Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Dear Family, Friends and Followers, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you so much for your support this past year! I hope you will have a wonderful Holiday Season, surrounded by your loved ones.
Love, Tara

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Affordable Holiday Gifts

Yeah Christmas is coming... and even sooner than you think! You still have two weeks left to get those Christmas gifts, so in case you have no clue yet what to buy... here are some affordable suggestions for everyone in the family. All gifts shown here are under €10 / $11 and some even under €5 / $5,50!

Lips keychain by Fab for Hema:
Santa mug by Sostrene Grenes:
Mini panettone (cake) by Chiostro di Saronno:
Santa salt shaker by Zara Home:
Santa chocolates by Lindt: 
Spritz candy by Pastiglie Leone:
Barbecue sauce by Jack Daniels:
No show sports socks by Adidas:
Cactus pot holders by Suma Tessuti Ostuni:
Vogue UK and Vogue USA by Condé Nast:

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Party

Last week I attended the Johnnie Walker Blue Label cocktail party at the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam. I am not a whisky drinker, so I didn't really know what to expect. Well... they sure knew how to surprise me! There was a presentation of the new Johnnie Walker film "The Gentleman's Wager II" with Jude Law, Giancarlo Giannini and Zhao Wei. There's no lady who wants to pass up on a movie with Jude Law, right? It even got better when I found out the movie was shot in Italy! It certainly looked like "La Dolce Vita" to me!

In fact, Johnnie Walker's marvellous Blue Label is equivalent of La Dolce Vita. This very precious blend is made from some of Scotland’s rarest and most exceptional Scotch Whiskies. Only one in every ten thousand casks is considered good enough to be included in the Blue Label blend! The Johnnie Walker ambassadors gave a brief presentation about the Blue Label and then the whisky tasting could begin. Of course I have had whisky before... but this one was mindblowing!!! Pure, as well as mixed in a cocktail.

The cocktail that was served, was the Gentleman's Wager. Delicious I must say! Want to try it at home? Here's the recipe:

45 ml Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky
10 ml Pedro Ximénez sherry
5 ml Poire Williams eau de vie
2 dashes of Peychaud's (or Angostura) bitters
Plenty of ice cubes
Some orange zest

Stir well, pour into a tumbler full of fresh ice, squeeze the orange zest a little into the tumbler and rub the peel around the rim of the glass. Cheers!

Besides the drinks, there were delicious canapés, by the chef of the Conservatorium Hotel, Schilo van Coevorden, that matched the Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky perfectly. Of course we all know wine and food pairing... but how about matching whisky and chocolate? Simply divine....
I know what I will put on my wishlist this Christmas!

The best part of the evening -sorry Jude- was when we all got a personalised bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label...!

Photos (without logo) courtesy of Johnnie Walker.