Labor Day Weekend Cocktails

Labor Day Weekend Cocktails

Escape Watermelon Strawberry Smash

Escape Watermelon Strawberry Smash

Some of you might know that I write for Jersey Bites, a New Jersey local food blog, and I thought I’d share my latest article as it’s uber fun!

Top cocktail recipes from local restaurants or drinks experts – how could you go wrong!? There are even options for the non-alcoholic drinker!

Please CLICK HERE to access my post.

If you decide to serve one of these delicious-sounding drinks at your weekend party, please let me know by leaving a comment! 

Cheers,

Veronique 

Easy Greek Vinaigrette

Easy Greek Vinaigrette

Greek Vinaigrette

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I LOVE Greek food. As such, I make this simple vinaigrette all the time and literally use it on everything. Ingredients: ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard ½ tsp. each salt, pepper and Oregano Directions: […]

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1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot Grand Cru

1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot Grand Cru

1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot Grand Cru

In the glass, the 1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot Grand Cru is the darkest of ruby with a bit of brick notes from the age of the wine. It was difficult to stop sniffing the spice-laced berry aromas to move on to take a sip – lovely, lovely nose. The palate offers berry, plummy and licorice […]

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S’mores on a Stick

S’mores on a Stick

Smores on a Stick

Last week was #NationalSmoresDay – who knew there was such a day!! I didn’t grow up doing s’mores in Quebec, we did roasted marshmallows, but s’mores just weren’t something we knew about. While I love the gooey version right off the campfire, I recently made these cute s’mores on a stick for a party. They […]

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Rigatoni with Lamb Bolognese and Mint Ricotta

Rigatoni with Lamb Bolognese and Mint Ricotta

Rigatoni with Lamb Bolognese

I love lamb and am always looking for new ways to prepare it at home. This past weekend, I have ground lamb left and since my guy had asked me to make meat sauce, I decided to use the lamb to make it, but add some lamb-friendly flavors. I did add some ground pork as […]

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El Brunch at Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge

El Brunch at Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge

Cement Banquette

Last weekend, I was invited to brunch at Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge in Jersey City. “El Brunch”, as it’s known at the already-popular restaurant, is served every Saturday and Sunday, from 12PM – 4PM and diners can opt to order off the à la carte menu or pay $35/person for all-you-can-eat brunch food […]

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2014 Jean Edwards Cellars Dalla Gasperina Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Jean Edwards Cellars Dalla Gasperina Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Jean Edwards Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

I had the pleasure of sampling this brand new Sauvignon Blanc by Napa’s Cabernet Sauvignon experts – Jean Edwards Cellars, at the James Beard House. This is the first white by these masters of reds and it’s a winner. In the glass, the 2014 Jean Edwards Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is straw color. This wine is […]

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Stages at One Washington – A Truly Unique Dining Experience

Stages at One Washington – A Truly Unique Dining Experience

Kitchen

In the last two years, New Hampshire has produced three semifinalists for a James Beard Award – the food industry’s version of the Oscars. One of these talented chefs is Evan Hennessey, Chef and Co-Owner of Stages at One Washington. After finding this culinary gem in its unlikely location, we quickly realized Stages doesn’t sell […]

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Italian Beer Dinner at Escape Montclair

Italian Beer Dinner at Escape Montclair

Shellfish

On Wednesday night, I attended an Italian beer dinner at Escape Montclair that was the first in a series of beer dinners to be held at the popular farm-to-table restaurant. Chef Bryan Gregg partnered with Amanti Vino for this exclusive dining experience featuring the award-winning beers of Italy’s Birrificio Maeilla, Birrificio Rurale and Retorto Birrificio […]

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Chef Todd Villani at James Beard House

Chef Todd Villani at James Beard House

Chef Villani (2nd from left) and team

This week, I was invited to attend the “Jersey Bounty” dinner at the prestigious James Beard House. The event was the brainchild of Chef Todd Villani of Carlstadt’s Terre à Terre. The menu featured seasonal dishes showcasing the state’s peak summer produce. The cocktail hour was peppered with Jersey fresh hors d’oeuvres: Juniper-Cured Goffle Road […]

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