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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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Serge Lescouarnec would like to connect on LinkedIn. How would you like to respond? Serge Lescouarnec Owner, Errands Express (Personal Assistants) LLC Confirm you know Serge You received an invitation to connect. LinkedIn will use your email address to make suggestions to our members in features like People You May Know. Unsubscribe If you need assistance or have questions, please contact LinkedIn Customer Service. © 2014, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043,... Continue reading
Posted 39 minutes ago at Serge the Concierge
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In Sherry A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes (Ten Speed Press, October 14-2014), Talia Baiocchi declares her love for the real sherry not the cheap knock offs. Travel to Spain with her and (re) discover an authentic drink rooted in tradition. Here's a taste you can toast with this cocktail excerpted from 'Sherry'. New Spain New York City bartender Sam Ross’s Penicillin—a mix of scotch, lemon, honey, and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Boat with whale, walrus and Renee Erickson drops anchor at Maiden Lane restaurant in New York on October 21, 2014. Or to make it less 'Noah's Ark', celebrate publication of A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, Menus and Stories (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by joining Seattle chef Renee Erickson for a cookbook-dinner at Maiden Lane... Menu above, $65 for cocktail party dinner (drinks not included), $40 for book Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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Decluttering, simplifying, streamlining, bringing some Zen to your home, add any other adjective or tag word to the list and the cottage industry from books to magazines to stores to coaches that has been created to feed our search for order in our crowded lives. It seems at times that we are buying more stuff from books to shelves to containers in various sizes, styles, and shape to organize our stuff. A small tome titled... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Serge the Concierge
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With Flavor Flours (Artisan Books, October 2014), Alice Medrich takes us on journey through wide world of beyond wheat baking. Exhibit 1 uses rice flour and a large helping of coconut. Coconut Marjolaine Serves 10 to 12 Coconut lovers will appreciate this riff on the French classic layer cake made with coconut and rice flour instead of the traditional almonds, hazelnuts, and wheat flour. The filling is a light whipped chocolate ganache with bittersweet ganache... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Compared to other urban farming projects, Comcrop (born in 2013) is still a baby. Yet it proves that even in densely populated cities, Singapore ranked 3rd in most crowded places after Macau and Monaco and before Hong Kong (according to Wikipedia piece), there is room to grow. Green sky in Singapore for Green Day # 271 (* Comcrop image from Comcrop Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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I cannot guarantee that you will 'look and feel like a Greek god or goddess...' as the subtitle of The Greek Diet by Maria Loi with Sarah Toland (William Morrow, October 2014) suggests. You will surely be sasiated after eating her not quite risotto 'Mushroom Orzo' vegetarian pasta dish. Kritharaki Me Manitaria (Mushroom "Risotto"): Serves 8 to 10 1 onion, very finely chopped (by hand or in the food processor) Salt and freshly ground black... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Will Pump Street Bakery travel to London for Chocolate Week 2014 in their classic Citroen delivery truck? I would like to taste their Sourdough Sea Salt handmade chocolate bar. Chocolate Week takes over London from October 13 to October 19, 2014. (* Pump Street Bakery classic Citroen photo from their Facebook page) Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Barcelona Turns Brazilian, with Cocteles de Musica by Caipirinha Appreciation Society, October 9, 2014 (today). It's not too late to join the fun if you are in Barcelona today at Las Cuevas del Sorte as event starts at 11 pm. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Born in 1959 in Aomori, Yoshitomo Nara is one of the main figures of Japan's Neo-Pop movement. His soon to be published (in the US) collection of drawings is simply titled Drawings '1984-2013' (Blum and Poe - November 30, 2014). "Rendered in colored pencil and acrylic, Nara's drawings are executed on a variety of paper types, such as found envelopes, stationery and inexpensive lined sheets, and deftly fuse Japanese visual traditions such as manga and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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From Mexican scents of Green Chile Waffled Quesadillas, we move to Italy spirits with this second recipe from Will It Waffle? 53 Unexpected and Irresistible Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron (Workman Publishing, August 2014) by Daniel Shumski... Waffled Sweet Potato Gnocchi IRON: Standard preferred | TIME: 2 hours | YIELD: Serves 4 (makes about 60 gnocchi) These could easily become your new once-a-month tradition. Living in Argentina gave me an appreciation for gnocchi.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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The fall 2014 Slow Food Bruxelles Gouter Bruxelles is multi faceted and happening in a variety of locations across the Belgian capital this first week-end of October. You can visit Potage Toit rooftop garden at the National Library, Learn how to live without a supermarket, Get an initiation to Belgian cheeses and beers to name a few. My interest was piqued by another session: Honey Extraction from Beehive to Honey Pot, October 4, with Xavier... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Why stop the monster parade on October 31 (Halloween), keep it going with Obake Family Day at Japan Society in New York on Sunday, November 2. "In this day-long adventure, families are transported to a magical world where Japan's ghosts, goblins and mystical creatures await you. Kids will meet babbling obake, humorous yokai and other curious creatures from Japan's fantastical body of folklore through storytelling, crafts, film, a haunted house and more! Unlimited access is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Like your salami paper thin, Melbourne Salami Festa 2014 will have it. Melbourne Salami Festa takes place at Northcote Town Hall on Sunday 26 October from 10am to 6pm. As a warm up read Turning Pig Muscles into Edible Treats, Getting Salumi Education, my chat with Michael Ruhlman...two years ago. (* illustration from Melbourne Salami Festa Facebook Page) Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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While taking in part of the Dumbo Arts Festival on Sunday, I took a house guest from New Zealand to Powerhouse Arena and noticed among the upcoming book events, Brooklyn Spirits book launch on October 16 at 7 PM with authors Peter Fornatale and Chris Wertz... "What’s getting mixed in the neighborhood these days? Peter Fornatale and Chris Wertz take us on a boozy journey through the popular cocktails of the world’s hippest borough. Distillers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Do they waffle in Mexico? I don't know. The author of Will It Waffle? 53 Unexpected and Irresistible Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron (Workman Publishing, August 2014), Daniel Shumski think quesadillas are versatile and he takes the plunge with this recipe. Green Chile Waffled Quesadillas IRON: Belgian or standard | TIME: 10 minutes | YIELD: Makes 2 quesadillas Waffled quesadillas are versatile and unfussy—perfect for a weeknight dinner. Quesadillas are practically made for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
Catch of the Day, September 26, 2014 marks the opening day for Fishy Fridays with Amsterdam based sustainable fishmonger Bart van Olphen on Jamie Oliver's Food Tube... Jamie Oliver decided to ask Bart to join his Food Tube on You Tube after he got a taste of Bart's 15 seconds BartFishTales on Instagram. Starting on Friday September 26, Bart will present on a weekly basis, videos in which sustainable fish plays a prominent role, with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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While having a client's car inspected in New York, I walked down Greenwich Street looking for a simple coffee shop and a breakfast bite to eat. Instead i passed Juice Press (Vegan Foods) and then Sweet Green until I noticed Kaffe 1668... I don't think I ever saw so many micro sheeps decorating walls, shelves after shelves of them, many more than the hip and international patrons of the establishment. I asked the girl who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Getting request this morning from client for Vegan pastries for a party next week sent me on a search for fresh options in New Jersey beyond Montclair borders. Close enough is Sweet Avenue in Rutherford which hits the seasonal button with vegan and gluten free apple cider donuts... Further away is Papa Ganache in Matawan, a vegan and gluten free bakery, among their offerings, Apple Pie Pizza... A very vegan gluten free apple day! (*... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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From sweet Tartin Tintin we go to hearty dish with this second excerpt from Apples of Uncommon Character, 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little Known Wonders (Bloomsbury, September 2014) by Rowan Jacobsen... Chorizo in Cider, Asturian Style Quick: Where can you find the strongest cider tradition in the world? Southwest England? Normandy? Actually, it’s Asturias, the coastal province of northern Spain famed for its apple groves. Instead of sherry, sidra is the traditional drink in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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New Yorkers Get 3 Chances To Know Why You Should Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef in October. They can see and ask Massimo Bottura why on following dates at 3 locations. Saturday, October 11 at 11 AM as part of Identita Golose at Eataly Chef Seminar with Massimo Bottura and Daniel Humm. Ticket price: $125 Tuesday 14 October at 2.00pm at The Culinary Institute of America Lecture and book signing with Massimo Bottura. Admission... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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In this recipe excerpted from Apples of Uncommon Character, 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little Known Wonders (Bloomsbury, September 2014), Rowan Jacobsen writes that Calville Blanc apples raison d'etre is 'Tarte Tatin'. Tarte Tintin This is my kind of apple pie: no rolling, no fussing, no pastry making, and shockingly few dishes to clean up afterward. I always find the bottom crust on apple pie disappointingly mushy anyway, so eliminating it seems like an inspired... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Drink Forbidden Fruit, Le Fruit Defendu Rouge, 90 Percent Cinsault, 10 Percent Grenache Brought to us by Domaine Magellan, a Vin de Pays from Herault, Languedoc. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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Playing with rice balls! Have fun with Onigri at Kinokuniya, San Francisco, September 14, 2014 Also in New York, September 20. Both events with Reiko Yamada, author of Everyday Onigiri... Playful Tokyo Thursdays # 294 Previously: Put Cutting Board to Work after Reading 'Japanese Kitchen Knives', Techniques and Recipes Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Serge the Concierge
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9 new Burgundy wine instructors (5 in China, 1 in Norway, 3 in Germany) have just been introduced. Here's who they are All mapped out, Burgundy wine instructors accredited by BIVB since 2008. (* Map courtesy of BIVB) Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Serge the Concierge