know I say YES!

If you even remotely like rum, I encourage you to seek out Bumbu.  It’s a product of Barbados.   If this is the goodness of Barbados, I need to schedule a trip there.  Enjoy Bumbu and feel the tropics wash over you with a peace of Island Life!   BTW, the Food & Rum Festival is the 18-21 of October.  Let’s Go!

Cheers and Enjoy and Peace and Love!

DAN

BUMBU

There are four glasses.  Who wants to join me?  I’d love it!