Fall is probably my favorite time of the year. The colors are beautiful, I love pumpkin, it’s not too hot anymore, and all the fun holidays are coming up (Thanksgiving, Halloween). I’m a hugeeee snack-freak, so I thought I’d share with everyone my Fall obsessions so far and add in here a few wine favorites too! Please comment below and share your Fall obsessions with me as well so I can try them.
HI-CHEW (Any flavor)
Being born in Japan and half Japanese, HI-CHEW was one of my favorite chewy candies growing up. They aren’t too sweet, the flavors aren’t over powering, and they are so darn addicting! My top flavors include strawberry, grape and green apple. They’ve expanded to kiwi with chia seeds, sour flavors, “fizzies” for a real soda taste, berry mixed flavors, and tons more! For Halloween, they even added a sweet-and-sour mix! Love it! HI-CHEW stays true to the flavors and I always have a stick of these in my purse. My coworkers had no idea what they were and I handed them out to try, and they are now HI-CHEW lovers! Check out all their flavors here.
Gluten Free Cheese Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust (Trader Joe’s)
Don’t get me wrong, I live for gluten-filled pizza, but there’s something about eating a cauliflower based pizza that makes you feel healthier and less guilty. This one can be found in the frozen section of Trader Joe’s, and the crust is made out of cauliflower, mozzarella cheese, potato flour, chickpea flour, and brown rice flour. I usually top it off with some green and yellow peppers, shredded cheese, sliced black olives, mushrooms, and arugula. Stick it in the oven, and enjoy this savory and crispy pizza with a nice glass of vino!
PB&J Bars (Trader Joe’s)
Who doesn’t love a PB&J sandwich? The “bread” is made from oatmeal, and these chewy delights are amazingly delicious, portable, and sharable. Completely gluten-free and helps please those PB&J cravings.
Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry (Trader Joe’s)
Yes, I’ve been having a cauliflower kick recently and we all know I love a quick and yummy pre-made meal, haha. These taste like they are made completely fresh AND they also satisfy my asian roots! The sesame oil and the ginger go so well with the rest of the veggies. Add a fried egg, a little sriracha sauce and some chicken or tofu, and BOOM, you have a scrumptious dinner. It’s also only $2.99.
As for Wines…
Here are two of my favorites from the month (sorry guys, I go to Trader Joe’s quite often, haha). I chose my favorites from all the bottles I drank throughout the month, and these are the two that have stood out.
Le Pépin (Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s)
I’ve been leaning towards Pinot Noir’s these past couple of weeks. Pinot’s are called the “noble” grape in France because it’s so hard to grow. It’s a lighter red which is probably why I’ve been loving it so much, it goes well with any dish. It’s complex enough to go with something rich yet light enough to go with light foods as well. Which is also a reason why Pinot Noir’s are the perfect wine to bring to Thanksgiving dinners. It goes well with the turkey and it’s the safe wine to bring to parties. This Pinot from Trader Joe’s is dry, with flavors of black fruits and strawberry. AND it’s only $6.99. I love a good wine steal.
Rosa dell ‘Olmo 2012 Barolo DOCG Italy (also from Trader Joe’s)
Barolo’s are made from a single grape=Nebbiolo. Fierce in acid and tannin, “tar”, “roses” and “cherry” are the normal descriptions for this wine. This particular wine from Trader Joe’s is incredibly bold in flavor with hints of spices. This goes well with a roast beef, or I would imagine something with truffles. I ate a mushroom red pizza with a glass of this Barolo two-nights in a row and was loving the pairing.
So these are my favorites so far for the month, hope you get the chance to try them! Let me know your thoughts if you do and please also comment below for your Fall favorites!