We are fortunate to have found, in our favorite grocery store(s), a wonderful locally-baked fresh bread. Miller's Multi-Grain is produced by The Stone Oven Bakery & Café headquartered in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. We haven't visited their bakery but find it hard to purchase anything but their Miller's Multi-Grain. The nine-grain bread is created and par-baked at The Stone Oven. Then it is shipped to the retailer –in our case, Heinen's– where the staff of the in-store bakery finish the job. The result, if our timing is just right, is a delicacy still warm (hot, sometimes) that has a beautiful deep brown and crisp crust on the outside; the inside is tender, grainy, and sweet. It's hard not to sit right down and eat half a loaf when it's that good! Forget the pastries, gimme this bread! The good folks at Heinen's even have the sense to offer a ventilated take-home bag for the crusty delights when they are asked to machine slice the loafs.
I love shopping the wine aisles. Not that I pick up expensive bottles to stock an ever-growing cellar. Nope. I enjoy finding very good wines in the $10 to $15 range and we never have much around the house — certainly no collection. A current favorite is Monkey Business wines at about $12 a bottle. No, what I really enjoy is the art, tradition, and humor expressed upon the wine labels. Monkey Business is one good example. Recently I ran across another doozy… Mommy's Time Out. Okay, so the label art is very simple, but the name, well it's precious! I haven't tried them but the wines are said to be enjoyable, with good fruit; excellent with cheese and crackers. Most people pick up a bottle for, yes, the label. Maybe a good gift idea for Mother's Day! Or for a mom who could use a little rest.
I think there is nothing nicer than a ploughman's lunch – a good bread, a selection of cheeses and a good red! Love the name of this wine! We also stock Monkey Business on our wine racks. At the moment I am "into" Sangiovese. When I was in Australia I found Rosemount Sangiovese – which was so enjoyable I brought a couple of bottles back with me. I have not been able to find it here. I am currently (in the evenings) drinking a Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2006 (Italian) and a Vitiano Cabernet-Merlot-Sangiovese 2006 (also Italian). The Vitiano was $10.99 and I think the Di Majo Norante was around $14. Both are most enjoyable!