NEW Stella Rosa Platinum® from Stella Rosa® has Launched!

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NEW Stella Rosa Platinum® from Stella Rosa® has Launched!

Stella Rosa®, America’s favorite semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine, extended its line this week with the dazzling arrival of its newest luxury flavor, Stella Rosa Platinum. This astronomical wine bursts with natural flavors of crisp green apple, vanilla, and fragrant elderflower, all of which offer a touch of sweetness and a refreshing finish. Stella Rosa Platinum is best served chilled with fresh fruit, cheeses, spicy cuisines, and desserts. Stella Rosa Platinum is available at San Antonio Winery tasting rooms in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Paso Robles, and will soon be hitting its full launch in mid-March. San Antonio Winery’s Stella Rosa brand is the original semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine, owned and imported by the Riboli family. Grapes for Stella Rosa Platinum are harvested in the northern region of Piedmont, Italy. In the past three years, Stella Rosa has seen incomparable growth and was deemed a “Hot Brand” by Impact Magazine in 2014. To earn “Hot Brand” acclaim, wines must achieve double-digit growth in the past three consecutive years. For more information visit http://stellarosawines.com/the-future-is-coming/ or http://sanantoniowinery.com/.   About San Antonio Winery: San Antonio Winery remains the longest and largest producing winery in Los Angeles with over 98 years of winemaking under its belt, making it an essential component ...

Review: Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” Tuesday, Feb. 24

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Review: Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” Tuesday, Feb. 24

You have one last chance to see Maestro Carl St. Clair and Pacific Symphony's semi-staged live performance of Georges Bizet's (1838-1875) masterpiece opera, "Carmen" as it takes the stage Tuesday, February 24, 8 p.m., at the Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Concert Hall. Having seen "Carmen" several times in full productions, I knew this was a show which could be effective in a concert format. And it was. The spectacularly beautiful voices carry the story of a hapless Spanish soldier, Don Jose, who falls under the enchantment of the gypsy cigarette factory girl, Carmen, who knows no loyalty or duty except to her romantic desires. This production is rich in talent: Milena Kitic, a Newport Beach resident, and world-acclaimed mezzo-soprano, plays Carmen as a beautiful woman supremely confident in her allure. Andrew Richards, tenor, seen as the duke in the late Opera Pacific's "Rigoletto," is mesmerized instantly by Carmen. Konstantin Smorigina, bass-baritone, is bullfighter Escamillo, who has been adored by everyone, so of course, Carmen must have him. Elizabeth Caballero, soprano, is Micaela, Don Jose's endlessly loyal hometown girl. The supporting cast of soldiers and smugglers are wittily engaging with beautiful voices. Andrew Gangestad, bass, another Opera Pacific singer, is Don Jose's superior ...

Italian Pizzelles Recipe

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Italian Pizzelles Recipe

Pizzelle’s come from Italy. They are also known as Italian wafer cookies and there are various ways which to spell pizzelle such as “piazelle,” “piazella,” “pizzele” and “pizelle.” The name comes from the Italian word “pizze” for round and flat. Many different cultures have adapted this cookie and re-named it accordingly. In Scandinavia they are also known as “Lukken” and the Krumcake is baked using a similar iron as the pizzelle. In some parts of Italy, the irons would be made with family crests on them which would be passed down to each generation. Learn more about the interesting History of Pizzelles. Pizzelles are eaten flat or folded into cone shapes that are filled with ice cream and other sweets.   Italian Pizzelles  Italian Wafer Cookies Recipe: Recipe Type: Cookies, Christmas Cookie Cuisine: Italian Yields: 30 Pizzelles Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 1 min Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon anise seeds Powdered (confectioners) sugar Preparation: In a bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar, Add the melted butter, vanilla extract, and anise seeds. Add the flour mixture and beat until smooth. Preheat your ...

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