While on a flight today I had the chance to check out a movie I hadn’t heard of, on a topic I love – wine! The name — Somm.

It’s about four sommeliers who attempt to pass the (prestigious) Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The movie’s about 90 minutes and goes through their lives while they study for the test and highlights other somms (that’s what they are, don’t use that multi-syllabic word, it’s old-school in their world).

After taking the WSET course it was so fun/interesting to watch this and understand a tiny bit what they were going through. Apparently some people take this test many times and don’t pass. There are very few Master Sommeliers in the world.

Totally check out this movie of you have 90 minutes to spare.

Cheers to the MS and happy holidays!


I was at a horse race yesterday that required tailgating which means bringing/cooking great food.  I wanted to make something creative, so during the week starting thinking about some new dish I could make.  Out of nowhere I thought of combining these ingredients:

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-caraway seeds



Pic 011Pic 014I opted to blanch the cauliflower then toast the caraway seeds.  Next step was making a mouth-watering aroma spread around my apartment by sauteing the shallots and garlic.  After that I added the caraway seeds and the prosciutto that I’d cut into 1/2″ pieces to the pan.  Sauteed everything for a few minutes then added the cauliflower and some S&P.

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End result, hmmm, not what I was hoping for or expecting.  It wasn’t bad, but absolutely nothing to write home about.  After tasting and tasting it more, I kept trying to figure out what I was truly hoping for.



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I still took it to the tailgate and nobody complained about it, but did not rave about it.  And there was more than enough left. There was a large amount of other better stuff to eat (that I also leaned towards).

I was hoping it would taste better today.  Not so much.  I’m just picking the prosciutto out and enjoying that.  If anybody has suggestions, would love them.  But, I think this was just a good attempt and trial and error.