Coming Soon – The Butcher and The Chef Web Series

Coming Soon – The Butcher and The Chef Web Series

Photo Credit : Boozy Burbs

A series of 10 webisodes titled The Butcher and The Chef will be starting on Tuesday July 15th on www.boozyburbs.com. Each episode will air each Tuesday starting next week. The show will cover a wide range of food and dining topics as butcher Sal Petruso of Westwood Prime Meats and chef John Vitale of Caffe […]

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5th Annual Food & Wine Chickie LobsterFest

This past weekend, I hosted my annual Lobsterfest on one of the nicest evenings of the season. I must be living well as I got cloudless skies and 75 degree weather. This year, I started our meal with one of my favorite summer shareable dishes, simply-grilled bread with a spread of sheep’s milk ricotta drizzled […]

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Crumb Top Blueberry Pie

Crumb Top Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Every July I host a lobster party and since the crustaceans I serve are from Maine, I always find a way to make a dessert with blueberries as those just scream “MAINE” to me. This year, I knew I wanted to serve a blueberry pie but I also was drawn to a cobbler so I […]

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Happy Independence Day

To all my friends and fans, happy 4th of July!   I hope it’s a day filled with delicious food, drinks and friends/family.   Let’s celebrate Independence Day and be grateful to be Americans! Cheers, Veronique

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Down to the Bone Lives Again

Down to the Bone Lives Again

Pulled Pork

When Jeff Feldstein opted not to renew his Down to the Bone (DTTB) lease in Stanhope, I was crushed. I’d been a huge fan of what Jeff was doing (see previous post) on Lake Lackawanna and was devastated to see the only solid barbecue restaurant in our neck of the woods close down. Would I […]

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WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2014

WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2014

WITS Wines

I’ve explained the concept of virtual wine tasting in other posts and I enjoy participating in a few of them each year. Last night was the Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) and a virtual tasting hosted by my friends at WineTwits of six California wines. For those of you who are new to virtual wine tastings, […]

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Bridge Lane Wines by North Fork’s Lieb Cellars

Bridge Lane Wines by North Fork’s Lieb Cellars

2012 Bridge Lane Red Blend

Bridge Lane is Lieb Cellars’ second-label and through a rebranding for its 10th vintage, the white and red blends are available in bottles, in 3 liter bag-in-box (equivalent of 4 bottles) and also in disposable kegs. The popular North Fork, NY winery says there were three reasons why Bridge Lane opted for the unusual formats: […]

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A Chef, a Blogger and a Photographer Walk Into Atera…

A Chef, a Blogger and a Photographer Walk Into Atera…

Dining Room

A few weeks back, I dined (experienced) Atera with fellow foodies – a classically-trained chef and a food photographer. I say ‘experience’ as it was just that, from booking a reservation a month in advance to being warmly-greeted in the small foyer, to being led to the dining room, to being seated at the chef’s […]

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31 Days of German Riesling

31 Days of German Riesling

Me in Germany's Mosel in 2005

  Starting July 1st, Wines of Germany is giving New Yorkers the opportunity to embrace their Riesling love with the 31 Days of German Riesling, a celebration of Germany’s most famous wine varietal.   Participating wine stores nationwide will dedicate July to all things German Riesling, with in-store tastings and specials. In New York, two local […]

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Jersey Girls Food Tours – Foodie Fun in the Garden State

Jersey Girls Food Tours – Foodie Fun in the Garden State

Photo Credit - Danny Chin Photography

Formerly known as Garden State Food Tours, the name “Jersey Girls Food Tours” highlights the two NJ female entrepreneurs who founded the company. But don’t let the name fool you, the tours are created for both ladies AND gents looking for a fun, delicious way to explore their local food communities. Jersey Girls Food Tours […]

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