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“Escape Your Winter Woes with a Mezcal Dinner at Saloon”

The invitation from Liz Green of All Heart PR was just perfect – “Escape your winter woes with a Mezcal dinner at Saloon” – perfect for several reasons. First, I’d never been to Saloon and it was on my “go-to” list. Secondly, aside from a single wonderful cocktail at Brick and Mortar, I didn’t know much about Mezcal – but […]

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Save the Date – The Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference

Do you travel to eat? Does a road trip exploring the Vermont Cheese Trail or taking the Vermont Brewery Challenge sound exciting? Do you take wine-cations, visiting wineries near – Conneticut, Long Island – or far – California, Europe? Are you a devotee of  “Saveur” or “The Perennial Plate” ? Do you secretly – or […]

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Cheese Class – From Switzerland with Love

Imagine – a lush meadow high in the Swiss Alps where contented brown cows feast upon the verdant carpet of lush grasses, herbs and delicate alpine wildflowers; from afar comes the sound of yodeling. (On second thought, get rid of the yodeling.) It is a scene such as this that provides a snapshot of the genesis […]

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Brave New Wine World – The Walk-Around Tasting at the Castilla-La Mancha U.S. Tour

From the beginning of our involvement with the wine world, the constant  has been change. In some ways reminiscent of the 60’s, stuffed shirts and fustiness have given way to a fresh less hierarchical approach to the enjoyment of wine. The hegemony of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Barolo has been shaken; and has wine kingpin Robert Parker […]

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Castilla-La Mancha, Spain: Wine’s Sleeping Giant

Over the past decade, US wine enthusiasts have explored far-flung wine regions and little-know varietals. Pinot Noir from Tasmania? Check. Frumint from Hungaria? Done. Tannat from Uruguay? Of course.  But one region we have only begun to sip the wines of is Castilla-La Mancha, in central Spain.  Castilla-La Mancha produces 6% of the world’s wine. […]

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Two Chefs Tables and a Microphone

What makes an event awesome? Since both of us have worked in events – planning and execution – we do have some cred here. A list of must-have elements are friendly, engaging hosts, stellar food, well-chosen beverages, solicitous and knowledgeable staff and, last but not least, good tunes. “Two Chefs Tables and a Microphone”, held at […]

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The Burger Chronicles – Nancy’s Air Field Cafe

It’s been a stretch since my last entry in The Burger Chronicles. Frankly, my focus this summer was on lobster rolls rather than burgers though I did have two noteworthy creations. First, I nostalgically visited my roots by having “The Ranch Burger” at Silver Ranch in Jaffrey NH, now part of the Kimball’s ice cream […]

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Celebrating the Boston Wine Expo

Mark your calendars – Feb. 16 – 17, 2013. The reason? These are the dates that the Boston Wine Expo will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel. For the serious wine lover, this is an event not to be missed. And for the casual sipper, the event opens up the […]

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On the Everett Beer Trail – Night Shift & Idle Hands

The Everett Beer Trail? Really? Really. Though the trail may be short – consisting of just two breweries located side by each – the visit is rewarding. After being wowed at the Hyper-Local Brewers Festival in June, visiting Night Shift Brewing and Idle Hands Craft Ales had been on my to-do list. But it was summer […]

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Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen – When is a Wine Bar a Wine Bar?

There is this notion that the creative culinary locus of Greater Boston has shifted from the city proper across the river to the Republic and environs – Camberville, if you will. Of course, there is much buzz in Boston with new restaurant openings; yet, as evidenced by the popularity of the Seaport district – overblown Italian […]

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