Nutella Smoothie from Nadoz

I’ve written about Nadoz Cafe several times before.  Itz great for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, or juice.  Vino Nadoz is itz upscale neighbor, but today’s focus is on Nadoz Cafe.  Last night, Alive Magazine teamed up with Nadoz to share their amazing smoothies and juices.  They offered bloggers a complimentary drink while giving everyone else 20% off just because they’re awesome like that.  (If you missed this event, be sure to like Nadoz Cafe on Facebook to stay up to date on all their great specials!)

Anyway, Diana and I headed to Nadoz for dinner.  Here’s our plates:

nadoz dinner

On the left, you see the Veggie Medi Wrap which contains roasted red pepper hummus, mixed greens, artichoke, chopped tomato, mushrooms, and feta cheese with balsamic vinaigrette in a whole wheat wrap.  You have your choice of a side, but the southwestern quinoa salad is a must!  On the right, you have the Nutella crepe which is exactly what it sounds and looks like with added chocolate chips on top.  Who got what?

Yeah, that’s right – in true healthy living blogger style, I ordered the actual dinner and Diana opted to enjoy dessert for dinner.  Well, after we both demolished our delicious dinners, we sat and talked for quite awhile.  I kept eying Diana’s empty plate that had Nutella smeared all over it.  What I really wanted to do was bend down and lick the plate, but that wouldn’t have been very ladylike in public (at home, it would have been fine), so instead I scraped the remaining Nutella with a fork.

Then, Diana continued to feed my habit of cleaning her plate by lifting up her knife and showing me how much Nutella was left on it.  I did what any normal person would do…

scrape

I didn’t want any Nutella to go to waste!  (Proud healthy living blogger moment – ha!)  As we sat, talked, and let our dinners digest, we both decided to get a Nutella smoothie for dessert.  Itz contents were: Nutella (duh), frozen bananas, and milk.  On the menu said soy milk, but we both asked for almond milk and they happily obliged.

nutella smoothie

Holy cow, these were the thickest and most amazing smoothies ever!  The girl put an ungodly amount of Nutella in the blender and it was awesome.  As we watched her scoop and scoop the hazelnut goodness, both of our jaws dropped as we saw the jar she was scooping from.  I did what any healthy living blogger would do and asked if I could steal take a look at the enormous jar.

nutella

Itz bigger than my head!  The smoothie was so filling that I took part of it home to share with Jonny (good wife there, eh?).  He agreed it was fabulous.  St. Louis friends, the Nadoz Cafe Nutella smoothie definitely gets my vote.  You won’t be disappointed!

What’s your favorite way to eat Nutella?

Vino Nadoz French Wine Dinner

Sorry for the disappearing act yesterday – I blame Vino Nadoz and their French Wine Dinner!  On Tuesday night they had their monthly wine dinner featuring wines from France paired perfectly with each of their four courses.  Yes, wine pairings with each of the four courses.  That’s a lot of wine for this girl, so I went home and went to bed with a happy belly and an empty blog post.

Anyway, I’m back and ready to tell ya all about it!  I met my friend Jessica and this was both of our first times at a wine dinner event.  I know nothing, and I mean NOTHING about wine.  I know that I like cabs and pinot noirs and that’s about it.  Jessica and I got there a few minutes early and took pictures while we waited for the others.

jess

There was one long table set up for all the guests.  This was fun because we had the chance to talk with a few other people, and it made it easy to listen to Dana Atwell from Vinoteca St. Louis explain the wines, where they are from, and some brief history.  There was a screen with a map of France that was shown where we would “travel” throughout the evening.  The quote of the evening she shared was, “Laissez le vin de se faire – Let the wine make itself.”

Chef Chris introduced each course and, as always, loves talking about food; you can tell they’re both so passionate about what they do!

Dana Chris

First Course: Celeriac soup with caviar paired with NV Baron de Breban Brut Rose from Provence.  So celeriac is the bulb of celery and the soup was really good.  It was definitely rich, creamy, and delicious.  The caviar provided a salty touch, but was not overpowering.  The sparkling wine was not as sweet as I would have thought, and paired nicely with the soup.

celeriac soup

Second Course: Seared scallops with butter poached baby carrots and peas paired with Chateau Soucherie Anjou Blanc from Loire.  As Chris introduced this course he told us about the scallops, baby carrots, English peas, and, “Copious amounts of butter!  I’d like to say ‘I’m sorry,’ but I’m not!”  You know I love Nadoz’s scallops, and this was no different!  Chris was very accommodating to Jess’s shellfish allergy and made her a slice of pork belly instead.  Her belly was happy.

The wine was totally dry and I’ll use Dana’s words because I don’t know how else to describe wine, “Itz piercingly refreshing and totally embodies Spring.”  (Ok, maybe I threw in the “itz.”)

scallop

Third Course: Steak frites with truffle butter paired with Chateau La Rame from Bordeaux.  Mmm steak and fries, baby!  This was perfect for our third glass of wine; I definitely needed something to soak it all up!  The wine was a 60% merlot and 40% cab blend aged for a year in neutral oak.

steak frites

Fourth Course: Blueberry and meyer lemon clafoutis paired with Domaine de Fenouillet Muscat de Beames de Venise from Southern Rhone.  Itz a french muffin baked in a dish with blueberry compote with honey floral lemon zest.  Delish.  The wine was a dessert wine, so it was on the sweeter side and was very grapey and tasty!

dessert

Don’t ask me to actually pronounce any of the wines or describe them in any more depth than I already did.  Like I said, I’m not wine connoisseur, but I did thoroughly enjoy the eating and drinking at Nadoz.  The only downside was that it was on a week night which made waking up the next morning a bit tougher.  All in all, such a fun experience and I’d highly recommend attending a wine dinner.  Plus, at Vino Nadoz itz just $45 which is such a great price for the amount of food and wine we had!

Have you ever been to a dinner where each course had a specially paired wine?  What’s your favorite wine?  I’m a red girl, all the way!