Tuesday Wine & Cheese Night

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Hi y’all and happy HUMP DAY!

I saw Roger Waters last night at Amalie Arena and it was nothing less than amazing and incredible.  It was truly a dream come true for me, as I’m obsessed with Pink Floyd, and Waters played mostly Floyd songs. The fact that this old man could still belt out those lyrics was awesome…there was even a giant blown-up pig flying around the stadium as Waters performed Pigs.

I will not bore y’all with my feelings towards this concert, but I will mention that it was one of the best experiences of my life.  Aside from marrying my best friend, this is a close second for “best day of my life.”

Prior to this fest of amazingness, my husband and I had a couple from work over for wine and cheese as a pre-concert get-together.  I busted out my Anthropologie cheese board and knives, and wine glasses for the occasion, as well as my wine decanter and aerator.  I picked up some of my favorite cheeses and wines from Trader Joe’s, as well as some flowers because let’s be honest here, TJ’s has the best flowers for super cheap.

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I absolutely love eucalyptus and how wonderful it makes my home smell.  I put the main arrangement (pictured above) in our kitchen, and the leftovers were placed in a small jar on my bathroom sink.

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As for cheese, I love a good cheddar and have found a family favorite at TJ’s.  It’s the New Zealand grass-fed sharp cheddar and friends, it will not leave you disappointed.  It has a distinct taste that I’ve experienced with no other cheddar.  I also love a good brie and paired this one with my favorite raisin and rosemary crisps.

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The cheddar was paired with some classic multigrain crackers, which I also love from TJ’s as they have a delicious, buttery flavor.

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It’s only within the last few years that I’ve developed a true love for red wine.  My parents have been winos for years and can tell you about the “legs” and “earthy tones” and whatever else, but I generally go for a red blend, cabernet, or whatever I get my hands on that tastes good to me.  Again, I’m putting Trader Joe’s on a pedestal here, but they’ve got a really great selection of wines for a reasonable bargain.  Our friends who came over requested a Chianti, which of course I abided because that’s a fail-proof classic in our house.

In order to “increase the flavor,” as my parents taught me, I busted out the decanter and aerator.  To my surprise, it actually does help with the flavor of wine, especially if it’s on the cheaper side.  Or maybe it’s just a placebo effect.  Who knows?

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Needless to say, it was a good Tuesday.  Good wine, delicious cheese, great company, and a killer show.  I really can’t complain, but I do wish I could play yesterday on repeat a few times.  I couldn’t have dreamed of a better, almost mid-week day, and thoroughly enjoyed playing with my new kitchen accessories.

How did you guys spend your Tuesday?

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