Upgrade Your Cookout

When I am getting ready to head to the airport for a TV tour, very few things make me happier than receiving an email from American Airlines announcing "your upgrade has been confirmed."  Sure, the upgrade might be for a 45-minute flight, but each and every upgrade feels like a small win when you take more than 150 flights each year.

Everyday events can be upgraded too, such as Labor Day cookouts or fall tailgate parties.  To make those gatherings a bit more festive,  I did a segment today on the "Daytime" show recommending wines to go with different types of burgers.  I did this segment on behalf of Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits and Omaha Steaks, both of which sponsored the segment and this post.

Omaha Steaks actually has more than a dozen different types of burgers - there are even options for vegetarians - along with a new line of gourmet burger toppers (can anyone say Smoky Bacon Jam?).  Kobrand has food-friendly wines to suit any taste or budget, from a fruity Louis Jadot Rose (with a twist top!) to my favorite Champagne, Taittinger Brut La Francaise.

Below are the pairings I shared on this segment.  You can check out the full segment below.

Father's Day Gift Guide

When it comes to gifts, I am all about things that are practical.  Maybe that comes from living in small apartments since I graduated from college, but I don’t have room for a lot of extraneous stuff and assume that most people don’t either.

Since practicality is the name of the game for most guys, that philosophy tends to work well for Father’s Day gifts.  With that in mind, here are a few of the things I am showing on behalf of several companies on TV segments this month for Father’s Day.  These segments and this post were sponsored by featured companies.  You can be assured these gifts will be put to good use right away!

On-the-Air: San Antonio

Early Monday morning of last week, I headed out for the second half of my holiday TV tour.

One of my first stops was San Antonio, where I always have a great time at the "San Antonio Living" show with fabulous co-host Shelly Miles!  If the festive holiday music in the background of this segment doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, I'm not sure what will.

You can take a look at the full segment below!  But first, fasten your seatbelts - we cover a lot of territory in five minutes here.  

National Cheeseburger Day

I love to celebrate holidays.  So I was excited to have the opportunity to grill up a segment at CBS San Francisco this morning in honor of National Cheeseburger Day, which is September 18!

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To make the day a bit more festive, I worked with a couple of companies to pair up wines with favorite cheeseburgers.  Omaha Steaks has almost two dozen different types of burgers, so I chose six burgers, piled them high with toppings and cheese, and matched them up with some favorite wines from Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits (White Plains, NY).

Here are the pairings shown in the segment.  Cheers!

 

* Burger photos courtesy of Omaha Steaks.

Father's Day Gift Guide

I don't know about your father, but my dad likes gifts that are practical.  (Of course, like most dads, he'll tell you not to give him a gift, but that usually doesn't stop me).

So, I am excited to partner with several companies this year to share fun and practical gift ideas on my Father's Day TV segments!

On Mother's Day, we take moms and grandmas out to brunch or lunch.  But on Father's Day, the tables are turned, with grilling tools and equipment ranking among the most popular gifts.  Instead of taking Dad out to lunch, we send him outside to cook for us!  If you do that, why not give him the new Char-Broil Signature Gas Grill?  Whether he is experienced on the grill, or wants to cook like a pro on his first time out, this grill makes it easy, so he can relax and spend time with the family while cooking.  The adjustable cooking zones let you prepare different things at the same time - perfect for families where everyone likes something different - ensuring that everything gets cooked to juicy perfection. 

Photo courtesy of  Char-Broil .

Photo courtesy of Char-Broil.

Dad needs something to cook on that grill, like this Father's Day T-Bone Gift Package from Omaha Steaks.  It includes a 30-oz. T-bone steak (large enough to share!), eight ground beef sliders, Omaha Steaks' Signature Seasoning, four gourmet franks, potatoes au gratin, and a creamy New York-style cheesecake.  Order by June 13 to use ground shipping.  For last-minute gifts (or just dinner tonight!), check to see if they have a store nearby.

Photo courtesy of  Omaha Steaks .

Photo courtesy of Omaha Steaks.

For something special to drink, you can customize a free wine label for a bottle of Josh Cellars wine that includes his name, a special message, and photo.  Buy the wine locally, and go to their web site to create your label.  Be sure to opt in to have your label displayed on the Josh Cellars billboard in Times Square, and they will email you a photo of your billboard when it runs!  I already did one for Scott; this is what you will see.  And - the label and billboard are totally free, as long as you order your label by June 8 (otherwise, you'll have to pay for expedited delivery to get it before Father's Day).  How cool is that?

Speaking of personalized gifts, this elegant personalized tan leather toiletry bag from Personalization Mall is a stylish and practical way to help him stay organized when on the go.  Make sure you order by June 12 to do standard delivery.

Photo courtesy of  Personalization Mall .

Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall.

Finally, gifts don't get much more practical than this Gillette Fusion Razor.  It uses Gillette's advanced 5-blade technology for a close, comfortable shave without irritation (I can recommend this because Scott uses it, and loves it!).  This budget-friendly gift also reflects Gillette's lower pricing they announced earlier this year.  And since you can pick it up on a trip to Walmart, it's an ideal solution for a last-minute gift.

Photo courtesy of  Walmart .

Photo courtesy of Walmart.

So - how are you celebrating your dad this Father's Day?