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Eating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.

Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.

I am an editor at Zagat, but all opinions on this blog are mine and have nothing to do with my employer.

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3 January 2013

OK NYC foodies, time to get serious about your New Year’s resolution to step up your dining game. A few tickets are still available for a private wine dinner with the head somm at Le Bernardin next Monday, hosted by Zagat. This is such an incredible opportunity/value. So proud to be a part of this project, and am obsessed with how this beautiful video turned out!

Check out these other awesome events happening soon in New York and Chicago.

29 August 2012

Now if this isn’t heaven. Black Star Farms is your one stop culinary shop, boasting everything from a gourmet pizza bar serving five varieties of pies (wild mushrooms, asparagus, ricotta, caramelized shallots, and oregano pesto, anyone?), to a market brimming with fresh-from-the-garden produce, to little piggies rolling in the mud outside, to a vineyard, winery, and massive tasting room producing the best red I had the entire trip (2007 A Capella Pinot Noir). If it were up to me, I would never leave; luckily there are stately guest rooms in the main house for those not willing to give up paradise.  

20 August 2012
Hello, gorgeous.
Sex Brut Rosé from L. Mawby Vineyards; Suttons Bay, Michigan

Hello, gorgeous.

Sex Brut Rosé from L. Mawby Vineyards; Suttons Bay, Michigan

28 June 2012
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…
Wine tasting at Chateau Chantal in Northern Michigan. Their sparkling cherry wine might be my new favorite summer bubbly.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

Wine tasting at Chateau Chantal in Northern Michigan. Their sparkling cherry wine might be my new favorite summer bubbly.

19 June 2012

Tickled pink in Napa

Summer doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but I’ve already been flaunting a healthy rosé flush for what feels like an eternity. Actually, it’s probably been since February, when I made my first foray to Napa. Stop numero uno: the impeccable Domaine Carneros for a sampler of their renowned sparkling wines. The setting was majestic, the staff could not have been more pleasant (no snooty wine snobs there!), and I’m sad to say I can’t remember which bubbly I found most delicious—they were all that good! It didn’t hurt, either, that we paired them with Midnight Moon, one of my favorite cheeses.

Cheers to keeping the rosé flowing all summer long—and beyond!

21 June 2011

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market, Door County, Wisconsin

Yesterday, my mom and I drove to Door County (the Hamptons of Wisconsin), where tiny towns chockfull of cafes and boutiques stretch for 70 miles along Lake Michigan. We were lucky to grow up just an hour away, and spent summer days there camping or beaching. On this day trip, our first stop was the Lautenbach Orchard and Winery, with 100 acres of grapes, apples, and cherries. We took the $3 vineyard tour, which included six tastings and a commemorative wine glass. Can’t beat that! 

The estate has been in the family for four generations, and each fifth generation grandchild has a wine named for him or her. How cool is that? The Lauren Elizabeth was my favorite—crisp and a little tart.

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13 January 2011

D.O.C. Wine Bar, Chicago

D.O.C. is my new favorite place in Chicago, a place I’d definitely have regular status at if I lived there. Not only is the food fantastic (casual but superbly well done), but it’s in the uber awesome Lincoln Park neighborhood, right next door to a record store. It could not have been screaming my name any louder. 

And the wine flights! Three very generous (nearly full) pours for just $16. I had the Winter Reds flight, and discovered the best wine I’ve ever tasted: Doyenne AIX 2006, a Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Red Mountain, Washington. Seriously, I could drink this all day (and nearly did).

Fantastic wine, food, and a homey ambiance (fireplace!) in a hip Chicago neighborhood. What more could you ask for? How about great events, such as Ladies Night the first Wednesday of the month—with FREE manicures! Do yourself a huge favor and get over there stat.

Thanks to Noraleah for piquing my interest.

9 August 2010

New York Vintners, Take Two: Pizza and the Wines that Love It


Last week I returned to New York Vintners for my second wine class, Pizza and the Wines that Love It. Here’s some information for y’all: 

  • Artichokes make a great pizza topping, but they’re notoriously difficult to pair wine with. Our chef recommended a Gruner Veltliner. 
  • A Muscadet (like Tourmaline 2007 Muscadet Sevre et Main, $15.99) is a great pairing for seafood pizzas because of the high levels of acidity. 
  • Thin onions and olives are okay to put on pizza raw, but otherwise you should pre-cook all toppings. If you don’t, it alters the way the crust and cheese cooks.
  • My favorite pizza wine pairing was the Milliere 2008 Vaucluse (a Merlot, gasp!). It retails for $11.99. Also, I think the wine was getting to me at this point, as my tasting notes read: “Varnish and smoked summer sausage. Intense, takes me back.”
Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh