Wine Wednesdays – The Wines of Jean-Francois “Fanfan” Ganevat

I’ve discovered a new favorite wine bar in NYC, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.  We first went last Saturday and had the best time.  With one whiff, Jared guessed the mystery white wine and we won a bottle!  The “caccio e popcorn” buffalo chicken rillettes, and radishes with the most insane brown butter were all delicious snacks that deserve your attention as well.  They have happy…

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Wine Wednesdays – Bertani Soave DOC

My Christmas gift this year was a cast iron dutch oven.  Anyone who knows me knows I’ve wanted one for years but have debated which color, which has paralyzed me from making an actual purchase!  Mom wanted to force my hand and I’m so glad she did.  I went with the classic navy and to break it in, made a “cheaters” bouillabaisse on a cold…

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Wine Wednesdays – 2015 Pfaffl Rossern Grand Reserve Chardonnay

It’s become tradition that my man cooks lobster for Valentine’s dinner and he really outdid himself this year!  Lobster tacos with homemade corn tortillas, seriously heaven! Paired with this delicious Chardonnay that we brought back from our trip to Austria, what a perfect match!  I fell in love with Pfaffl not only because of their amazing wines but because it’s run by second-generation brother/sister duo…

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Restaurant Round Up – February Eats

After taking a little break from dining out, I made up for lost time enjoying a staycation weekend of dining out over President’s Weekend as well as a visit from mom, giving me a great excuse to try new spots and revisit old favorites! First up, Martina is the fast-casual little sister to Marta, a Danny Meyer pizza mecca.  The pies come out quick, are…

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Wine Wednesdays – 2015 Frontón De Oro Tinto Tradicional

I hate how long it takes me to revisit certain restaurants, there’s never enough dinners in a week!  We finally made it back to Casa Mono after having an amazing meal there almost three years ago!  I’m happy to report it was just as delicious as I remember. We went with a red wine from the Canary Islands this time around.  Frontón De Oro is…

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Wine Wednesdays – 2015 Bott “Csontos” Tokaji Furmint

Ever since our trip to Tokaj, I jump at the chance to try dry Furmints when I see them on restaurant menus as they are such great food wines; and February just so happens to be the national month of Furmint!  On a recent visit to Liholiho Yacht Club in SF (one of my best meals of 2018 so far) we spotted the 2015 Bott…

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Restaurant Round Up – January Eats

I was a little late to the dry January club, eating and drinking right up through one last indulgent weekend in SF in mid-January.  Below are some highlights before I had to cut myself off for a little breather! After years of seeing posts on Instagram, I finally made it down to Marché Maman.  This smoked salmon bowl with crispy hashbrown waffles was filling and…

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Wine Wednesdays – A Day in Tokaj

One of the highlights of our time in Hungary was a day trip to Tokaj.  We debated whether to embark on the 5 hour round trip train ride when we had such limited time in the country but I’m so glad we decided to do it.  Our amazing experience had everything to do with our guide, Greg, from Tokaj Today. We took the 7:30am train…

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Travelogue – Budapest, Hungary

We took an early morning train from Vienna and in 2.5 hours arrived in Budapest.  We stayed at the Kapital Inn which is #1 on Trip Advisor for a reason!  Owners Paul and Albert were so helpful from the minute we booked our stay, recommending restaurants, helping us with reservations and giving us the full rundown upon arrival (including carrying our bags with 14 bottles…

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Wine Wednesdays – Wine Tasting at Stony Hill Vineyards

I love exploring new to me tasting experiences when visiting home, this past MLK weekend I finally made it up to Stony Hill Vineyard, one of the oldest family run wineries in the Valley.  Since the early 1950’s they have been growing some of the best Napa Chardonnay as well as Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztaminer and Semillon, more recent plantings include some red varieties:  Cabernet…

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