Hummus From The Eclectic Wines and Tasting Room of TeSoAria

TeSóAria first came on my radar as a tasting room in North Portland, Oregon serving a vegan menu on Thursdays to pair with their wine. Not a traditional tasting room, they have a talented and versatile chef, Max Germano who also bakes breads.
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By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: Appetizer, Featured, Food & Wine Discoveries, Oregon, Portland, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Freixenet Cava – Sparkling Wine Catalonia Style

Freixenet Cava is the result of the Ferrer family and the Sala family coming together via marriage more than 100 years ago.  The premier producer of Cava in the world, Freixenet brings high end taste and sophistication with an affordable price point that is perfect for any occasion.
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By |May 27th, 2016|Categories: Catalonia, Europe, Featured, Food & Wine Discoveries, Spain, Tours|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Tudor Hall Restaurant At King George Hotel Athens

“Look at that view !” is the first thing most people exclaim when looking out from the balcony of the Tudor Hall Restaurant. […]

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By |February 9th, 2016|Categories: Athens, Europe, Featured, Food & Wine Discoveries, Greece, Restaurants, Savor|0 Comments

Ka’anapali Fresh Festival 2014

What a glorious celebration Ka’anapali Fresh Festival  is of  the relationship between Maui farmers, fishermen, ranchers and chefs.  For three days the agriculture, seafood and ranching community ( there are 800 farms on Maui) is brought to the forefront  as talented island chefs create an abundance of flavorful, fresh pupu, dishes, deserts and drinks at Ka’anapali Beach Resort.

The mission is simple; to ensure the viability and future of Maui’s farms and ranches. Preservation of the lifestyle is also key. Who in Hawaii and many parts of the world has not heard about the famous Hawaiian cowboys; the “Paniolo?” In Maui they are  usually based in the Paniolo town of Makawao on the slopes of Haleakala crater.

The rich volcanic soils of Haleakala are the perfect place to grow, nurture and bloom. The famous Kula strawberries grow year round preferring the cool evenings and dryer elevations. […]

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AutoVino: Classic Cars Meet the Vines of California in Menlo Park

If you have an inkling to open a winery in this area be prepared to spend 4 to 5 million an acre, if you can find it at all in Woodside, California. Luis (Buff) Giurlani has one and is living the dream.

His Woodside Vineyards is one of the oldest, small vineyards in California. As Mr. Giurlani jokes, ” If we go by the land value here, this wine should be the most expensive in the world!”

“But wait” you say, “didn’t I read above that AutoVino is a state-of-the-art luxury car and fine wine storage facility?” Yes. Mr. Giurlani, part of a family olive oil import business in San Francisco, has a penchant for classic, and luxury cars. Trouble is he soon needed a place to store them. Not finding anything satisfactory, he built one.

Climate controlled, dust free and offering services […]

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Cirque Du Soliel’s TOTEM Thai Curry Mussels

This recipe for Thai Curry Mussels is a colorful favorite of the Cirque Du Soliel artists and staff of the current traveling company of TOTEM. Kitchen Manager Mia Messier serves 200 to 250 meals a day each week to the traveling show’s 120 artists, staff and  families of artists. Her repertoire includes cuisine and favorite dishes from the many cultures  that make up the show.  The day we visited, she served several entrees for lunch, one of which was a  delicious fresh mussel dish, Thai Curry Mussels. Serve by itself or with  rice or over pasta.

Thai Curry Mussels

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons  peanut oil

1 stalk lemongrass, crushed

3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste

1 tablespoon chicken base

1 can unsweetened coconut milk-do not shake the can

2 tablespoons fish sauce (Squid brand is best)

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 1/2 pounds mussels, de-bearded and scrubbed

1 tablespoon palm sugar […]

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By |July 20th, 2014|Categories: Chefs, Food & Wine Discoveries, Main Course, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Pimento Cheese Spread ala Central in Montgomery Ala.

Southern food has a style all it’s own. Take the ubiquitous Pimento Cheese spread you might find on most southern tables.  It screams fun in all it’s cheesy  goodness with flecks of pepper just begging to be but on a cracker. And just like the people and the atmosphere in Montgomery , Alabama, good Southern food is friendly, comforting and most of all just really fun.

I was lucky enough to have dinner at Central Restaurant in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Montgomery is realizing a renaissance; old abandoned buildings are being re-purposed with galleries, outdoor cafes, and casual and fine dining. Central is conveniently located just across the street from the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa,  a hotel I will cover at a later date.

Speaking with Executive Chef Leo Maurelli III of Central, he mentioned that “I don’t do farm to table, this goes back to my […]

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Published in Lavish Magazine Feb. 2008: Southern Hospitality-Oregon Style

Most people think of Oregon as the Christmas tree state. True, Oregon grows and exports 92% of it’s trees out of state * but Oregon is much more. It’s a state of contrasts; mountains to beaches, rivers to desert. It’s a state of people with a similar state of mind. They all share a joyous pioneer spirit, a respect for the land, and a passion for what they do.

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Your Champagne Primer

If you (heavens no!) have any leftover champagne - DO NOT THROW OUT THIS FABULOUS INGREDIENT however flat. Here a practical and delicious recipe makes good use of precious libation that has lost it's stars but not it's flavor!

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Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Is this really Alabama?

Gulf Shores has been much maligned in the press since the BP oil spill. In truth it's a stunning locale with loads of natural beauty in a relaxed beach side town. Yes the beach clean up goes on but the water and sand are clean and stringent measures are taken to assure wildlife preservation and water quality.

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