Healthy Living with Food, Wine and Friends

Spending time with good friends is part of a healthy life style. Having lunch with friends during the week is an added bonus. We recently dined at a restaurant in Dallas that was new to me called True Food Kitchen. We arrived at noon on a Friday to a packed restaurant bustling with lively and inviting activity. We found a corner at the bar and began a delightful afternoon of friendly and attentive service, deliciously healthy food, good wine and great girl talk.

Sam Fox created True Food Kitchen on the idea that an anti-inflammatory diet is not only healthy but delicious! The restaurant focuses on serving food developed from Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid. Dr. Weil believes, “Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation True Food Kitchen Logothat is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.” To view this pyramid visit True Food Kitchen’s web site. I do have an important confession to make: Before we ate at True Food Kitchen I briefly viewed their menu and wine list; however, I had no idea it was a health conscious, anti-inflammatory food restaurant; all I realized was the menu was full of great food choices and the food was delicious. True Food Kitchen has locations in five states so again check to web site to find a location by you and go enjoy their wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. So let’s move on to the wine and food pairings.

True Food lunchFrattoria di Rodano Toscana Poggialupi IGT 2012: This light ruby wine was crafted of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot blended together about two months prior to bottling. It opened with an inviting aroma of soft red fruit, spice, a touch of licorice and earthiness. On the palate this lively wine was light and clean with flavors of red cherries, currants and black raspberries wrapped around subtle spice, a touch of cassis, and hints of soft tobacco and wet underbrush. It had enough acidity to provide balance with its round and relaxed tannins. This wine was fermented for 12 months in cement tanks and aged in a combination of large barrels and barriques. It was a pleasant wine light in body and medium in finish that felt much lighter than its 13% alcohol. I recommend this wine as a perfect pairing with lighter meals. Average SRP $11. To find this wine click here.

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I began my lunch with Edamame Dumplings that were outstanding. I shared them with one of my friends but could have eaten probably 2 full dishes myself. The thin wonton dumplings were filled with creamy edamame and topped with Daikon Radish and White Truffle Oil in soy sauce. The wine offered a beautiful balance between the saltiness and creaminess of the dish. For my main course I enjoyed True Food Kitchen’s Street Tacos: three small corn tortillas topped with Texas Red Fish, avocado, Cotija cheese, tomatillo salsa, and sour cream. I chose to switch the side of Ansazi beans with a cup of miso soup (an odd combination with tacos but a nice segway from the dumplings). The wine was a light and smooth pairing with the truly delicious tacos and balanced beautifully with the mushrooms in the soup. Overall, it was at outstanding meal and I look forward to dining at True Food Kitchen again!

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From the Frattoria Rodano web site:

Frattori Rodano logoFattoria di Rodano is located along the road leading from the Elsa Valley to Castellina in Chianti, at an altitude between 200 and 300 metres above sea level. This is one of the roads forming the old “via franchigena”, used in the middle ages by pilgrims to travel from northern Europe to Rome. In Rodano an old Benedictine house existed where the pilgrims used to stop during the long travel. We are on the western side of Chianti Classico’s territory, where hills are easy and open to a climate mildened by sea winds.

 My Song Selection: The song I have chosen to pair with this wonderful lunch of delicious food, wine and friendship is You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman. I absolutely believe in healthy living, including physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health. Having a healthy lunch with dear friends and enjoying a lovely glass of wine is quintessential healthy living! There are many things we must do to take care of ourselves; the love, support, laughter and sometimes shared tears of good friends is paramount! Enjoy this version with Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett!

Have your own fun food, wine and friendship experience and let me know what song you would pair with it. Cheers!

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