• 2014: Top Ten Wines Over $15

      What were some of my favorite wines of the past year? Welcome to my second Top Ten Wine List. Yesterday, I posted my Top Ten Wines Under $15, which I hope you enjoyed and found useful. Now it is time for my Top Ten Wines Over $15, though these wines also cost less than $50. In actuality, I have listed twelve wines, pairing three similar ones together from the same importer.

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    • Blue Kudzu Sake: Artisan Brewering In Asheville

      “Kanpai y’all.” As the popularity of Sake grows in the U.S., interest in establishing Sake breweries within the U.S. also has risen. Initially, these breweries were primarily on the West Coast, in California and Oregon, but they have now spread all across the country, from Texas to Minnesota. There are ongoing plans for Sake breweries in Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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    • 2014: Favorite Restaurants & My Top 50

      What were some of my favorite restaurants of the past year? Let me continue the lists of my best recommendations and favorites of 2014. I have already posted my Top Ten Wine lists, my Favorite Wine Related Items & Favorite Spirits and Drink Related Items. Now, I want to concentrate on my Favorite Restaurants of the past year.

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  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) Bergamot Chefs Keith Pooler and Dan Bazzinotti along with Beverage Director Kai Gagnon will make Valentine’s Day even more romantic with their aphrodisiac inspi ...

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  • How To Cook Seafood, Vol.3

    Are there reasons why you don't cook more seafood at home? Do you have difficulty, or feel intimidated, preparing seafood at home? Do you know how to best cook fish and shellfish? As I have previously said, on repeated occasions, Americans don't eat enough seafood. You should eat seafood at least twice a week, garnering its significant health benefits.

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  • Rant: Snowmaggedon & Deflategate

    As a fan of the New England Patriots, I'm looking forward to their Super Bowl appearance next Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, I think it's going to be an excellent game, a true clash of football professionals. Unfortunately, the media has been over-saturated with the issue of Deflategate, partially due to the NFL's slow progress in their investigation.

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  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) This Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, “Top Chef” star Tiffani Faison is closing her restaurant for normal service to host her annual “Valentine’s Day Meat Market.

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  • Seafood Expo North America: Reasons To Go

    Thousands of creatures from the sea are going to descend on Boston in two months, A deluge of seafood which will make it one of the top events of the year. This epic event occurs each year and I'm planning to attend once again, and hope that you will do so too. From March 15-17, the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) will return to Boston, probably the largest seafood event in the country.

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  • Rant: Life's Most Persistent & Urgent Question

    Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" If we just touch one life through an act of kindness, we can make a difference. Who knows what someone else will accomplish because you helped them, or you inspired them to do the same? --Martin Luther King, Jr. So, what are you doing for others? I write about food & drink, which on the surfac ...

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  • Thursday Sips &Nibbles

    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) Take a tip or two from the 21 artisan cheesemakers of the 16-month-old MA Cheese Guild members below, and seek out a locally produced cheese to savor when Natio ...

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  • Sake News

    Kanpai! Here is another short list of some of the interesting Sake articles that have been published lately. It is great to see more and more coverage for Sake, though I recommend that anyone seeking to publish a Sake article check it at least a few times for accuracy. A few basic errors continue showing up in introductory Sake articles, and those errors would be easy to elim ...

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  • Sushi Titans Battle! The Results

    The results can now be announced! Back in September, I had the honor to be one of five judges presiding over an epic Sushi battle, pitting local Chef Tim Cushman, of O Ya Restaurant, against Chef Hisayoshi Iwa, of Sushi Iwa in Japan. The event was held at the Clarke Studio in Milford and was filmed for ABC Asahi Broadcasting, a national Japanese TV network, for a prime time cooking competition.

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  • Rant: More Bread Pudding, Please

    I'm sick and tired of cupcakes and froyo. It's time for something else, another dessert to take the world by storm. My vote for a replacement goes to Bread Pudding. It is a perfect comfort food, and is versatile so that you can create many different flavored bread puddings. The origin of bread pudding extends back to the 11th century, as people tried to find ways to use their stale bread.

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  • Advice For Upcoming Grand Wine Tasting Events

    You're confronted with the opportunity to taste hundreds of different wines. There's no way you can taste all of them, or even a large percentage, so what should you do? In the New England area, it's now the season for two huge wine tasting events, the Mohegan Sun WineFest (MSW), which will be held January 23-25, and the Boston Wine Expo (BWE), which will be held February 14-15.

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  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) This January, do good and eat well by dining at numerous top restaurants during The Greater Boston Food Bank’s (GBFB) 33rd annual Super Hunger Brunch.

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  • Eating More Mussels

    Make a New Year's resolution that you'll want to keep, a resolution that will improve your health in a most delicious way. Eat More Mussels. Last summer, I posted Want Cheap, Tasty, Healthy & Sustainable Seafood? Choose Musssels, explaining numerous reasons why you should eat more mussels. The title of that post sums it up well, though I should add that mussels are also easy to cook.

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  • Rant: Food, Drink & Friendship

    "There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." --Thomas Aquinas This is supposed to be my first Rant of 2015, but I don't want to start the New Year with negativity. Instead, I want to concentrate on something positive, which may actually be stating the obvious but which should be said anyways.

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  • New Year's Eve Resolutions For My Readers

    Happy New Year's Eve, and I hope you enjoy your celebrations this evening, whether you go out to a party or have a relatively quiet night at home. Have some bubbly, whether it is Champagne, Franciacorta, Cremant d' Alsace, Cava, or some other type of Sparkling Wine. As the ball falls in Times Square at midnight, I hope you are with family and/or friends, looking forward to the start of 2015.

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