Friday, August 28, 2015

Croteaux Vineyards

I'm skipping New Brew Friday this week in honer of my summertime favorite Rose.  Mr. T and I spent a weekend with friends out in Shelter Island this summer and we kicked things off with a trip to Croteaux Vineyards in the Southold; the only vineyard in the United States dedicated to producing exclusively Rose wines.

I find most winery's to be beautiful but this place was absolutely stunning.  The tasting room was located in a 1800's Carriage House that opened onto a small courtyard filled with bright orange umbrellas, lush green plants and a large Cedar tree in the center.  All of the wait staff wore these long flowing dresses that just evoked an intense feeling of relaxation.  Croteaux is also one of the few wineries that don't allow any buses or limos so no need to worry about those loud bachelorette parties either.

Croteaux offers tastings of six still roses or three sparkling.  We ended up doing both and they all fit their motto of "Rose on Purpose"; crisp, fruity wines that were delicious and fun to drink.  I ended up going home with a bottle of the 2014 Cuvee Merlot Sparkling Rose that was the perfect bottle to enjoy later that night.  I only hope I don't have to wait until next summer for a return trip. Cheers!

1450 South Harbor Road
Southold, NY 11971

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lunch at Rosemary's

Rustic Italian food with a rooftop farm and airy open space right in the heart of Greenwich Village...this is Rosemary's.  

  To begin Mozzarella & Burrata with fresh basil and sea salt.    

Followed by Tuna Crudo with sugo tonnato, shaved fennel, grapefruit and pomegranate seeds.

Finally a scoop of homemade Maple gelato studded with walnuts and cinnamon sugar.  All of this fresh, fabulous food straight from the garden for only $25 with their lunch prix fixe.  What a refreshing way to spend the afternoon.

18 Greenwich Avenue @10th Street
New York, NY 10011

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Marocchino Nutella at Eataly

Eataly officially erected a full time Nutella Bar months ago with all sorts of crepes, cones and croissants just waiting to be filled with that lovely hazelnut spread.  I'm a huge fan of Nutella but I hadn't indulged until this past weekend when I was craving both caffeine and chocolate.  It was the perfect opportunity to try out the Marocchino; an espresso with steamed milk layered with Nutella and a sprinkle of cocoa.

This was very similar to my old favorite Piedmonte from Caffe Lavazza except with a bottom layer of rich, silky Nutella that pretty much put this over the top creating a hot espresso hazelnut shake. I may have a new favorite.

Eataly Nutella Bar

Monday, August 24, 2015

Brunch at The Wayland

I absolutely love summer Saturdays in NYC. The streets are empty, the sun is shining bright and everything just feels so peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  It's the perfect time for a relaxing cocktail infused brunch at The Wayland.

Everything on the menu is amazing; creamy Avocado Toast, Cauliflower & Egg Sandiwch with jalapeno yogurt and Blueberry Corn Cakes are all sure bets. But for a classic "Big Breakfast" it gets no better than The Man Child; a massive platter of eggs, bacon, fingerling potatoes, brussels sprout hash and sausage bread.

It's everything that's amazing about breakfast on one big plate.  The only thing that makes this even better are the incredible cocktails like the Sugar Magnolia with marmalade and orange peel...

...or the refreshing Rose Sour with a twist of mint.

Summer in the city just doesn't get much better than this.

The Wayland
700 East 9th Street @Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

Friday, August 21, 2015

New Brew Friday- Lawson's Hopzilla

I just came back from a fabulous weekend in Vermont filled with everything one could want from the Northeast Kingdom; a rustic cabin in the woods with a cozy fireplace, days filled with fantastic food and nights filled with starry sky's...and of course lots of incredible beer from local breweries like Lawson's Finest Liquids.

The Hopzilla is a Double IPA brewed with Summit, Amarillo, Centennial and Cascadian hops. The aroma is quite soft with notes of melon, kiwi, grapefruit and pine but then the flavor comes in...BAM! There's absolutely nothing soft going on here. This is a big, boozy beer with tons of piney hop bitterness up front and a long creamy malt finish completely worthy of the monster name Hopzilla.  Even better was finding it on tap at my favorite bar Prohibition Pig- Cheers!

Lawson's Finest Liquids
Warren, VT 05674