May 28

Given its distance from metro DC, Fairfax Station is not an area you might typically venture out to in search of a good meal. One incentive to making the drive is that its picturesque country roads take you through the heart of Virginia horse country and drop you square in the center of the charming [...]

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Apr 23

If you have not had the pleasure of introducing a Vouvray into your repertoire of white wines in house, this sprightly version from Jean Claude Bougrier is the perfect opportunity.  Off-dry, with a touch of residual sugar, this wine exhibits the same honeyed, floral notes characteristic of the Vouvray region along with the nice balance [...]

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Apr 16

Built in 1778 , The Greenbrier is a resort steeped in history. Nestled in the mountains of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is has long been a retreat for U.S. presidents and politicians who prefer its seclusion to closer options in neighboring Washington DC  Its imposing 721 room property, reminiscent of The White House in architecture [...]

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Feb 04

My collection of cookbooks has become so pervasive that I can no longer contain them all in the kitchen and still have room for the pots and pans.  I have resorted to shelving most of the books upstairs in our library, and keeping only a few on hand in the kitchen. There is enough space [...]

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Jan 28

Labeled as “marinated feta”, this supple Australian creation is best described as velvety cubes of goat cheese anointed with an herb-infused extra virgin olive oil. It is produced by Meredith Dairy, a family run farm in Meredith, Victoria that has received numerous awards for its sheep and goat’s milk cheese and yogurt. I stumbled upon [...]

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Jan 14

Michele Chiarlo Moscato D’asti Nivole 2008 This lovely sparkling Moscato D’asti from the Piedmonte region of Italy is on my tops list of all time best dessert wines for the price. Its delicate body, gentle sweetness on the palate, and touch of effervescence makes it compatible to such a wide range of flavors, yet it [...]

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Jan 07

I am always on the lookout for exceptional food products, equipment, restaurants and generally any gastronomical find that particularly inspires me on a given week. These Friday posts are a forum for me to share these discoveries with you. Feel free to email me your own finds! Michel Cluizel is a French chocolatier known for [...]

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Nov 21

As mentioned in my last post, the Worlds of Flavor (WOF) street food conference was host to a smorgasbord of distinguished chefs from all over the world. Celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless, Michael Chiarello and Cat Cora put in their two cents on what they consider comfort food, and even dazzled fans with some quick [...]

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Nov 17

Worlds of Flavor Conference 2009 I was fortunate enough to attend the Worlds of Flavor Conference held last weekend at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA.  It is considered to be one of the most important events among food and wine professionals due to the depth and diversity of topics explored in [...]

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