Category Archives: Drinking

Italian Slow Wine Tasting USA Tour 2016

The other day I attended a wine tasting event in commemoration of the release of the 2016 Slow Wine Guide. According the press release, “Slow Wine Guide critiques wine through the perspective of the Slow Food philosophy giving prominence to … Continue reading

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Trends from the Fancy Food Show, Winter 2016 edition

Spent two days this week at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The two unmistakeable trends were healthy snack bars, typically a combination of fruits and grain, and definitely unhealthy jerky in a blizzard of flavors and fabrications. Obviously … Continue reading

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Recipe: Harvey Randall’s Egg Cream

Harvey Randall is a member of the Gates of Heaven Congregation in Schenectady NY who makes this concoction each year for the Jewish Food Festival. He shared his recipe with Daniel Berman of Fussy Little Blog. It’s untraditional, but close … Continue reading

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Betrayed by the Bowmore

I don’t always drink Islay single malt, but when I do I drink Bowmore. In addition to peat and smoke there’s an extra note that might be called seaweed. It’s easy to conjure up a picture of a bubbling spring flowing … Continue reading

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Shmaltz Brewing Company throws a party…. and it’s on sale!

On Saturday afternoon June 27 I’ll be at Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, NY, which is celebrating its second birthday at the location with a double beer fest from 1 to 5. The first feature, from 1 to 3, … Continue reading

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New York is to craft beer as California is to wine

Well, maybe that’s a bit aspirational. But I was quite impressed with the quality and depth of the state’s craft beer movement as exhibited at yesterday’s first ever “New York Statewide Collaboration Brew Day”. The event was hosted by Shmaltz … Continue reading

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The Saratoga Beer Week curmudgeon

I was going to write a snarky article about Saratoga Beer Week, just concluded, after finding this post from the very first Beer Week in 2012. Then, the organizers were worried that no one would come to a beer event … Continue reading

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Finlaggan: the Two-Buck Chuck of Islay single malts

I picked up a bottle of Finlaggan Islay Single Malt Scotch at Trader Joe’s on a recent trip to California. (TJ can’t sell liquor in New York, one of many challenges living in this arctic region.) I was fascinated, assumed … Continue reading

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Last chance (really) to get Albany Wine Fest tickets

The 2015 Albany Food & Wine Festival is coming up this weekend, but don’t wait any longer to buy tickets. As of this moment EVERYTHING is SOLD OUT with the exception of the Friday Afternoon Grand Tasting. However, that’s my … Continue reading

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What’s cooking at CES 2015 in Las Vegas

This is the year of the “internet of things” at the Consumer Electronics Show, but in two days prowling the aisles I did not see many things for the adventurous cook. An exception is the Anova sous vide cooker shown … Continue reading

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