2010 Clone 5 Pinot Noir

2010 Clone 5 Pinot Noir

Nice bright cherry red in the glass with equally nice and bright cherry aromas jumping out of the glass. Cherry continues on the palate but with raspberry and even strawberry present. The body is medium in heaviness with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Finish offers a little pepper. Nice example of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir […]

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New Executive Chef John Greeley at Crystal Springs Resort‏

New Executive Chef John Greeley at Crystal Springs Resort‏

  Crystal Springs Resort welcomes John Greeley as its new Executive Chef. Greeley joins Crystal Springs from the famed ‘21’ in New York City, where he ran all the restaurant’s dining operations. In his new position, Greeley oversees all the resort’s restaurants, including Crystal Tavern, Springs Bistro and the seasonal outdoor Chef’s Garden restaurant (which […]

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Bracco Farms CSA Program – Say Yes to Organic and No to GMO

Bracco Farms CSA Program – Say Yes to Organic and No to GMO

At a farm-to-table dinner at Escape Montclair late in 2013, I was fortunate to meet and spend time with Anthony Bracco, Owner of Bracco Farms in Pine Island, NY. While Anthony helped explain the variety of produce used in the 5-course dinner, I learned that his produce is organic, is never grown from GMO seeds […]

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Abita Amber

Abita Amber

As the name suggests, this lager is amber in the glass and it has an off-white, creamy head. The carbonation level is moderate and the lager is malty with some caramel notes. Drinks like a light beer but has real flavor. Brewed by:  Abita Brewing Co., Louisiana Style: Vienna Lager Alcohol by Volume: 4.50% Color […]

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Montclair Food & Wine Festival – You’ll Like These Classes

Montclair Food & Wine Festival – You’ll Like These Classes

New to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival is a series of culinary-focused seminars. The four-seminar lineup will take place on Sunday June 1. “The selection of seminars we arrived at serves a dual purpose – demonstrating micro and macro gastronomy. We showcase the enormous talent and passion in our immediate community with people like […]

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NJ Beer & Food Festival at Crystal Springs – Father’s Day Weekend

NJ Beer & Food Festival at Crystal Springs – Father’s Day Weekend

June 13-14, the NJ Beer & Food Festival will take place at Crystal Springs’ Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, NJ. The weekend-long craft beer celebration happens Father’s Day weekend, a perfect occasion to show dad beer love. The two-day festival will include the “NJ Chefs & Brews” walk-around function on Friday 6/13 (8pm-11pm, $75) with […]

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New Orleans – Not All Work

New Orleans – Not All Work

I’m at a conference in New Orleans and while I’m here for work, it just couldn’t be all work and no play for me. This city is a foodie’s paradise with bold flavors, friendly folks and delightful cocktails. While I’ll do more in depth reviews of the wonderful restaurants I’m dining at this week, I […]

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2011 Benovia Russian River Chardonnay

2011 Benovia Russian River Chardonnay

Great example of Russian River Chardonnay with big floral, citrus and plum aromas backed by a big mouthful of ripe pear, peaches and apricot with some apple pie spices, light oak and a beautiful finish with great acidity and minerality. Sourced primarily from Martaella Estate and with some fruit from Martinelli. Pairings: Seafood, chicken, bagels […]

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Easy Shrimp Scampi

Easy Shrimp Scampi

The other night, the fridge was sort of bare but I had a pound of large shrimp so decided to use a few pantry ingredients to make a quick shrimp scampi. I like to use elephant garlic as it’s milder than standard garlic and won’t completely overpower this dish. I’d say if you’re calorie-conscious and […]

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River Horse Summer Blonde

River Horse Summer Blonde

Light, refreshing and perfect for summer sipping. Malty aroma with a little, not overpowering citrus. The tall white head quickly dissipates to a whitish film on the surface of the beer. Easy drinking, clean, low ABV (4.50%). Available April – August. Brewed by:  River Horse Brewing Co., Ewing, NJ Style: American Blonde Ale Alcohol by […]

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