Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

    I don't have a valid excuse. I should have done it years ago but, for no specific reason, it didn't happen until recently. Friends advised me to do it, and I read very positive comments in the press, but it just didn't motivate me sufficiently. However, after doing it once, I know that I must do it again, and then again. And I am here to urge others to do the same.

    By The Passionate Foodie

    Puritan & Co.: Alsatian Wine Advice

    The wines of Alsace, mainly white and produced from grapes such as Gewurtztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sylvaner and more. As I've said repeatedly before, Alsatian wines are generally not on the radar of the average consumer but they should be. They can often provide excellent value and taste. They are enjoyable while young but can also age well.

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    Beijing Noodle No.9: Hand Pulled Noodles

    While recently in Vegas, my friends and I ate lunch at Beijing Noodle No.9, in Caesar's Palace, a place I positively reviewed five years ago. My experience this time was equally as positive, and I got to try several more dishes than I had previously.

    4 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    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) Travessia, an "urban" winery in New Bedford, has recently announced a partnership with fine wine wholesaler M.S. Walker Inc.

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    Abriya Raku: Hidden No More

    Five years ago, while in Las Vegas, I had an excellent dinner at Abriya Raku, a Japanese restaurant which then seemed to be a hidden treasure. Located in a small, Asian shopping center off the Strip, it was highly unlikely you would just stumble upon Raku. The area was filled with dozens of Asian restaurants, from Korean to Chinese, Thai to Japanese.

    2 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Consumers & Seafood Certification

    Seafood sustainability is a complex issue, especially for consumers. They feel overwhelmed by the myriad of issues and often are unwilling to take the time and effort to ask the necessary questions of a seafood purveyor or restaurant to determine whether a specific seafood is sustainable or not.

    9 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Rant: Wine Is Losing Ground

    Wine isn't as popular as it used to be, and beer is becoming a more favored choice. For several years, some have claimed that Millennials were the future of wine, that they would consume more wine than any previous generation. I voiced my doubts, worried that all of the new craft beers and spirits might capture the attention of Millennials.

    7 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Sage in Vegas: A Worthy Splurge

    From France to Lebanon to South Africa, a fascinating vinous journey to begin our Vegas vacation. Enhancing the experience, the wines accompanied compelling dishes, creating a superb culinary evening. Dinner at the Sage restaurant in the Aria Hotel. While deciding on which restaurants to patronize while in Vegas, my good friend Adam recommended Sage.

    5 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    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) Legal Oysteria, Legal Sea Foods’ newest concept in Charlestown, now offers weekend lunch service.

    14 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Vegas, J Sake Bar & Mioya Yuho Yama-oroshi

    While planning my trip to Las Vegas, I did some research on the best places to find Sake. As I hadn't been there in several years, I knew there had to be some new places to check out, and I found one. The J Sake Bar, located a short distance off the Strip at 4459 West Flamingo Road, has only been open since the end of April, and they do not even have a website, just a Facebook page.

    5 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Want Cheap, Tasty, Healthy & Sustainable Seafood? Choose Mussels

    Let's crush your objections to eating more seafood.  Last week, I provided Ten Suggestions For Less Expensive Seafood, and now I want to get much more specific, to highlight a seafood which has it all. It is inexpensive, delicious, very healthy for you, and is an excellent sustainable choice. It is the Mussel.

    9 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Rant: Strength Through Weakness In Vegas

    Last week, I spent a few wonderful days on vacation in Vegas, enjoying a bounty of food, wine and Sake, as well as interacting and chatting with numerous interesting people. I traveled there with four members of my "tribe," good friends from my regular poker game including Adam Japko. As a tribe, we are close to each other, have regular contact and share a number of interests.

    9 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    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) Gordon Wilcox, CEO of Wilcox Hospitality Group; Dr. Jay Austen, Jr.

    9 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

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