Down to the Bone Lives Again

Down to the Bone Lives Again

Pulled Pork

When Jeff Feldstein opted not to renew his Down to the Bone (DTTB) lease in Stanhope, I was crushed. I’d been a huge fan of what Jeff was doing (see previous post) on Lake Lackawanna and was devastated to see the only solid barbecue restaurant in our neck of the woods close down. Would I […]

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WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2014

WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2014

WITS Wines

I’ve explained the concept of virtual wine tasting in other posts and I enjoy participating in a few of them each year. Last night was the Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) and a virtual tasting hosted by my friends at WineTwits of six California wines. For those of you who are new to virtual wine tastings, […]

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Bridge Lane Wines by North Fork’s Lieb Cellars

Bridge Lane Wines by North Fork’s Lieb Cellars

2012 Bridge Lane Red Blend

Bridge Lane is Lieb Cellars’ second-label and through a rebranding for its 10th vintage, the white and red blends are available in bottles, in 3 liter bag-in-box (equivalent of 4 bottles) and also in disposable kegs. The popular North Fork, NY winery says there were three reasons why Bridge Lane opted for the unusual formats: […]

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A Chef, a Blogger and a Photographer Walk Into Atera…

A Chef, a Blogger and a Photographer Walk Into Atera…

Dining Room

A few weeks back, I dined (experienced) Atera with fellow foodies – a classically-trained chef and a food photographer. I say ‘experience’ as it was just that, from booking a reservation a month in advance to being warmly-greeted in the small foyer, to being led to the dining room, to being seated at the chef’s […]

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31 Days of German Riesling

31 Days of German Riesling

Me in Germany's Mosel in 2005

  Starting July 1st, Wines of Germany is giving New Yorkers the opportunity to embrace their Riesling love with the 31 Days of German Riesling, a celebration of Germany’s most famous wine varietal.   Participating wine stores nationwide will dedicate July to all things German Riesling, with in-store tastings and specials. In New York, two local […]

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Jersey Girls Food Tours – Foodie Fun in the Garden State

Jersey Girls Food Tours – Foodie Fun in the Garden State

Photo Credit - Danny Chin Photography

Formerly known as Garden State Food Tours, the name “Jersey Girls Food Tours” highlights the two NJ female entrepreneurs who founded the company. But don’t let the name fool you, the tours are created for both ladies AND gents looking for a fun, delicious way to explore their local food communities. Jersey Girls Food Tours […]

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World’s Easiest Pancake Recipe

World’s Easiest Pancake Recipe

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I woke up this morning with pancakes on the brain. I’m usually partial to crepes vs pancakes, but today, after seeing the gorgeous tiny organic strawberries I received in my Bracco Farms CSA box, I wanted pancakes with Quebec maple syrup and strawberries. This is the simplest pancake recipe of all times with just a […]

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Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque Comes to New Jersey

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque Comes to New Jersey

Mighty Quinns

By the time I visited Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque in Clifton a few weeks ago, it seemed like everyone in north New Jersey had been talking about the recent opening of the place. The popular New York barbecue restaurant makes its New Jersey home in the space occupied until recently by Corner Bakery in the hectic […]

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Blue Apron – My Experience

Blue Apron – My Experience

Pan Fried Orange Shrimp

A couple weeks ago, I was offered a trial shipment of Blue Apron food through my blogging efforts. As an avid cook, I wasn’t sold on the idea of receiving “pre-packaged” food in the mail, but after reviewing the online program offered by Blue Apron, I decided to give it a go.       […]

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Chakra Pre-Father’s Day Scotch & Rum Dinner

Chakra Pre-Father’s Day Scotch & Rum Dinner

Chakra

Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra serves up an early option for Father’s Day with a four course dinner paired with single malt scotches and rum all aged in sherry casks on Thursday June 12 at 7pm. Each spirit has been aged in sherry casks, allowing guests to learn about the influences that sherry-seasoned oak imparts on the spirits. Guests will taste The Macallan 12 year old in […]

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