Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé

Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé

Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé

Just love a sparkling rosé – it’s so…festive!  This one is pale pink in the glass with a light strawberry and yeasty nose.  In the mouth, the Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé offers juicy fruit flavors with a slightly spicy finish. Style: Rosé Sparkling Grape Type(s): Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Region: Napa Valley, California Around $25 […]

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Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé NV

This wine from Alsace is pale salmon-colored in the glass and offers sweet strawberry and ripe cherry aromas.  In the mouth, it’s typical (and lovely) Crémant – moussy and creamy.  Luscious, yet light, strawberries-and-cream flavors. Style: Rosé Sparkling Grape Type(s): Pinot Noir Region: Alsace, France Around $25    

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Locanda Verde – Bene for Brunch

Locanda Verde – Bene for Brunch

Scampi and Grits

I am an avid fan of Locanda Verde and its sublime food attentively prepared by Food and Wine Best New Chef award winner, Andrew Carmellini.  I have written about Locanda Verde in the past, but on a recent visit, I brunched and it is worth noting what a super job the staff does with this meal. For […]

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Buche de Noel with Browned Butter Salted Caramel Frosting

Buche de Noel with Browned Butter Salted Caramel Frosting

Buche de Noel

Growing up, my Grandma made jelly roll cake all the time.  A favorite was the vanilla cake with raspberry jam tucked inside and confectioner’s sugar lightly dusted over.  Every Christmas, our family shares a Bûche de Noël, in recent years, it has been purchased because nobody has wanted to tackle making it from scratch.  This […]

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Browned Butter and Salted Caramel Frosting

My friend Lisa is a huge caramel fan and I’ve designed this simple-to-make frosting with her in mind.  Great used as icing on a cake or as frosting on cupcakes. Ingredients: 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract 1 pound box confectioners’ sugar 1/4 tsp. […]

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Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – Upscale Comforting Food in Miami

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – Upscale Comforting Food in Miami

Pork Belly Over Kimchi Michael's Genuine

Michael’s Genuine, in Miami’s up-and-coming Design District, is a foodie’s paradise dressed down as a casual neighborhood bistro.  Chef Michael Schwartz excels at what should be three basic restaurant concepts: the space, the staff, the food and wine. The bistro, opened in 2007, can accommodate up to 100 diners both indoors in a comfortable dining […]

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12 Days of Christmas Coastal Food Tours Getaway Giveaway Contest

12 Days of Christmas Coastal Food Tours Getaway Giveaway Contest

Assateague Island National Seashore offers a bounty of outdoor recreational activities including, fishing, camping, hiking, bicycling and of course the beautiful beach.

The holiday season is in full swing and families across the country are planning their perfect holiday meals, tastiest treats or most delectable hors d’oeuvres. Starting December 5, the Virginia Beach CVB is looking for creative, original recipes with its “12 Days of Christmas” Coastal Food Tours Getaway Giveaway Contest, a virtual cooking competition that will earn the […]

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Dulce de Leche Mini Cheesecakes

Dulce de Leche Mini Cheesecakes

Dulce de Leche Mini Cheesecake

This weekend, I was asked to bring dessert to a potluck dinner.  The hostess is a caramel fanatic, so I knew that my Dulce de Leche Cheesecake would be well-received, but I wanted something more portable.  This recipe yields 24 two-bite cheesecakes, but can easily be halved if you only need a dozen. Ingredients: 24 […]

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Fig Jam and Cambozola Grilled Cheese

Fig Jam and Cambozola Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam

Cambozola blue cheese has the rich flavor of Gorgonzola with the lovely gooey texture of Camembert.  The off-white interior offers striking blue veins.  It’s a cheese that’s growing in popularity because of its creamy texture and buttery, slightly tangy flavors. This grilled cheese sandwich uses fig jam to compliment the delicious sharpness of the blue […]

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Pilsener Haus & Biergarten for New Year’s Eve

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten for New Year’s Eve

Pilsener Haus Hall

For my NY/NJ friends who don’t have New Year’s Eve plans yet, I saw this fun way to bring in 2012 that I thought I’d share. Celebrate 2012 at Hoboken’s first biergarten, an old world experience welcoming the New Year. Doors open at 8pm - $100 per guest includes: Open Bar from 9pm-1am – Premium imported and […]

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