2013 Williams Selyem Vista Verde Vineyard Late Harvest Gewurztraminer

2013 Williams Selyem Vista Verde Vineyard Late Harvest Gewurztraminer

It’s the first time I’d bought this dessert wine in my Williams Selyem allocation and won’t miss that opportunity again! Classic ultra floral / tropical fruit Gewürztraminer aromas. In the mouth, this wine has lovely Asian pear, ripe sweet melon flavors with non-cloying sweet notes. Perfect level of acidity to balance out the sweetness, which […]

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2006 Santenay Bouchard Pere & Fils

2006 Santenay Bouchard Pere & Fils

Pale ruby in the glass but with an earthy, deep ripe cherry nose. The palate of this medium-bodied wine is of cherry/juicy berry flavors and some mineral notes. Smooth, silky texture and an earthy/mushroomy finish. This southern Cote de Beaune wine was uncorked at my father’s home in Quebec and could be difficult to find. […]

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Adieu to The Orange Squirrel Restaurant

Selfishly, I’m sad to write about The Orange Squirrel, a top-rated New Jersey food destination owned by Chef Francesco Palmieri and his wife, Elaine, closing at the end of this month. Knowing the Essex County food scene and what a toll it takes on restaurant staff to try to keep fickle diners happy, I understand […]

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2015 M De Mulonniere Chenin Blanc

2015 M De Mulonniere Chenin Blanc

Nutty, citrus nose on this Chenin Blanc. The palate of this medium-bodied wine offers peach/pear flavors with honey and citrus notes. Just a bit of sweetness on the finish with nice acidity. Pairings: Seafood, grilled fish, spicy Asian food. Style: White Wine Grape Type(s): Chenin Blanc Region: Anjou (Loire Valley), France Price: $17

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Get Hitched at Taco Bell for 600 Bucks

Get Hitched at Taco Bell for 600 Bucks

Taco Bell-themed wedding in Vegas – that’s what some couples will be calling a marriage made in heaven (pun intended). Through a partnership with pop-up wedding planner, Flora Pop, Taco Bell will be offering a whole wedding package couples can order right off the menu at its chapel, Las Vegas Strip Cantina, opening this summer. […]

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The Absolute Best Texas Style Beef Chili

The Absolute Best Texas Style Beef Chili

I’ve been using my “Beef Chili for a Crowd” recipe for as long as I can remember. It’s flavorful, a bit spicy and feeds an army. I never saw a reason to use a different recipe until I judged a chili competition when this elderly gentleman made the absolutely best Texas-style chili I’ve ever had. […]

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Vital Dining in Montclair

Vital Dining in Montclair

Last week, I was invited to come try Chef Kwame Williams’ contemporary Jamaican/Caribbean dishes at Vital Dining in Montclair, NJ. Chef Williams and his sisters/business partners, Nataki and Kanika, provide warm, welcoming hospitality and a menu that’s friendly for carnivore, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diners.  About Chef Williams and Vital After graduating from the […]

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2013 Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint Vincent

Floral, citrus nose on this French Chardonnay. The palate of this medium-bodied wine is rich with peach, ripe apple and Meyer lemon flavors. Creamy texture with nice minerality. This is the entry-level Chardonnay by this prestigious wine house and at $16, it’s not only a nice example of French white Burgundy, it’s a very good […]

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Linguine with Clams and Confit Garlic Sauce

Linguine with Clams and Confit Garlic Sauce

I was watching an old episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate – SAUCED last weekend where Chef Michael Psilakis talked about the linguine and clam sauce at Don Peppe in Queens, NY (watch the mouth-watering episode here). That’s basically all I could think of this whole past week so I decided to try […]

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Baked Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Baked Pepperoni Pizza Dip

We were just going to order pizza while watching the “big game” since it was just the two of us, but then I decided to make the next best thing – pepperoni pizza dip!! The dip would be great with potato chips but I served it with toasted baguette slices. You’ll want a sturdy vessel […]

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