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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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Celebrate Thanksgiving Vermont Style with Maple Roast Pumpkin Pie from The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook (The Countryman Press, May 2013) by Tracey Medeiros Happy Thanksgiving 2014! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Serge the Concierge
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While looking for a place to grab a bite for lunch yesterday in Cranford, this Turkey-Shaped Bread in window of Breadsmith caught my eye. If not turkey, what shape will bread on your Thanksgiving table take? (* Apologies for glass reflection) Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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After bringing an instrument for cleanup to craftsman in Brooklyn, I crawled my way back across Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan. ,, Traffic moved so slowly that some pedestrian started their crossing at same time than I did and finished before me. Slow enough to take couple snapshots including one above. I was at full stop. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Ok, I missed original release of this special edition beer from Dogfish Head by more than 4 years. I sing the beer electric with Bitches Brew ... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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If you like everything bagels, save the taste, cut on portion intake with these Baked in Brooklyn Flatbread Crisps 'The Works' created by Aladdin Bakers. Snacks with attitude! For Brooklyn smitten Maxine! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Spice up your week-end table with this Vegan recipe from Tamales, Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals (Ten Speed Press, October 2014) by Alice Guadalupe Tapp... Jalapeño Pesto Potato Tamales Here is another great vegan tamale recipe from my sister, Diane. Because it’s vegan, the recipe eliminates the Parmesan or Romano cheese found in most pesto recipes. This is also on our menu at Tamara’s Tamales, and it keeps our vegan customers happy. It’s also delicious... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Shoe Fits like a sock, discovered French Jika-tabis of Assaboots by Way of Japanese commentary of Florent Chavouet through his drawings. Learned from Assaboots 'Tabi' history that "Shigeki Tanaka, 19, Hiroshima survivor, wins the 1951 Boston Marathon with a time of 02:22:45 . He ran in Jikatabis manufactured by a small business in Kobe called Onlstuka Tiger which would later become Asics." Shoe fits like a sock for Tokyo Thursdays # 299 English edition of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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There is the glow in the dark banana of Fingers 'Paint' album cover (below) in Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records (Soul Jazz Books) presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt. A bit of kitsch on rollerskates with Lightning (below). Of course, some tittilating images (and more roller skates) with Le Pamplemousse. Disco is not my favorite kind of music) unless you consider Chic as part of it. Genre was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Pixie Dust Chocolate Cake from The Manor (*) Fall Collection (* The Manor restaurant in West Orange, New Jersey) Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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After Post NY Marathon Oloroso Cocktail inspired by Pigalle, here's a tangy fish recipe from Sherry A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes (Ten Speed Press, October 14-2014) by Talia Baiocchi... Cazón en Adobo Adobo and escabeche are the two most common types of acidic marinades used in Spanish cooking, and their use in preserving seafood dates back to antiquity. In Andalusia, adobo shows up most famously in this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Just when you need it, here's a 30 minute cake recipe by Cal Peternell, a chef of Chez Panisse in Twelve Recipes (William Morrow, October 2014)... ...For that special occasion you just remembered as you walked through the door. PAN CAKE Maybe you forgot his or her birthday, or maybe you didn’t forget, maybe you never even knew, but jeez, it’s today, really? This cake won’t work for a kid’s birthday—that calls for more .... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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When hideouts for grown-ups are mentioned, what comes to mind first is crime witness, spies and victims of violence to name a few. With 'Secret Hideouts for Grown-Ups' (DU Books), Yuki Kageyama looks at these hideouts through a different lense. Here's how the book came to be according to this excerpt from Yuki Kageyama's interview with PingMag (April 18, 2014) "I started to think that the concept of a “secret hideout” was interesting when I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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After La Cale style Mussels in Cider from A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, Menus and Stories (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by Renee Erickson, here's what could become your top hit for 2014 holiday parties. Boquerones Toasts Butter, fresh horseradish, ikura Prep Time: 15 Minutes // Total Time: 15 Minutes, plus time to make toasts // Makes 24 While most American or Italian flat-packed anchovies are simply cooked and packed in oil, boquerones, Spanish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Get a chance to taste 200 Bordeaux you can afford (or at least some of them) with Bordeaux Under One Roof evening session for consumers this November. First stop, New York City on November 13 at Industria Superstudios from 7 to 10 pm. Second stop in Los Angeles on November 18 at W Hollywood Hotel Loft & Wet Penthouse from 7 to 10 pm. Proceeds from LA Tickets ($50 per person) benefit California Art Club... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Fall shades of Green with Toyota Prius Vintage 2003 Production of this original model of Prius run from 1998 to 2004 Vintage Green for Green Day # 271 Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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To Trinidadian Chicken and Rice and Creole Spiced Slaw with Sweet and Spicy Jerked Cashews from Caribbean Potluck (Kyle Books, May 2014) by Two Sisters and a Meal Suzanne Rousseau and Michelle Rousseau add this easy no bake holiday dessert. Easy No-Bake Ginger Lychee Trifle Trifle is a common dessert in the Caribbean during the holiday season, and is admittedly very British in origin. Because of our colonial past, many of our food influences came... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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No weapons of mass destruction here Weapons of mass seduction , Armas de Guerra 'Mencia' Tinto from Bierzo. 100% Mencia Pairing suggestions from its U.S importer Ole: steak tartar, calamari and goat cheese. Retails for $10-$12 Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Master Spice Blender Lior Lev Sercarz, Film Maker Roger Sherman, Jewish Cookbooks Doyenne Joan Nathan and Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav restaurant in Phildelphia share stage for Let's Talk Israeli Cuisine at Skirball Center in New York on November 18. It will not be all talk. You will also be able to sample dishes from Joan, Lior and Michael. Roger will be moderating conversation and showing clips from his upcoming film, The Search for Israeli... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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That Crazy French Woman and evangelist of natural wines, Isabelle Legeron, is crossing the Atlantic from her London base to promote the release of her book Natural Wine (Cico Books, July 2014) in the U.S. On November 13, she will be in New York, first for a book signing at Chambers Street Wines, followed by Gossamer dinner at Contra restaurant. Some details courtesy of Chambers Street Wines: "We are delighted to welcome Isabelle on Thursday,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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After Kritharaki Me Manitaria, Mushroom Orzo, hit arugula refresh button with this second recipe from The Greek Diet by Maria Loi with Sarah Toland (William Morrow, October 2014). Roka Salad with Fig-Balsamic Dressing: Serves 4 One 10-ounce bag prewashed arugula 3 dried figs, finely chopped 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) shaved Kefalograviera cheese or Pecorino Romano cheese 1 to 2 tablespoons (or 1 ounce) chopped almonds Fig-Balsamic Dressing (recipe follows) or another dressing of your choice... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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I did not know a thing about Teff before I opened the pages of Flavor Flours (Artisan Books, October 2014) by Alice Medrich ... According to Wikipedia entry on Teff, this grain cooks similarly than quinoa yet uses less energy to cook because it is smaller in size. These considerations need not apply I guess when we talk about Teff flour as is case with this baking recipe. Bittersweet Teff Brownies Makes sixteen 2-inch brownies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Here's a soul warmer of an appetizer from A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, Menus and Stories (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by Renee Erickson, a Seattle based chef and restaurateur. Mussels in Cider Dijon, crème fraîche, tarragon Prep Time: 30 Minutes // Total Time: 30 Minutes // Serves 8 In Blainville-sur-Mer, a tiny town on Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula, there’s a quirky little restaurant called La Cale, whose official street address is “La Plage,” or,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Even runners post New York marathon could use a blood warmer on this chilly blustery first Sunday of November. While you're at it, do it in style with this recipe from Sherry A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes (Ten Speed Press, October 14-2014) by Talia Baiocchi, recipe with roots in Pigalle. Artist’s Special This drink first appears in Harry McElhone’s 1927 Barflies and Cocktails, and again three years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Before devoring a bunch of additive ladded chocolate candy and collapsing from a sugar high, stop for a minute and consider tastier alternatives. Popping Praline Mummy ($45) or Frankeinstein Toffee ($30) Halloween creations by Moonstruck Chocolate from Oregon. (* Images from Moonstruck Chocolate site) Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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While many cookbooks pile up the recipes on us, Cal Peternell, a chef of Chez Panisse in Twelve Recipes (William Morrow, October 2014) scales things back and keeps it humanly manageable. Late October- early November cooler evenings call for warm soups. Here's one you can serve straight or spiced up. LEBLEBI This North African soup combines a simple stew of onion, cilantro, and spiced chickpeas with toasted bread chunks, turning humble to sublime, especially if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Serge the Concierge