24 February 2020 | Raidis Estate
Do you wish you could hit the open road a little bit more often? Is more travel a goal of yours for 2020?
We hear you!
Getting out of your comfort zone and hitting the open road, jumping on a plane and heading to a new location can do wonders for your health, relationships and to spark new ideas.
If travel is your goal, you might be asking; but how can I make that a reality? Well here are some tips for getting more travel time in this year.
Explore Where You Live
Let's start small with a weekend staycation. That's right: Be a tourist in your own city. You might just be surprised to find how much a spa day makes you feel like you just got back from Bali.
And of course, if you have never been to the Coonawarra, we highly recommend packing the car, the kids and even the dog and heading our way for a weekend getaway.
Cut back on unnecessary spending
I know… boring but having a budget and cutting back on unnecessary spending can help you reach your goals a whole lot quicker. Try and have one less coffee or lunch out a week and add this into a saving bank account.
Maybe call it your adventure account for when you want to throw caution to the wind and go away somewhere.
Subscribe to travel blogs and airline deal emails
Be the first to hear about all the latest deals by subscribing to hotel and holiday deals; that way you can book a getaway when the prices are reasonable and spend less money in the process. Win, win.
Spontaneity is often rewarded
Be willing to throw caution to the wind and travel and go when and where you can on a whim, if you have a free weekend coming up or a slow time at work that you can take some additional leave, why not book a trip away?
Travel is worth working for
You might have to work hard and sacrifice some things to fulfil your dream of travelling more, but it's worth working for. You will always remember experience over things and getting out and exploring is good for the soul.
17 February 2020 | Raidis Estate
While we are still rolling with the summer vibes, we thought it only fair that we keep the seafood eats rolling. And what better way than with a delicious seafood pasta for a weeknight dinner that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
And paired with a Raidis Estate The Kid Riesling you are sure you be in foodie heaven.
What you’ll need:
Calamari – 3/4 lb, sliced into rings
Mussels – 1 lb, cleaned and debearded
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Shallots – 1/2 bulb, diced
Parsley – 1/4 bunch, chopped
Linguine – 1/2 lb
Cooking oil – 2 Tbsp
Anchovy paste (opt) – 1 1/2 tsp
Capers – 1 Tbsp
White wine – 2 Tbsp (Use a dry white like a sauvignon blanc)
Lemon – 1/2, juice of
Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add linguine. Cook until al dente.
Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic, shallots, anchovy paste, and capers to heated oil. Sauté for ~2 minutes.
Add diced tomatoes and wine, and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Add mussels to pan. Cover with a lid and cook for ~5 minutes. Give the pan a shake before removing the lid and folding in calamari.
Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until squid, is cooked through.
Toss with linguine and finish with lemon juice and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.
Enjoy your Italian seafood pasta (preferably with a glass of Raidis Estate Riesling!).
10 February 2020 | Raidis Estate
Every day should be a day that we appreciate our beloved, but Valentine's Day is a good excuse to think about doing something nice with our partner and celebrating all that they are.
If you are not into fanfare and long-stemmed roses arriving at your door that's ok, there are lots of lovely ways to spend time with the one that you love. It doesn't need to be anything fancy or extravagant, but something that you both enjoy.
Here are our top tips for something special with your lover that are creative and don't cost the earth.
Pack a picnic
And head to the beach or your favourite park. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather, the great outdoors and each others company while you enjoy some cheese, dip and olives and maybe a cheeky bottle of Raidis Estate for good measure.
No phones for 24hours
In the tech-centric society that we live in when was the last time that you sat down and enjoyed your partner's company with no distractions.
Can you remember such a time? How about giving the gift of your full attention for 24 hours and turning off your phone, putting it in the draw and enjoying each other.
Plant a garden together
What better way to celebrate love than planting a garden and watching it grow? And grow it will over a 12month period so that this time next year you will be able to sit down and look at the fruits of your labour and hopefully taste them if you plant something edible.
Pick out a recipe you have been dying to try and plan a night of cooking, turn the music up loud, pour some wine and dance in the kitchen.
And if you are feeling adventurous, try cooking some delicious, decadent dessert together.
Write a little love note
When was the last time you told your lover how you felt about them? Why not write them a little love note telling them how special they are to you, and something for safekeeping to remind them of this when you might be going through some tough times.
And if all else fails sometimes simple is best. Pour a glass of your favourite wine and enjoy each other's company.
Happy V day lovers!
4 February 2020 | Raidis Estate