Eat Shop Kitchen & Bar

Eat Shop Kitchen & Bar

Dining Room

The headquarters for my company is in Minneapolis and when I visited last, I tweeted about my upcoming trip, of course. Within a few minutes of my tweet, a restaurant located in the Plymouth suburb tweeted me back to say that I should really come try its duck salad during my visit. I thought “yeah, […]

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10 Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wines Under $50

10 Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wines Under $50

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Valentine’s Day is this week, yes guys and gals, and for those looking for an intimate night in, that might mean rushing to the wine store for some bubbly. Here are 10 affordable sparkling wines to toast the year’s most romantic night with. La Marca Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco (Trevisio, Italy) – light, crisp and […]

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Dr Praeger’s California Veggie Burger

Dr Praeger’s California Veggie Burger

Dr Praegers Box

Although I’m a diehard carnivore (I’m sure that’s obvious if you’ve read this blog or follow me on Facebook or Twitter), I try to abide by the #MeatlessMonday concept as much as I can. A friend of mine has been telling me about the Dr Praeger’s Sensible Foods line of frozen meatless entrees and while […]

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2012 Les Vignobles Gueissard Bandol Rosé

2012 Les Vignobles Gueissard Bandol Rosé

2012 Les Vignobles Gueissard Bandol Rosé

I’m always excited when I find a Bandol rosé on a by the glass at a restaurant. This affordable wine is full-bodied yet delicate with a beautiful light salmon color. The aromas of fresh fruit laced with a little citrus are intoxicating and it took me a bit to pull my nose out of the […]

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Sage Brown Butter

Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Sage Brown Butter

Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sauce

I find myself ordering gnocchi a lot when I go out to dinner. I love the pillowy, melt-in-your-mouth texture of gnocchi and last week, started wondering why I almost never make them at home. I had two sweet potatoes and decided to jump in one morning and make a batch for lunch – not a […]

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Virtual Tasting – Southern Hemisphere Wines

Virtual Tasting – Southern Hemisphere Wines

South Hemisphere Wines

Last night, I participated in a #WineChat event on Twitter. The featured wines were from the southern hemisphere, specifically New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. The three white wines were described as “Summer Sippers”. I’ve explained the idea of virtual wine tastings in previous posts but for those of you who are new to virtual wine […]

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New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort

New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort

Photo Credit - Crystal Springs Resort

Tickets are now available for the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort being held from March 28th through March 30th. New York acclaimed and James Beard Award winning chef David Bouley is this year’s Guest of Honor. The three-day event is a celebration of the world’s best wines and renowned local […]

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Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage Brown Butter

Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage Brown Butter

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Last week I stopped at Eataly in Manhattan with some friends visiting from Florida. The place is a Mecca of all things Italian and I couldn’t pass up the pasta counter and the super cute butternut squash ravioli as I knew I’d be in a hurry to fix dinner for all of us when we […]

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Barbuto for the Best Chicken, Ever

Barbuto for the Best Chicken, Ever

JW Chicken

I’d been wanting to eat at Barbuto for a long time and somehow had never made it until last weekend. Barbuto is acclaimed Chef Jonathan Waxman’s restaurant in the West Village. The popular place opened in 2004 and when my party and me visited for lunch, it was abuzz with a mix of young and […]

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2012 Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

I’ve enjoyed Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc on lots of occasions as it’s such an easy-drinking, food-friendly white that most people like. It’s a perfect wine to have on hand for dinner parties as the price point is just right at around $13 and it pairs well with many lighter dishes or as an aperitif. The […]

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