Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pairing Savvy---an app I'm looking forward to downloading on my iPhone!

Good afternoon! There's a new user-friendly application that works on iPhones and Androids  that help you look for pairing with cheese and beer or wine varieties based on user preference. I'm seriously looking forward to this new app! I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I do like Samuel Adams ales and Guinness! And cheese, of course!!!  California cheesemakers make over 250 varieties and styles of  Real California Cheese, everything from bandage-wrapped Cheddar to award-winning Brie!!


You can download the Pair Savvy app to your Android or iPhone, then select by cheese, or wine, or beer. If you don't have a compatible mobile device, you can still use the Pair Savvy website to find some lovely savvy pairs!! 

Pair Savvy App:   Pair Savvy App

Pair Savvy Site:   Pair Savvy Site


The interesting thing about this app is that it will come up with a list of suggested cheeses, California cheesemakers, and brand names that you can purchase at retail! How cool is that??!!!   Some of the pairings have fruit suggestions, which is great if you're having a party or buffet, and want to be able to pair fruit and cheese together! With the app, users can also save the pairings and even rate them! There's also a surprise pairing for those brave at heart---sounds like me!

Real California Cheese Pair Savvy is available today to most smart phone users through their mobile browser:pairsavvy.realcaliforniamilk.com

For the iPhone: Visit the App Store, search for "Pair Savvy", then download for free (available soon (as of my posting this afternoon, it's still not in iTunes yet.).

For the Android, visit the Android Marketplace, search for "Pair Savvy", and then download for free.

And even more awesome, Pair Savvy is linked to the RealCaliforniaMilk.com site, and the app will automatically update, with no need to download future updated versions.

BARB
Disclosure: I was given the information about the app from  Real California Cheese  through the One2One Network (of which I am a member), and in posting about the Pair Savvy app on my blog, I am eligible  to enter to win a prize. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Book review of "Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball"--author Donita K. Paul

I was given the opportunity to review "Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball", written by Donita K. Paul, through Blogging for Books.
The minute I saw the cover of the book, I knew that I would like it! It had two gold-colored tickets on it, against a background of a lit-up city, with snow on the ground, kind of magical-like.  The two main characters are Cora Crowder and her co-worker Simon Derrick.  Cora decides to go shopping one day and had found this bookstore online, and she walked down Sage Street to look for it. The store was called Warner, Warner, and Wizbotterdad Books. The owner and his grandson runs the bookstore, and the grandfather was holding a book that Cora should buy, like it was the perfect book for her to purchase for her uncle!!! Her co-worker Simon comes in the store at some point, and makes a purchase.
What happens after they make their purchases, it that they find  golden tickets with their items for a Wizards' Christmas Ball.  both of them look for more information about the Christmas Ball online, and see a reflection of the other person on their computer screens.  They start talking at work more, and  gradually Cora ends up meeting Sandy, Simon's sister, and the rest of his family who he happens to live with. Sandy, Simon's sister, becomes friends with Cora, and Cora decides to give up her ticket to the ball so that Sandy can go.  Over the course of the book, going to church is mentioned by Simon,  and he talks with his pastor off and on, about relationships. I don't want to spoil the end, so you will have to read it to find out if Simon and Cora get together, and what the Christmas Ball is about!!! It was a very enjoyable book, and really was perfect for any time of the year!