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Author: toni

~ 09/23/11


Okay. While there may have been some parental blundering, there is no blendering involved in this week’s guilt-assuaging libation.

Because this week I am here to tell you about FLIPFLOP WINES.

MAMMAKAZE was asked recently to sample a trio of their wines: a pinot grigio, a pinot noir and a riesling.

We’re experts after all. Well, maybe not experts. But we do enjoy us some vino from time-to-time. And we know what tastes good to us.

So we invited a group of MAMMAKAZES over to a taste-testing. JOHANNA, ANGELICA, JENNIE and her mom SUE took to my courtyard to enjoy some appetizers and the free bottles of wine. Now, while free is nice, it doesn’t matter if the wine isn’t any good. But it was!



“Cute label!”

“It only costs how much?!”

“I’d definitely buy this!”

“Pour me another, baby!”

Those were some of the comments that were heard during the wine-tasting.


I was a particular fan of the Pinot Grigio. As were Jennie and Angelica. It was zesty, light, fruity and refreshing. Perfect for kicking back and relaxing on a warm summer evening with friends.

Johanna, a red-lover, really grooved on the Pinot Noir. It was smooth and went well with the chocolate we nibbled on for dessert.

And we all enjoyed the sweet offerings of the Riesling. In fact, I had some leftover (because while we enjoy wine, we are not lushes) and I brought it to a friend’s house the next night to polish off with some turkey tacos! Was that wrong? What do I know about pairing wine with particular foods? We just knew it tasted good to us.  YUM!

And you know what else? Well, besides the fact that they are reasonably priced (only $7 SRP!) and have a really cute label which, I’ll admit, has influenced me in past wine purchases.

FLIP FLOP WINES is a company of do-gooders!


Underdog Wine Merchants has formed a partnership with Soles4Souls Inc. the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in need. The program will raise much needed funds to give one pair of flip-flop sandals for each bottle of flipflop wine purchased (up to 100,000 pairs for the first 100,000 bottles sold).


That’s right. For every bottle of flipflop wine you buy, they give a pair of flip-flops to those in need!

I mean. Good wine. Good humanitarian practices. What else does one need to say except:


 “A toast to this lovely company and their lovely wines!”


To find out more about this company or to purchase their wines click on the PINK LINK ABOVE or the following link:




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Author: toni

~ 06/04/10


I don’t know about you but I’m tired. Also I’m hot. Hot and tired, a cranky combination for any MAMMAKAZE.

The school year is winding down (we have a week left) and there’s a certain relief to that because the mommy treadmill I’ve been on of late leaves little time for MY pursuits (as you can see by my LACK OF POSTING!).

And then there’s the math. You know what math I’m talking about. The math you do when, after hours at the computer scrambling to get your kid into those limited space parks and rec classes that are sooooo cheap everyone wants them, you add up all the hours of activities you’ve scheduled for your kid for the summer and you realize they add up to a grand total of ONE DAY! And you’re like, how could I have spent so much $$$$$ for what amounts to 24 hours worth of glorified babysitting and what the heck am I gonna do with this kid for the other 7 weeks and 6 days?!  

Despite the fact that this happens every year, it remains a rude awakening in our household.

Know what I need? A cocktail. Ah, but not just any cocktail. One that takes almost NO preparation and will still get me the proper balance of “relaxed” and “cooled off”.

Hence, the FROZEN LIME DAIQUIRI. Isn’t it funny how that’s spelled, daiquiri? You don’t really expect that extra “i” in there. The one after the “a”. But it’s there and I keep forgetting it and having to go back and put it in and it’s really starting to annoy me so I’m only going to type is one more time before I go and make myself one. I hope you like. I hope it cools you down. I hope it puts you in a MAMMAKAZE STATE OF MIND.


1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate

12 fluid ounces rum

1 tray ice cubes

Directions: In a blender, combine limeade concentrate, rum and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.


See? Wasn’t that easy? Don’t you feel relaxed already? Now just sit back and enjoy. But not too much. Remember,  it’s your responsibility to make sure the kiddies stay safe. Our right to mommy relaxation ends when the pointy scissors and matches make their appearance.

And remember.  Don’t feel guilty and parent. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Author: toni

~ 05/07/10


Well, you didn’t think we’d forget to post a cocktail in honor of Mother’s Day did you? Please… if there’s one way a MAMMAKAZE likes to be honored, it’s with a guilt-reducing cocktail.

And if there’s one day that we mommies should be allowed to let go of the guilt it should be MOTHER’S DAY…….


Okay. So we agree that there’s no way we can EVER totally let go of the guilt.  But we can take the edge off a little.  Hence,  I return to the topic at hand –  this lovely little Mommy-inspired cocktail. What about it screams MOMMY!?

Well, it’s pink. And two of the ingredients are GIN and ROSES. Yep. I thought you’d like that. Now if only your perfekt hubby would  get a clue and drop a little diamond something in it, it could actually be , dare I say it, “perfect”.

Rose Petal Martini


1-1/2 shots gin

1/2 cup lychee juice

Rose petal for garnish


Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a rose petal (preferably one from 100’s strewn across the bed in the hotel room of your favorite spa and resort that your hubby surprised you with on this, the weekend honoring the fact that you grew a whole human inside your body without regard as to what it would do to your figure or your sex life.)





And remember, don’t feel guilt and drive… or parent.

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Author: toni

~ 03/19/10



I don’t consume alcohol during the week. Never. Well, almost never. I mean, sometimes when New Year’s Eve falls on a Wednesday I’ll imbibe.

Normally, I’m a weekend drinker. It’s part of how I control the calories and keep my svelte (hey no laughing) figure. And while at the end of any given weekday filled with Mamma Drama I find myself needing, craving, LUSTING a little glass of vino, if I had even a couple of sips I’d be asleep 2 hours before my kid instead of the 45 minutes I usually lose consciousness before her.

And so….. I didn’t drink anything on St. Patrick’s Day. And so…. I’m saving that holiday’s inspired drink for the weekend.

So may I present the St. Patrick’s Day Sour Apple Green-Tini

I don’t know about you, but anything with the word “tini” in it is good by me. Okay. Maybe not ANYTHING. I can think of a couple of scenarios in which that wouldn’t be too, uh, satisfying.

So if you need to take the edge off that mamma mania or just for the fun of it… mix away, my friends, mix away.


St. Patrick’s Day Sour Apple Green-Tini  

2 oz Michael Collins Irish whiskey (of course)
1 oz sour apple schnapps
2 oz white cranberry juice


Add all three ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice, shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a fresh apple slice.


The Luck ‘O the Irish to Ya. And remember, don’t feel guilt and drive… or parent.

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Author: toni

~ 02/26/10


Well, I know some of you are buried under a blanket of snow. But me, I’m feeling all springy – yes, in spite of the coming rain storm that has forced the cancellation of Randy the perfekt husband’s golf game this weekend and made us drag out the Yahtzee  cup and the 1000 piece Vegas strip puzzle in preparation.

Some of this feeling has to do with my freshly shaved toes. Oh, AND the fact that Home Goods has at least 50 display shelves packed with Easter merchandise. But the biggest factor – the fact that I just got the stitches removed from the south of my C-section removal of my basal cell carcinoma.  I don’t know why that makes me feel springy. But it does. And I celebrated by buying cute, new undies…

Know how else I’m gonna celebrate?  A spring inspired drink called the Kiwi Mango Cocktail. That’s right. Because nothing says stitch-free like vodka. Also, kiwi birds are from New Zealand and that’s south of the equator and my stitches were south of MY equator and… well, you get the idea. Enjoy!



1 part Kiwi Vodka
5 parts mango nectar or juice
8 mint leaves
Preparation:  Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the mint leaves and vodka.  Top with nectar or juice.  Stir well.


And remember….don’t feel guilt and drive. Or parent. Or, oh forget it. Just have a cocktail.

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Author: toni

~ 11/25/09


MAMMAKAZES! Tomorrow is “T” Day. The day all the work and prep and stress will climax in a thirty minute orgy of gulttony. Sounds good to me! Can’t wait!

Know what else I can’t wait for? Spending time with family and friends. That’s the part I enjoy the most. Cooking. Not so much. I pretty much suck at it. And I feel guilty that I can’t provide my guests with a sumptuous, homecooked extravaganza. Therefore, I will provide them with a sumptuous, store bought one.

Oh come on. A perfectly fine turkey can be purchased at a deli. And Trader Joe’s makes fabulous appetizers. Besides, I will be making the stuffing and the sweet potatoes from scratch. And the bread, well, maybe it’s not from scratch but it IS one of those partially baked loaves that I have to pop in the oven. Do you know the impeccable timing that takes? I get some points for that.

Know what I get a LOT of points for? The following Thanksgiving themed cocktail. Oh yeah. It’s a Pumpkin Pie cocktail! What could be better? Nothing I say. Nothing! So ENJOY. And don’t overdo. Or do. What do I care? They’re not my thighs! 




2 parts Absolut Vanilla vodka
1 part pumpkin schnapps
Splash of cream (or substitute a splash of orange juice)


Prep: Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg and cherry. Makes one serving.

The Chef
Kenneth McClure of The Carnegie Club, The Campbell Apartment, The World Bar, and The Patio



And remember. Don’t feel guilt and drive.

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