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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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Gordo, Not Gordito, Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon Blend from Yecla, imported in US by Ole Imports... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Serge the Concierge
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Beer that drinks like a meal from Founders Brewing... Or Old Capital by Keegan Ales... Tasted late March in Hudson Valley... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Just for the sake of sending it to Ms. Marmite Lover, I could not resist taking a picture of Vegemite (remember Men at Work 'Down Under') and Marmite shoulder to shoulder at Cost Plus World Market in Livingston. Even though this one and only location in New Jersey has been opened for about a year (according to staff member) I discovered the store while picking up an item for a client at Buy Buy Baby... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Vesuvius in the distance, a photo As opposed to Distant view of Vesuvius, a painting of an eruption (* Photo by JLS, early April 2015) Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Tasted in Kingston, Captain Kolsch German Style Ale ...from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford, NY Tasted in Kingston , New York that is Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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After Pink Zelda and Green Devil, 3rd and last excerpt from Cocktails on Tap, The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, March 2015) by Jacob Grier will add fireworks to your party. Firecracker 1 and 1/2 oz. rye whiskey 3/4 oz. Aperol 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice 1/2 oz. Rich Simple Syrup, see recipe below 2 dashes orange bitters 4 to 5 oz. (120 to 150 ml) hefeweizen Lemon peel, for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Following a 'quatre-heures' favorite of Mon Choux-Eclairs, here's a second and savory excerpt from London based Ms Marmite Lover second book Ms Marmite Lover Secret Tea Party (Square Peg-Random House UK, November 2014). The Cakewich: the sandwich that looks like a cake! This is not a joke dish. It is something people actually eat in Sweden on special occasions, where it’s called a Smorgåstårta. It’s also a good idea for people who don’t eat sugar,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Have a floppy ear rabbit chocolate holiday with this Maynard Rabbit from Oliver Kita in Rhinebeck (New York). Happy Easter 2015! (* Image from Oliver Kita Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Poisson d'Avril 2015 version Patrick Roger... April Fools Day 2015 (* Image from Patrick Roger Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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It did not happen on the isle of Skye, no parade, no band playing or confetti thrown 'Serge the Concierge' quietly turned 10 on March 23 (* Image from Facebook page of Number 10, a self described 5 star retreat on the isle of Skye) Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Fire departments can have poetic names as I discovered on my mini week-end in the Hudson Valley, New York. Here's a photo of Active Hose Company Number 1 in Rosendale, on a grey Saturday afternoon. Sunday turned out sunny as noon snapshot of Rondout Creek proves. I stayed at 1850 House Inn and Tavern in Rosendale... Still unseasonably cold for March 29... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Indulging for Paleos courtesy of Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes (Ten Speed Press, 2013) by Elana Amsterdam Upside-Down Apple Tartlets Serves 8 Sweetness: Medium Crust 2 cups blanched almond flour 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup coconut oil, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon vanilla crème stevia Filling 6 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 cup apple juice 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Fly RT in July from New York (Newark Liberty) to Frankfurt, Milan, Paris for $880 to 980. Prices I spotted this morning via Google Flights for travel July 7 to July 28, 2015. Dollar-Euro exchange rate today stands at $1.08 per Euro... Another good reason to visit Expo Milano 2015 opening May 1. (* Image from Expo Milano 2015 from their Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Sweeten dinner with a little noble Botrytis From Chile, Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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My food and photography loving cousin based in New Zealand surprised me a while back by sending me a copy of The Great New Zealand Cookbook (Thom & PQ Blackwell) . Browsing through it on Sunday i thought the Fa'alifu Taro and Corned Beef dish by Michael Meredith of Meredith's in Auckland pictured below would add a nice twist to St Patrick's Day table. Find out more about the book and how to order it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Do Not Dip in Your Beer On St Patrick's Day, Barmbrack Speckled Loaf Recipe from Rachel's Irish Family Food (Harper Collins) by Rachel Allen on St Patrick's Day. Originally shared on February 25, 2013 (* Recipe from Rachel's Irish Family Food by Rachel Allen- Harper Collins, February 2013- reproduced with permission) Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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From Denominacio d' Origen Conca de Barbera this Mas Foraster Montblanc 'Crianza 2010' by Josep Foraster is a new red Spanish favorite or should I say, Catalan. Try it and you will see why. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. Retails in $16 range Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Need an easy read that runs from crude to profound to funny? Grab a copy of The CHEF Says, quotes, quips and words of Wisdom (Princeton Architectural Press, Fall 2014) compiled and edited by Nach Waxman & Matt Sartwell. (* Excerpt reproduced with permission, all rights reserved) Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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We run all over the color spectrum from Raspberry Pink Zelda from Cocktails on Tap, The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, March 2015) by Jacob Grier to this second recipe where Absinthe and Duvel turn into a Green Devil... Green Devil Absinthe 1 oz. gin About 11 oz. (330 ml) Duvel or other Belgian-style golden ale Serves 1 Lightly rinse the inside of a Duvel chalice or other glass with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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Salvador meets Francisco with Caprichos de Goya Dali at Instituto Cervantes in New York. This exhibit "revisits Goya through the work of Dalí on the former’s series of prints Los Caprichos. Dalí shows us a total work of art, consistent with Goya’s thinking, marked by a programmatic and enlightened character that reconciles the multiple sources of knowledge from Baroque tradition, the Classical world and the French Encyclopedists. The exhibition features 40 prints, 17 by Goya... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Serge the Concierge
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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 Mar 2, 2015 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 Feb 24, 2015 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