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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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Ride without sweating Read about giants of cycling and classic races thanks to Bloomsbury 'Summer of Cycling' 2016 (offer good until July 31) (* this is not a sponsored post, i'm just a fan of this sport) Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Serge the Concierge
Tasteful, not wasteful...Celery Leaf Fattoush recipe from Eat It Up!: 150 Recipes to Use Every Bit and Enjoy Every Bite of the Food You Buy (May 2016, Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC) by Sherri Brooks Vinton. Celery Leaf Fattoush This riff on the Middle Eastern pita bread salad uses celery leaves instead of flat-leaf parsley and puts stale pita to good use, too—double happiness. It’s a salad that begs for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Serge the Concierge
Flower Eater? Apex Predator 'Farmhouse Ale' courtesy of Off Color Brewing Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Serge the Concierge
No need to join cavalry to enjoy 'La Cabriole' Cabernet Rosé de Saumur 100% Cabernet Franc Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Serge the Concierge
Zucchini Blossoms Alive and Well... my Small Garden Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
What can be more summery than dripping sticky sweet juice down your hands? Make it happen with this sweet treat from Summer Berries and Autumn Fruits, 120 Sensational Sweet & Savory Recipes (Kyle Books USA, May 2016) by Annie Rigg... Roasted Plum Sorbet My sister and I meet for a “light” supper in Soho about once a month and the evening generally follows the same pattern each time. We aim to eat somewhere vaguely healthy—as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
On July 15, 2013, I Lifted a Leaf on Fig Daiquiri , a fresh alternative to strawberry version from Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State (Andrews McMeel Publishing, June 2013) by David Alan, the Tipsy Texan . (* Fig Daiquiri Recipe from Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State by David Alan- Andrews McMeel Publishing, June 2013- reproduced with permission of publisher) Beer and Cherries: As in Spiked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Hopefully this 'happy dance in your mouth' will not turn so wild and rambunctious as to crack a tooth or two. This is second recipe i share from Soupelina's Soup Cleanse,Plant-Based Soups and Broths to Heal Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Transform Your Life (Da Capo Lifelong Books, February 2016) by Elina Fuhrman . Coconut Galangal Broth This creamy broth packs a punch, and the first time I made it, I did a happy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
No Guillotine at Japan Cuts for 10th Annual edition of this Festival of New Japanese Film, Opening on Bastille Day, July 14 Festival counts among its special guests special guests Lily Franky, Atsuko Maeda and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Added to festival line-up is Microcinema, a free feature with 30 minute shorts from up-and-coming filmmakers in Japan. Shorts will begin playing at 11 AM on July 14 in the Murase Room, and will run throughout the festival.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
When Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla by Floyd Cardoz (Artisan Books, April 2016) was published i served a flavorful side, Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest and Mustard. Today, with grill season in full swing, you get the plat de resistance... Grilled Hanger Steak with Red Wine Sauce Serves 6 I much prefer hanger steak, with its strong, beefy flavor and pleasing chewiness, to more popular cuts such as tenderloin, which I find bland and even kind of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Born in Pittston PA, Susquehanna Brewing Company Hopfive IPA, Beers of Summer Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Zing up your summer outdoor meals with this recipe from World Spice at Home : New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne. Berbere Ketchup Your burgers and fries will taste better than ever with Berbere Ketchup. The mild heat and rich flavors of berbere blend together perfectly with the tomatoes. This version has a notable but mellow spice level, so add more berbere if you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Make it a Stone IPA Fourth of July 2016, Happy 4th Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Not just food at the table, people too They bring their day, emotions, troubles and joys Photographer Carrie Mae Weems has been capturing kitchen table moments for over 2 decades and shares some of them in recently published Kitchen Table Series (Damiani, April 2016). You can join Carrie Mae Weems and Adrienne Edwards, curator-at-large at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center who wrote an essay for the book tonight (Thursday, June 30) at The Strand bookstore at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Only Quiet Moment in Past 3 Weeks, Tasting Dinner at Laboratorio Kitchen in Montclair Visually and sensually enticing experience, this past Tuesday (* Crabmeat with pureed Peruvian potatoes, Crisp Pork belly with Edible flowers, to name 2 of the dishes) Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Fiumeseccu, Juice Up your Summer Wine Picks... ...with this Corsican Red from Domaine d' Alzipratu Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Have you Tip Toed in the Tulips Lately? Sofia Pick on Java Love Spring Drinks Hotlist (Church Street, Montclair, New Jersey) Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Bring Me Flowers and Beer, Saranac Adirondack Lager, Beer Garden Takes New Meaning Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
No bones left unturned in Brodo, A Bone Broth Cookbook ( Clarkson Potter, December 2015). Since it's May 30th as I am writing this I should mention 'End of the Month Broth' (page 93) as a starter recipe. Yet as Marco Canora tells it, the vision for 'Brodo' came to light after he stared at this window at his restaurant 'Hearth' for eleven years. The author also confides that he ' begun drinking bone broth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Drive By Union Square, May 23, Sunny 2016 Day in New York I was waiting to turn onto Broadway to deliver boxes next door to The Strand bookstore Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Last August (2015), I shared Maine Mahogany Clams Summer Stew with Corn, Fingerling Potatoes recipe from New England Open House Cookbook (Workman Publishing, June 2015) by Sarah Leah Chase. Today it's all in the bones with Roasted Marrow Bones with Small Herb Salad recipe that pairs well with Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au-dessus Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley according to author who used the combination at Nantucket Wine Festival. The festival 2016 edition... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Banging pots and pans Quick lunch at Samba (Park Street, Montclair, NJ) $10.95 for potato leek soup and turkey brie and cranberry panini Good bang for your buck Did not dare bang on pots and pans! Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
As a bonus while cake is in the oven, you can read 10 Do's and Don'ts of Athens by the author of 'Cooking with Loula'. No Tiles Needed for this Mosaic, Mosaico Greek Cake from Cooking with Loula Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours by Alexandra Stratou (Artisan Books-May 3, 2016). Mosaico Serves • 8 to 10  Time • Under 3 hours I have loved this dessert ever since I was young. I remember... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Wine to Pig On this Week-End Frico Rosso from Tuscany, something nice and easy to sip with friends Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Night is still young for Cinco de Mayo 2016 Toast it with Marocha Papaya Cocktail from Hartwood 'Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatan' (Artisan Books, Fall 2015) by Eric Werner and Mya Henry. The party girl drink! Keep your stomach and your appetite in check with Torta de Carnitas recipe by Roberto Santibanez from Bread, 'Over 60 Breads, Rolls and Cakes Plus Delicious Recipes Using Them' (Kyle Books, October 2012) by Nick... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Serge the Concierge