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Fit Blogger We Love: Danielle Abroad

Written on November 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm , by

Danielle loves sampling exotic, healthy cuisine.

Staying fit, healthy and balanced while away from home is a difficult task, which is why Danielle Abroad resonates so much with us. This passport-toting 20-something details how she balances indulgences with exercise, whether she’s near or far from familiar territory.

Here are five fun facts about the fit food blogger who offers a “nourishing glimpse” at life.

On my fit life list: I’m working towards being able to hold a handstand in yoga class, and eventually I’d like to run a half-marathon (preferably overseas).

I’m happiest when I’m: Visiting friends or family. So many people I care about live in other cities, or countries, and I love the opportunity to spend time with them and get to know the place they call home.

My biggest indulgence: Wine. I could probably do without dessert (not counting holidays) but I thoroughly enjoy the visual, aromatic and flavorful qualities of wine too much to ever give it up. Plus, it also has quite a few benefits, right?

My fitness mantra: “Just keep swimming.” I don’t actually swim all that often, but this phrase keeps me going whenever workouts get tough. It always helps me maintain optimistic perspective when my mind is telling me I can’t.

Olympic sport I’d love to try: Fencing. These days it may mostly be under-appreciated but I love the historical combination of speed, endurance, precision, flexibility and even strength. It’s a beautifully competitive dance of sorts.

Do you have a favorite fit blogger you want us to highlight? Leave a comment below or email blog@fitnessmagazine.com

Uncork Some Antioxidants: New Wines and Tasting Tips!

Written on August 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm , by

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern

The Cabernet Sauvignon is described as "perfect for backyard barbeques." (Photo courtesy of Wente Vineyards)

Food Network recently teamed up with family-owned Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, CA, to create entwine, a wine portfolio combining their mutual zeal for the alcoholic beverage and cuisine. Hitting the shelves of major retailers this month, the power partnership’s main objective has been to create a line that not only accompanies your menu but enhances the overall dining experience. And besides being delicious, wine (especially red) is high in heart-healthy antioxidants!

“We want food and wine lovers to enjoy the natural relationship between wine and food, so we created entwine,” said Sergei Kuharsky, General Manager of New Enterprises, Food Network.The name represents the easy way family, friends and of course the flavors of food and wine all come together to make any meal a more delicious experience.”

Each of the four entwine varietals—Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon—provide specific food suggestions right on the label for easy pairing. The brand’s Chardonnay, “entwines with: salami, pizza, mac and cheese, meatloaf, tomato sauce, grilled pork, wild salmon & weeknight dinners.” What’s not to love about that?

At the affordable price of $12.99 a bottle, entwine offers fresh flavors, like crisp, green apples and mid-summer plums, for the pleasure of wine-connoisseurs and inquiring enthusiasts alike.

“The wines were accessible but far from generic,” said FITNESS’ Creative Director, John Herr, after an office-wide tasting in June.

Our Digital Director, Christie Griffin, was particularly fond of the Cabernet Sauvignon and said, “It tastes like a romantic wine to me. I picture the holidays with my boyfriend.” Other staffers described this type of red as, “happiness in a glass” for its bold, full-bodied flavor.

Interested in becoming a wine expert? Follow these three easy steps we learned during our tasting (rough workday, right?) and you will be an experienced critic in no time.

  1. Swirl your glass. It draws oxygen into the wine for both taste and aroma purposes.
  2. Sniff. Yep, you heard me. Get your nose right down in there and take a big whiff!
  3. Assess the Color. Finally, before taking a swig, of course, hold your glass over a piece of white paper to evaluate the deepness in hues.

For more information about entwine, visit www.foodnetwork.com/wine or www.entwine-wines.com.

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