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On the Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s break from her English roots, a moment epitomizing and enshrining our national identity of self-detemination. Thanksgiving commemorates our history as immigrants making their way in a new land. But with apologies to Mssrs. Franklin, Adams, Washington, and Jefferson, however, I posit Memorial Day as the quintessential American holiday. This is the day when we honor those who have truly given everything to the United States of America, so that it and we may continue in our way of life. Memorial Day is also when we mark the beginning of summer, with outdoor cooking, eating, and drinking: leisure as an assertion of independence. Whatever ... Read more »
I recently moved to the city from North Carolina, which trounces the Big Apple in the trees and greenery department, but where spring is often a season measured in hours rather than weeks. There’s something to be said for a higher latitude (though I’m sure bemoan the same difference in December). Tomato season will surely also see the South rise again, but at the moment New York is winning the farmers’ market battle with its secret weapon of a long spring. At a recent gathering of fellow NYC wine peeps, I was lucky enough to be served the dish pictured here: blanched heirloom carrots, beets, and daikon radish, with edible flowers, homemade mint oil, and a dolloped mixture of ricotta ... Read more »
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St. Innocent, Pinot Noir "Villages Cuvee", 2011
Toques et Clochers, Limoux, 2010
Valdespino, Manzanilla Sherry "Deliciosa" 375ml