A day to celebrate the bubbly? We'll pop some open and learn more about the favorite drink
Getting married? Got promoted? Bought a house? Heck, got out of bed this morning? Any reason is reason enough to pop open some bubbly, but this weekend there's an especially good reason: Champagne Day, on Sunday, Oct. 28, brings together enthusiasts worldwide to toast a glass.
Champagne has a long and rich history behind it (Las Vegas Weekly shares some interesting facts — did you know champagne was originally very sweet when it was first made?), and it's often the drink of choice at many parties, weddings, and celebrations. The Daily Meal shares its "best of" champagne stories, plus a few champagne cocktails to get the party started.
Toast 1: You have to try this champagne cocktail at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria, the Peacock Alley Champagne Cocktail. It's made with fresh strawberries, peppercorn-infused Galliano, and Ayala 'Brut Majeur' Champagne.
Toast 2: Want a super expensive bottle of champagne? This one sold for $156,000 — and is 170 years old.
Toast 3: Buying your own bottle? Here are the champagne facts you need to know.
Toast 4: We ask you: what is the world's best champagne?
Toast 5: End it all with a few more champagne cocktails; after all, it's not a true champagne holiday without a French 75.
25 Inspiring New Year's Toasts That Pair Perfectly With Champagne
There's no better way to say hello to 2021 than with these incredible quotes and sayings.
A spectacular New Year's Eve party requires a few things: glittery outfits, bubbly champagne, and lots and lots of festive cheer. After all, this holiday is all about fresh starts and new beginnings &mdash and so it's absolutely imperative that you kick things off with a bang. But before you get caught up finding the perfect New Year's Eve decorations, finger foods, and Instagram captions, you'll want to make sure you've found something else: a fabulous New Year's toast.
Sure, you don't need to make a New Year's toast before you clink glasses. But if you do, your guests (or more likely this year, the members of your immediate household or Zoom party) will remember it. That's why we've found the best New Year's Eve toasts that will help get the party started and the champagne flowing. From toasts that acknowledge the challenges of the past year to ones that look ahead at the good times to come, you're bound to find something you'll want to memorize ahead of the big day. It might even become a New Year's Eve tradition that you repeat year after year. And to that we say, "Cheers!"
20 Easy and Romantic Valentine's Day Cocktails To Toast With This Year
It's love at first sip with these fun and festive drinks.
Love is always worth celebrating. So why not toast to your relationship with a fun and flirty homemade cocktail? Making a seasonally pink cocktail (or its non-alcoholic cousin: the mocktail) is actually so much easier than it looks. Believe it or not, most of these beautiful Valentine's Day cocktails only take a few minutes to assemble, and they're sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Instead of reopening that stale bottle of red sitting in your fridge, try one of these fun and festive mixed drinks. Plus, there are plenty of non-alcoholic options on our list, so everyone can get in on the fun!
Whether it's a bubbly champagne cocktail for two or a crowd-pleasing punch, there's a drink on our list to support every possible way you could be celebrating Valentine's Day. After all, you'll need something to wash down your romantic, homemade Valentine's Day dinner &mdash and the sweet Valentine's Day treats you made for dessert.
15 Champagne Cocktails for Celebrating Anything (But Especially New Year's Eve)
Serve up a champagne-and-something to toast the little things.
There isn't much to celebrate this year. Bleak! Or rather, there&rsquos not much big to celebrate this year. So we turn our attention to the little things that are behemoth in their achievement. Applying for that insurance reimbursement. Getting a hundred bucks chopped off rent. Completing another day of working from home next to the kids, who just completed another day of learning from home. Tiny victories, minor wins, 24-hour triumphs&mdashthat&rsquos the stuff that deserves a toast in 2020. Dust off the champagne. You know, that bottle of sparkling stuff you haven&rsquot indulged in for months.
This year was supposed to be the beginning of another Roaring &lsquo20s, with all the same riotous, champagne-popping revelry (and none of the Prohibition). It was decidedly not. But, what we imagine will be a very big celebration indeed is the passing of this wretched year and the start of 2021. Nothing feels hopeful like a new year ushered in with a bubbly drink. And in the months leading up to New Year's Eve, we recommend you break out champagne-and-something to celebrate all those tiny victories, too, which is why we put 15 champagne cocktail recipes before you.
There's the simplest champagne cocktail (called, quite literally, the Champagne Cocktail), a punch to satiate your closest friends, and more than a few classics meant for drinking the next morning, when the hair of the dog is much needed. There's even a killer called Death in the Afternoon, with absinthe and champagne. We recommend a drier brut champagne in all cases. And we recommend refills.
The Best Champagnes for Under $20
Champagne is one of the best drinks for celebrations, parties, and get-togethers because of its versatility—it can be used in mimosas or for champagne toasts, and for casual brunches and fancy events. Luckily, there are actually plenty of varieties out there that don't cost as much as a bottle of Dom Perignon but still have the crisp, bubbly, and refreshing elements that make you want to pour another glass. Trust us: cheap champagne can taste just as good.
So which bottles should you buy for your next party? Well, it's important to keep in mind a few things when shopping around. Brut champagnes, for example, are very dry with no sweetness, while cava is a type of sparkling wine from Spain and is produced from Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo grapes, and it can be dry or sweet. Prosecco is produced in Italy exclusively from Glera grapes, and, unlike regular champagne, is fermented a second time in a steel tank rather than the bottle. In case you can't tell, champagne has many components to it!
To help you find the best bottle of bubbly that won't break the bank, we rounded up the best champagne options you can pick up practically anywhere that sells wine and will cost less than $20. The wines were chosen based on price, ratings, and availability. These cheap picks are great for stocking up on for holiday parties, hostess gifts, New Year's Eve toasts, and other celebratory occasions.
Now, here are the 15 best cheap bottles of champagne you can buy.
35 Mother&rsquos Day Breakfast Ideas That Put Last Year&rsquos Sad Pancakes to Shame
Mom has spent her entire life making you pancakes and omelettes for breakfast. Now it's time to return the favor. Whip up an amazing brunch using one of these delicious and easy recipes. The best part: You'll get to enjoy your Mother's Day gift, too!
Cheesy, bacon goodness in one bite. Make a few batches because these are too easy to eat.
Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.
Your favorite bagel but in casserole form. Who knew such an amazing thing existed!?
Get the recipe at Delish.
Impress mom with your baking skills by making the ultimate breakfast classic: cinnamon rolls.
Get the recipe at Woman's Day.
Low-carb and delicious? How could anyone pass up this amazing breakfast dish?
Get the recipe at Delish.
These devilish-ly good eggs will be the hit of brunch, so make sure you boil a few extra eggs just in case.
Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.
You can't have brunch without the booze, but it's time to upgrade the traditional Bloody Mary. Beets have lots of antioxidants, so drinking one (or two) of these is basically like doing a juice cleanse.
Get the recipe at CountryLiving.
Pull out the waffle iron for a healthy alternative to your usual griddle breakfast. Add an egg on top for more sustenance.
Get the recipe at Delish.
Although the name may make it sound bad, this dish is basically shakshouka, or eggs poached in a tomato sauce, but with a spicy sausage addition.
Get the recipe at Averie Cooks.
This pancake variation is basically like having dessert for breakfast, which the kids will absolutely love.
Get the recipe at Delish.
These taquitos are perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast, but the leftovers are even better to throw in the freezer for weekdays. A win-win.
Get the recipe at Mexican Please.
You've never tasted a Pop Tart like this before. With a Nutella center and sprinkles on top, you'll feel like a kid again.
Get the recipe at Inside BruCrew Life.
Get your bagel fix in a creative new way with this ridiculously tasty breakfast. Just spread mashed avocado on the bagel, crack an egg into the center, and eat up.
Get the recipe at Well Plated.
Tacos aren't just for Tuesdays. You'll want to wake up to this mix of cheesy scrambled eggs, black beans, avocado, and hot sauce every day.
Get the recipe at A Beautiful Plate.
Donuts are the ultimate breakfast food, and they're even better when you combine them with dessert. Oreos for the win!
Get the recipe at Deliciously Yum.
This Southern classic gets a healthier twist when you bake the chicken instead of frying it. The sandwich can also easily be made gluten- and dairy-free, depending on dietary needs.
Get the recipe at Murphy Goode Winery.
Egg cups are a super simple way to make a very fancy-looking breakfast (just use muffin tins!). This variation has a base made of grated sweet potato, cheddar cheese, and a hint of garlic.
Get the recipe at Fit Foodie Finds .
Pie meets French toast in this mouth-watering take on a breakfast staple.
Get the recipe at Baker By Nature .
These dainty cups are a smart, bite-sized twist on ordinary old hash browns.
Get the recipe at The Yummy Life.
This muffin version of the classic cinnamon sugar donut is far easier than rolling and frying your own donuts. But be warned: this butter- and sugar-heavy recipe is definitely not a low-cal breakfast option.
Get the recipe at Creations by Kara .
Breakfast-style bruschetta can be made with the veggies of your choice and sits atop an English muffin base, much like the standard Eggs Benedict.
Get the recipe at Grumpy's Honeybunch .
Give your muffin tin a break from the pastries, and use it for something savory instead. Give 'em 10 minutes in the oven, and you'll have an easy breakfast to heat up all week.
Get the recipe at Baked At Midnite.
Morning coffee, meet your new best pastry friend. You'll start with a flat piece of dough and cut strips along the side, slather on cream cheese and sugar, dump blueberries and sliced almonds on top, then carefully braid the dough over the fillings. Easy breezy!
St. Patrick’s Day Punch
Over the years, I have formed several St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Some involve food, others involve places to go, and absolutely none of them involve green beer (I’ll have a Guinness instead, please!) However, that’s not to say I don’t sip a little green libation when the 17th of March nears. I love bringing this green St. Patrick’s Day Punch to parties, and it always is well-received.
This punch won’t knock you on your butt, which really should be left to all of the Jameson drinking that goes on throughout the Irish holiday. Instead, it balances fruitiness, ginger, and champagne to create a refreshing drink with just the perfect amount of alcohol for a casual setting. I use this punch recipe year-round, so don’t think it only should be put together when the Irish stars align. It’s so easy to make and enjoyable that it works perfectly for any event. You can also swap out the lime sherbert for any other fruit flavor to change up the color and flavor for a different day!
Our Very Favorite French Toast Recipes for Breakfast or Brunch
It's a question you've wondered for years: Is French toast really French? We're not sure, but what we do know for certain is that this traditional breakfast and brunch dish is a classic for good reason. From sweet to savory (yes, really!), whether cooked on the stovetop a slice at a time or baked in the oven as a casserole, French toast is a crowd-pleasing way to start the day.
Here's what we do know about this comforting recipe: The French call their take French toast pain perdu, which translates to "lost bread," because these recipes are delicious ways to use up stale or leftover bread. (If the bread is not so fresh it will be drier and absorb the custard better.). Many of our recipes call for dense bread like brioche (Martha's favorite!) or challah, which both do an excellent job of soaking up the eggy-creamy mixture. Other recipes use less expected bread&mdashlike baguette or pita&mdashbut promise the same mouthwatering results.
The custard is traditional a dairy-rich mixture, but we do have a dairy-free vegan French toast recipe that's truly great and just as creamy as conventional takes. Other recipes are rich thanks to their use of eggs and milk while some get their decadent texture thanks to eggs and heavy cream. Some are scented with vanilla, some with cinnamon. Either way, each bite is bound to be delicious.
Classic French toast is cooked on the stovetop, usually in butter and served one slice at a time to eager eaters. To keep the slices warm as you cook, place finished pieces in a low oven, then serve your stack all at once. If that's too fussy for you, know that French toast can also be cooked in the oven, individual baked slices of bread, custard, and flavorings packed tightly together for baked French toast.
The possibilities don't end there! Try making Bostock, a très chic, très delightful hybrid of French toast and croissant. The version shown here has both strawberry jam and fresh rhubarb, so you know it's a winner. French toast can also be stuffed or made with savory ingredients, but no matter what you do, it's always delicious. In fact, we think it's one of the most comforting ways to start the day.
Favorite 5-Minute Lunch Salad
- Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 1 salad
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Salad
A fresh, filling and flavorful salad that you can toss together in a matter of minutes for an amazing lunch any day of the week with these great salad staples always on hand.
- 2 cups chopped salad greens (kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc.)
- 1/4 cup chopped pear
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced into four ths
- 2 tablespoons Champagne Pear Vinaigrette with Gorgonzola (from Trader Joe&rsquos)
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon sesame honey cashews, crushed a bit
- 1 tablespoon candied walnuts, crushed a bit
- 1 heaping tablespoon crumbled gorgonzola
- 2 pan-seared boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped or shredded chicken)
- Place chopped greens, pear, red onion and tomatoes in a medium mixing bowl. Toss in vinaigrette. Add remaining ingredients and toss again until everything is evenly coated and combined. Enjoy!
To Pan Sear the Chicken Tenderloins: generously salt and pepper tops of the tenderloins before transferring them, seasoned side down, to a medium-heated skillet that&rsquos been drizzled with a little olive oil. Season the other sides of the tenderloins with salt and pepper while the first sides sear. Sear for about 3 minutes or until nicely browned before flipping and searing for another 3 minutes on the other side. Cover the pan with a lid and let continue to cook for another 2 minutes to add steam/moisture and insure they&rsquore cooked all the way through without drying out.
5 Toasts to Champagne Day - Recipes
Welcome to Barrio Charro
Tucsonified Tortamanos™, Tlayudas & Toasts
Barrio Charro joins two of Tucson’s most iconic local food stories and James Beard nominated personalities local baking legend Don Guerra of Barrio Bread and Chef Carlotta Flores of the El Charro and Si Charro! Restaurant group.
Barrio Charro’s recipes will include our signature “tortamano™” sandwiches made on house-baked azteca bread which we make daily from Barrio Grains’ White Sonoran wheat and non-gmo corn ﬂour as well as variations on the ever-popular avocado toast using Barrio pan lavain and Charro favorites like Birria & Chile con Carne as well as Tamales, Salads, Soups & Mexican street food tlayudas!
``We both are excited for this new venture and being able to work together is truly going to be so much fun as we have a great friendship and respect each other’s work ethic and all that it embodies``
Carlotta Flores - Si Charro Restaurants
``I am thrilled to team up with Carlotta Flores to start Barrio Charro and celebrate the beautiful community and food culture in Tucson and provide a way for people to continue to gather for meals and support one another in this great place we are blessed to call home.``
with el charro enchilada sauce, queso oaxaca, queso cotija & green onion 7.95
add grilled chicken 3.95
add avocado 2.95
• sub vegan just egg & vegan queso +3.95
two eggs easy or scrambled*, breakfast papas,frijoles refritos, salsa & toasted pan de casa or tortillas 7.95
two easy eggs*on azteca bread, avocado, arugula, peppers mixta, queso oaxaca, mayo, pico salsa & breakfast papas 8.95
two eggs easy or scrambled*, breakfast papas, frijoles refritos, & single tamal recipe choice of: fresh corn, pork carnitas, sunflower chicken, beef or chicken tomatillo 11.95
pb option: vegan tamal, just egg, papas & black beans:
• original or chipotle hola hemp® or jackfruit carnitas 12.95
mollete style toast with frijoles refritos, smashed avocado, cilantro, pico salsa, melted quesos oaxaca & cotija 7.95
smashed avocado toast on pan levain, arugula & balsamic, cilantro, pink onion & queso cotija 9.95
oaxaca, manchego, cheddar 6.95
with local tortilla chips & salsa 7.95
with whipped cream & garnish – ask us! 5.95
our “pan de casa” flatbread sandwiches feature your choice of mesquite bbq chips & golden salsita, frijoles refritos or fruit pico
roasted whole poblano baked with melted tres quesos, marinated apple & tomato, mayo and pico salsa 9.95
(available on pan levain)
roast turkey, avocado, tomato, mayo & mesquite bacon 11.95
charred zucchini & squash, roasted vegetables, fresh arugula & balsamic reduction 9.95
with pan de casa upon request
choice of all-natural turkey or carne asada, iceberg, bacon, queso blanco, egg, avocado, pico salsa & chipotle ranch 13.95
crisp romaine, house made caesar dressing, charred onion & barrio bread croutons 9.95
add chicken +3.95
arugula, balsamic vinaigrette, blistered tomato, queso fresco, pepitas & dried cranberry 8.95
add grilled chicken +3.95
1.50 small 4oz /2.95 large 8oz
1.95 small 4oz/ 3.95 large 8oz
house red or golden salsita
.75 small 2oz /4.95 large 8oz
with pan de casa gf option
with avocado & corn tortilla chips 6.95
plant-based deliciousness 5.95
$10 mon thru fri 11a-2p
1/2 garden or caesar salad, pan de casa & choice of sopa
special “torta bun” recipe for our tortamano sandwiches, baked daily in house with barrio’s hayden mills flour of arizona, sonoran wheat, corn flour, olive oil, and sea salt
pressed chipotle & green chile focaccia baked in house each day and used in our delicious “planos sandwiches”
delivered daily, this naturally leavened made with unbleached flours and stone ground sonoran wheat is used in our toasts, broadmoor melt burger
be sure to visit us for don’s daily drop of fresh baked barrio breads delivered Tuesday thru Saturday!
cooked to pink or no pink on barrio’s pan levain with melted queso oaxaca, avocado & charred onion. served with pickles, charro sauce & mesquite bbq chips 13.95
• sub beyond burger & vegan cheese pb +2.95
torta sandwiches on our own pan azteca featuring your choice of tortilla chips & house salsa, frijoles refritos or fruit pico
chicken tinga, queso, avocado, frijoles, iceberg, mayo, cilantro & pico 10.95
birria, queso oaxaca, frijoles, pico salsa & consommé dip 11.95
grass-fed carne asada, avocado, queso oaxaca, frijoles, lettuce, pico salsa & charred onion 11.95
grilled natural chicken, peppers mixta, avocado, frijoles, crema, lettuce, pico salsa & queso oaxaca 10.95
shaved ham, carnitas, pickles, mustard & queso 11.95
pulled pork, prickly pear bbq sauce, red slaw & pickles 10.95
add two scrambled or over easy eggs* to your tlayuda +3.95
grande shareable street tostada gf with black bean, queso, crema, cilantro, roasted corn, salsita, pink onion & choice of:
homemade chicken tinga 8.95
100% az grass-fed chorizo 8.95
grilled veggies & vegan queso 8.95
Parents, ask for our kids menu
Visit our mercado for house baked bread, don’s daily bread drop, charro tamales, salsas, sides y más
Note: eating raw or undercooked proteins can cause certain food borne illnesses .
please note that we are not a facility without known allergens and we cannot guarantee cross contamination.
gf= gluten friendly items for gluten sensitive diets pb = plant based/vegan recipes. recipes and content subject to availability & prices are subject to change without notice. group events & caterings are subject to a 20% gratuity fee and added services charges including limited delivery. please allow for extra preparation time with online & call-in orders placed during peak dining hours. “hecho con amor, hecho en tucson”