Monday’s Neighborhoods: Fenway Park/Kenmore Square, Boston

I still claim that the Fenway Frank is the premier regular hot dog in baseball. 81 afternoons and nights a year (hopefully 10 or so more with the postseason too) Fenway Park fills up with its 37,000 plus capacity of the Red Sox Nation making the pilgrimage to one of sport’s most quirky and excitingContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhoods: Fenway Park/Kenmore Square, Boston”

Bites of the Week: Maybe The Best Pasta of My Life?

Oenotri, Napa, CA: Fidei with Smoked Mackerel, Tomato, Cream, Shellfish Brodo, and Hot Pepper Fidei is essentially capellini pasta, commonly seen in the Ligurian region of Italy, often paired with that other specialty of Liguria: pesto. Curtis Di Fede and Tyler Rodde create some of the most innovative pastas anywhere, and none more so thanContinue reading “Bites of the Week: Maybe The Best Pasta of My Life?”

End of the Week Wrap

A relatively quiet week after a food and wine filled weekend in the Napa Valley. Here are some of the other places visited the past few days, in addition to Oenotri in Napa reviewed yesterday and a certain Yountville restaurant (no, it doesn’t rhyme with The Bench Fondly) that will be reviewed next Thursday. Gott’sContinue reading “End of the Week Wrap”

Plat du Jour: Great American Bakesale Day and Zombies Drink Coffee

Happy weekend everyone! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the heart of spring, whether outside, or on the plate. Today is a great day to get out and buy some baked goods for an excellent cause. Across the country, Share Our Strength, a charity fighting childhood hunger, bake sales are taking place to help raise funds forContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Great American Bakesale Day and Zombies Drink Coffee”

Restaurants: Oenotri, Napa

Downtown Napa is hopping these days. What once was a mere stopping off point on the road to the wineries and destination restaurants further north in the Napa Valley has become a dining destination every bit on par with heavyweights St. Helena and Yountville. The Napa River’s waterfront boasting Morimoto’s flagship, Tyler Florence, and, theContinue reading “Restaurants: Oenotri, Napa”

Cocktail of the Week: Por qué No? from Empellon Taqueria, New York

Having covered the Por qué No? zinfandel blend from Tres Sabores for our wine of the week, por qué no continue our theme of the week with the equally outstanding Por qué no? cocktail from the West Village’s Empellon Taqueria, which used to be simply Empellon until little sibling Empellon Cocina opened early this year.Continue reading “Cocktail of the Week: Por qué No? from Empellon Taqueria, New York”

Beer of the Week: Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura Dark Dawn Imperial Stout

Jolly Pumpkin, the pride of Dexter, Michigan, crafts some of the nuanced, fascinating Belgian inspired, barrel and cask aged brews this side of the monasteries of Belgium. Who doesn’t love a great hop-forward imperial ipa or a rich, creamy, not too chocolate and coffee heavy stout? It’s possibly even better when the two varieties areContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura Dark Dawn Imperial Stout”

Wine of the Week: 2009 Tres Sabores Por qué No? Zinfandel Blend, Napa Valley

Sometimes when you pour all of the ingredients in your pantry into one pot, the result is a college student cook level mess. Other times, it’s utter brilliance. Randomness with a little bit of educated guessing can lead to unexpected delights. That is the case with Julie Johnson’s creation of the Por qué No? redContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2009 Tres Sabores Por qué No? Zinfandel Blend, Napa Valley”

Plat du Jour: Wednesday April 25, 2012: Tasting Notes from Rutherford and Music in the Kitchen?

We’ll be covering some of the restaurants in the Napa Valley over the next few days, but here are some notes from two excellent wineries in the Rutherford appellation of the Napa Valley, on the west side of Highway 29 just before St. Helena. Located in the foothills well off the beaten path, it’s anContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Wednesday April 25, 2012: Tasting Notes from Rutherford and Music in the Kitchen?”

Tuesday Project: Momofuku’s Asian Braised Short Ribs

For Christmas, I received a jar of David Chang’s Momofuku Asian Braising Sauce, a “savory-sweet blend of soy, mirin, and fresh pear, with a hint of peppery spice.” Despite the name Momofuku meaning “lucky peach,” the flavor does hint more of pear as the description notes. All in all, it is an intoxicating marinade forContinue reading “Tuesday Project: Momofuku’s Asian Braised Short Ribs”