Hello, friends…I hope you have all had a great week! Here’s this Sunday’s seven in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel:
The Muraka, in the Maldives, an all-glass hotel room that sits 16.5 feet under sea level. Sleep with the fish, drink coffee with the coral, and even catch a glimpse of turtles, stingrays, or even sharks staring through the glass (eek!) The Muraka is perched out in the ocean for maximum privacy. The suite comes with your own jet boat, dedicated staff including a butler and a chef, and everything else from massage therapists to facialists to trainers can be arranged and included in the (hefty) price tag — this very cool experience is $50,000 per night!
A few tips on creating the perfect cheese plate—a quest, I know, for many of us. I personally love a good cheese plate this time of year—it’s the perfect Thanksgiving starter. These tips are similar to ones I shared earlier this year in my post on the Ultimate Cheese Plate Edit. They suggest how to select your cheese, what to pair with it, and in what order to build your board. Happy cheesing!
These made me laugh—I had no idea there was such a market for boozy advent calendars, however I’m probably the target audience and, now that I know, DO think they are a great idea! What’s better than getting a bite-size piece of bad chocolate every night? With these, you can open a day on the Advent calendar and get a different and delicious drink to sample instead!
Oversized wine bottles are great this time of year — they make a big impact and bring the “wow” factor to parties. This article is a quick reference on names of bottles of all sizes, from the adorable little split to the herculean Nebuchadnezzar. Not only does each hold a different volume of wine, but they also have cool names derived from biblical kings and other historical figures. Fun fact: Large-format bottles tend to age more gracefully, as they have less oxygen exposure!
To celebrate the flavors of this of year, try these cabernet-friendly fall salad recipes from Jordan Winery (one of my favorites!) These salads use the season’s earthy vegetables and bright greens to pair with the king of reds, cabernet sauvignon. Some might not think of cabernet and salads being a traditional pairing—however, the secret lies within matching the savory earthiness of the fall harvest to the heartiness of the wine, all while balancing the acidity of a vinaigrette and adding flavors that complement the oak aging.
If you’re a visual person, like me, these blogs from Stitch Fix run through a few holiday-appropriate outfit pairings for Thanksgiving—I think it’s helpful to see things laid out sometimes. Get some ideas for layering up for the big weekend!
And for more visual eye candy, some ideas for setting the Thanksgiving table if you’re looking for a little inspiration. I personally like a more minimal table, but included all kinds of ideas at the above link. These are so gorgeous I had to share! Also, some specific links with how-to build the flower arrangements shown, below:
Traditional Thanksgiving Table
Rustic Thanksgiving Table
Kids Thanksgiving Table
Modern Thanksgiving Table
I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing rest of your weekend!