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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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A salami even vegetarians can enjoy from Sweet Things, Chocolates, Candies, Caramels & Marshmallows to Make & Give (Kyle Books, October 2014) by Annie Rigg. Chocolate Salami This Chocolate Salami, also called Salame al Cioccolato or Salame de Chocolate, is traditionally either an Italian or Portuguese recipe, depending on where your allegiance lies. The fruit and nuts are interchangeable subject to your tastes and what treasures you have stashed in your pantry. Makes 2 salami... Continue reading
Posted 7 minutes ago at Serge the Concierge
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It's about right time for Sunday cocktail hour and here's Zetter Martini recipe from A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, Menus and Stories (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by Renee Erickson. Serve Boquerones Toasts with Grated Horseradish and Ikura Topping from same book as an amuse gueule. Zetter Martini Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 minutes Makes 1 A few steps from the famed Zetter Hotel in London’s Clerkenwell neighborhood is the Zetter Townhouse,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Chocolatier Christmas Log, Praline, Crepes Dentelles in Dark Chocolate Robe, Almonds Too Buche de Noel gets chocolate maker treatment thanks to Henri Le Roux! Serves 5 (* Image from Henri Le Roux Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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'Make cornbread, not war' with this cracklin recipe from Heritage (Artisan Books, October 2014) by Sean Brock. Cracklin’ Cornbread Makes one 9-inch round loaf My favorite ball cap, made by Billy Reid, has a patch on the front that reads “Make Cornbread, Not War.” I’m drawn to it because cornbread is a sacred thing in the South, almost a way of life. But cornbread, like barbeque, can be the subject of great debate among Southerners.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Tradition and modernity co-exhist in Tokyo as a second look at Japan, Light and Shadows in the land of the Rising Sun (White Star Publishers, 2011) by Iago Corraza and Greta Ropa shows. Zany lofts that 'purports to maintain an active mind' according to the book notes. Tradition with tea houses whose street signs invite dwellers in. Travel, culture and gift ideas for Tokyo Thursdays # 300 (* Excerpted from 'Japan, Light and Shadows in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Holly Branches! Here's the Ilex Holiday Wreath in 4 Steps and 5 Photos from The Wreath Recipe (Artisan Books, 2014) by Studio Choo Florists Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo. Finished piece first, then step by step instructions Ilex Recipe 3: Wreath Ingredients: 4 ilex branches 2 redwood branches 3 holly branches Materials: Honeysuckle wreath frame Medium-gauge wire Directions: 1- Start with a loosely woven honeysuckle wreath frame. 2- Tuck in three ilex branches on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Beautiful Inside, if you like to give or receive Crafty Christmas Gifts, here's a book for you: The Life of a Bowerbird Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Collect (Harper Design, October 2012) by Sibella Court... For example, handblown glass with a festive touch (above). If your decorating taste is a bit more adventurous, try a Bone Collection... If you are in New South Wales (Australia) you might have had the added peasure of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Sometimes you need domino players around to test and approve your latest ice-cream batch as was case with this Cuban vanilla ice-cream re-created by Suzy Batlle at Azucar! Ice Cream Company and one of the recipes in The Cuban Table (St Martin's Press, October 2014) by Hungry Sofia Ana Sofia Pelaez... Cuban Vanilla Ice Cream, Mantecado Makes 1 quart While the lineup at the ¡Azucar! Ice Cream Company always includes classic Cuban ice cream flavors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Local Dough starts with Local Flour with the likes of Joan's Gluten Free, plus Farmer Ground, and Hudson Valley Harvest... Captured at my local Whole Foods... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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After a day lifting wine glasses around Napa Valley, you might be looking for a quiet retreat. A Stags Leap District cliff hanger, Poetry Inn fits the spot. Enjoy full view of the valley from western facing porches. Rates range from $610 (low season weekday) to $1950 (high season weekend.) If you are already thinking Valentine's Day, Poetry Inn is offering a special package . "Two night stay, two 60-minute massages, locally-made chocolates, a bottle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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From Death and Co. the New York Lower East Side cocktail lounge comes Death and Co, the book (Ten Speed Press, October 2014) with 500 cocktail recipes, a combination of classics and Death and Co own creations. Elder Fashion Royale Phil Ward, 2008 1 1⁄2 ounces plymouth gin 1 ⁄2 ounce st-germain 1 dash house orange bitters Dry champagne Garnish: 1 grapefruit twist Stir all the ingredients (except the champagne) over ice, then strain into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Bring 80 Winemakers and 13 Brewers under one roof in Brussels and you get Wine, Beer, Rebels or Vini, Birre, Ribelli, the first Belgian salon for Natural Wines and Rebel Beers out of Italy and Belgium... Event takes place on December 7 and 8, 2014 at Hotel de la Poste... Look for event updates on Vini, Birre, Ribelli Facebook page... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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After Coconut Marjolaine from Flavor Flours (Artisan Books, October 2014) by Alice Medrich, here's a recipe that might prove useful next time you have guests over for tea or coffee. Buckwheat Linzer Cookies Makes about 1½ dozen 2-inch sandwich cookies These pretty cookies look as though they are fussy to make, but they are actually slice-and-bake cookies, with holes cut from half of them about halfway through the baking. Buckwheat pairs well with any dark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Cold As An Ice Sculpture Jersey Weather Day after Thanksgiving 2014 Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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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 Nov 27, 2014 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 Nov 26, 2014 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 Nov 25, 2014 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 Nov 25, 2014 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 Nov 24, 2014 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 Nov 22, 2014 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