Thanksgiving is finally here and with it, probably a wee bit of stress, especially if you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house. Even if you have hosted the delicious holiday every year for as long as you can remember, it is always important to be prepared and have a Thanksgiving checklist, just to be safe. Sure, it may be fun and exciting to throw caution to the wind and wing it, but you may or may not get a dinner that is entirely edible or an event that encourages people to go home early.
We love the holidays at STORBOX and are happy to help San Gabriel Valley residents with their wine and self-storage needs while they plan out their holiday festivities. We also want to help you have a smooth and enjoyable Thanksgiving, so here is our Thanksgiving Checklist for the day of to help you plan your day. If you are reading this after the fact, you can pick apart our checklist for those things that can make Thanksgiving easier for you next year. Read the rest »
When the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, MA, they arrived with hopes of a new beginning and after 10 months, having built seven houses, a common meeting place, and three storehouses, and after barely surviving their first winter, the Pilgrims of Plymouth celebrated their first harvest (and being alive) with a Thanksgiving feast! The Wampanoag Native Americans joined them for what has later become a national holiday, thanks to Abraham Lincoln, who proclaimed the fourth Thursday of each November Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
The first Thanksgiving feast was not a one day deal as the holiday is observed today. It was a week-long event with quite a number of meals, not just one huge one. There was no turkey, but they would have enjoyed duck, other water fowl and venison (deer). There was also no cranberry sauce or mashed potatoes, dishes that are directly identified with Thanksgiving today. But they still had plenty to enjoy and share. Read the rest »
The Wine Grotto at STORBOX Self-Storage in Pasadena is all about helping you explore and enjoy the endless possibilities of wine without having to store it all at your house or apartment. With that in mind, it isn’t only wine storage that we want to help with, but also wine education. The more we learn about wine, the more we love and appreciate it, and if you want your Thanksgiving guests to feel the same way, then there are a few things you can do. Even if you don’t care about how your Thanksgiving guests feel about wine, this will still be fun!
Red Wine for Red Meat, White Wine for White Meat?
Pairing wine with food can be intimidating if you want to be artful about it. Which wine goes with what meat? Which wine goes with what sauce? The truth of the matter is that personal taste has as much to do with wine and food pairing as does actual scientific process. If you don’t like the taste of a certain wine, the fact that all the top wine connoisseurs of the world say that chicken in a cream sauce pairs best with a white Burgundy or a Chardonnay doesn’t really mean anything. The point is to enjoy wine, so if you like the contrast of savory and sweet and you like to drink a semi-sweet Riesling with any meal, you have every right to do so and never feel ashamed. If you want to broaden your oenophilic horizons, however, you can follow these basic (but flexible) rules, kindly provided by Food and Wine magazine: Read the rest »