2011 Jonata The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir

2011 Jonata The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir

2011 The Hilt

Bold, rich and deep wine that’s really pretty perfect.  The medium-bodied Pinot Noir offers aromas of ripe blackberry with spiced notes in the glass. Dark cherry with earthy, minty flavors on the palate with a very dry, slightly peppery finish. Could use a few more years to fully come to its absolute best. Famed Jonata […]

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My Top Dishes of 2014

My Top Dishes of 2014

Sfixio Pasta

My job had me on the road more than not in 2014 and while I’ve had many, many unforgettable meals in 2014, I’ve tried to narrow down the 10 best dishes I enjoyed during the past year. Here’s the list in restaurant name alphabetical order. Hushpuppy – Atera Chef Matthew Lightner’s take on hushpuppies is simply […]

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5 Must Try Delectable Holiday Treats

Homemade treats are always well-received by guests at holiday parties. Even the strictest dieters indulge during the holidays and below are top treats sure to please holiday revelers. Chocolate Truffles Divine Squares Quebec Sucre a la Crème (brown sugar fudge) Salted Caramels Smooth as Silk Fudge Please share images and comments about these holiday treats […]

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Christmas Morning Brunch Recipes from Spuntino Wine Bar

Christmas Morning Brunch Recipes from Spuntino Wine Bar

Pane Francese

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Executive Chef, Josh Bernstein, wants to help us to impress friends and family with unique and delicious Christmas morning brunch recipes he serves at both the Clifton, NJ and the Westbury, NY locations. Egg White Frittata Serves 4 Ingredients: ¼ cup Clarified Butter ½ cup Spanish Onion, diced ½ lb […]

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Easy Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal

Easy Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal

Oatmeal in a Jar

I’ve been enjoying HOT overnight oatmeal for a few years now and I’d been curious about all the cold versions I’d been seeing on Pinterest (are we connected there by the way?). I finally made cold blueberry overnight oatmeal and it’s FANTASTIC!! Couldn’t be simpler, mix everything in a canning jar, shake and store in […]

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UncommonGoods Introduces me to Molecular Gastronomy at Home

UncommonGoods Introduces me to Molecular Gastronomy at Home

Uncommon Goods Kit 2

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that “endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people”. Most of the products it carries are created in the USA, and about one-third of the entire portfolio incorporates recycled and/or […]

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Fergalicious Holidays by Food & Wine Chickie

Fergalicious Holidays by Food & Wine Chickie

Ferguson Crest

Ferguson Crest is the pet project of Fergie Duhamel, singer of the Black Eyed Peas, and her father, grower Pat Ferguson. Ferguson Crest vineyard is located in Solvang, in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California. Winemaker Joey Tensley turns the fruit grown by Pat Ferguson into wine, and Fergie and sister Dana join in at harvest every […]

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New Year’s Eve at Crystal Springs Resort

New Year’s Eve at Crystal Springs Resort

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We’re still undecided as to what we’ll be doing to ring in the new year but this is quite the party! Crystal Springs Resort (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ) rings in 2015 with New Year’s Eve celebrations and prix fixe dinners featuring an extravagant Biosphere Party. At the Biosphere Party, guests can dance the night away […]

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Product Review – Arctic Chill Muddler

Product Review – Arctic Chill Muddler

Artic Chiller

I don’t typically do product reviews but I was recently asked to do a review by Rizzi at Arctic Chill of its cocktail muddler and since I’ve yet to find a muddler I find works well, I jumped at the chance. Arctic Chill’s muddler is made of stainless steel and features a grooved nylon head. […]

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Escape Montclair Charity Dinner Featuring Chef Ian Kapitan

Escape Montclair Charity Dinner Featuring Chef Ian Kapitan

Chef Bryan Gregg

Escape Chef/Owner, Bryan Gregg, will hold a charity dinner with acclaimed Chef Ian Kapitan Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7PM. The five-course dinner will allow diners to bring their own wines and will cost $68 per person with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of NJ. On the menu: […]

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