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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Valentine’s Day at Chakra

Valentine’s Day at Chakra

Chakra dining room

One of New Jersey’s most romantic and delicious dining destinations, Chakra (144 W. State Rte 4, Paramus, NJ, 201-556-1530, www.chakrarestaurant.com, @ChakraNJ), with its waterfall, Cambodian friezes, candle lighting and plush booths enveloped in shimmery organza for privacy, is one of the most popular tables for Valentine’s Day. This year, Chakra will be serving a 4-course Valentine’s Day menu Feb. […]

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Meatless Monday – Easy Roasted Carrots

Meatless Monday – Easy Roasted Carrots

Cooked Carrots

I just love roasting vegetables in the winter months to serve as a side dish with various foods, or on their own as a complete meal. Just drizzle a little oil, sprinkle S&P and roast! In this case, large carrots are cut in half long ways and roasted until the natural sugars caramelize and create […]

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Sunday Brunch at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza

Sunday Brunch at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza

Basil White Pizza

Last Sunday, I took some out of town friends for lunch (became dinner also) at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza. If you read my blog regularly and are connected with me on Facebook and Twitter, you know I’m a huge fan of Millie’s and what Chef Peter Martinez is doing there (read previous post […]

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Recap – Escape Best of the Jersey Seashore Charity Dinner

Recap – Escape Best of the Jersey Seashore Charity Dinner

Oyster

Every month, Escape in Montclair hosts charity wine dinners to benefit cancer research in New Jersey. The January charity wine dinner was last week and featured amazing food Escape Chef Bryan Gregg and acclaimed Chef Anthony Bucco of The Ryland Inn. This month’s event benefited the Carol G Simon Cancer Center of Morristown and 50% […]

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Meatless Monday – Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Meatless Monday – Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts couldn’t be simpler – cut the sprouts in half, drizzle a little oil, sprinkle S&P and roast for 20 minutes. The natural sugars of the sprouts caramelize and created little crunchy bits that are delicious. Ingredients: 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved ¼ cup olive oil ½ tsp. each salt and […]

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