Open That Bottle Night was created in 2000 by the then wine correspondents of The Wall Street Journal. The idea is that people get together and share a meal and some special bottles of wine that they have been waiting to open. If you have any, select truly old wines that need to be drunk up, and take some extras in case your first choice has gone bad.
I have found some wines as old as me (but in considerably better condition) and will be taking them along to our celebration.1 Comment »
Discuss…6 Comments »
Ed. Note: My apologies to Loren Means. She turned in her’ Top Chef All-Stars recaps on time and I failed to post it. Here, a day late, is her insightful, emotional story. She also apologizes.
3 Comments »
First and foremost, I would like to apologize to you, the readers, and to Angelo for my little snafu with the names in my previous recap. Angelo deserved better and I feel like a schmuck. I could rattle off an array of excuses for the mishap but that would only succeed in making me a bigger schmuck. So please accept my apology and let’s move on to Wednesday night’s episode. Continue reading "Top Chef All-Stars Recap: Episode 11"
NBC’s Greg Janda sent me a link to Annie Potzasznik’s story on the official announcement: The Green Room is closed. The only question remaining is: Am I still a rumor monger?
From Green Room’s Facebook page on Jan 12:
3 Comments »
Thanks to Hayley Hamilton for posting her inspirational list of Oscar night cocktails. As someone about to be in possession of a home with an actual bar, I will be holding on to those recipes for later use. Those of you not so stymied, time to get cracking!
In addition, Big Pappa Frank Bruni scoured New York City on behalf of the New York Times to compile an additional list of that city’s mixologists’ ideas for Oscar night cocktails, each created in the spirit of the characters portrayed in the Best Leading Actor/Actress category. One mixologist’s choice to funnel red wine into the lower portion of “The Natalie Portman” is truly inspired. Another’s use of a frozen chunk of rock in lieu of ice in “The James Franco” is Onion-worthy comedy.
I mentioned in the previous post that pulling together the story on In-N-Out Burger’s journey to North Texas was an arduous task. The words came a lot easier than the photo graphs. Although the corporate offices sent us stock art, they would not allow us access to shoot pictures inside a “store.” So we sent our favorite food photographer, Kevin Marple, to Southern California to do some guerrilla photography.
Kevin’s story is quite a thriller. He shot most of his pictures in a makeshift studio a hotel room next to an (undisclosed!) In-N-Out Burger location. Kevin will chronicle his hilarious tale on SideDish on Monday morning. Stay tuned.5 Comments »
Alas, we’re not in South Beach right now tweeting our Giada sightings, analyzing food labels with Jamie Oliver, and locking step with Anthony Bourdain, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep track of what’s going on with our favorite hometown chefs at the country’s most notorious, sand-in-your-sandals food fest.1 Comment »
The March issue of D Magazine is out. On the the cover? In-N-Out Burger. Why? Because the farm fresh fast food chain from SoCal is about to open all over North Texas. We asked Nancy (Fast Food Maven) Luna of the Orange County Register to write the story. She was the only journalist allowed a behind-the-scenes tour of the operation.
Pulling this story together was difficult. To say that the corporate world of In-N-Out Burger savors their privacy is an understatement. They don’t like to encourage publicity and keep details of their plans close to their vest.
Luna did a great job of journaling the long, mysterious story of In-N-Out. Here it is.10 Comments »
Hey, Dishers. Where did you eat this week? Did you find something fabulous? Did you find something foul? We’d love to hear your thoughts on your latest restaurant experiences. Here’s what you reported last week.16 Comments »
This years Academy Awards shines on Sunday night, and some of the nominated films this year are certainly award worthy….2010 was a good year in movies…from Inception to The Kings Speech to The Fighter to The Social Network to True Grit…audiences were entertained by the performances, the dialogue, the premise. A good year in films.
If you are like so many that will be tied to your television this Sunday night watching the gowns, the hair, the jewelry…and most importantly, the awards, why not mix up a cocktail to celebrate Oscar’s night in style. Here are a few ideas:
Oscar always likes to sparkle, so raise a glass with the official bubbly of the 2011 Academy Awards, Moet & Chandon. Straight up is always my go to, but if you want to get your punch bowl out try this one. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Raise a Glass to Oscar"3 Comments »
April 3 and 4th, Brenda and Clay Cockerell of Coquerel Family Wine Estates, will host a two day event with hall of fame golfer (and wine maker) Annika Sorenstam, benefitting the ANNIKAfoundation. The two day event starts with dinner and vino with the Cockerells and Sorenstam prepared by Chef John Tesarand Las Vegas Chef Kerry Simon at The Park Cities Club where you will taste both Brenda and Clay’s award winning Coquerel Estate Wines, as well as Annika’s silky Syrah from Livermore, CA grapes. I had a bottle of the recent release of this just the other night. It is a Syrah that captures both good fruit balanced with hints of smoky pepper, with a velvety texture. Really enjoyable.
The following day Annika will host a golf outing at The Dallas National Golf Club where attendees will have a 90 minute golf clinic with Annika and then play a round with her. Annika’s foundation helps children learn the importance of healthy living through an active lifestyle of fitness and nutrition. Certainly a worthy cause…with the benefit of great food, tasty wine and a day of golf. Tickets and information available through Brenda and Clay – ClayandBrenda@Coquerelwines.com