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Do you believe in dishKarma? My Ultimate Meal with Wine Pairings

Hey Everyone,

Hello Vino has participated in a few expos, attended some conferences, and presented our work to industry folks interested in mobile. We met Brady Sadler and Justin Griffin of dishKarma at the 2010 Boston Wine Expo and chatted about food, wine, and business.

Dish Karma

The dishKarma goal is to improve individual dining experiences by developing a unique recommendation engine that takes the guesswork out of not only where to eat, but more importantly what to order. You begin by creating your personal menu through the dishKarma site or mobile application. Add as many of your favorite dishes as you can remember, course by course, from restaurants around the world. Each time you experience a remarkable new dish, add it to your menu so you can share and compare it with others. Your menu will constantly evolve based on new discoveries and suggestions from the dishKarma community. Say you’re wandering the streets and want a burger. You could stop someone on the street, search Google on your cell or tap into a restaurant review site…or…try dishKarma which will suggest the best place to find that burger based on the dishes you’ve enjoyed in the past, or offer recommendations from your friends and community members.

A cool little fact about this service: GiveBackAmerica.org will donate one meal to Feeding America for every five dishes, aka one meal, that you upload to dishKarma.

The dishKarma blog offers short videos of chefs, foodies, and personalities sharing their “Ultimate Meal.” Past videos include Gary Vaynerchuk, KISS 108 radio personality and host of TV Diner, Billy Costa…and Hello Vino :)

My Ultimate Meal with Wine Pairings:

Bread, Cheese and olive oil – Countryside farmhouse, Florence, Italy
Wine Pairing: Chianti

Mushroom Risotto - Brookstone Grill, Derry, New Hampshire
Wine Paiting: Dry Merlot

Pad Tai and Sushi - Ruby Foo’s Time Square, NYC
Wine Pairing:
Semi-Dry Riesling

Porterhouse steak and creamed spinach – Gibbet Hill Grill, Groton, MA
Wine Pairing:
Pinot Noir

Table-side s’mores - Unwine’d, Vancouver, BC
Wine Pairing:
Cabernet Sauvignon

Cheers!
Jim from Hello Vino

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Weekend Wine Pairing: No shopping tonight. Try the quick & easy “kitchen sink” stir-fry


Hey Everyone,

Many of us go food shopping, have a list of the same items you need to replenish, and tend to make the same dinners in some sort of rotation depending on your mood and schedule.

Have you had those nights when you open the fridge and close it… open the cabinets and close them… open the fridge again and close it? A lot of us can not make up our minds on what to have for dinner at this point

What do I want to eat? Should I go food shopping? Should I just order out?

Although you recognize you should probably go food shopping, you stall and wait for the little dinner troll in the fridge to tell you what to make. Here’s a little idea that can buy you another day or so from making the trip to the grocery store.

What to do:

Empty the fridge and throw the kitchen sink at the stove for a quick and easy stir-fry.

What you could use:

(please feel free to substitute vegetables)

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1/3 cup babycorns
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (optional)
  • 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Sliced almonds

Other potential items:
Peppers, celery, summer squash, zucchini, cashews, etc.

For protein:
Add some chicken. Vegetarians, toss in some tofu.

Toss all the ingredients in a skillet after heating up the oil and garlic. Cover. Stir and cook for 10 minutes or until everything looks bright and cooked-through. Drizzle the soy sauce on top and stir it in. Top with sliced almonds, cover, and let stand for 2 minutes. Place over rice and serve. This is quick, tasty, and you can avoid lugging grocery bags from the car into your kitchen (for at least one night).

Hopefully you have some wine on hand, but you may have to hit the store for that.  ;)

What wine pairs with stir-fry?

A dry Gewürztraminer is perfect. You could also pour Pinot Gris, or a semi-dry Riesling. However, considering the shopping that needs to be done, enjoy the wine you have in the house and let us know how it works out!

Cheers,

The Hello Vino Team