A Farewell Note To Pastis

There was something comforting about the red-awning hanging outside this Meatpacking institution.  Busiest late nights, it was a welcome respite from the masses lined up to get into whatever the latest club was on a Saturday night. The crowd at Pastis tended to be more local.  Those who didn’t need a scene.  Just a place…

Not My Day Job

Trying to keep up with all the food and cocktail events happening around NYC can be overwhelming and exhausting … but it’s certainly not dull. A few Thursdays ago I attended a book signing party at The Flatiron Room for Fred Minnick’s Whiskey Women – an exciting new book I mentioned in a recent post.…

Wine and Food Overload

The obvious promotion of celebrity chefs, TV shows and food conglomerates has reached international proportions with festivals from Aspen to Barbados.  Tickets cost upwards of hundreds of dollars, and that doesn’t include plane fare or hotel.  Supposedly a portion goes to charity, but that’s questionable.  Even smaller festivals, which focus on local ingredients and promote…

A Fall Weekend In Portland

Portland may be known for its quirky ways, a focus on local food, food trucks, craft breweries, city wineries and inventive cocktails, but there’s more to do than eat and drink in this eco-conscious, dog and bike-friendly city.  In a recent weekend visit to see a college friend, I didn’t even attempt to scratch the…

Exploring Belize

As you enter the airport, t-shirts adorned with sayings such as “You Better Belize It!” and “Don’t Stop Belizing!” hang from shop windows.  But a visit to this Central American country is anything but generic.  With beaches and sea life inhabiting the barrier reefs, rainforests and jungles hiding Mayan ruins, and pine forests with stunning…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork With Spicy Slaw

Just like last year, it’s unbearably hot and humid.  And since I’ve been busy with the job that pays the bills and celebrating my Dad’s 70th birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday Dad!- not that he will ever bother with the internet to see this), I thought I’d re-post one of my favorite recipes as a reminder…