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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wine Wednesday: Mer Soleil 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Barbara

Mer Soleil - a part of the Wagner Family of Wines portfolio - is well-known for making robust California Chardonnay.  Mer Soleil owner and winemaker Charlie Wagner says, “Chardonnay offers a great opportunity to experiment with different regions and create wines that reflect a unique sense of place.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday Meal: Maltagliati Pasta with Summer Favas

Despite the amount of work and toil it takes to prepare fresh fava beans to eat, they are one of my favorite foods. Perhaps that's because they're limited to just a short window in summertime. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wine Wednesday: A Summer Sipper from Alto Adige

If you saw my recent City Weekly article about the Alto Adige wines of Italy, you know I'm a big fan of them.  Italy's Alto Adige wine-growing region is comparatively small—about 13,000 acres.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Meal: Ted's Chile Verde

I remember vividly my first encounter with chile verde. It was at a now-defunct Colorado restaurant when I was in college.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wine Wednesday: Elk Cove Wine Dinner @ Spencer's

If you're familiar with Oregon's Willamette Valley wines and winemakers, you're probably already hip to Elk Cove Vineyards.  Elk Cove was founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday Meal: July 4th Stovetop Seafood Bake

When I lived on the East Coast, holidays were the perfect time for clambakes at the beach. However, that's an all-day affair.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Royal Goodbye

Venerable downtown eatery closes its doors after 35 years.
Situated on the corner of 400 South and Main Street, Royal Eatery buzzed with laughter and familiar faces just as it had for 35 years, as sizzling burgers were flipped on large metal grills behind the counter.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Meal: Michoacan-Style Carnitas

I really love carnitas - the Mexican meat dish of pork cooked in orange juice and other ingredients, served usually with tortillas or as tacos and burritos.  Carnitas are especially popular in the Mexican state of Michoacan.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wine (and Gin!) Wednesday: Beehive @ Bandits

Beehive Distilling is a Salt Lake City-based,  small-batch, hand-crafted spirits distilling outfit, the makers of Jack Rabbit Gin and Barrel Reserve Gin.  It was created by three friends - Matt Aller, Chris Barlow and Erik Ostling - in 2013, becoming the first Utah gin distillery since 1870. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Meal: Cooking Basmati Rice

Last week I shared a recipe for comedian/actor Aziz Ansari's favorite chicken korma recipe - his mother's. This week I thought I'd post my favorite recipe for making basmati rice, which is a typical korma accompaniment. 

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