“Travel when you can. Don’t be afraid to take risks with your career–you don’t have to have it all figured it by the time you’re 25. Travel because you’re at an age where there’s so little holding you in place–it’s a great time to see the world and experience other cultures. Do it with your…
I know you’d love to put life on fast forward, skipping past the lessons you must learn along the way in order to manifest your dreams lickety-split.
But what you forget sometimes in your cute little way is that the journey is as important as the destination, and without the wisdom you gain on the journey, you may not be ready to fully embrace and enjoy the destination.
So be patient, darling. The destination is coming in perfect timing, but until then, please know that you’re already there…
Trusting your journey,
Your Inner Pilot Light
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The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of NECESSARY uncertainty you can comfortably live with.
~ Tony Robbins + Mastin Kipp
Gruner Veltliner. Stadt Krems Kremstal 2011, Austria (Taken with Instagram)
Puppy love. (Taken with Instagram)
"You are where you are today because you’ve chosen to be there." - Harry Browne — Graham Speechley (@LeaderQuote)
Puppy Love. I miss my Jackson. (Taken with Instagram)
Tonight, I had my first, of many to come, rooftop picnics. Great weather and view + feeling inspired by a friend and mentor + my favorite summer meal + new bottle of wine = happy and fulfilling night.
Yesterday, I went to one of my favorite wine shops, Appellation. I didn’t have anything in particular in mind, I just wanted to look and maybe find something interesting. After speaking with a wine steward, I picked a Gruner Veltliner, primarily because I liked the l bottle. It resembled an oversized green beer bottle with a pop top cap. I hadn’t yet seen a wine bottle like this. I was also drawn to it because it was on the “pocket friendly” shelf, and it was! Only $12. I knew nothing about the varietal prior to purchase but the staff gave me tons of information and a tasting note card to take home.
With little knowledge, I jumped right on the opportunity to pair my bottle of wine with something I loved. Thankfully, come to find out, this wine is perfect for pairing with many different foods and dishes. And, I learn it’s a perfect picnic wine.
I wanted to make a light and healthy dinner that would go well with my wine. My favorite summer, quick and healthy meal is my fantastic tuna salad. This meal is full of colorful veggies, mayo-alernatives, and fresh herbs ( see recipe below).
NOW TO THE IMPORTANT PART: how did my wine taste with my tuna salad? Well fantastic of course. The wine was citrusy, herbish and peppery, clean, mineral-ish, light and refreshing. It was a nice compliment to the dill, squeeze of lemon, and albacore tuna. I particularly liked the grapefruit taste. The acid in the citrus made it feel light and crisp.
Gruner Veltliner is a white variety primary grown in lower Austria. Cooler and dryer climate lends to the freshness and acidity. Consumed best as a young wine.
Look: greenish yellow hue
Smell: herb, pepper, citrus
Taste: bitter grapefruit and pepper
Finish: light, crisp, clean
Tuna Salad (3-4 servings)
2 cans albacore tuna (I accidentally bought one can of tuna “in oil” which is okay because I add olive oil anyways)
1/2 cucumber, sliced and diced
1 large carrot (unpeeled to keep the nutrients and vitamins intact)
8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 egg yolk + 2 egg whites
1 tbsp fresh chopped dill
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 giant dollop of plain unsweetened greek yogurt (in place of mayo), I prefer Fayo 0%
1 tsp Extra Virgin olive oil (which I left out this time because of the oil in can of tuna)
Pepper to taste, salt sparingly
Mix with care and love.
I switch up my veggies now and then depending on what is about to go bad in my fridge, whats in seasonal, and whats on sale. But generally any veggie you find in a fresh, garden salad works.
I had triscuts and red bell peppers as my side items.
This wine is sometimes referred to and abbreviated as “GV,” or “Gru-Ve,” sounding like “Groovy.” And that it is!