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Winter Weekend Wines

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It looks like the East Coast is headed for a winter storm tomorrow, so it's time to stock up on some vino for the long snowy weekend.  Here are three of my favorite Italian wines for such an occasion:


Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco- Concerto is the first world's first single vineyard lambrusco from the great Tenuta La Rampata grapevines in Reggio Emilia. This bubbly wine pours a vibrant ruby red color with lively notes of fresh strawberry, cherry and raspberry.  This is a dry wine, best served cold and perfect for pairing with cured meats like speck, mortadella or my favorite winter food delivery, a large pepperoni pie from Joe's PizzaAverage Price- $22.95


Le Masse Di Lamole- This wine holds a very special place in my heart.  When Mr. T and I went to Tuscany, we attended a small wine festival in Greve and fell in love with this beautiful Chianti.  I searched for it here in the states with no luck until a shipment magically arrived in NYC last fall.  Le Masse stands for the v…

Best NYC Tastes of 2018

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2018 is officially over and what a crazy, wild ride it was from start to finish.  The year kicked off with a bang as my Buffalo Bills finally made it into the playoffs for the first time since 1999.  I was so happy I cried tears of joy every single day leading up to the playoff game.  Of course they lost that Sunday, but I wouldn't give up that fabulous week of bliss for the world.  

Mr. T and I finally got out to St. Louis to check out Side Project Brewery.   This place was honestly one of the best breweries we've ever visited.  The list was loaded with some of their rarest bottles, the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and the space was so clean and comfortable I just wanted to spend the entire weekend relaxing in the tap room. Of course we also made a few fun beer trips to Vermont, along with a new beercation to Miami for Wakefest  and of course there was our amazing European vacation to Paris, Bordeaux and Brussels where we finally had a chance to visitIn De Verzekering t…

Hortus

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Hortus is one of the most recent openings in Nomad, helmed by Suhum Jang of Jung Sik and Chef Seungjoon Choi of Blanca.This Asian infusion spot boasts a long sleek bar downstairs overlooking a beautiful open kitchen and a 2nd floor dining room for more formal occasions.The menu is broken down into five different sections; Raw Bar, Cheese & Charcuterie, To Start, To Share and Sides.   

We began with the Shrimp Cocktail, four pieces of the freshest, most flavorful shrimp I've ever experienced served alongside house made sauce studded with jalapeno, cucumber and avocado.  



King Crab dressed with creme fraiche, Asian pear and red sorrel; a beautiful bite of cream and citrus.



Onto the Starter portion of the menu, Calamari Tempura with Korean Shiso and spicy mayo.  I loved how they prepared both the rings and tentacles in two unique styles...



...but unfortunately the Yuzu Tare Angel Wings were a disappointment.  The bright yuzu flavor was no where to be found and the pork inside the win…

The Lovely Lilia

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Missy Robbins brand new Willamsburg spot Misi is currently the hot topic of conversation on the NYC food scene.  But while critics continue to argue the merits of this newest venture, we've decided to head back to the original Williamsburg debut, the bright and beautiful Lilia for the Sheeps Milk Agnolotto.



A meal at this casual Italian gem begins with a few small snacks at the bar, a bowl of chili powder potato chips and peanuts dusted with fresh rosemary.


The foccaccia of the day; a warm savory round with grilled onions and Parmesan cheese served alongside a dollop of whipped ramp butter.  If I could put this butter on everything I own I probably would.


Then onto the famous Sheeps Milk Agnolotto of course; soft pillows of yellow pasta bursting with sweet ricotta cheese in a honey and saffron sauce with dried tomato.  It's like a happy little oasis right inside a bowl. 

Lilia will be  its 3rd anniversary in January and it's not slowing down a bit.  Make a reservation early or…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wow, it seems like September was just yesterday and now Thanksgiving and the holiday season are already upon us!  I started my own personal celebration last week, cozying up to the bar of Otto for their seasonal Pumpkin Coppetta.

Two squares of spice cake topped with creamy pumpkin gelato, candied pecans, whipped cream and a decadent maple bourbon caramel sauce that I would like to pour on just about everything.  This is the perfect dessert for any pumpkin lover in your life. Hope everyone has a wonderful day relaxing with good food and family.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Otto Pizzeria One 5th Avenue New York, NY 10003

Paris Finale- Bubbly, Snails & Croques

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Our last morning in Paris I woke up early and headed out for some important final vacation food~  crispy almond studded croissants, champagne and orange juice.


We had such a lovely little patio I thought there could be nothing better than relaxing with some delicious pastries and a little bit of bubbly.


And it was lovely, until a swarm of bees came and drove us out of our patio space for good.  


However that gave us a few hours to hit up some last minute Paris food stops. First up~ escargot at L'Escargot Montorgueil.


This restaurant was absolutely gorgeous and the escargot were plump and juicy with a fantastic creamy garlic parsley butter sauce.


We added on one more incredible cheese plate....


And then made a final stop Cafe Tournon for a delicious Croque Monsieur.   


Then we hopped on a plane and eight hours of The Greatest Showman later (my personal choice) we were back in NYC, exhausted but filled with memories from a great trip. 

L'Escargot Montorgueil
38 Rue Montoegueil
75001 Paris…

Paris- Hemingway Bar & A Tale of Two Duck Confits

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After our amazing lunch at La Condesa we toured around that area and then up to Montmarte, a large hill in the 18th Arrondisment known for the beautiful Basilica of Sacre-Couer and some of the most charming streets in all of Paris.


The weather was absolutely perfect so we spent the day walking around and enjoying the sunshine until it was time to meet up with friends at Bar Hemingway in the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

This famous bar where Cole Porter, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway spent much of their free time was almost exactly as I imagined it;  small but elegant with leather cushioned seats, tiered silver platters on each table and a list of classic Hemingway cocktails including the Picasso Martini, Serendipity and French 75.


Of course being such a small, special place the prices fit the atmosphere with cocktails starting at 30€.   I was a little shocked at first but once I received a lovely peach rose in my drink everything seemed quite justified :)


After Hemingway Bar we parted ways wi…