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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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Emission inspection in Gowanus extra, Slice of salted caramel apple pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds Looks like since my last visit (also for emission inspection also) neighborhood is slowly getting gentrified. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Serge the Concierge
Fifth Avenue Red Light Stop Quick Shot, Night Falling on New York Concierge at work on one of his Big Apple runs this week Last day of Summer Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Serge the Concierge
Butter in rainbow of colors except yellow, at Buttercraft in Portland (Oregon) patio is where yellow is. Breton in me could not resist the call of butter after reading quote from Buttercraft's owner that 'there is not enough butter in our life'. I hopped on the bus to Sellwood neighborhood and had the pleasure to chat with owner Milla Woller, a native of Memphis who counted butter as a second passion while making heritage pig... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Real and imaginary worlds all mapped out at Metsker Maps right outside Pike Place Market... Practical note: they sell stamps, including for international mail. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Elegance for Dessert, Lacquered Peaches from Lark' Cooking Wild in the Northwest' cookbook (Sasquatch Books, August 2016) by chef John Sundstrom... I did not have a chance to sample John's fare while in Seattle early August so I guess it's one more reason to pay a second visit to the city. Lacquered Peaches with Rum Caramel Sauce and Almond Ice Cream This combination of butter and sugar–roasted peaches, rum caramel, and almond ice cream
is otherworldly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Imagine life without artichokes. You will not be able to, after tasting artichoke recipes like this one from Cooking Blokes and Artichokes, A Modern Man's Kitchen Handbook (Kyle Books, April 2016) by chef Brendan Collins of Birch restaurant in Los Angeles. Roasted Baby Artichokes With Bacon And Balsamic Vinegar For the past fifteen years or so, it seems like every restaurant in the western hemisphere has had Brussels sprouts, bacon, and balsamic vinegar on its... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Beer as Form of Hydration Cyclists Outside Granville Island Brewing, Vancouver Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Morning Stroll Minus Tea in Nitobe Memorial Garden, A haven of peace on campus of UBC in Vancouver This past Thursday (August 11, 2016) Tokyo Thursdays #312 Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Escargot Meatballs, Vietnamese Lunch at Tamarind Tree A Seattle spot with many fans, myself included after August 8 meal. I missed it at first from main street as it's kinda tucked in back of parking lot of strip mall. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Kwakwaka' wakw Territories Mapped Out at Museum of Anthropology UBC, Vancouver Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Beet the heat with Summer Borscht from Samarkand, Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus (Kyle Books, June 2016) by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford. Summer Borscht with Sour Cream and Chives Serves 4 4 beets, peeled and coarsely chopped 3 carrots, coarsely chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 small onion, coarsely chopped 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 bay leaf 4 black peppercorns 2 cloves 1 teaspoon sugar... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Coyotes in the Area, Warning to Members of Green College Dining Society at University of British Columbia (UBC) Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Pulled 'La Petite Paille' 2010 Cuvée Noir out of bale of wines at Swirl, a Yaletown store dedicated to selling British Columbia wines only and educating palates. Owner Jeff Wong was conducting a small in-store tasting while I was there. Wine is produced by Little Straw Vineyards in West Kelowna, owned by 6 people including Susan Ursuliak. This is an interesting blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Blau Frankish from BC VQUA... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Water and Heights, Morning View of Vancouver from my 'UBC' 13th Floor Window of my Ponderosa Studios room No, I am not going back to school. University books these as hotel rooms to visitors while students are away. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Head in the Clouds, St Juan Islands... As Seen from Amtrak Cascades Train from Seattle to Vancouver (British Columbia) Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Open Kitchen at Work, The Whale Wins, Fremont, Seattle, Sea Wolf Bakers retail shop opening soon across the street Caught while exploring the neighborhood Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Took Visit to Portland to discover Aval Breton cider Unknown to me, alongside many other artisanal ciders in Beer walk in cooler at Pearl Disctrict 'Whole Foods' Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Sighted in Portland, Spielman Kettle Boiled Bagels, on Southeast Division Street. Between Baerlic Beer Sip and Bar Avignon Early Dinner Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Ride without sweating Read about giants of cycling and classic races thanks to Bloomsbury 'Summer of Cycling' 2016 (offer good until July 31) (* this is not a sponsored post, i'm just a fan of this sport) Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Tasteful, not wasteful...Celery Leaf Fattoush recipe from Eat It Up!: 150 Recipes to Use Every Bit and Enjoy Every Bite of the Food You Buy (May 2016, Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC) by Sherri Brooks Vinton. Celery Leaf Fattoush This riff on the Middle Eastern pita bread salad uses celery leaves instead of flat-leaf parsley and puts stale pita to good use, too—double happiness. It’s a salad that begs for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Flower Eater? Apex Predator 'Farmhouse Ale' courtesy of Off Color Brewing Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
No need to join cavalry to enjoy 'La Cabriole' Cabernet Rosé de Saumur 100% Cabernet Franc Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
Zucchini Blossoms Alive and Well... my Small Garden Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
What can be more summery than dripping sticky sweet juice down your hands? Make it happen with this sweet treat from Summer Berries and Autumn Fruits, 120 Sensational Sweet & Savory Recipes (Kyle Books USA, May 2016) by Annie Rigg... Roasted Plum Sorbet My sister and I meet for a “light” supper in Soho about once a month and the evening generally follows the same pattern each time. We aim to eat somewhere vaguely healthy—as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Serge the Concierge
On July 15, 2013, I Lifted a Leaf on Fig Daiquiri , a fresh alternative to strawberry version from Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State (Andrews McMeel Publishing, June 2013) by David Alan, the Tipsy Texan . (* Fig Daiquiri Recipe from Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State by David Alan- Andrews McMeel Publishing, June 2013- reproduced with permission of publisher) Beer and Cherries: As in Spiked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Serge the Concierge