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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Wine Wednesdays – Wine Regions of Austria Part 2 – Burgenland and Tattendorf

After a successful morning in the Kamptal region, we continued our drive past Vienna, another hour south to Rust in the heart of Burgenland.  We rested our heads at Pension Kral Bike & Wine, after over 30 wines in one day I don’t think I’ve ever hit the pillow so hard!  Word of warning, almost nothing is open in Rust on Monday nights, we drove 20 minutes…

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Wine Wednesdays – Wine Regions of Austria Part 1 – Kamptal

Kayak flight search lead us to book Thanksgiving week in Austria and Hungary, two totally unexpected spots that I didn’t have very high on my list of must-see places, but that was honestly part of the fun of it, something totally different and unexpected from our long list of western Europe bucket-list destinations.   And so we found ourselves spending 2 nights in the wine regions…

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Restaurant Round Up – December Eats

 After a month of indulgence I’m ready for clean January!  But first, a round up of my best eats from December! It was a month full of breakfasts!  I discovered Golda, an adorable all-day cafe in Clinton Hill with a delicious breakfast sandwich.   I finally made it to Arcade Bakery for an array of croissants.  Good, but no Blé Sucré! Caffe Marchio, the new…

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Wine Wednesdays – 1986 Penfolds “Bin 707” Cabernet Sauvignon

One of my favorite holiday presents was a special bottle of wine, enjoyed over dinner at one of my favorite bar counters in the Valley.  Jared surprised me with a “birth year” bottle of 1986 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon and we popped the bottle over corn dogs, mac and cheese, and steaks at Press, how’s that for highbrow/lowbrow?!   First, a little history on Penfolds if you…

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Wine Wednesdays – Jean-Francois Ganevat “Le Jaja du Ben”

Amidst a recent trip through the wine regions of Austria and Hungary (I promise a post coming soon!) we went rogue and ordered this Vin de France from Jura producer Jean-Francois Ganevat.  The name of the cuvee alone peaked our interest (although I still can’t figure out who Ben is) and the wine did not disappoint!   Jean-Francois took over the family estate in 1998, biodynamically…

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Restaurant Round Up – November Eats

It was a light month for dining out, between an epic Friendsgiving and spending the actual holiday in Budapest (post to come) we didn’t find ourselves eating out much.  But I did manage to sneak in the below meals!   Unfortunately with the endless supply of restaurants in NYC it’s hard to repeat a meal at any one place; I revisited Speedy Romeo on the LES…

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