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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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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 3 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Fiumeseccu, Juice Up your Summer Wine Picks... ...with this Corsican Red from Domaine d' Alzipratu Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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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
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Bring Me Flowers and Beer, Saranac Adirondack Lager, Beer Garden Takes New Meaning Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Back in October, I featured Winnowy homes and narrow buildings from Jutaku: Japanese Houses (October 12, 2015-Phaidon Press) by Naomi Pollock , an eruption of imagination in 400 architectural vignettes. Today, I turn my attention to homes built with nature and gardens in mind. First a tree house for grown up escapes Pilotis in a Forest (135) by Go Hasagawa (2010, Tsumagoi, Gumma Prefecture)...Floor area: 77.22...Houses 2) A few steps from the fields Swelled House... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Lemon Cake Bars by Ticklebelly caught my attention... ...during Whole Foods stop Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Passing by Prospect Park on Quick Round Trip to Brooklyn Concierge assignment made me realize I still have to visit Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Garden Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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After a winter hiatus since northern European Edinburgh piece, 10 Do's and Don'ts return by traveling south to Athens as in Athens, Greece not Georgia. We owe this guided tour of Athens to Alexandra Stratou. Alexandra is the author of Cooking with Loula, Greek Recipes from my Family to Yours (Artisan Books/ May 3, 2016). She self-published the original edition of Cooking with Loula, called Cooking to Share after a Kickstarter campaign in 2013). Do’s... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Pocketful of Fries As in Fries! An Illustrated History of the World's Favorite Food (Princeton Architectural Press/ April 26, 2016) by Blake Lingle, cofounder of Boise Fry Company. For more on this pocketful of fries, read Blake Lingle interview on PA Press blog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Spin that Beer, Mr. DJ, From Cleveland, Great Lakes Brewing 'Turntable Pils' Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Not just for cancer patients to get their strength back in The Meals to Heal Cookbook, 150 Easy, Nutritionally Balanced Recipes to Nourish You During Your Fight with Cancer ( Da Capo Lifelong Books, April 2016) by Susan Bratton of Savor Health and Jessica Iannotta. Bull’s-Eye Skillet Avocado Eggs Time: Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 30 minutes Serves 2 This dish uses avocado halves as an appealing, edible “cup” for eggs. These can also be served... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Berries and Cream Mojito or Peppermint Chocolate Mojito, Your Pick That's what I was pondering after reviewing mint offerings from Dreyer Farms.... Plantings are a start Emerald and gold, pineapple and orange were other options Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Pop Licking by the Busload thanks to Lickalix In their own words, "hanmade natural icelollies with a soul made with fresh fruits, gluten and dairy free (* Image snapped from Lickalix on Twitter) Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Hog Heaven With Lancaster Brewing Hop Hog IPA Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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No Ring in this Roman Ciambella Cake caught while window gazing Maybe it's not a real 'Ciambella' cake after all, just an American twist on it If this piqued your curiosity, try Ring and a Pot Ciambella Recipe from Rachel Eats (December 14, 2011) Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Serve a Flavorful Side, Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest and Mustard from Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla by Floyd Cardoz (Artisan Books, April 5, 2016) Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest and Mustard Serves 6 to 8 I always preferred sautéing or roasting asparagus until I started growing it in my garden. I don’t know if it was the proximity of garden to grill that provided a push in this direction, but from the first time I grilled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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All Salami but Chocolate Salami removed from Retailers Shelves this Friday (* Image courtesy of Sweet Things, Chocolates, Candies, Caramels & Marshmallows to Make & Give -Kyle Books, by Annie Rigg ) Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
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Carrot Mustard Crusted Arctic Char 1 of the Main Dishes at Maille Evening, New York, March 29 Hosted by Tasting Table Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Serge the Concierge