Jul 14

I was introduced to Coach Farms several years ago when I worked for a Chef who routinely featured their cheeses on his menu.  Located in Hudson Valley, New York this cheesemaker produces award winning, artisanal goat cheeses that are reminiscent of those found in France. In addition to both fresh and aged cheese, they also [...]

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Jan 21

Hailing from Central Coast Wines in Paso Robles, California this Cabernet Franc is what is known at Trader Joe’s as a “binge buy”. While there were several cases stacked in a prominent corner one Saturday afternoon in December I am told that they are now completely sold out. This wine stuck out like a sore [...]

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Nov 11

Bacon pralines are as sinful as the city they hail from. Taking the traditional Louisiana recipe of butter, brown sugar and cream, this American style candy are the creation of chef Donald Link whose restaurant Couchon has earned numerous accolades in the last year. In keeping with the indulgent style of New Orleans, the recipe [...]

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Oct 21

This Fall season has been especially busy with private wine tastings. For the tasting line up I tried to choose a selection that would best reflect this time of year, and was pleased to stumble upon one that fits the bill perfectly.  Chateau Bois Redon Bordeaux 2008 is a little gem of a wine that [...]

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Jul 15

Arlington residents and commuters are known to line up expectantly around the Ballston metro every Thursday and Friday afternoon in search of authentic Neopolitan pizza. It is here that the Pupatella food cart would park two days a week and open up shop for half the day, turning out some of the best street side [...]

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Jul 13

Virginia has the fifth highest number of wine producers in the nation. It is a state with a growing reputation for exceptional wine, and home to the oldest native North American varietal, the Norton grape. Maybe because it is a state “for lovers” or just that its good vino flows so freely, but locals are [...]

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Jul 02

Local farmer’s markets transitioned from a scant selection of burgeoning spring produce to full blown summer harvest in a matter of one or two weeks. While the summer season typically just gets rolling with the start of June, this year vendors are pulling all the big guns out early leaving little to the shopper’s imagination. [...]

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Jun 27

The cupcake craze in this area has reached a frenzied pace, with shops cropping up in metro DC at neck breaking speed. Local publications seem to have no trouble finding an audience for their continuous stream of articles on the “cupcake wars” since every time a new bakery opens, the list of favorites gets resorted. [...]

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Jun 24

Bangkok 54 off of Columbia Pike in Arlington has topped lists for the best Thai food in metro DC over the last several years. Touted among critics for its authenticity and contemporary decor, the restaurant has responded in turn with elevated prices for standbys such as Phad Thai and Chicken Satay. After several years in [...]

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Jun 18

My wife Molly gave birth to our first child this past week on Friday.  Both mother and baby Peter are happy and healthy, but of course tired.  As there are no recipes that I am aware of that can made with colostrum or breast milk, I decided to jump in with a guest post.  As [...]

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