The 4th Annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

Grand Market at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival
Grand Market at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

by Patricia Mack

Atlantic City knows a thing or two about summer, and what would summer be without celebrating food and wine?

Its showy casinos, sandy beaches, appealing restaurants and dazzling theaters set the stage for the 4th Annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival that runs from July 26 through 29.

The event, the largest food and wine festival of its kind in the Northeast, takes place across Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City casinos and resorts — Caesars, Harrah’s, Showboat and Bally’s. The program offers cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and wine seminars, dinners, tastings and entertainments hosted by some of the country’s most lauded chefs and culinary personalities. This year the lineup includes Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, Tyler Florence, Nadia G., Robert Irvine, Buddy Valastro and recent James Beard award winner Andrew Zimmern.

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Virgin Atlantic to Allow Sky High Mobile Phone Calls – Travel News

Virgin Atlantic A330 on the runway
Virgin Atlantic A330 on the runway

It seems that a person can’t go anywhere anymore without overhearing someone else’s cell phone conversation. The one place that seemed safe was the friendly skies. Not so any longer. Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will become the first British airline to allow passengers to use their own mobile phones at 35,000 feet. Using a link-up with Panasonic-owned AeroMobile, passengers will be able to make calls on the airline’s new A330-300 Airbus flights between London and New York, with as many as twenty planes available for this service by the end of 2012. Continue reading “Virgin Atlantic to Allow Sky High Mobile Phone Calls – Travel News” »

The Romance of the Cork

Screw caps or corks?
Screw caps or corks?

by Sophie Gayot

Back in June, I had the pleasure of being a guest on David Wilson’s radio show, Grape Encounters Radio. Wilson’s show is all about wine and the love of it, but he insists he wants it to be fun. A long-time wine enthusiast, his main objective is to tell you how to get the most from your drinking experience. You will not hear him discussing tasting notes, but rather guidance on finding some non-traditional uses for wine, like pairing wine with music.

After a very kind introduction about, which Wilson called “a website that has enough material to keep you busy for the rest of your life,” we discussed the somewhat controversial topic of cork versus screw cap.

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As Seen on USA TODAY

Kitty Bean Yancey
Writer Kitty Bean Yancey at Peter Luger in Brooklyn

by Sophie Gayot

Kitty Bean Yancey, a leisure writer for USA TODAY since 1982, has also developed a passion for food — after dating a Parisian, she says. Frankly, I think it is a good thing.

A few weeks ago, Kitty contacted thirteen of us from the world of food and asked us each to name two of the best steakhouses in the U.S. Here are the finalists from the results:

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Dining Out for Bastille Day

Place de la Concorde, Bastille Day
Place de la Concorde, in Paris, getting ready for Bastille Day

by Sophie Gayot

You have just realized that today, July 14th, is Bastille Day, and want to celebrate the French national holiday? We have put together for you a list of restaurants, in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, that are commemorating what the French call “La Fête Nationale.”

A quick history: July 14, 1789 was the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison which led to La Révolution Française. Now, on the morning of the 14th, the Champs-Élysées is taken over by the French army for the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe. (Ironic as in 1789, the day was a pure demonstration against power.)