Wine/beer/spirits

Seattle Beer Week at Delancey

Friday, May 28th, 2010

When we made our reservation for Delancey’s first “family dinner” last November, I was bummed that pizza was missing from the menu plan.  I mean, how can you go to a pizza place and not have the pizza? As it turns out, I didn’t miss it at all.  Don’t get me wrong – I love […]


Armagnac

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

On these cold winter nights, there’s nothing quite like an after-dinner digestif to warm up with.  My spirit of choice for many years has been armagnac, a brandy from southwest France with complex aromatics and a wide variety of tastes.  Armagnac is France’s oldest brandy, distilled as early as the 14th century, and yet it […]


Queso y Vino & Art of the Table

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

We’ve heard good things about Wallingford restaurant Art of the Table since it opened last fall, and finally had a chance to try it this week.  Catherine Reynolds (of Queso y Vino) teamed up with Chef Dustin Ronspies to create a wonderful Catalan wine dinner.  After we enjoyed our banderilla appetizers with Montsarra Cava and […]


Wisconsin Belgian Red

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

The day before we were headed out to Wisconsin last week to visit my family, our friend Traca found out where we were going and begged us to bring back some beer for her.  Her friend had told her about a cherry beer called Wisconsin Belgian Red, which is not available for retail anywhere outside […]


Five days in San Francisco

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The Chez Panisse kitchen; Eric ready for dinner at Chez Panisse; Blue Bottle coffee at the Saturday market. Eric’s f/1 photography group met for a weekend in San Francisco at the end of September.  The two of us flew down a few days early to do some eating, and then my friend Jacki and I […]