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On the Chelsea Beer Trail – Mystic Brewery

Previously, I’d covered the Everett Beer Trail. Admittedly, that trail is short consisting of just two breweries – Night Shift and Idle Hands –  located next to each other in a funky warehouse space off  gritty Rt. 99. The Chelsea Beer Trail is even shorter – a single brewery, Mystic,  literally in the shadow of the […]

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A Touch of Bitterness – My Cynar Cocktails

The Italians do bitterness well. They create aperitivi and digestivi  utilizing unusual ingredients thought to have medicinal properties. These products strike a balance between the bitterness of the herbal and vegetal components and the sweeted base wine. Of these, Campari may be the most renowned. However, my favorite is Cynar, whose main ingredient is artichoke leaves(!). […]

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Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference Marches On!

Glenn and I would like to extend a huge “Congratulations!” to Seth Resler for successfully funding the Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference!  Seth’s Kickstarter funding campaign closed last week after reaching 106% of the initial goal.  Great work, Seth! We’re looking forward to the conference, which will take place Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September […]

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Del Frisco’s “World of Wine ” Dinner Series – Napa

For 2013, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is offering the “World of Wine” Dinner Series. Each dinner focuses on the wines of a notable wine region rather than on those of an individual producer. Del Frisco’s Boston kicked off the series on March 22nd with an evening featuring the wines of Napa Valley. I was fortunate […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva

I have been a fan of Brancaia Tre for several years. The very well-made and well-priced Super Tuscan has been a regular on my dinner table, and it was definitely time to try another of Brancaia’s offerings, the Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG. Chianti Classico has to be a minimum of 75% Sangiovese, with up to […]

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Wahlbloggers at Wahlburgers

    While still in his teens, Paul Wahlberg knew what he wanted to do in life: he wanted to be a chef. After a childhood diet of good but unexciting Dorchester food, he had an epiphany at a Vietnamese restaurant. A dish of crispy whole fish opened his mind and palate to the endless possibilities […]

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Cheeseplate – “Winnimere” from Jasper Hill Farm

  Occasionally I find a cheese that should be served alone – a singular cheese which merits undivided attention and appreciation. “Winnimere” from Jasper Hill Farm  is such a cheese. Made only in winter when the milk from the farm’s Ayrshire cows achieves its highest fat content, the cheese is washed in beer from the neighboring Hill Farmstead […]

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The 2nd Annual Small Batch Hyper-Local Craft Brew Tasting Event – Kappy’s Medford

Rich Kelter has been instrumental in transforming Kappy’s at Wellington Circle into one of Metro North’s premier retailers of craft brews, local or otherwise. Once again, the “package store” hosted a hyper-local tasting event on Sat., March 9th. Nine local brewers were represented, pouring a total of 34 brews. The place was – you guessed it – “hopping”; I […]

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In My Glass: 2008 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape

One of Glenn and my favorite winemakers at the Boston Wine Expo for the past two years has been Olivier Hillaire. Last year he represented the wines himself; it’s always a real treat to have the winemaker pour you a sample of his creation, especially when the wines are very good. This year we were […]

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In My Glass: 2011 90+ Cellars Sancerre Lot 69

Despite five or more feet of snow in my yard, I am optimistic that crocuses and green grass are just around the corner. In celebration of Daylight Saving Time and with hopes of beckoning the advent of spring, it was time for a springlike meal centered on asparagus and sauteed chicken. This meal could only […]

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