MADISON, Conn. — It’s May 18, 2015. I’m crawling on grass-stained, blistered knees in 80 degree weather at Bauer Park here, picking the last of spring’s inaugural dandelions. I’ve chosen this sprawling field because it is free of herbicides and pesticides and packed with the ubiquitous “weed.” My children collected hundreds of dandelions here the day before, but the flowers shriveled before I separated the yellow blossoms from the green bases, and I reluctantly threw most of them away. By the … [Read more...] about No one makes dandelion wine anymore. I want to bring the tradition back.
Maybe you are baffled when you hear friends use terms like lively, floral and full-bodied to describe their wine. Perhaps you’re curious about why—or how—Cabernet tastes different from Pinot Noir. Or maybe you simply enjoy having a nice glass of vino with your meal. No matter what, there is no better way to learn about wine than by a private tasting at a winery.Read Full Article … [Read more...] about 7 Luxurious Private Wine Tastings
Three ideas from one of Hawaii’s most influential chefs. Since Peter Merriman opened his eponymous restaurant on the Big Island in 1988, he’s been known as one of the most important and influential chefs in Hawaii. Merriman is a staunch supporter of local, sustainable agriculture and his restaurants only use macadamia nuts from small Hawaiian farms. He urges all consumers to do the same: Many of the “Hawaiian” macadamia nuts you encounter commercially are in fact Australian nuts that are … [Read more...] about 3 Clever Ways to Use Macadamia Nuts
Tiny restaurants are having a moment. Here are some great new ones to try. Enter the sleek lobby of the boutique Duane Street Hotel in New York City’s Tribeca and you’ll notice a discreet bookshelf at the back of the room. Beyond this bookshelf lies a secret entrance—a door that leads you t o a tiny, hidden dining room. In this dining room there is counter for four overlooking a kitchen, as well as tables seating 16 people. This is the space diners will encounter when chef Jehangir Mehta opens … [Read more...] about Why You Should Try One of These Awesome, Exclusive, Super-Tiny Restaurants
8 futuristic appliances that promise to revolutionize your kitchen experience. It’s not quite Jetsons-level—but in many ways, the kitchen of the future has arrived. Appliances are increasingly smart, high-tech and future-thinking; and in 2016, thanks to lower production costs and increasing interest, the market for smart, networked devices with sleek design and flexibility will be bigger than ever. Read Full Article … [Read more...] about Go All In on the Appliances of the Future
As the director of food and beverage at The Wellesley Hotel in London, award-winning cigar sommelier Giuseppe Ruo oversees one of the finest spirit and cigar collections in the world. We recently asked Ruo his best advice for cigar newbies looking to become aficionados. When you were growing up in Apulia, Italy, did the older men in the village smoke cigars? In my village, I used to observe the older men smoking a typical Italian cigar called Toscano. It struck me how sophisticated they … [Read more...] about Cigar Sommelier Giuseppe Ruo on Cigar Etiquette and Why Cubans are the Best