Random musings on Life in the Big Apple

Sancerre… yes, Rouge

"A red Sancerre?" I said somewhat bewildered. Until that moment, Sancerre was Sauvignon Blanc, I hadn't a clue that Sancerre Rouge even existed! I learned about the Loire Valley red through a chilled bottle of Lucien Crochet: La Croix du Roy, an elegant light-bodied, bright but earthy, Pinot Noir at dinner at Montmartre. The sommelier had kept the wine at 50 F, making it much more drinkable with the French foods. Interestingly, I also drank Pinot Noir chilled while dining with master sommelier Fred Dexheimer early this summer. "Chill ... and the natural beauty comes out," Fred explained. We were at Artisinal, where Fred — spokesperson for Pays d'Oc IGP [...]

By |2017-09-02T16:06:21-04:00August 18th, 2013|Food & Drinks, Rambling|0 Comments

Floor Mats Comparison: to Bite or Not to Bite?

I waited until I got my book club friends settled in before I sat down on one chair and put my feet up on another. Every bone and muscle in my body hurt. “Are you okay?” “The tile floor did me in!”  I responded, having been standing for a couple hours prepping for the gathering. Before discussing the book, advice immediately turned to soft floor mats to cushion the hard floor and reduce achy joints. After that discussion, I decided to compare some of what’s available. I contacted a couple companies for samples to find out whether floor mats are worth the cost. Or as we ask at BiteoftheBest.com, to [...]

Flea & Food Market in Long Island City

Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in NYC:  LIC Flea & Food, which will operate every Saturday and Sunday this summer.  and that overlooks the Manhattan skyline. The food and festivities are conveniently located in a 24,000-square-foot lot at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue in the heart of LIC with a view of the Manhattan skyline. It's easy to get to as it's just blocks from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street.  Buses will run to and from the ferry to the parking lot. Community partners include TF [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00June 21st, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will take place at Madison Square Park and its surrounding streets on June 8 - 9 with food, music and grilling classes hosted by Kevin Kolman.  Cue experts including Kenny Callaghan, Joe Duncan and fifteen others will be participating. Admission is free to the event, cooking demos, culinary discussions and music performances unless noted otherwise. Food starts at  $9 per plate. For more information, click here.

By |2017-08-31T14:11:00-04:00May 31st, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Taste of Tribeca, NYC

The Taste of Tribeca is  an outdoor culinary festival that celebrates downtown local flavor. Now in its 19th year, this annual event will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 11:30am to 3pm, on Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Street) in Tribeca. All proceeds from the event will ensure the continuation of arts and enrichment programs at local public schools, PS 150 and PS 234. The festival will bring together Tribeca’s top chefs and restaurants, including Tribeca Grill, Landmarc, Kutsher’s Tribeca, Bubby’s, The Palm, Blaue Gans, Duane Park Patisserie and newcomers, such as Dirty Bird To Go and Aamanns-Copenhagen. In addition to restaurant tastings, there will be a special [...]

By |2017-09-03T08:11:40-04:00April 26th, 2013|Rambling|0 Comments

Flavors from Spain: Two Pop Ups at Openhouse Gallery

Openhouse Gallery is a food-loving event space specializing in pop ups. This month they are hosting two Spanish dining pop ups at its location off the Bowery. The first — happening from April 18-20 — celebrates the opening of Chef Jonah Miller’s restaurant Huertas. Miller will be serving a bevy of pintxos,  finger-food from northeast Spain. Pulpo gallego, jamón and peas, and white anchovy with green olive and pickled peppers are just three examples of the traditional Spanish snacks on the menu. Anthony Belliveau-Flores of Rowan Imports will be serving two Spanish ciders from the Asturias region along with the pintxos. Traditionally, these ciders are poured from a height with [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:11:00-04:00April 15th, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Arrival of 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau

At the stroke of midnight on November 15, corks popped across the country as Georges Duboeuf officially celebrated the release of his 2012 Beaujolais nouveau. In New York City, the wine was unveiled at a celebration Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom featuring a performance by techno-illusionist Marco Tempest. The annual arrival  is a feted occasion that happens every third Thursday of November, in accordance with French law and in observation of the tradition of this festive wine – the first of the harvest and of the vintage. Always a harbinger of the holiday season, the 2012 vintage is the 30th anniversary of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau in the United States. Both Peter [...]

By |2017-09-02T16:05:06-04:00November 19th, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm

I’m in love with Daniel Humm, chef/owner of Eleven Madison Park.  (Okay, so I do have a tendency for hyperbole!) I recently met and chatted with this tall, trim chef (he's a marathon runner), who lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and two young children. He is undoubtedly one of the most down to earth, unpretentious New York chefs I’ve ever met. My first meeting was earlier this week at a special "Best of the Alps" luncheon at Eleven Madison Park, and then last night at the Four Seasons Restaurant at the James Beard Foundation Silver Anniversary Gala, celebrating 25 years of outstanding chefs. For last night’s event, Daniel [...]

By |2017-09-03T08:12:29-04:00November 17th, 2012|Foodie Interviews, Rambling|0 Comments

I Love Umbria Events in NYC

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg officially declared November 2012 in New York City " I Love Umbria Month!"  During the month (and for the first week of December) New Yorkers can learn about the food of this part of Italy through cooking classes and at food and wine tasting events. Many of the events are free. Thursday, November 15, 2012 Chef’s Kitchen: Food and Wines of Umbria 6:30 – 8 PM La Scuola Grande at Eataly- 200 5th Avenue (Entrance on 23rd), New York, NY 10010 Price: $60 Menu: Crostini di Lenticchie, Strangozzi con Burro al Tartufo, Torta Umbra all’Olio d’Oliva & Gelato Wines: Perticaia, Arnaldo Caprai Friday, November 16, 2012 [...]

By |2017-09-01T16:53:39-04:00November 13th, 2012|Rambling|0 Comments

Lower East Side Pickle Day

DayLife presents Lower East Side Pickle Day will take place on Sunday, October 28 from 12 - 5pm on Orchard Street from East Houston to Delancey Streets in New York's Lower East Side. The picklers will be selling their brine-soaked delicacies. Orchard Street, which will be covered in AstroTurf,   will have  30+ food and fashion vendors selling their goods and goodies all  from modern-day pushcarts. The event will also include entertainment and activities, including  face painting, balloon animals, belly and ballroom dancing and instruction, a costume contest and a home pickling competition. - Guest submission

By |2017-08-31T14:11:01-04:00October 21st, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Seventeenth Harvest in Square, Union Square

Last Thursday night I attended the Harvest in the Park - an event raising money for the ongoing beautification and maintenance efforts in Union Square Park put on by Union Square Partnership. With the nearly 1200 people who attended, they raised $330,000, up $30,000 from last year. Those funds have been used  for enhanced seating, plantings, the free Wi-Fi and the addition of bistro tables, chairs and umbrellas. Silly me,  I tried all the main signature dishes from the district's most popular restaurants, which used fresh produce from Union Square's own Greenmarket. And I washed all that down with wines from a dozen plus wineries. Beer from microbreweries were also [...]

By |2017-09-02T16:10:53-04:00September 23rd, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Harvest in Square, Union Square

The 17th annual Harvest in the Square will transform Union Square Park, West Plaza into a dining haven on Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 9 pm. VIP entry is at 6; general admission 7:30pm Join friends and foodies for a festive celebration of community and cuisine at this local food & wine extravaganza. Harvest in the Square supports an excellent cause – the Union Square Partnership’s ongoing efforts to beautify and enhance Union Square Park. Tickets available by clicking here are $125, general admission; $400 VIP.  

By |2017-08-31T14:11:01-04:00August 25th, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

NYC’s Biggest Julia Child 100th Birthday Celebration, Sept 12

Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) and the New York chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) will co-host a 100th Birthday Celebration in honor of Julia Child at the French Consulate of New York (934 Fifth Avenue) on Wednesday, September 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The reception will feature a menu by Diane Gordon Catering inspired by Child’s best selling cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” with wines donated by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits and Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. General admission is $65 per person. Click here for reservations . LDNY is an organization of professional women in food, fine [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:33-04:00August 17th, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

New York City Wine & Food Festival 2012

Tickets for the fifth 2012  NYC Wine & Food Festival October 11 - 14, 2012, are now on sale. The event is sponsored by Food Network and presented by Food & Wine. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. To date, the Festival has raised over $5 million to help fight hunger. The kickoff party — a twist on the signature dessert party — is on October 12 at 82 Mercer in SoHo. Other festival highlights include Bobby Flay's Tacos & Tequila, Giada De Laurentiis's Meatball Madness; Rachael Ray's Blue Moon Burger Bash; "On The Chopping [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:35-04:00June 25th, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

An Evening of Science and Senses with Pierre-Jean Sauvion

Usually when I drink wine I contemplate the sensory experience over the science of winemaking.  I focus on the aromas and flavors of the wine and how it pairs with the food I am eating. I reflect on where I am, the company I am keeping and the mood I am in when I drinking my glass or two- my intimate wine occasion. But last month, a small group of writers gathered at Laura Maniec’s delightful Corkbuzz wine bar in Greenwich Village to blend the sensory with science in a hands-on tutorial called “Blending With Pleasure” led by winemaker, Pierre-Jean Sauvion, a fourth generation family member of the Loire Valley’s [...]

By |2017-10-28T08:03:57-04:00May 7th, 2012|Rambling|0 Comments

Antonelli San Marco Wine Dinner at Felidia

I recently attended a special wine dinner at Felidia's (New York) featuring the wines of Antonelli San Marco with 4-course menu created by executive chef Fortunato Nicotra to compliment the wines ($165 per person). During the evening, winemaker Filippo Antonelli discussed the history of his family's estate and described each of his wines that come from Umbria, "the green heart of Italy."  Antipasti Rabbit galantine with spring salad Trebbiano Spoletino 2010 Primi Risotto “amatriciana” Montefalco Rosso 2008 and Pappardelle with duck Montefalco Rosso 2008 Secondi Lamb roasted shoulder and chop with potato and fava beans Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone 2004 Sagrantino Passito 2006 Dolci Tortino with fresh berries and cold [...]

By |2017-09-01T16:53:30-04:00May 2nd, 2012|Rambling|0 Comments

Taste of the Upper West Side

This year’s line-up for the Taste of the Upper West Side features favorite chefs and culinary celebrities, benefitting the Columbus Avenue BID’s streetscape beautification projects, as well as supporting the Greenhouse Classroom and Citymeals-on-Wheels. The kick off on Wednesday, May 16th, is  Vegetables at Dovetail (6:30 Cocktails; 7pm Dinner $195 per person): An inspired five-course vegetarian tasting dinner by an all-star group of chefs, led by John Fraser, Dovetail; Missy Robbins, A Voce: Ed Brown, Ed’s Chowder House; Harold Dieterle, Perilla and Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar. All net proceeds from this event will benefit the Greenhouse Classroom that will educate students at the I.S. 44 School about science, while growing [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:11:02-04:00March 30th, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Num Pang Guest Chefs Give Back

Num Pang Sandwich Shop (located at 21 East 12th Street and 140 East 41st Street) is featuring a Num Pang Guest Chefs Give Back Program teaming founders Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz with chef colleagues, friends and mentors to create a signature, limited edition num pang to raise money for charitable causes. The proceeds — $6.00 per sandwich— will be donated to charity. The  "Batali Pang" — Mario Batali's creation of Brooklyn Banger's cotecchino sausage with balsamic pickled onions and Cacio de Roma cheese, with the traditional Num Pang ingredients of homemade chili mayo, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and served on a toasted semolina flour baguette — will be available through Thursday, March 15, [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:11:02-04:00February 25th, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Edible’s Good Spirits

Edible Manhattan will be hosting Good Spirits — a seasonal cocktail pairing event — on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at 82 Mercer Street. The event is $45.00 ($35.00 for first 100 ticket buyers) and includes all food and drinks. Vendors will include Comb Vodka, Compass Box Whiskey, The Beagle, Uncle Jerry's Pretzels and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. -guest contributor

By |2019-05-06T16:07:10-04:00February 10th, 2012|Rambling|0 Comments

New York’s Kosher Food and Wine Experience

The Kosher Food and Wine Experience takes place Monday, February 13th, 2012 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at Pier 60/Chelsea Piers. Wines from around the world and dishes from 20 restaurants and caterers will be featured. Among the 200+ wines that will be available to sample are Pacifica Brands from Oregon, a Herzog single vineyard wine from Napa's Mt. Veeder and an "Old Wine" Cabernet from the Cave in Israel. The event is open to the public and costs $100.00 per person. For more information or to reserve your spot, click here. The Twitter hash tag: #KFWE2012 -guest contributor

By |2017-08-31T14:11:03-04:00January 31st, 2012|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments