Toaster Strudel® with Wine

Who hasn't done the "walk of shame?"  You know what I'm talking about.  You stay the night at your new boyfriend's house, or in Vegas some random stranger's hotel room and leave with the outfit you had on last night.  Your hair is tusseled and your make up looks a mess, but either way, you've got to get the hell out of there.  Heck, even Pippa has been caught doing it!  In a new relationship, you never want to bring extra clothes over either.  It's as if you're trying to move in and men always get scared.  A better idea is to wear your boyfriend's clothes home.  It beats walking out in the mini skirt you had on last night!  And why not, really?  Men love seeing you in their clothes, especially if that consists of nothing but his white button up shirt from the previous night.  A real gentleman will ask you if you want breakfast before you go.  In my opinion, it's only right if you helped him to get the best night's sleep ever.  Luckily for my boyfriend, I didn't expect a gourmet breakfast.  Just pop in some Toaster Strudel accompanied by a perfectly paired glass of wine and I was more than happy to walk out of his house looking like a complete idiot.  Today, I get served breakfast in bed by the man of my dreams, but here's to everyone still taking that stroll!  Cheers!

Is there a rehab facility for frosting addiction because I have a serious problem?  As I walk by the bakery at the grocery store, cupcakes and cookies start speaking to me.  "Hello, Courtney.  Remember us?"  I start to push my cart a little faster so that I don't get tempted, but as soon as I hit the frozen food aisle, Toaster Strudel® winks at me.  I personally feel that there needs to be more frosting included with this delicious breakfast item.  One little packet is never enough!  As I mentioned above, I'm a sucker for wine with Toaster Strudel®.  I personally prefer Birbet Brachetto alongside the strawberry flavor of this dish.  On a side note, this is also my go to wine for strawberry or blueberry pancakes.  The wine is a sweet, semi-sparkling red from the Piedmont region of Italy.  Brachetto is the actual name of the grape variety.  It's not a serious varietal, which is why it is probably turned into a sweet and easy to drink quaffer.  I often get asked what sweet red wines are out there and being that there are so few, my mind immediately thinks of Brachetto.  The wine has aromas of blackberries and strawberries that seem dehydrated, followed by a mouthful of blackberries and a hint of spice on the palate.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice how well the sweetness of both work together.  Next, I like that the berry flavors mirror each other in both the food and wine and when combined, start to taste like strawberry cheesecake.  The bubbles feel creamy on the palate, mirroring the creaminess of the frosting and dough.  In terms of weight, the food adds body to the wine making it seem fuller than it really is.  Finally, the bubbles although not fully sparkling, help to wash everything off the tongue and refresh the palate.  This pairing makes you feel naughty (as if you don't already), by giving the impression that you're having dessert for breakfast!  Here's a toast to that!

Wine featured in this photo: Birbert Brachetto (Available @ Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits)