Showing posts from 2014

Holiday gift Idea for Wine Lovers! Virtual Cheat-Sheet For Ordering Wines At A Restaurant!

Buy the Right Wine Every Time: The No-Fuss, No-Vintage Wine Guide Author: Tom Stevenson Publisher: Sterling Epicure Rating: Exceptional! Must buy for winos! Format: Soft (flex) cover,320 pages ISBN: 1-4027-6341-7 US Price: $14.95 Webpage: Tom Stevenson is the quintessential wine book author with more than 30 years under his belt writing wine books. His latest book is a virtual cheat-sheet for wine novices looking to glide through any restaurants wine list. It helps you pick the most popular, reliable bottles based on varietal and price range. As a bonus you will benefit from the authors many useful wine tips. Grab this book and you will buy the right wine, every time!

Holiday Gift Idea! Step up your Latin Cuisine with Richard Sandoval's New Cookbook!

--> Richard Sandoval’s New Latin Flavors Hot Dishes, Cool Drinks Authors: By Richard Sandoval Rating: Exceptional! Must buy for foodies! Imprint: Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN: 1-61769-124-0 EAN: 9781617691249 Format: Hardcover, 224 pages Price: $29.95 Webpage: Richard Sandoval is a member of a distinct group of chefs that will be recognized as making their mark on global cuisine during this century. Emeril Legasse is known as the king of Cajun and Creole Cuisine, José Andrés is the king of Spanish Cuisine, but Sandoval is the king of Contemporary Latin Cuisine. Today Sandoval has over 30 restaurants worldwide. His most famous concept Zengo, fuses an original blend of Asian and Latin Cuisine, with locations in New York, Washington DC, Santa Monica, Denver and Dubai. This new book is well designed and laid out with step by step tip

Judging at A Tavola con Il Nobile in Montepulciano, Tuscany

Judges taste food & wine at a Contrada We were honored with an invitation to be judges at A Tavola con Il Nobile in Montepulciano, Tuscany. Our “job” would be to taste foods created by chefs at eight different contradas (divisions) of Montepulciano with select Vino Nobile wines over two days. To top it off, we were thrilled to learn that this year’s main ingredient would be duck (locally called Nano), one of our favorites. The trek from Denver to Rome via Detroit was smoother than one could imagine. Considering that Detroit was actually in bankruptcy, we were concerned about changing flights there. To our surprise, the Detroit airport was modern and loaded with restaurants, bars and shops. The flights took a combined 16 hours and when we arrived in Rome the next morning, a friendly man named Guido of Etruria Tours greeted us. After gathering up three other journalists who flew in from other US cities, we boarded Guido’s Mercedes van for Montepulciano. The ride took just

VinoTasting TV Interview with Domain Lafage

Denver International Spirits Competition 2014

Homemade Red Sauce-With Meat #156

--> Homemade Red Sauce-With Meat #156 Over the years, I have made many versions of red sauce. As my career blossomed to include interviewing top chefs from around the world, I have fine-tuned the recipe more than 156 times! Just like with wine where you need great grapes, using authentic San Marzano tomatoes makes a big difference in taste. I usually use Cento brand. Currently both Walmart and Target have been discounting this product to around $3.49, which is about $1.50 less than small shops. Careful! Cento also sells canned tomatoes from California. These are not San Marzano Certified from Italy.  Serves: 6-8 people Prep & cooking: 2 hours Ingredients: 2-28OZ Cans of San Marzano Certified Peeled Tomatoes 1-Whole Yellow Onion chopped finely ¼ -Cup of Olive Oil 2-Carrots peeled and chopped 2- Teaspoons of fresh or frozen Basil 4- Garlic Cloves 3-Bay Leaves 1-Teaspon Italian Herbs Seasoning Mix 1-Tablespoon of Tomato Pa