Sunday Funday

The other day I came across an interesting infographic:

Click here for the full size. Wine Folly is an interesting site, one I think my friend Brittany should work for should she choose to leave our Alma Matter behind.

Taking the quiz, I chose the following path:

Personal Use > At Home > Not Alone > With Dinner > Wine is Not the Main Course > Dinner is Not from the Microwave > Not Cooking with Wine > Yes, of course Kool Aid Man > ARGENTINIAN MALBEC

This just happens to be my and my husband’s favorite red wine. Score 1 for accuracy.

Malbec is a great dry-ish red wine that comes exclusively from South America. Since the is the only continent besides Africa I have left to visit, I count it as cultural research. Malbec’s are sweet, typically a little chocolatey and should leave a satisfied but slightly tart aftertaste. If this isn’t the case, make sure you didn’t accidentally end up with a Merlot or a ‘mixed red.’ (Personally, what is the point in mixing it all together? That’s why there are different vintages in the first place, but I’m not a sommelier.)

I thought I would give the chart another go. Repeat the same steps up until Cooking with Wine (Answer: Yes) and you get SAUVIGNON BLANC. My favorite white wine now that I’ve gotten over my Riesling and Pinot Grigio phases. Much too sweet for daily consumption.

The best part of this chart is that if you are cooking from a microwave or ordering dinner from a drive-through window both answers lead to 3 LITER BOXED WINE. While Franzia and I were acquaintances in college, I love that a legitimate wine site is recommending we rekindle our friendship. If Franzia came in either Malbec or Sauvignon Blanc I would seriously consider it.

So while we’re out enjoying brunch and Mimosa’s (which is not on the list, surprising. Shouldn’t champagne count as a type of wine? Come on, how can you have ‘folly’ without champagne!), what wine should you be drinking tonight?

Disclaimer: if you find yourself drinking alone, please Skype me.

Model Fit: Sugar Free

As I mentioned yesterday, sugar and I have a complicated relationship. Sugar gives me energy spikes to get through some of the more tedious tasks of my day. Sugar lifts my spirit with a jolt of endorphins when I’m feeling a bit down-and-out. Sugar doesn’t judge me, and sugar can appreciate what I’m going through, especially if it’s something I can’t share with those around me.

But sugar isn’t really my friend. Which is why my goal for this week is to go sugar free. And by sugar free I mean not eating candy at work or making a batch of cookies every night when I get home. Strawberries never did me any harm, and who can live without ketchup!

(Who knew there was a thing like strawberry ketchup. Must try!)

So far, I’ve got Day One down. Day Two was a bit rougher. Partially because we had a BBQ at work today, and the plate of brownies, lemon tarts, and coconut and chocolate square was just too tempting. Then at 4:30 just as I was about to cave and trudge to the Mike n’ Ike’s, I remembered the plum in my bag.

Fruit: 1. Candy: 0.

It’s all about baby steps. Taking one small goal then increasing that goal slowly over time. I have eight weeks until our vacation in Turks and Caicos. We’ll have five days to lounge on the beach, go sailing every day, and play volleyball against some pros warming up for a tournament the week after we’re staying at Club Med. While I’d love to say I’ll be feeling svelte and healthy by homecoming in 4 weeks, I have to have a more realistic goal. Besides, MyFitnessPal says I’ll be down to 140 lbs in 5 weeks. That includes a burger for lunch and a massive sweet potato for dinner. Not too shabby.

Now back to my glass of Pinot Noir, my treat for avoiding the sweets in the office today and gearing up for Day Three. Cheers!