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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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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 yesterday 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 7 days ago 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
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Snow in the morning, sleet in the afternoon, frigid weather tonight My snowy Montclair street this morning at 10 AM on Groundhog Day 2015 Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Healthier than spicy buffalo wings, turn up the heat on Super Bowl table with this Tropical Fruit Salad with Sriracha-Sesame Vinaigrette recipe (originally shared in 2011) from The Sriracha Cookbook (Ten Speed Press) by Randy Clemens. A little square tome with 50 recipes that pack a punch. Perfect for vegetarian guests (* Recipe from The Sriracha Cookbook '50 Rooster Sauce Recipes that Pack a Punch' by Randy Clemens, copyright Ten Speed Press, 2011, Photograph by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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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 Jan 31, 2015 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 Jan 29, 2015 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 Jan 29, 2015 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 Jan 27, 2015 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 Jan 27, 2015 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 Jan 26, 2015 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 Jan 24, 2015 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