[1] The Vesper Martini, created by the novelist Ian Fleming in his first James Bond novel (photo © LT Bar & Grill | Hackensack, New Jersey). [2] Chill the cocktail shaker and the spirits in the freezer to get the coldest Martini (photo © Williams Sonoma). [3] Gordon’s London Dry Gin was James Bond’s choice […]

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Need a special gift? Want a special treat? We recommend the Gourmet S’mores Kit (photo #1) from L.A. Burdick, one of America’s finest chocolatiers. It’s a limited edition: a summer special, available from June 1st to September 2nd. We’ll be ordering several for our own summer festivities and for Father’s Day gifts.     WHAT […]

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[1] Ready for the air fryer: a wonderfully flavorful veggie burger made from chickpeas and shiitake mushrooms (photos #1, #2, #3, #4, #7 and #8, plus recipe, © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [2] Grilled and adorned with arlicky aïoli, lettuce, tomato and pickles. [3] Dried shiitake mushrooms are part of the magic. [4] Shiitakes […]

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[1] A rare two-color lobster (photos #1, #2 and #3 © Lobster Anywhere | Facebook). [2] An even more rare blue lobster. [3] The most rare are albino a.k.a. crystal lobsters: 1 in a million. [4] Lobster Mac & Cheese (photo © Blake’s All Natural). [5] Lobster Cobb Salad (photo © Skinny Taste). Lobster BLT. […]

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June 14th is the second International Feta Day, established last year by a feta lover. Feta is Greece’s most famous cheese, a pure white, aged curd cheese that crumbles easily. The cheese is semi-hard, with a flavor that can range from mild and milky to salty with a very tangy acidity. While feta has been […]

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If you need a gift for a tequila lover, how about mezcal, tequila’s smoky cousin. The giftee can try a side-by-side comparison, straight up or on the rocks. Here’s the difference between tequila and mezcal. Here’s the history of mezcal.     BACANORA: A D.O. MEZCAL In April, IZO Bacanora won Best in Category at […]

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[1] A Ramos Gin Fizz elevates the standard Gin Fizz (next photo) into a frothy cloud (photo © Danjie Sorum | Unsplash). [2] A standard Gin Fizz (photo © Pete And Gerry’s). [3] Orange blossom water, also called orange flower water, is a distillate of blossoms of the bitter orange tree (photo © Nielsen-Massey). [4] […]

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The second Saturday of June (tomorrow) is National Rosé Day. For some serious eating and some food fun, how about Rosé Can Chicken? Here’s a more elegant version of Beer Can Chicken from D’Artagnan, purveyor of fine foods (photo #1). The sauce is made with a glass of rosé.     ABOUT BEER CAN CHICKEN […]

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[1] We’re big fans of Burdick’s Scotch-infused chocolates (photo © L.A. Burdick Chocolates). [2] Delysia Chocolatier has a nine-piece box showcasing Bourbon, Rum and Scotch (photo © Delysia) .   Two fine chocolatiers have spirits-infused chocolates for Father’s Day gifts…or for the rest of us who lust after them. Both are limited editions.     […]

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