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serge the concierge
Montclair, New Jersey
20 Years in Food and Wine Sphere
Interests: music, travel, business, food, wine, cheese, ideas, movies, technology, books, japan, practically green, consumed to thrifty
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Fire departments can have poetic names as I discovered on my mini week-end in the Hudson Valley, New York. Here's a photo of Active Hose Company Number 1 in Rosendale, on a grey Saturday afternoon. Sunday turned out sunny as noon snapshot of Rondout Creek proves. I stayed at 1850 House Inn and Tavern in Rosendale... Still unseasonably cold for March 29... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Serge the Concierge
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Indulging for Paleos courtesy of Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes (Ten Speed Press, 2013) by Elana Amsterdam Upside-Down Apple Tartlets Serves 8 Sweetness: Medium Crust 2 cups blanched almond flour 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup coconut oil, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon vanilla crème stevia Filling 6 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 cup apple juice 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Fly RT in July from New York (Newark Liberty) to Frankfurt, Milan, Paris for $880 to 980. Prices I spotted this morning via Google Flights for travel July 7 to July 28, 2015. Dollar-Euro exchange rate today stands at $1.08 per Euro... Another good reason to visit Expo Milano 2015 opening May 1. (* Image from Expo Milano 2015 from their Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Sweeten dinner with a little noble Botrytis From Chile, Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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My food and photography loving cousin based in New Zealand surprised me a while back by sending me a copy of The Great New Zealand Cookbook (Thom & PQ Blackwell) . Browsing through it on Sunday i thought the Fa'alifu Taro and Corned Beef dish by Michael Meredith of Meredith's in Auckland pictured below would add a nice twist to St Patrick's Day table. Find out more about the book and how to order it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Do Not Dip in Your Beer On St Patrick's Day, Barmbrack Speckled Loaf Recipe from Rachel's Irish Family Food (Harper Collins) by Rachel Allen on St Patrick's Day. Originally shared on February 25, 2013 (* Recipe from Rachel's Irish Family Food by Rachel Allen- Harper Collins, February 2013- reproduced with permission) Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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From Denominacio d' Origen Conca de Barbera this Mas Foraster Montblanc 'Crianza 2010' by Josep Foraster is a new red Spanish favorite or should I say, Catalan. Try it and you will see why. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. Retails in $16 range Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Need an easy read that runs from crude to profound to funny? Grab a copy of The CHEF Says, quotes, quips and words of Wisdom (Princeton Architectural Press, Fall 2014) compiled and edited by Nach Waxman & Matt Sartwell. (* Excerpt reproduced with permission, all rights reserved) Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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We run all over the color spectrum from Raspberry Pink Zelda from Cocktails on Tap, The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, March 2015) by Jacob Grier to this second recipe where Absinthe and Duvel turn into a Green Devil... Green Devil Absinthe 1 oz. gin About 11 oz. (330 ml) Duvel or other Belgian-style golden ale Serves 1 Lightly rinse the inside of a Duvel chalice or other glass with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Salvador meets Francisco with Caprichos de Goya Dali at Instituto Cervantes in New York. This exhibit "revisits Goya through the work of Dalí on the former’s series of prints Los Caprichos. Dalí shows us a total work of art, consistent with Goya’s thinking, marked by a programmatic and enlightened character that reconciles the multiple sources of knowledge from Baroque tradition, the Classical world and the French Encyclopedists. The exhibition features 40 prints, 17 by Goya... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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After Lemon Chiffon Strawberry Cake, we go a simpler road with this second recipe from Let Them Eat Cake, Classic, Decadent Desserts with Vegan, Gluten-Free & Healthy Variations (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, March 2015) by Gesine Bullock-Prado... Over ripe bananas get Bundt treatment. BANANA BUNDT {Makes One 9-Inch (23-cm) Bundt Cake} We all know that overripe bananas left lingering on the counter mean banana bread (or fruit flies) can’t be far behind. But this isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Not afraid of getting your fingers sticky, here's one of my pate de choux based favorite recipes from London based Ms Marmite Lover second book Ms Marmite Lover Secret Tea Party (Square Peg-Random House UK, November 2014). Eclairs from the Dix Blue Secret Tea Room Makes 20 125 ml milk 125 ml water 100g unsalted butter ½ tsp sea salt 1 tsp caster sugar 150g plain flour, sifted 4 eggs, beaten 1 beaten egg mixed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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To celebrate Chinese New Year 2015, i direct you to Kung Po (Palatial Guardian) Chicken Recipe from Sichuan by Ching-He-Huang for Year of the Goat or is it Sheep. I originally shared this recipe from Ching's Everyday Easy Chinese (William Morrow) by Ching-He Huang, the host of Chinese Food Made Easy on Cooking Channel for 2012 Lunar New Year... (* Recipe from Ching's Everyday Easy Chinese (William Morrow, October 4, 2011) byChing-He Huang, Photography by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Before clock rings midnight on Shrove Tuesday 2015, here's a Buckwheat Crepes with Honeyed Ricotta recipe from Whole Grain Mornings (Ten Speed Press, December 2013) by Megan Gordon. Buckwheat Crepes with Honeyed Ricotta and Sautéed Plums My friend Keena lives less than a mile away and has a plum tree she can’t keep up with. In early fall, she makes jam with as many plums as she can and sends me home with a big... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Steep sloped vineyards from Valtellina (Lombardia) Deliver this Nebbiolo IGT (2013) by Aldo Rainoldi. Bang for your red wine buck 666 cases produced, in case you are into stats. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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As author puts it 'Beer cocktails and pink drinks, who says they're mutually exclusive?' Pink Zelda from Cocktails on Tap, The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, March 2015) by Jacob Grier proves they can work it done. Zelda Ingredients: 1 egg white 2 oz. (60 ml) gin, preferably Small’s 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice 3/4 oz. Kriek Syrup, see recipe below Raspberries, for garnish Directions: Combine the ingredients in a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Want to dazzle your Valentine? Here's a recipe that will make her/him melt, from Let Them Eat Cake, Classic, Decadent Desserts with Vegan, Gluten-Free & Healthy Variations (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, March 2015) by Gesine Bullock-Prado... LEMON CHIFFON STRAWBERRY CAKE {Makes one 12-inch-long (30.5-cm-long) rectangular cake} This cake is springtime in your mouth. The combination of strawberries and lemon is sweet and bright, and there’s just enough mint in the pastry cream to refresh without... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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17 Craft Brewers, 44 Sakes, One Evening What to expect: "With something for enthusiasts and beginners alike, The Color of Sake will host 17 of Japan’s best sake brewers, representing different regions, brewing techniques and taste experiences. Guests will have the chance to sip, savor and learn about as many as 44 of the most sought-after and highly decorated sakes available to the U.S. market. While many of these Sakes are available in New York,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Coeur Dentelle Lace Chocolate Heart, Coeur Dentelle for your Valentine by Jean-Luc Pele The French patissier-chocolatier thought of our Gluten Free friends with Entremet Passionnatta (* Image from Jean-Luc Pele Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Rosso Conero D.O.C 2009 from Villa Malacari near Ancona, Le Marche, 9 miles from the Adriatic. 100 % Montepulciano, has scents of wilderness to it from herbal tones to bay fruits... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Feb 6, 2015
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For To the North from Here exhibit at Watari-Um museum in Tokyo world traveler and photographer Naoki Ishikawa partnered with artist Yoshitomo Nara and headed north to Aomori, Hokkaido, and Sakhalin.... Places they visited are known for still having some speakers of Ainu language. Exhibit runs until May 10, 2015. Heading to north of Japan for Tokyo Thursdays # 303 Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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From dessert to soup, we follow Spiced and Moist Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala with soul warmer from World Spice at Home : New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne. Golden Butternut Squash Soup with Besar This is a delicious fall soup. We love the taste of the besar with coconut and squash. The ham hock adds a smoky, salty element and the pomegranate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Each and every February 2, La Chandeleur is a day to fill your tummy with comfort food. Crepes can be sweet, they can also be savoury like the 'Andouille Sausage-Cheese-Egg' crepe (below) which I discovered on the menu of Creperie du Vieux Port located in Port Haliguen, Quiberon in my native Morbihan (Brittany). They are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Dominique and Christophe Cachat in National Crepe Day ( on now defunct blog 'A Taste of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Serge the Concierge