2012 Banrock Station Chardonnay

2012 Banrock Station Chardonnay

The wine is straw yellow is like summer in a glass. The bright aromas of peach and tropical fruit carry over to the creamy palate which has just a hint of oak and a nice, bright, finish. This is a food-friendly wine that is also nice as a summer sipper on a warm afternoon on […]

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Chakra 10th Anniversary Throwback the Clock Specials

  Chakra Executive Chef/ Partner Thomas Ciszak will for three days only April 29 – May 1, put his spin on these old Chakra favorites. Each dish will be $20.04 and include selections like Coconut Shrimp with mango chili sauce, Skate Wings with fennel, capers and lemon vinaigrette, and Short Ribs of Beef with glazed […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Top Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Top Pie

Ever since my grandma cut stalks of rhubarb from her garden, peeled them, sprinkled some sugar on them and fed them to my sister and me as kids, I’ve had this love for the spring vegetable. This pie truly covers all bases, slight tartness from the rhubarb, sweetness from the strawberries, flaky crust and great […]

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Easter with Frank Family Vineyards

Easter with Frank Family Vineyards

It’s rare that I don’t host Easter but this year, we joined some friends for brunch at a local BYOB restaurant. I’d seen the menu ahead of time so knew scallop Benedict, steak and eggs and fried chicken would be entrees we’d order, so opted to bring two wine samples I thought would fit the […]

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

It’s Easter morning and while I know I’ll have a lovely brunch with friends, it’s difficult being away from my family in Quebec. Easter was never a hugely-celebrated holiday in my family, we still went to Grandma’s for ham cooked in beer and my beloved Laura Secord chocolate egg (read about this special treat here). […]

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Oskar Blues Brewery – Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Oskar Blues Brewery – Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Little more malty than crisp, which I typically look for in a pilsner. Easy-drinking, quenching and perfect for summer. 100% pale malt. Brewed by:  Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO Style: Czech Pilsner Alcohol by Volume: 5.3% Color in the Glass: Medium-light blond with white clingy head International Bitterness Units: 35 Format(s): Can, on-tap Ideal Glass: […]

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Barrel Aged Beer Dinner – Morris Tap & Grill

Barrel Aged Beer Dinner – Morris Tap & Grill

Last week I attended the Morris Tap & Grill barrel aged beer dinner featuring six dishes paired with six pretty incredible beers. Morris Tap & Grill General Manager, Michael DeSimone, chose the beers and Chef Eric LeVine paired the food. Here are the dishes and their paired beers: First Course – Garlic Shrimp and Clams […]

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Founders Brewing Company – Dirty Bastard

Founders Brewing Company – Dirty Bastard

This big baby isn’t for the faint of heart or the light beer drinker. Darkest brown/ruby in the glass with a thick, creamy head. Layers upon layers of maltiness. Smoky, caramel and chocolate laced, a little sweet with a slightly bitter end that I enjoyed. Brewed by:  Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI Style: Scotch […]

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Caprese Salad for #MeatlessMonday

Caprese Salad for #MeatlessMonday

I know it’s not technically a “recipe” but wanted to share my fresh and delicious caprese salad made with yellow cherry and kumato tomatoes. Just think the yellow and greenish/purple looks beautiful and I had super fresh Mozzarella so paired perfectly with a drizzle of Greek olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar.  Just a simple, […]

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Cocktailing at the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Cocktailing at the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Last weekend’s New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs was THE event to attend for all things…well, wine and food-related. While I enjoyed partaking in the various food and wine activities, one session I truly appreciated was the Local Craft Cocktails session conducted by Mixologist Extraordinaire Christopher James of The Ryland Inn. The […]

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