Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

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I find myself in Las Vegas constantly for business. For anyone who’s worked a tradeshow in Vegas, you know how tiring that can be. Although I often feel like simply hanging out at my hotel to relax after work, one thing I try never to pass up is a visit to the Bellagio Conservatory & […]

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2008 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

2008 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

2008 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

Mom brought this Canadian wine down with her when she came to visit. She served it with an Easter dinner of lamb and it was a nice pairing. This Bordeaux-style blend is an intense, deep purple/red in the glass and offers aromas of ripe berries, mocha and chocolate. I expected big, bold flavors to come […]

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Montclair Food & Wine Festival Promo Code

Montclair Food & Wine Festival Promo Code

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We are less than one month away from the first annual Montclair Food & Wine Festival! Enter promo code “onemonth” for 20% off  VIP Prelude or General Admission ticket class at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Enter the same code, “onemonth” for 20% off the ticket price at the Gala Dinner on […]

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Rise and Shine at Ted’s BULLETIN

Rise and Shine at Ted’s BULLETIN

Corned Beef Hash

The décor at this popular restaurant on Barracks Row on Capitol Hill is art déco meets kitsch. There are glorious light fixtures in the front bakery / bar / waiting room that were salvaged from the old Philadelphia Civic Center and antiques (or replicas) throughout the space that add a homey, comfortable feel to the […]

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The Williams Selyem Evening

Every month, eight of us wine-minded friends visit a New Jersey BYOB restaurant for a wine-filled evening. It’s gotten to a point where each couple tries to outdo the others with not only top-notch wines, but also somewhat difficult-to-find bottles. For last month’s dinner, I bought a bottle of 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central […]

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2011 Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel

2011 Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel

2011 Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel

Was fortunate enough to have a friend bring this bottle of the 2011 Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel to a dinner party where I was able to sample it. What a big, bold, beautiful Zin. The inky black color of the wine as it hit the glass was just gorgeous. The aromas of jammy dark […]

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2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast

2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast

2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir

As a huge Pinot Noir fan (and who isn’t?), I thought this 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast was pretty outstanding. It’s not easy to find, and after buying through a reputable online seller, I was eager to sip it. In the glass, it’s a beautiful, vibrant red color. The aromas are of dark […]

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Delicious Midtown Manhattan Lunch at Kellari Taverna

Delicious Midtown Manhattan Lunch at Kellari Taverna

Kellari Calamari

Last week, I was at a conference in midtown Manhattan and wrapped up early with the sessions, right around lunchtime. Since I was near one of my favorite restaurants, Kellari Taverna, I decided to stop in for some of the best mezzes, small plates of food, one can find on this side of Greece. The […]

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Agricola – Farm to Table Comes to Princeton

Agricola – Farm to Table Comes to Princeton

Coach Farm Goat Cheese - Potato Terrine

A few weekends ago, I made my way south to the beautiful town of Princeton, NJ to dine at the newly-opened Agricola. I “like” Agricola on Facebook and enjoyed experiencing the transformation of the space over many months into what is now a gorgeous space. By the time I arrived at the restaurant, I felt […]

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JERSEY BURGERS TO BENEFIT BOSTON MARATHON VICTIMS

The marathon bombing events in Boston are absolutely tragic and perhaps hit even closer to home to those of us in the New York metro area. I want to share a very worthy initiative set forth by Smashburger, my favorite chain burger, that benefits One Fund Boston. Details:  13 Smashburger locations to across New Jersey […]

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