Rosh Hashana, Part II: The Recap

Chicken soup with kreplach. If you’ve never tried them, you should.

They came. They ate. We celebrated the new year. Rosh Hashana has come and gone, and all that is left is a food coma. Yes, five days later. As promised, here are some photos. No, I didn’t save you any.

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Wine Dinner: New Friends, Old Friends and a Lot of Wine

The lineup (Well, most of it)

It doesn’t take much to inspire me to throw a dinner party. When friends we had never met in person before, announced they were coming to Florida for a vacation, I rallied the wine geeks for a mid-week, wine and food gathering. With one exception, these are all . . . → Read More: Wine Dinner: New Friends, Old Friends and a Lot of Wine

How to Pit an Olive

Not Grandma’s pizza…

Last week we were talking to someone we had just met, over lunch at our synagogue. We were talking about all sorts of things, and honestly, I have no idea how this even came up. Nonetheless, as we were chatting, this woman started telling us about when she was married to . . . → Read More: How to Pit an Olive

Food Coma

In the past week, I have had many requests for photos of the holiday food. How did it all turn out? See for yourself:

I like my meals to start with an appetizer and a glass of wine, so we started with the always popular (and homemade) potato knishes, and also popular (but not homemade) . . . → Read More: Food Coma

Dinner… and Wine

Smoked salmon deviled eggs… one yummy, brunchy bite.

The difference between “dinner” and a “wine dinner” is often the company. When the wine geeks are around, even in small numbers, a plain old dinner suddenly becomes an event. We often have wine with dinner, but we always have lots of wine with the wine geeks. . . . → Read More: Dinner… and Wine

My Parents Went To France…

The old, but fabulous spatula.

My parents recently returned from a French river cruise. They spent a couple of nights in Paris and then headed to Lyon for the cruise. (Yes, I did book the trip for them). Before leaving, my mom graciously asked if there was anything I wanted them to bring back. In . . . → Read More: My Parents Went To France…

Eating Chicago, Part II

The post-party breakfast.

You didn’t think the Chicago restaurant reviews would stop at one, did you? I had to eat the next day, too. We met friends that live in Chicago for a very early post-party brunch at Meli Cafe. I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the menu. Crepes? Sure. . . . → Read More: Eating Chicago, Part II

Wine, Food and a Marriage Proposal

I don’t need much of an excuse to throw a party, so when I heard that Paul and Stefania Romero, the folks behind Stefania winery in Santa Cruz, were coming to town that was about all the reasoning I needed. The wine geeks came in droves – 21 people in all at my house on . . . → Read More: Wine, Food and a Marriage Proposal


My yummy mint and chocolate ganache whoopie pies

I watch Top Chef all the time. Every season. Every incarnation – All Stars, Just Desserts, Masters. I also watch the Food Network and Travel Channel for cooking and eating shows. One thing I have noticed of late is everyone’s obsession with the whoopie pie. I . . . → Read More: Whoopie

New Years Eve

Long considered amateur night, I can’t remember the last time I went out on New Years Eve. The thought of being on the street with thousands of people to watch a drag queen lowered in a shoe (although I am a bit jealous of her abs), a pirate wench lowered at the harbor or a . . . → Read More: New Years Eve

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