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…

An Updated Take On Coq Au Vin

Maybe it’s the cooler weather.  Maybe it’s the fact that chicken legs are $0.79/lb.  Whatever the reason, coq au vin seemed like a good idea.  But spending a full day making it did not. Traditional coq au vin uses a rooster or aging chicken.  Today, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a rooster unless you live…

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…

Summer In Central Park

One of the best things about NYC in the summer is the free events in area parks.  Pack some wine, cheese and other snacks, grab a few friends or go on your own for a wonderful night, weather permitting. Here’s a few options for you to mark on your calendar: SummerStage:  The lineup continues to…

The Glories And Mishaps Of GoogaMooga: A Redux

You should be reading a glowing review of this year’s Great GoogaMooga, but the “rain or shine” event was canceled on Sunday because of … rain. Taking into account prior complaints, event planners ensured that cell service was better, lines were almost non-existent and ATMs abounded.  The trading cards – if you could locate a…

Celebrating Sustainable Seafood In NYC

On Tuesday the NY/NJ Baykeeper held its 2nd Annual Oyster Benefit at the Scandinavia House.  The stars of the event were the excellent Montauk Pearl oysters from Montauk Shellfish Company.  Gordon shucked furiously trying to keep up as the guests slurped down the briny goodness. Fortunately I don’t have to head out to the Hamptons…

The Romantic Region of Champagne

With today being Valentine’s Day, what could be a more perfect February travel post than a cyber visit to Champagne! An ideal weekend getaway in Western Europe (only 2 hours from Paris), the region is easy to see on your own or with a tour group. Most of the major houses (Maisons) can be found…