Category Archives: Drinking

Cory Nelson’s dream is alive in Troy, NY

Cory Nelson wanted to have some kind of food business after graduating from Howard University, because “I am passionate about eating.” D.C. and New York City were already priced out of reach, so he did a search for smaller cities … Continue reading

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Craft New York Brewers Festival is the real deal

I love beer, especially hoppy double IPAs brewed in small batches by lovable brewers from small artisanal breweries. However, I’m not in love with all the beer festivals that are sprouting up like hop bines in April. Many are road … Continue reading

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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 egg recipe with Daniel Berman of Fussy Little Blog. It’s untraditional, but … 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

UPDATE: Trader Joe has “tweaked” its Finlaggan formula so it’s nothing like the Islay I described previously. It’s not unpleasant, reminds me of Dewars in fact. But not Islay. I picked up a bottle of Finlaggan Islay Single Malt Scotch … Continue reading

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