Thinking About Felines

I don't have the desire to write on my blog today but rather paying homage to felines, those close by, like my darling Pudding and those far away. Like many others, albeit not everyone, I am repulsed by the story of the murder of Cecil, a stately lion and the fate of his 12 cubs.... Continue Reading →

Sweet Sundays: Abafado from Quinta da Alorna – Tejo, Portugal

Would love to have a bottle of this on hand after a very busy day, week, month and year.


Abafado 5 Years

In October of last year I had the opportunity to visit the Quinta da Alorna in the Tejo region of Portugal. I had never visited this area or its wineries so it was all new and thrilling. The Quinta da Alorna winery where we were treated to an exquisite lunch was a step back into history. Everything in the beautiful villa spoke of another age. Additionally, it was surrounded by an English garden yet the foods and wines couldn’t have been more Portuguese. Owned for five generations by the Lopo de Carvalho family, Quinta da Alorna is quite an experience. I will write a longer piece with photos on the winery but today’s entry is about their Abafado, a sweet wine made from the white grape Fernao Pires (also known as Maria Gomes).

This aromatic white grape variety is planted extensively throughout Portugal. It can be made into various wines…

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Exciting News To Share

A couple of exciting things have happened over the last few weeks: I was accepted into the Les Dames d’Escoffier. I along with esteemed colleagues are among the Bright and Shining New Members selected by Nominations Chair Joanne Hayes and the membership committee and heartily approved by the Board of Directors. I'm thrilled to be... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday To Me

Last week's birthday celebrations included many different kinds of gatherings as well as a number of interesting wines and foods. Most of all, it included these people - my family. lunch at one of our family's go to restaurants, the Atlantic Grill and a lovely drink with oysters at my favorite bar in NYC, Bemelman's... Continue Reading →

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