Cranberry Bliss Bars, My Holiday Guilty Pleasure

Cranberry Bliss Bars, My Holiday Guilty Pleasure

Around this time of year I look forward to my holiday reunion with a delicious concoction known as Cranberry Bliss Bars, when it resurfaces for the holiday season at Starbucks.  This bite of deliciousness is a blondie snuggled under a layer of sweet cream cheese icing and tart dried cranberries. It is finished with a […]

| December 14, 2014
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A Cookie Fit For The President

A Cookie Fit For The President

Cookies are loved and appreciated by all and with the holidays upon us, you are sure to need some recipe ideas. Here is a fabulous cookie recipe that according to former Spago pastry queen, Sherry Yard, happens to be Former President Bill Clinton’s favorite. This recipe comes from Sherry’s pastry book Desserts by the Yard: […]

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Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving in New York City 2014

Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving in New York City 2014

If you are planning to dine out this Thanksgiving, here are five restaurants that offer something unique and special to give New Yorkers for Thanksgiving 2014:   Stella 34 Trattoria: Looking to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?  The panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows offer one of the best views around. The prix fixe menu includes appetizers […]

| November 26, 2014
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Champagne, The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings

Champagne, The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings

Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France and it needs a second fermentation in the bottle to create carbonation. Although the word “ champagne” is often used generically to describe sparkling wines, Champagne is indeed unique and should be used exclusively for the delicious sparkling wine grown […]

| November 15, 2014
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Sicilian Caponata, a Fall Favorite

Sicilian Caponata, a Fall Favorite

With farmer’s markets and summer gardens overflowing with eggplant and zucchini, fall is a perfect time to make a Sicilian favorite: Caponata. Caponata is an eggplant stew that is chock full of assorted vegetables and condiments. Nutritionists tell us that we should eat seven different colors of foods every day to get the maximum nutritional […]

| October 1, 2014
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Classic Provence arrives in NYC at Le Midi

Classic Provence arrives in NYC at Le Midi

In the south of France, food is a religion and the Midi region is one of the country’s best culinary centers. In every village and town around the region, country restaurants and lively bistros serve delicious traditional French food. Now you can enjoy the charm and culinary classics of the Midi right in New York […]

| August 29, 2014
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Vinus and Marc, a Hidden Treasure on the Upper East Side

Vinus and Marc, a Hidden Treasure on the Upper East Side

It is always special to find a “foodie” hideaway in an unexpected place, so I was delighted to be treated to an extraordinary food and wine tasting at Vinus and Marc on NYC’s Upper East Side. A narrow door located between neighborhood retailers invites you into a seductive speakeasy atmosphere that draws you in with […]

| August 19, 2014
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Astoria’s New Republic

Astoria’s New Republic

Open for just one month, Astoria’s Republic restaurant/nightclub is already burning up the local dining and nightlife scene. Conveniently situated right next to the N/Q train stop, this is a great, multi-faceted establishment for both authentic and fresh Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and a sizzling nighttime hangout. The décor features an eclectic blend of beautiful reclaimed barn-siding, […]

| August 6, 2014
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HOT DOG…ITS FINALLY SUMMER!

HOT DOG…ITS FINALLY SUMMER!

Since July is officially “Hotdog” month, here are some interesting facts about national hotdog consumption: Americans eat 7 billion franks from Memorial Day until Labor Day.  Midwesterners prefer the pork and beef variety, while Westerners take the lead in chicken and turkey hotdog consumption along with Southerners. Easterners prefer and eat the most all beef […]

| July 12, 2014
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Hendrick’s Dominates

Hendrick’s Dominates

  Infused with both rose and cucumber, Hendrick’s Gin has virtually taken over the mainstream gin market. This is a significantly high-quality product that is made in extremely small batches. “Small batch” typically means 1,000 liters or fewer. Hendrick's distills their batches 450 liters at a time, which gives their master distiller even greater control […]

| July 7, 2014
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