Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

Louis Roederer Brut Premier

I got this bottle to pop open at my mom’s 65th birthday celebration.  What could be more festive than Champagne on a milestone birthday? On the nose, this French Champagne offers apple, vanilla, yeasty aromas.  In the mouth, this wine is creamy with a big mouthful of tiny bubbles.  The finish is buttery and a […]

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2008 Wyndham Estate BIN 555 Shiraz

2008 Wyndham Estate BIN 555 Shiraz

2008 Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz

I’d had this bottle for a while and when I planned a casual grilled steak dinner for Memorial Day weekend, I opted to open it for my guests. In the glass, the wine is bright ruby with some violet hues. Very pretty.  On the nose, there are aromas of stone fruit with a little coffee […]

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60 Second Mixed Berry Cobbler

60 Second Mixed Berry Cobbler

Mixed Berry Cobbler with Ice Cream

Like many of you, I’m a huge fan of Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/foodwinechickie/).  I love getting home remodeling ideas, learning about new wines, looking at gorgeous travel photos and of course, checking out new recipes. Last week, I found a recipe so ridiculous yet brilliant that, although I’m embarrassed to publish it, I couldn’t help but do […]

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VB3 – Chef Michael Colletti Brings Modern Italian Cuisine to Jersey City

VB3 – Chef Michael Colletti Brings Modern Italian Cuisine to Jersey City

Day Boat Scallops. Photo by Eat with Dan

VB3 is Chef Michael Colletti’s take on modern seasonal Italian cuisine.  The New Jersey native is taking the familiar food of his grandparents and father, who emigrated from Sicily, and giving it a modern twist.  The results will please both the local crowd and guests of the adjoining Westin and Doubletree hotels. Located in the Newport section of downtown […]

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Galvaude – Poutine’s Fancy Cousin

Galvaude – Poutine’s Fancy Cousin

Galvaude

When I visit my hometown in Quebec, I try to make it a point to visit my local casse-croûte – a cross between a diner and a fast food restaurant.  In our town, that place is call Buffet St-Martin. During my stay home a couple weeks ago, I opted to forego my usual standard, poutine, […]

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Smorgasburg – Brooklyn Foodie Paradise

Smorgasburg – Brooklyn Foodie Paradise

Shorty Tang & Sons

When my friends from Florida come to visit me in New Jersey, I always try to arrange a foodie girls’ day in Manhattan.  The idea is to cocktail at one place, appetizer at another, eat an entrée elsewhere and finish with dessert someplace new.  All done, if possible, in different neighborhoods. Saturday, I instead opted […]

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5 Easy Memorial Day Recipes

5 Easy Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Flag

I just love a reason to BBQ and have friends over, so Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I know this is a special holiday and being very patriotic, this weekend’s celebrations will have me reflecting on my country, my friends and my family. Here are 5 easy recipes ideal for any Memorial […]

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May is Riesling Month in the Finger Lakes

May is Riesling Month in the Finger Lakes

Photo Courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Country

Being a fan of Riesling, I’m excited about May being Riesling Month.  Being a huge fan of Finger Lakes Rieslings…read article. Cheers, Veronique

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Easy Bolognese Sauce with Marsala and Maple Syrup

Easy Bolognese Sauce with Marsala and Maple Syrup

Easy Bolognese Sauce

This easy-to-make sauce will develop flavors as it cooks then sits, so prepare it in the morning, let it simmer for 30 minutes or longer and then let it develop flavors as it cools.  Simply reheat it in time for dinner.  Nope, the maple syrup and the Marsala are not typical to Bolognese, but they […]

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2010 Domaine des Salices Viognier

2010 Domaine des Salices Viognier

2010 Domaine des Salices Viognier

Summer’s coming and when you’re craving a crisp, light white wine that’s more floral and complex than Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, there’s Viognier. The 2010 Domaine des Salices Viognier offers a classic Viognier nose – floral, lemony and fresh.  On the palate, it basically tastes like it smells but with lime and a little […]

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