Agricola – Farm to Table Comes to Princeton

Agricola – Farm to Table Comes to Princeton

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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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POD 51 – Tiny on Space, Grand on Value and Cleanliness

POD 51 – Tiny on Space, Grand on Value and Cleanliness

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Last week I attended a conference in Manhattan that had me looking for an affordable hotel room in the 50s. Most value-priced hotels in Midtown have spotty reputations for cleanliness, so when I came across POD 51 with its minimalistic, clean rooms, I decided to give the place a try. After a tiresome day at […]

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Founder’s Fizz

It’s Springtime and it makes me want to start fixing cocktails to celebrate the nice weather. I just came across a delicious-sounding drink that I thought I’d share with you. It’s main ingredient is Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sandeman, it’s the world’s leading port and sherry company. Sandeman […]

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2011 Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco

2011 Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco

2011 Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco

I prepared a light vegetarian risotto and it was such a great match to this bright and fruity wine. In the glass, this Italian white wine is vibrant yellow. A quick sniff offers fragrant fruity and wet stone aromas. The fruitiness continues on the palate with rich flavors of peach followed by a slightly honey-laced […]

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Divine Squares

Divine Squares

Divine Squares

When I was a young kid growing up in Quebec, my mom and my friends’ moms tried to outdo each other by making scrumptious treats for our birthday parties. Not only were the birthday cakes over-the-top, but moms typically sent kids home with baked treats that they wanted to be sure other moms checked out […]

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2011 Castello di Amorosa Dolcino Gewurztraminer

2011 Castello di Amorosa Dolcino Gewurztraminer

2011 Castello di Amorosa Dolcino

I just love Gewurztraminer. It’s right up there with Riesling as one of my favorite white varietals. The 2011 Castello di Amorosa Dolcino Gewurztraminer offers attractive nutty, spiced aromas with light floral notes. As soon as I took in the first sip, I knew I was going to be a fan. Big unctuous mouthfeel, rich, […]

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Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes seem to be everywhere on Pinterest lately (are you following my boards on Pinterest?) and I loved the concept so I decided to use leftover cheeses from a recent cheese course to create my own version. The accordion-fanned potatoes get their name from the Stockholm, Sweden restaurant that first served them – Restaurant […]

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Malbec World Day

Malbec World Day

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Tomorrow, April 17th, is Malbec World Day. This special day offers a neat platform for Malbec lovers to compare wines of this varietal, share their feedback about them on Facebook and Twitter, see what other Malbec fans have to say and add new wines to their must-try list. For those of you who are new […]

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2011 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Weissburgunder

2011 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Weissburgunder

2011 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Weissburgunder

Medium yellow in the glass, this Alto Adige Pinot Blanc offers a big noseful of Asian pear. The bright, fresh fruity flavors are of apples, pears and Meyer lemons. Nice level of acidity on the finish. Perfect to serve summer party guests as they munch on light appetizers. Pairings: Fish or served as an aperitif […]

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