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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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Warm up your soul with Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Red Rhone 'Old Vines'. This rustic Cotes du Rhone Village 'Vielles Vignes' 2011 really spoke to me. 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre...Retails in $27 range Aged for 3 and a half years in concrete tank, bottled unfiltered Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Serge the Concierge
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Sake Up your Valentine Day with Romantic Sake Cocktails Class at Japan Society in New York on February 10, 2015. "Stir your passion with this hands-on workshop led by certified sake sommelier Chris Johnson. Whether solo or with a date, you'll leave with the skills and recipes to shake up your Valentine's Day menu! Participants will learn about the varieties of sake that exist and how they can fit into any mixologists' cocktail-making repertoire, especially... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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To paraphrase the weatherman announcing icy mix, half-inch layer of Pimento Cheese is ready to fall on Super Bowl table courtesy of this recipe from Heritage (Artisan Books, October 2014) by Sean Brock. Pimento Cheese Makes 2½ to 3 cups I’ve seen people almost get into fistfights over who has a better pimento cheese recipe. Southerners don’t mess around when it comes to their cherished “pâté de Sud.” We slather the stuff on everything from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Menu for EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival 2015 is fresh off the press. Quoting from press release: As part of the expanded week-long lineup, EAT! Vancouver will host 15 top chefs from across Canada who will participate in 35 unique culinary events including: A Collaborative Chef Dinner Series that sees EAT! guest chefs paired with Vancouver’s hottest kitchens to create 12 unforgettable dining experiences; Seventeen exclusive Hands-on Workshops being held throughout the week at... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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It just happens that 3 Rieslings I purchased recently were all imported by the house of Terry, Terry Theise. From left to right, creamy Selbach 'Incline' from Mosel, tangy acidity of Von Winning 'in Deidesheim' from Pfalz, and green apples Spreitzer "Riesling 101' in Rheingau. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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From Dirty Dick in Sopi (South Pigalle) to Mabel (Montorgueil-Sentier) and Le Hibou in St Germain-Odeon, the city of lights is shaking it pour 'une semaine coquetelle'. A celebration of cocktails every which way, Paris Cocktail Week opened on January 24 and concludes on January 31, 2015. Thanls to Forest Collins for putting Paris Cocktail Week on my map. (* Illustration from Paris Cocktail Week Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Not from Stonehedge, add this recipe from The Paleo Diet Cookbook, Food Your Body is Designed to Eat (Kyle Books, by Daniel Green to your brunch-breakfast offerings. Walnut and Banana Bread I first tried this fantastic banana bread when filming a show with the American cooking icon, Paula Deen. I have tried many versions to reduce the fat, and think this one is the winner. 220 calories | 15.8g fat | 1.9g saturates | 11.3g... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Young European photography festival Circulations 2015 opens Saturday, January 24. This 5th edition of the festival takes place at CENTQUATRE-PARIS 5 rue Curial, Paris 19th, and runs until March 8. This year's godmother is Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland. Exhibitions featuring 40+ European photographers are on the menu You can also get a glimpse of the festival offerings at Gare du Nord 'Exposition Hors Les Murs -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
5 minutes and 59 seconds on Coffee trail to be exact Thanks to Kew Gardens... In addition, you might want to read (re-read) Espresso Italiano, Talking Coffee the Italian Way, my interview with Carlo Odello Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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In contrast to Vegan Jalapeno Pesto Potato Tamales from Tamales, Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals (Ten Speed Press, October 2014) by Alice Guadalupe Tapp, here's a meat filled recipe from same book. Chicken Sinaloa Tamales This is a great version of Sinaloa-style tamales. Sinaloa is a state in Mexico where my father was born—Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco are all in located in Sinaloa. These tamales are simple to make with the Super Easy Red... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Mexican ceviche versus Peruvian ceviche, this recipe from Mexican Flavors, Contemporary Recipes from Camp San Miguel (Andrews McMeel, August 2014) by Hugh Carpenter, Teri Sandison, might help you decide. Salmon and Scallop Ceviche Serves 6 to 10 It’s important to use flawlessly fresh fish here. The fish is “cooked” by soaking in a lime juice bath for 3 hours. It is then tossed with extra-virgin olive oil, serrano chiles, and other seasonings. Placed on a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
Loire Wines meet spirited cooking by Japanese chef Dînner at BarJu in Tours with Kiyomi Mikuni, Captured on Video December 6, 2014 Japan in France, France in Japan for Tokyo Thursdays # 301 Previously: Tea Rooms and Zany Lofts from 'Japan, Lights and Shadows Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Tired of quiche, cross the alps and give this savory Italian pie from Pastry, Foolproof Recipes for the Home Cook (Kyle Books, September 2014) by Nick Malgieri a try. Italian Kale Pie (Torta di Cavolo Nero) In Italy, where they make savory pies from almost every vegetable imaginable, kale is a popular choice, especially in Tuscany, where it’s known as cavolo nero or black cabbage. Teamed up with pancetta, onion, garlic, ricotta, eggs, and grated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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A glass of La Dolce Vita Piage Barbera d'Asti from Cascina la Ghersa Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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After Velvet Bananas of 2014, La Dive Bouteille natural wine festival decided to ski the Loire Slopes for its 16th editon. Event takes place on February 1-2, 2015 in Saumur at Caves Ackerman... (* Illustration borrowed from La Dive Bouteille Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Go veggie fungi with this burger from Shroom, Mind-Bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms (Andrews McMeel, September 2014) by Becky Selengut. Spicy Black Bean, Poblano, and Oyster Mushroom Burgers with Red Onion Jam Serves 4 I eat beef, so when I decided to create a mushroom-based vegetarian burger, I wanted it to be as satisfying as a beef burger without it being beef-like (most vegetarians will tell you that’s not really the point).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
All way back in 2010, I shared my taste for another Donnafugata wine, Ben Rye Vino Passito di Pantelleria (08) http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2010/02/ben-rye-vino-passito-sweet-dreams-for-my-tenderest-twosome.html Serrge
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Won't break the bank cocktail from Downtown Italian, Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York's West Village (Andrews McMeel, October 2014) by Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson, Katherine Thompson. Roasted-Orange Negroni Sbagliato Serves 1 Rocks Glass This cocktail was inspired by the sparkling bright-red drink I discovered while studying in Italy. The Negroni Sbagliato (“broken” or “mistaken” Negroni, because it features sparkling wine instead of gin) was inexpensive, and it quickly became my favorite drink.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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First hearing about the Charlie Hebdo shooting sounded surreal to this French Guy from New Jersey. Cartoons by Cabu, Wolinski, Sine and others from Charlie Hebdo were part of my formative school years to the chagrin of many teachers I am sure. A toast to Charlie Hebdo equal opportunity irreverent humor which lives on and the sad passing of Cabu, Wolinski and the others. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Add a little je ne sais quoi to dessert with spiced and moist cake from World Spice at Home : New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne Amanda Bevill, is also the head spice girl at World Spice in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Moist Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala Sometimes change is good—and in this case the flavor is what’s new. Fans have deemed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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On cold winter evenings, we will be forever grateful to Rossy Earle for this Squash, Apple and Cheddar Soup recipe from Everyday Squash The Most Versatile & Affordable Superfood (Harper, October 2014, US edition) by Rob Firing, Ivy Knight and Kerry Knight. Squash, Apple & Cheddar Soup This soup by Rossy Earle, the retail chef kitchen manager at Toronto’s Ryerson University and one of the chefs on the kitchen team at CBC’s Steven and Chris... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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What's for dessert? Wonderful flan with cinnamon accents from Mexican Flavors, Contemporary Recipes from Camp San Miguel (Andrews McMeel, August 2014) by Hugh Carpenter, Teri Sandison. Flan with Cinnamon Accents Makes twelve 4-ounce ramekins This wonderful flan is based on a recipe that San Miguel de Allende pastry chef Paco Cardenas taught our cooking class. You can make the flan 24 hours in advance, and then unmold it before dinner guests arrive. Serve it chilled,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Changes in the New Year don't have to be revolutionary. They can be as simple as trying new foods and new wines like this Ribolla Gialla, a white wine from Friuli. This Ribolla Gialla is Primosic 'Poderi di Carlo' (2013). Pairs well with seafood dishes and soups. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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From 2015 money resolutions to dessert with financier, il n'y a qu'un pas... Bake finance with this recipe from Farm, Fork, Food, A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm (Kyle Books, October 2014) by Eric Skokan of Black Cat, a Boulder (Colorado) farm to table bistro. Pistachio financier with pear & chocolate Financier is the most regal of cakes, made with nut flours and lots of butter. As if it needed more,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Wishing you a year that flows Happy 2015! Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Serge the Concierge