Barbuto for the Best Chicken, Ever

Barbuto for the Best Chicken, Ever

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Orange & Olive Chef’s Table Announces the Launch of its First Cooking Class

Orange & Olive Chef’s Table Announces the Launch of its First Cooking Class

Orange and Olive owners, Chef Sam Fertik and Aaron Nemani, are pleased to announce the launch of Cook & Dine (Just add Wine), their first hands-on cooking classes in their state-of-the-art kitchen.  Participants will learn to cook like a pro, gaining new recipes and techniques. In this first lesson, guests will create a beautiful four-course winter-themed dinner with Chef […]

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2010 Miguel Torres Salmos

2010 Miguel Torres Salmos

Deep inky red in the glass, the 2010 Salmos Torres isn’t for the faint of palate. There are big chocolaty, dark fruit and pumpkin pie spice aromas that had me clamoring for the first sip. The wine is rich, smooth with light tannins. The dark fruit with light vanilla is present and endures through the […]

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Food Photo of the Week

Food Photo of the Week

Week January 13, 2014: EM Burger with Foie Gras at Escape Montclair. Decadent. Cheers, Veronique

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