Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

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 – Review

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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LLC: Luxury Louis XIII Cognac

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 – Wine of the Week Review

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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Cruise in Luxury Between Icebergs

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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