La Centrale – Bubbles and Truffles

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Who loves Italian food, truffles, and sparkling wine?! ME! I am so excited to share with y’all about an amazing event that I attended this past Friday, February 22nd, 2018!

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I was invited to an event named, “Bubbles and Truffles” at La Centrale, a Miami Italian Food Hall at Brickell City Centre. I was already a huge fan of this place, and I definitely recommend a visit if you’re traveling to Miami!

#MiamiGoesItalian

Over the last few years, I have been discovering a new love of WINE! So I was so excited to try a new brand, learn about their process, and taste their wine! Ferrari Trento hosted the event with La Centrale and Urbani Truffles to pair their sparkling wine with delicious truffle dishes!

Let’s get to the dishes and sparkling wines shall we?!

When we arrived to the event, we were immediately greeted with a glass of Ferrari Brut, crafted in mountainside vineyards in Italy. Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento, graciously welcomed us and informed us that this particular sparkling wine is often used for celebrations in Italy. How cool is that? This was probably my favorite sparkling wine, the bubbles were fine and the wine was tasty. I just love the way it sparkles! I was so happy to have been gifted with a bottle for home for my next celebration!

Ferrari Trento began in 1902 with a man named Giulio Ferrari – who wanted to compete with French Champagnes by creating a sparkling wine in the Trentino Mountains in Italy. Bruno Lunelli became the successor of Ferrari Trento, and Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento today, continued on the tradition as the 3rd generation of Lunelli’s to share the passion of their company.

Urbani Truffles began in 1852 with a man named Constantine Urbani, who began exporting fresh truffles from Italy to France.

After we had been seated, we were served Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva. FANTASTIC! I’m already a huge fan of Rosé and this sparkling Rosé wine was just perfect. It was fresh and fruity, with the flavor of sweet almonds, and I loved the copper color.

The Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva was served with La Cesare (Caesar Salad), Beef Carpaccio with black truffles and dijon mustard (incredible!), and Blueberry Flatbread (mascarpone, gorgonzola, almonds and honey – oh my goodness!). They were all absolutely fantastic and expertly paired!

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Beef Carpaccio

Matteo spoke about the importance of family and the significance of sitting down as a family to share a meal and sparkling wine. He spoke of the Italians’ way of appreciating the time spent with each other and taking the time to slow down, eat, drink, and enjoy. I really appreciated this and feel that is something I need to do more of in my own life!

Matteo spoke before each wine and plate pairing about the expert way in which they produce their wines in the Trentino Mountains of Italy. I especially loved learning about the way the sparkling wine is made and aged – as it is different than champagne and other wines.

As we moved on to our main course, we had the choice of Truffle Risotto with Urbani Truffles, Ossobuco Benedict (veal shank, poached eggs, focaccia, spinach, and hollandaise), or Speck E Tartufo Pizza (black truffle, mozzarella, ricotta – my fave, mushrooms, and soft-farmed egg).

Speck E Tartufo Pizza with Ferrari Perlé

I had the opportunity to have the Truffle Risotto and to try the Speck E Tartufo Pizza – both excellent and delicious with their Ferrari Perlé sparkling wine! It was similar to Chardonnay with a bit of almond flavor. It sparkles like gold!

Truffle Risotto with Ferrari Perlé (and my leftover Rosé)

We were then served delicious macarons and biscotti from La Centrale and shared our final toast of the afternoon with a vintage 2006 sparkling wine, called Giulio Ferrari Reserve del Fondatore – incredible! After aging more than ten years, it has an elegant and velvety flavor that I loved!

The food was incredible. The sparkling wine was incredible. What truly stood out to me at this event was the passion of Matteo and his company. I love getting behind companies that live their passions, and Ferrari Trento truly shows it through their sparkling wines.

I had the most wonderful and DELICIOUS time at La Centrale’s Bubbles and Truffles with Ferrari Trento and Urbani Truffles. If you have a chance to share a bottle of Ferrari Trento with your loved ones, I highly suggest you do so! A special thank you goes to Erica Nonni @ La Centrale for inviting me to this event! Salute!


This concludes my Bubbles and Truffles @ La Centrale Blog Post. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions!

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Atlanta Mini-Weekend Guide

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Last July, Tyler and I traveled to beautiful Atlanta for a friend’s wedding, and spent an awesome mini-weekend in Atlanta! I wanted to share some of our favorite spots from this trip so y’all can enjoy them too! We can’t wait to go back someday! So here are the 10 Places in Atlanta we loved and not to miss!

 

  1. World of Coca-Cola

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Are you a Coke or a Pepsi fan?! Honestly, I’m both! I definitely had to see the World of Coca-Cola while in ATL, it’s home base! When you enter, they give you a can of Coke, so fun! There are tons of exhibits for all ages, walking you through their history and today. There is even a room for trying all sorts of Coca-Cola products, and an awesome gift shop! You can even meet the Coca-Cola polar bear!

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2. College Football Hall of Fame

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Fun fact, Tyler was a college football quarterback and I was a college cheerleader! We are College Football fanatics, so we HAD to go to the College Football HOF! When you enter, you get to register your favorite team to find out fun facts along the way! We even found our college football team on the wall of helmets! As an Ohio State University fan, and Tyler an Oklahoma University fan, we LOVED all of the facts and memorabilia!

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At the end, there is an indoor football field with fun challenges like kicking a field goal and quarterback challenges!

3. The Pig and The Pearl

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I found this place on Instagram and had to try it! Nothing is better than some good ole’ southern cooking! I had a brisket sandwich – yum, and Tyler had a shrimp platter! Their cornbread was AMAZING! Their drinks were also delish; I had a “Georgia Peach”!

4. Skyview Atlanta

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A giant ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta? This totally brought out the kid in me, and I loved it! The views of Atlanta from the top are gorgeous!

5. Revolution Doughnuts

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I had heard AMAZING things about Revolution Doughnuts, and they were right! Tucked away in the CUTEST little neighborhood, these were so so good! I also had an iced Chai latte that was to-die-for! My favorite was the Toasted Almond Cake Doughnut!

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6. Piedmont Park

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Piedmont Park is a beautiful park with gorgeous views of downtown Atlanta! We enjoyed wandering around the park exploring, especially around Lake Clara Meer and the Meadow, where you can see beautiful views! You can also rent bikes and ride around the beautiful Atlanta Beltline – a series of trails around Atlanta!

7. Centennial Olympic Park

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Did you know that Atlanta, Georgia hosted the Olympic Games in 1996? This park in Downtown Atlanta is dedicated to it, complete with a fountain of Olympic Rings with a music and light show! We stopped by here at sunset!

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8. SkyLounge Atlanta

This sky bar in Atlanta has beautiful views of the city! It is so gorgeous lit up at night, so we had a drink here to take in the views!

9. Canoe Restaurant

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We went to Canoe for a delicious brunch outside of Atlanta on the Chattachoochee River! Not only was breakfast delicious, but this place is GORGEOUS! There is a beautiful aqua-colored bridge just a short walk from the restaurant that is also beautiful. I would label it a MUST DO! The dinner menu is upscale with a variety of options, click the link above to see their menu!

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10. Ponce City Market

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Last but certainly not least, is Ponce City Market! This place is AMAZING, and another MUST DO for me! This food hall is ANYTHING but ordinary! They have TONS of amazing food vendors including a favorite of mine – Five Daughters Bakery! Head up to The Roof to The Skyline Park to find delicious foods and drinks as well as a gorgeous view of the skyline of Atlanta! This place is NOT TO MISS!

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EXTRA: MURAL HUNTING

Atlanta is FULL of amazing murals and street artists! I was not blogging at the time of this trip, so I only have a few murals to share with you from this particular trip!

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716 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

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Ponce De Leon Ave NE – Greg Mike

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Atlanta Humane Society

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300 Marietta St

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700 Lake Ave NE

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BONUS: Do yourself a favor and follow my FAVORITE bloggers from Atlanta on Instagram to get even more awesome ideas before your trip!

  • @saralongsworth
  • @sophlog

 

Overall, we LOVED the city of Atlanta, and we hope that you will too! Cheers to your next trip to Atlanta, Georgia!

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This concludes my guide from Atlanta. I hope that you enjoyed my blog. Please like, comment and SHARE!

Feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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All photos are my own and are not to be used without the blogger/photographer’s permission. Thank you.


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