In New Jersey, Salt is Most Definitely Good for You

In New Jersey, Salt is Most Definitely Good for You

Hanger Steak

To describe Salt Gastropub as eclectic would be an understatement.  The place is decorated with a blend of 50s kitsch and lakefront cabin ware.  When I last visited, the bar area was buzzing with a happy-hour crowd and the dining room was filled with regulars. Craft beer is king at Salt and the selection is […]

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2009 Tamaya Reserva Carmenere

2009 Tamaya Reserva Carmenere

2009 Tamaya Carmenere

Had this Chilean wine at a wine dinner at Morris Tap & Grill and really enjoyed its boldness and food-friendliness. On the nose, the 2009 Tamaya Reserva Carmenere offers potent aromas of ripe raspberries with spicy and coffee notes.  On the palate, it’s a huge mouthful of rich, concentrated dark berries with a long spicy/peppery […]

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Tamaya and Lauca Wine Dinner at Morris Tap and Grill

Tamaya and Lauca Wine Dinner at Morris Tap and Grill

Pork Course

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a Chilean wine dinner at Morris Tap & Grill in Randolph, NJ.  Chef Eric LeVine designed a creative tasting menu that helped showcase the various wines.  Here is what we enjoyed: Avocado Shrimp Ceviche Sauvignon Blanc, Lauca, Maule Valley, 2011 Grilled Seafood Sausage with Garlic Tomato Rice […]

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2002 Chateau Preuillac Cru Bourgeois Medoc

2002 Chateau Preuillac Cru Bourgeois Medoc

2002 Chateau Preuillac Cru Bourgeois Medoc

Paired this French Bordeaux with rare roasted duck and it was a nice pairing.  In the glass, it’s brick red in color.  The nose is an appealing blend of plum, coffee and leather.  In the mouth, the stone fruit comes through along with vanilla and mocha notes.  Medium finish with softened tannins. Pairings:  Grilled or […]

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2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Fattoria Del Cerro

2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Fattoria Del Cerro

2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Fattoria Del Cerro

Bright purplish ruby in the glass, this affordable Italian wine has a ripe dark fruit nose laced with spiced notes.  In the mouth, it’s round with a nice balance of rich dark fruit and chocolate with good acidity. Had this 2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Fattoria Del Cerro paired with rare duck and it was […]

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2009 Castello Di Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino

2009 Castello Di Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino

2009 Rosso de Montalcino Camigliano

Paired this Tuscan wine with my cheese course at a recent dinner party and it matched up well.  Lighter and fruitier than its counterpart, Brunello di Montalcino, this wine didn’t overwhelm the mild soft cheeses and stood up to the stinkier, riper ones. In the glass, the 2009 Castello Di Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino is […]

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The Food and Wine Chickie 2nd Annual Lobsterfest

The Food and Wine Chickie 2nd Annual Lobsterfest

Lobster

Last night, I hosted a dinner party for close friends where lobster was king.  This was the 2nd annual “lobsterfest” I’ve held and think it’s a really fun concept that can be executed rather simply. Friends always offer to bring “something” to my parties, and last night, I decided to take them up on it.  […]

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Lobster Boiling 101

Lobster Boiling 101

Lobsters

The trick to making a perfectly-boiled lobster is to carefully time how long it is in the water.  This is the technique my dad’s passed on to me for solid results: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Plunge the lobsters, head first, into the boiling water. Bring the water back to […]

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Lemon Butter Sauce

This lemon butter sauce is ideal served over pan-roasted chicken, with grilled shrimp of simply boiled lobsters. Ingredients: ½ pound (2 sticks) salted butter Juice of 3 lemons ¼ cup heavy cream Directions: Bring the butter to a simmer in a medium heavy pan over medium-low heat.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until the milky solids […]

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2009 Sigalas Winery Assyrtiko

2009 Sigalas Winery Assyrtiko

2009 Sigalas Winery Assyrtiko

I enjoyed this delicious Greek wine at Kellari Taverna in Manhattan with perfectly grilled octopus. In the glass, this wine is a lovely golden color.  On the nose, this Assyrtiko offer clean, citrusy aromas.  In the mouth, it’s crisp with tropical fruit and Meyer lemon flavors.  Well balanced wine that’s perfect for summer grilling but […]

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