Tangy Beef Tartare

Tangy Beef Tartare

Beef Tartare

For the last two Christmas in Quebec, my family has divided up who brings what for Christmas Eve dinner. As you might expect if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I’m charged with desserts. While everyone raves about my Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie, I look forward to my cousin Phil and his wife […]

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My Top 10 New Jersey Dishes of 2013

My Top 10 New Jersey Dishes of 2013

Gnudi - VB3

While I’ve had many, many memorable meals in 2013 (God knows I over-share), 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. Duck, Knoephla and Eggs – A Toute Heure The Knoephla dish showcases a generous portion of rich pulled duck […]

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Hot Winter Menu at VB3

Hot Winter Menu at VB3

Pizza

Set in the heart of Jersey City’s Newport section, VB3 transforms from a stylish restaurant for lunch and dinner, into one of Northern New Jersey’s trendiest lounges at night. I’ve written about award-winning Chef Michael Colletti in the past, and love dining on his comforting, delicious food. On a recent visit, my party started with […]

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10 New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wines Under $50

10 New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wines Under $50

Champagne

The USA, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries produce tasty sparkling wines that differ widely in term of style, price and production method. Here are ten solid options that are easily accessible for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Sparkling Wines under $50 La Marca Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco (Trevisio, Italy) – light, […]

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Open Table Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

Open Table Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

Open Table

OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation site, has announced its 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Top 10 […]

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Swine Southern Table and Bar – Hog Wild in Coral Gables

Swine Southern Table and Bar – Hog Wild in Coral Gables

Swine Brisket

  Swine describes itself as ”A house of worship to the porcine pursuits”. I’d say they’ve got that right on the money. Walking into Swine as a foodie is like walking through the gates of a theme park as a kid – pure glee. I knew when I came down to Florida for a visit […]

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Brunching at Fort Lauderdale’s Hot and Soul

Brunching at Fort Lauderdale’s Hot and Soul

Beers

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of brunching at Hot and Soul in Fort Lauderdale. A couple of my Twitter followers had recommended the place and after checking out the brunch menu on Hot and Soul’s Instagram (the best place to find the most up-to-date menus), I knew I had to visit. Don’t let the […]

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2010 Bruno Colin Premier Cru Chassagne Montrachet La Boudriotte

2010 Bruno Colin Premier Cru Chassagne Montrachet La Boudriotte

2010 Bruno Colin

This medium-bodied Cote de Beaune Chardonnay offers a very pretty floral nose with Asian pear notes. In the glass, the 2010 Bruno Colin Premier Cru Chassagne Montrachet La Boudriotte shows big fruit with nutty, lightly oaky undertones and a nice level of acidity on the finish. Just a lovely white Burgundy. Pairings: Roast chicken, seafood, […]

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Chocolate Rolo Cookies

Chocolate Rolo Cookies

Chocolate Rolo Cookies

When I was growing up in Quebec, Caramilk chocolate bars were some of my favorite. Basically Cadbury chocolate with gooey caramel inside – yum! When we moved to the US in 1985, Rolos were as close as it got and I began enjoying them almost as much as my beloved Caramilks. When this year’s The […]

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Perfect Dozen at Federal Donuts Philadelphia

Perfect Dozen at Federal Donuts Philadelphia

Federal Donuts Fancies

Last weekend, I made my pilgrimage down to Philly for some of (over) indulgences: Flyers game, a Marc Vetri restaurant, Tony Luke’s and Federal Donuts. For those not fortunate enough to have visited Federal Donuts, get there ASAP, it’s simply decadent. There are two locations: City Center and South Philly. I frequent the South Philly […]

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