Category Archives: Top Tastes

I Found Fabulous Fare in Fun Philadelphia

I like alliteration. That is probably fairly obvious to anyone who reads this blog with any regularity. Indeed, I couldn’t resist the appropriate alliteration of the title above. Thankfully, though I thought about it and was tempted, I resisted the […]

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The Making of My Favorite Cocktail of 2014 – Betony’s Milk Punch

I’ve enjoyed cocktails for a long time, but 2014 was a watershed year for me, both in making and drinking cocktails. It is fun to experiment creating new cocktails and it is even more fun to drink them, especially when […]

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Yirgacheffe and Olives at Mockingbird Hill

This was entirely unintuitive to me. During a tasting of three different Ethiopian Yirgacheffe brews at Washington DC’s Mockingbird Hill, a fantastic sherry and coffee bar from Derek Brown and company, I was given a plate of olives to go […]

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Cooking Honest: StarChefs’ 2014 Day One

Cooking Honest: The Power of Authenticity in the Kitchen
The 9th annual International Chefs’ Congress kicked off as they always do, with hands-on workshops led by some of the world’s best chefs. Right out of the gate, New York favorite Paul […]

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A Week of Food and Drink in New Orleans

When the waiter at Commander’s Palace told me that the soft shell crabs on the menu in October were fresh and not frozen, I scoffed. Everyone knows that the season for soft shell blue crabs in the Gulf and along […]

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Another Time at Atera

My first time at Atera was shortly after it opened. It was excellent, but perhaps a touch derivative. My second time, last year, showed a more assured and refined voice, that I found to be exceptional, stating
That first meal was exciting […]

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The Joy of The Journey – To Burlington and Back

It used to be that the journey was half the fun and something to be looked forward to as much as actually arriving at a destination. In today’s fast-paced, security obsessed, bottom-line oriented world, that has become less and less […]

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Pursuing Porcine Perfection – Ibérico de Bellota- Part 3 – The Cure

Most connoisseurs know it to be one of the finest food products of any kind in the world, let alone the greatest of hams. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, as it is known, comes from southwestern Spain, primarily from the regions […]

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Los Andinos in Madrid – A Force of Nature

As the movie Ratatouille pointed out, the ring of the familiar and the allure of the distant or not so distant past, often has a lot of influence on what is considered to be “delicious.” Indeed, various iterations of “comfort […]

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Bocuse d’Or USA at The Culinary Vegetable Institute – In Good Hands

Competitiveness is a basic human trait that has been around for as long as history has been recorded and likely well before that too. At its basest level, competition can bring out the worst in human nature, but at its […]

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