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PAELLA AND THE ART OF GIVING BACK

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  I just got back from NYC and the 4th annual Paella Parade (hosted by Frederick Wildman), where I got to eat some amazing paella and drink some of my favorite wine from El Coto de Rioja. If you missed the Paella Parade this year, don’t worry: it will return in 2013 and you’ll have the opportunity to not only enjoy ... Read More »

ANOTHER WINNING WINE

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This weekend I too happened upon an excellent red wine, well worth passing along.  Bill found a great Rioja at a bargain price on a restaurant wine list in Sacramento.  I found this wine at Empire Wine in Albany. Get out your pen and paper, or order this one online.  It is a keeper!  No need for breathing, or serving with ... Read More »

SOMETIMES IT’S JUST BLIND LUCK

Yes, There Was Food as Well! This is the Pimientos del Piquillo Rellenos which is roasted red peppers stuffed with grilled eggplant, caramelized onions and Manchego cheese. It is served with roasted red pepper sauce and sweet black risotto. Looks good, doesn't it?

A week or so ago, we were in Sacramento for a wedding and, after picking us up at the airport, Holly’s brother, Brian, drove us to a tapas bar downtown (inappropriately named Tapa the World, since the city is flat as a pancake) for some food and wine.  Brian asked me to select a wine and handed me the list.  The ... Read More »

PEPE LE PEW

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Pepe Le Pew – the dude that makes me like the French. Yeah, I had some tough intercultural episodes in France in college.  Got a bit of a grudge still hanging on.  Just being honest, you know.  The French considered the Malbec grape a blending grape, not worthy of its own bottle.  Short sighted.  Stodgy.  I prefer the young upstarts:  Argentina, Spain, ... Read More »

FANTASY FOOTBALL FOR DUMMIES

Fantasy Football: Drew Litton

From the beginning of football season until the Super Bowl, I live in a world of cryptic sentences and unfamiliar names, inside jokes and stealth maneuvering that leaves me utterly confused. Fantasy Football season is upon us once again and once again, I stand baffled on the sidelines. My dangerously cool younger sister is actually a part of the Fantasy ... Read More »

OH NO! 50 YEARS LATER AND WE’RE STILL 18?

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Guess what?  You can sometimes never get beyond high school! Last week I was at a conference in Minneapolis.  At the same time, the hotel hosted a 50th class reunion of a local high school.  As people arrived on Friday it was clear who belonged where, but the reunion folks seemed genuinely happy to be seeing old friends. Then at ... Read More »

PAELLA PARADE

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A year ago, fellow blogger Claire invited me to her camp in the Adirondacks for a party with her colleagues from St. Rose’s, lots of good wine and a very impressive paella. Click here to read Claire’s account of the party and her instructions on how to make a truly delicious meal. I’d eaten paella in the past, but never ... Read More »

FAVORITE AIRPORT BAR?

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Vino Volo opened the door.  You have to give them credit for that. Before Vino Volo, your best option when traveling by air was to find an airport restaurant, and hope they had more than J Lohr on the wine list.  Which wasn’t often.  So maybe a Bloody Mary or a rum drink was a better option. Even worse was ... Read More »

TRADITIONAL PORT WINE MAKING, COMPLETE WITH….

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Toenails? Traveling on US Airways this week, I ran across a great article about the few remaining Quintas in Portugal that still make their port wine in the traditional way, with the foot treading phase an integral and irreplaceable element to the resulting wine. Grape pickers are allowed the opportunity to earn some extra money in the evenings, by stepping into ... Read More »

THIS IS THE SONG THAT NEVER ENDS

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http://youtu.be/1-8AOddGy4Y?t=3m55s&w=460 At some point during a (solo) 7 hour car ride, nothing on the iPod sounds good. Last Friday, I drove down to Delaware to visit friends (with a couple of side trips to Maryland and D.C.) and found that by hour 5, I was over everything on my playlist. I made time for Ira Glass and Isaiah Sheffer, but not ... Read More »

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