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About Becky Ellis

Welcome! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'm Becky or "Bubblybee" as I'm known on Facebook. (Bubbly = champagne and BEE are my initials) My passion is champagne and my quest is to find perfect small food pairings for bubbly. Don't wait to celebrate! When you visit my blog you will find unique recipes that pair wonderfully with champagne, sparkling wine, cava and prosecco. I personally taste each sparkly that I write about...life is good! If you are looking for a $10 Cava to drink at the lake you will find it here. If you are looking for a nice sparkling wine at a decent price to serve at a wedding you will find it here. If you are looking for a fabulous champagne to serve on your wedding anniversary you will find it here. Enjoy and cheers! Please visit my facebook page: Bubblybee Follow me on Instagram: bubblybeeboop

Custom Designed Fraiser Table ~ Evan Berding Custom Furniture

When I was very small I loved to watch TV. I could see the actors on TV so I thought that they could see me too.  All Mom had to do was plunk me in front of the “I Love Lucy” show and I would be good as gold for the next thirty minutes.  I did not  want Lucy to think that I was misbehaving  during her show.

Through the years I continued to be enamored with sitcoms.  One of my all-time favorites is Frasier.  I love the Frasier set with the Steinway piano, Eames chair and the Coco Chanel couch.  My favorite piece on the set sat to the left of the fireplace ~ the three-tiered “twisted table” designed by  Larry Horowitz. I would love to know where the original table is today.  Since I can’t get my hands on the original  I am happy to say that as of this weekend I now have my very own Frasier twisted table!

 

Evan Berding designs and creates fine furniture.  Please visit his website to view examples of his extraordinary creations:

http://www.evanberding.com/furniture/

I commissioned my Frasier table from Evan Berding. The process was fascinating.  First I sent as many photos of the table that I could find to Evan as he did research on his end.  He explained that the original table looked like cherry and that cherry would compliment other pieces in my living room.  Cherry tends to get darker with age so my table will darken over time.

The next step was for me to determine the dimensions of the table. I trusted Evan’s judgement and he was very helpful in deciding exactly what size table would fit in my space.  The original table was a little taller than my table but Evan explained that the Frasier set was much bigger than my Colonial house living room.

The drawers are made of poplar.  You can see the level of fine detail that Evan puts into his work in the dovetailing on the drawers.

We wanted to make the delivery of the Frasier Table into a special celebration.  Evan and Meredith and some bubbly friends joined us for a Frasier themed dinner. Meredith is a high end custom furniture designer. Please visit her website to be wowed!

http://www.meredithhartfurniture.com/

Veuve Clicquot champagne was a favorite of Niles Crane on the show, so we began our evening with a toast which led to the unveiling of the Frasier Table. I was delighted by the finished product.

Our first course was a nod to Frasier and Niles sipping sherry. Sherry is a traditional ingredient in gazpacho and it was a warm summer evening so I made my favorite gazpacho served in chilled mason jars.

Just for fun I took a photo of the temperature in my car earlier that day…thank goodness for air conditioning!

Our second course was a nod to the Frasier theme song, sung by Kelsey Grammer, “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs”. I scrambled the eggs with portobello mushrooms and Gruyere cheese.  My bubbly friends Kate and Bert gave me Frasier coasters that I will keep in the drawer of my Fraiser Table. They are adorable!

Tossed Salad And Scrambled Eggs!

Our next course was a nod to Martin Crane, Frasier’s Dad on the show.  He loved to grill out on the patio of Frasier’s exclusive loft, much to Frasier’s chagrin. Martin’s love of grilling is included in my favorite episode of Frasier. This episode showcases Frasier and Niles’ long time competitiveness at a silent auction where the two spend eight thousand dollars for a lunch with three Nobel Laureates.  Season 6 episode 19.

Cherries Jubilee!

“The Innkeepers” episode when Faiser and Niles purchase an elegant old Seattle restaurant is another favorite. Season 2, episode 23  As the episode unfolds Fraiser, Niles and Daphne add just a little more Kirsch to the Cherries Jubilee. When they finally flambe the dessert at the end of the episode it explodes!  My bubbly friend Kate made the Cherries  Jubilee for us and she did a fine job of adding just the right amount of Kirsch, leaving our deck perfectly intact. The Cherries Jubilee served over vanilla ice cream was amazing!  The perfect ending to a grand celebration.

Here’s a link to an interesting article about the Frasier set: http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2009/09/frasier-living-room.html

Maxine Andrews stayed hydrated during this fun celebration!

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Champagne: Facts, Myths, Trivia .. Part 1

Separating bubbly fact from fiction. Thank you Champagne Chick!

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So many articles on Champagne, start with the supposed words uttered by Dom Pérignon when he apparently ‘invented’ Champagne … “Come quickly, I’m tasting the stars” … There are so many untruths about this statement, that when I come across an article that starts off with this quote, I get highly irritated and generally stop reading.

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A Treat For Your Feet ~ Herbal Foot Soak

Herbal Foot Soak

A Treat For Your Feet

 This morning I woke up with soft happy feet. The reason for my delighted digits? An herbal foot soak at Queenpin Family Wellness. It takes a lot for me to sit still for an hour but I find that I am always refreshed when I find an excuse to do it. What better excuse than to soak my toes in a bath of Tibetan herbs.

Kristen Thomas, Office Manager, Queenpin Family Wellness

A foot soak is not the same as a pedicure. This herbal soak is designed for relaxation, pain relief and increased circulation which should result in improved sleep. If you are looking for pretty toes have a pedi. If you are in need of a little quiet time to relax your tootsies then give yourself the gift of an herbal foot soak. Sometimes doing a little bit of nothing is exactly what is needed to reboot.

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

This event takes place the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Haven on 5th.

The process is by design very simple. Sit in a comfy chair. A tub of hot water is provided for you (a thermometer is placed in the tub so that the perfect temperature can be achieved before sticking our toes in the water). The water is infused with extra-large herbal teabags full of Tibetan herbs. When I asked Alex Watkins, LAc, one of the hosts of the event what her favorite herb was in the soak she responded, “Oh my, that’s like asking me which one is my favorite child.” She did say that she is partial to  Rhodiola Tibetica as a favorite herb in the soak because “it has a positive effect on mood as it helps to ease physical pain”. Light snacks, wine and tea are provided for your enjoyment.

After a bit your feet will tingle a little as a result of the herbs stimulating your circulation. Your shoulders will drop, your eyes may close…complete relaxation.

My tootsies thanked me for days after my foot soak but I wanted to find a way to make them feel good in between soaks so I found Savannah Bee Heel Balm. This stuff is the Balm! I roll it on my feet before bed (elbows too!) and my heels always feel soft and subtle.

 

The Haven on 5th

800 5th St SW
Roanoke, VA 24016

To purchase tickets for foot soak event:

http://www.eventupon.com/event/foot-soak-happy-hour-june/17882391

434-886-9752

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World´s best-rated House Of Champagne; Krug

Another reason to love Krug! Thank you BlondeJimmy.

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Behind every precious drop of Krug stands the dream of a visionary. One man who, long before others, understood that the essence of Champagne is pleasure.
So, over 170 years ago, Joseph Krug broke with convention to follow his vision. To create the most generous expression of Champagne every year, regardless of climatic unpredictability.
Joseph’s bold experiment proved a triumph and he succeeded in creating Champagne like never before. And like no other Champagne House since.
To this day, the House of Krug lives and breathes his enduring philosophy, creating only prestige Champagnes since 1843.

Joseph Krug was born in 1800 in the town of Mainz. Growing up at the heart of the Moselle, he was exposed early on to winegrowing as fragmented as the Champagne region he would one day call home. He became a talented, purposeful young man and spoke three languages.

Setting off at 24 as a…

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Size Does Matter

£43,500 will buy a VERY BIG bottle of champagne! Thank you for the bubbly info Champagne Chick!

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Champagne comes in quite a range of bottle sizes, from the itty bitty Piccolo of 187,5ml (also sometimes referred to as a Quarter or Split), right up to the biggest one of all, the incredibly rare Melchizedek (or Midas) which holds 30lt of Champagne, or the equivalent of 40 standard bottles.  And there’s nothing quite as decadent as drinking Champagne from a large-format bottle.

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Carrabba’s Sausage And Lentil Soup Recipe For Father’s Day

Potatoes Picante, Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches, Charred Corn Burrata Salad…find fabulous tapas recipes on the Roanoker Magazine blog. Here’s the link:

https://theroanoker.com/blogs/behind/it%E2%80%99s-time-for-tapas/

Did someone say SOUP?!

Here’s the most delicious soup you can serve Dad on his special day.  Tastes like a yummy chili with the spicy addition of Italian sausage.  Our bubbly friends Judy and Bill served this to us for an Italian themed dinner and I loved it so much I made it for dinner the very next evening!  Bill found the recipe on Copykat.com:

Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 48 ounce package low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (I used Cavender’s Greek Seasoning)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup brown lentils (I used red lentils)

Directions

In a large pot add onions, carrots, garlic, and celery and either butter or vegetable oil. Saute until the onions are transparent. Add sausage, and cook until browned. If the sausage is fairly lean drain the excess oil.

Add chicken broth, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes and brown lentils. Cover with lid. And simmer for about 1 hour. You may want to add some additional water if too much water cooks out during the cooking process.

We found this 2016 Izadi Blanco Rioja to be an excellent pairing with the sausage and lentil soup. A blend of 80% Viura and 20% Malvasía grapes. Creamy texture with a fruit-driven freshness that balances well with the spicy flavors in the soup. Available on-line or locally at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar.

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Apostrophe and 15 Selected Cava to finish the year!

Fabulous Cava recommendations from Catalan Wines In A Nutshell!

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

397 – 411/365 – Catalonia – 15 Selected Great Cavas

Apostrophe………,

…. just lean back  and chill, can’t go wrong with Zappa and Cava! The year only has another 2 days to go, so it might be time to get some Cava to celebrate what has been and what is coming. I wish you all a fine ending to the old year and a great 2015! With todays entry I have selected some of my favorite Cavas, as I did with the whites the other day and this time again, in no particular order! Enjoy!

be14Bertha Siglo XXI Gran Reserva, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel·lo and 10% Chardonnay

Minimum maturation sur lies, 36 months, which produces a great aromatic complexity. Bright yellow color with fine and steady bubbles. Intensive and extensive aromatic range, white fruit and flowers perfectly conjugated with lees aging: confectionery, brioche, smoked, dried fruits. Very elegant nose.  The entrance of this…

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