Thrifty Thursday

Oxnard on the Rise

Oxnard on the Rise

Oxnard, a seaside town about 70 miles from Los Angeles and on the way to Ventura and Santa Barbara, has historically struggled a bit as a poor relation. While Ventura and Santa Barbara remain very fashionable, this gap is closing and a recent, albeit brief, early New Year visit confirmed this. The foodie scene is […]

| February 6, 2014
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Glaze Teriyaki Grill

Glaze Teriyaki Grill

The busy offices in Midtown are rejoicing as Glaze Teriyaki Grill opens a fourth location at 60 West 56th St. (at 6th Ave.) Paul Krug, along with Head Chef Dennis Lake (former Executive Chef at Rosa Mexicano) are at it again, bringing Seattle’s treasured street food to another location in Manhattan. What sets Glaze Teriyaki […]

| September 12, 2013
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House of Marnier Lapostolle

House of Marnier Lapostolle

I recently had the pleasure of spending the morning with Patrick Raguenaud.  As Master Distiller for the prestigious house of Grand Marnier, he is responsible for the quality and consistent superiority of taste and style for all of the marquee spirits produced by this iconic French company. Founded in France in 1827 and owned and […]

| June 6, 2013
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Malbec Glass Introduced By Riedel Glassware

Malbec Glass Introduced By Riedel Glassware

Who knew that when a new wine glass is introduced, it can take up to a year from inception to market? Such is the case with the new Malbec glass from Riedel Glassware. Since there are glasses for many varietals of wine including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, Malbec’s time has finally come. Riedel […]

| May 9, 2013
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Pie Face

Pie Face

We recently had the opportunity to try some of the savory and sweet selections at the newest location of the Pie Face franchise near Penn Station. Straight from Down Under, this unique concept is sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. We entered the restaurant knowing very little about its offerings, aside […]

| April 11, 2013
Anne Amie 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Anne Amie 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

I recently realized that about half of the wine that I pour in my house is Pinot Noir. It is, admittedly, my favorite red wine to drink unpaired with food. But more importantly, I find Pinot Noir’s pricing to be somewhat more telling than other varietals and so I am often priced out of ordering […]

| March 28, 2013
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Guy Saget Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2010

Guy Saget Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2010

The area known as Vouvray, in the Loire Valley of France, is one of the oldest terroirs in the country and is known for its smooth and fruity wines produced from the Chenin Blanc grape. These wines, also known as Vouvray, have a universal appeal and notes of fig, apple, pear and honey, and pair […]

| February 21, 2013
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5 Wines for Valentines Day

5 Wines for Valentines Day

Wine and romance seem to go hand in hand, but with Valentines Day approaching, it is nice to add a special loving touch to an already amorous day. Here are five wines that have a little extra special touch of Valentine spirit for the big day and won’t break the bank since they  all can […]

| February 7, 2013
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Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti 2011

Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti 2011

Straight from one of the top Barbera specialists in Piedmont, Italy, this bold red has beautiful notes of cherry, berries and plum. It is quite smooth and well balanced with an ample finish. The Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti is an excellent everyday wine that is food-friendly, has great acidity and all of the aspects […]

| January 31, 2013
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Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet from Alexander Valley exhibits all of the characteristics of a truly wonderful Cabernet. Dominated by dark fruits and berries, this bold wine has a nice full body and displays a fine balance with suggestions of cedar and spice, followed by a satisfying lasting finish. I selected this as a […]

| January 24, 2013
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