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Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito speaks to fans

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito speaks to fans

Savory Fare, Eclectic Tastings and Cooking Demos


by Patricia Mack

Atlantic City’s fifth annual Food and Wine Festival attracted more than 20,000 visitors to New Jersey’s historic metropolis by the sea. A multitude of events took place July 25-28 at various hotel casinos including Caesars Atlantic City, giving food and wine lovers a chance to sample Atlantic City fare as well as meet celebrity chefs. Attendees included Food Network stars Robert Irvine (“Restaurant: Impossible”), Pat and Gina Neely (“Down Home With the Neelys”) and Rocco DiSpirito (star of the syndicated show “Now Eat This! With Rocco Dispirito”). A portion of the proceeds were dedicated to helping New Jersey’s seashore recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

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Fifty Shades of Kale

By Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh

(HarperWave, 2013)




Fifty Shades of Kale

Kale juice, crunch kale chips, kale Caesar salad on restaurant menus … kale is the new black! We got the last confirmation that people are indeed crazy for this cruciferous veggie when our local Latino grocer started selling the Tuscan variety alongside queso de Oaxaca and homemade tortillas.

Fifty Shades of Kale takes kale to lofty new heights via recipes that sneak it into anything from pizza and fajitas to chocolate dessert and Campari cocktails. Whether you are already one of its devotees or still need to embrace this shade of green, you will love the practical recipes including huevos rancheros; black bean soup with fresh lime; and mushroom and kale risotto; and might even be tempted by the kale Pisco Sour and The Lacchiato — yes, it’s a kale macchiato!


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by Sophie Gayot


House of Rémy Martin’s Cognac Louis XIII is made of an assemblage of 1,200 eaux-de-vie of which some are more than one hundred years old. The cellar masters involved in the process have to keep consistency so your palate enjoys the same taste from one bottle to another — especially since they are selling a $2,200 Cognac.

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Tasca d'Almerita 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé

Tasca d’Almerita 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé

Price: $15

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Sicily, Italy

Varietal: 100 percent Nerello Mascalese

Alcohol: 12 percent

Tasting Notes: Made from the Nerello Mascalese grape, a red varietal indigenous to Sicily, the 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé is a refreshing wine ideal for hot summer days. On the nose, it displays fragrant red berry and rose petal aromas. Crisp and dry on the palate, it reveals mouth-filling cherry and raspberry flavors.

Food Pairings: Tuna, salmon, poultry, pork, pasta

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Tasca d’Almerita wines are imported by Winebow

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The Hanseatic near the spectacular geology of Gros Morne National Park

The Hanseatic near the spectacular geology of Gros Morne National Park

Around Newfoundland by Cruise Ship – The German Way


By John and Sandra Nowlan

We were eagerly awaiting the announcement. When it finally came, it was, as usual, in two languages:

“Eisberg auf der Backbordseite!”
“Iceberg on the port side!”

We were approaching Iceberg Alley, the area of the Atlantic Ocean off northern Newfoundland where the frigid Labrador Current flows slowly south, bringing with it huge sculpted chunks of glacier ice from Greenland.

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Beach Vista at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Beach Vista at Beaches Turks and Caicos

A Caribbean Gem for Families

By John and Sandra Nowlan

As we approached our resort, our friendly driver boasted that the Turks and Caicos offer the best of all worlds — British passports for its 30,000 citizens, the American dollar as its currency and a Canadian banking and health care system. Located where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic just southeast of the Bahamas, this tranquil and tropical archipelago of 40 islands and cays (eight of which are inhabited) also offers the clearest and brightest turquoise water we’ve ever seen, fantastic white sand beaches and several resorts that rate among the best in the world.

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Talisker on Main's white theme meant appropriately decorated tables

Tables decorated according to Talisker on Main’s white theme at Savor the Summit in Park City, Utah


A Gourmet Feast in the Middle of the Street

by Alain Gayot

Long gone are the silver mining days in Park City, Utah. Today, locals, part-time residents and visitors flock to partake in an array of sports and activities, winter and summer. There is Bob’s annual film festival and they once held the Winter Olympics here. For the past six years there has been another reason to position yourself at 7,000 feet of altitude and partake in a culinary journey with 2,500 of your closest friends. All that is required is that for one Saturday night, the city shuts down Main Street, enabling three dozen restaurants to set up a ten-block long table.

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Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir

Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir

Price: $28

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Barbara County, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.2 percent

Tasting Notes: “Sideways” the movie was a big boon to Santa Barbara wine country, and perhaps no one benefited from its success more than Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini of The Hitching Post II restaurant and winery. Despite total production having grown to 15,000 cases per year, Hitching Post wines are still not easy to find. The winery’s youngest Pinot Noir offering, the 2010 Hometown is sourced from vineyards in Los Alamos, Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills. It is a fresh and fruity wine featuring dark cherry flavors with a hint of spice. 

Food Pairings: Grilled artichokes, flat iron steak, smoked salmon

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Mama Walker's Maple Bacon liqueur

Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon liqueur

Pernod Ricard Launches Quirky Spirits

by Alain Gayot

Bacon, bacon everywhere: in your ice cream, chocolate and your Brussels sprouts; restaurants just can’t seem to stay away from that part of the pork. But what’s a bacon-lover trying to live the vegetarian lifestyle to do? Try Mama Walker’s new Maple Bacon liqueur, brought to you by the Pernod Ricard group. Far from the exotic Pernod and Ricard spirits with roots in France, the multinational decided to create three liqueurs with American comfort breakfast foods in mind. Like the Blueberry Pancake and Glazed Donut versions, Maple Bacon is totally vegan.

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Country singer Martina McBride performs at  Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California

Country singer Martina McBride performs at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California

It’s concert season again at Wente Vineyards, where the 27th annual summer series of exciting alfresco shows is now under way.

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