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Sud de France Festival: New York City 2013

Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the 27 regions of France. It comprises five areas, and borders the other French regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Auvergne, Midi-Pyrénées on the one side, and Spain, Andorra and the Mediterranean Sea on the other side. It is the southernmost region of France. They will take over New York City to let food enthusiasts to discover the delights and culture of Languedoc-Roussillon thanks to the Sud de France Festival, which runs from Sunday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 23rd, 2013. This festival has large diversity of events ranging from wine classes to concerts, wine tastings, seminars,..

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2013

One of our most important and influential people, in my life at least, is my mom. Since Mother’s Day is a bit more than 2 weeks away (if you really don’t remember, it’s Sunday, May 12th) you still have some time to get her something before she’ll bite your head off. Here are some of my gift ideas: Chocolates Coco Délice Chocolates Coco Délice is based out in San Francisco, California, whose mission is to have great flavor and appearance, and utilizing the best possible, local ingredients. Their chocolates are French inspired by technique and dominantly French inspired with touches..

Easter Gift Guide & Spring Cookbook Preview 2013

I can’t believe it’s Easter is coming this weekend! I usually think it’s warmer during Easter yet I’m still wearing cashmere sweaters and heavy coats to work. But what can I do? Here’s some gift ideas (most you may purchase beyond Easter) that you may give to friends and family: Ladurée Cameo (Camées in French) Egg The world famous Ladurée had released its first Cameo chocolate egg (small size, as seen here $18; large $56). It is a beautiful chocolate egg that has a cameo of Marquis or Marquisede Ladurée tied with a satin ribbon. When you break open the..


Iron Horse Vineyards – Exceptional Cuvées & Wines in a Spectacular Estate

Heading toward Iron Horse Vineyards, interesting flowers, and the rolling green hills Iron Horse is one of the most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries in the United States. For the past few years, I’ve been corresponding to the CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards, Joy Sterling since I’m a fan of her family’s sparkling wines and I thought it would be great (and an honor) to actually meet her in person. I’m used to seeing vast green fields whenever I do visit any winery estate but I didn’t anticipate the drop-dead gorgeous landscape at Iron Horse Vineyards when my..

Iron Horse Vineyards – Exceptional Cuvées & Wines in a Spectacular Estate

Heading toward Iron Horse Vineyards, interesting flowers, and the rolling green hills Iron Horse is one of the most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries in the United States. For the past few years, I’ve been corresponding to the CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards, Joy Sterling since I’m a fan of her family’s sparkling wines and I thought it would be great (and an honor) to actually meet her in person. I’m used to seeing vast green fields whenever I do visit any winery estate but I didn’t anticipate the drop-dead gorgeous landscape at Iron Horse Vineyards when my..

Tour of Raymond Vineyards, Napa Valley, Rutherford, CA

Driving through Napa; at Raymond Vineyards outside When I was in San Francisco earlier this month, my family and I did make a trip up to the Wine Country. First was the olive oil tasting and this stop to Raymond Vineyards was an interesting one, as we met Anna to give us an informative tour. Raymond Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Roy Raymond with his two sons, Roy Jr. and Walter. Today, it’s under the helm of Jean-Charles Boisset, the proprietor of Boisset Family Estates, Director of Winemaking Stephanie Putnam, Assistant Winemaker Kathy George, and Vineyard Manager Eric Pooler..

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2012

In case you haven’t checked your calendar, Mother’s Day is two Sundays from now – May 13, 2012! Just to give you some ideas what you may give for your beloved mom, here’s some food (prepared and ingredients) and wine ideas. Edible Gifts Modern Bite Bakery’s cookies Modern Bite Bakery has a beautiful and addictive assortment of cookies that are balanced in flavor and not too sweet. Their Mother’s Day sugar cookies ($42 per dozen) colored in bold and bright colors and patterns that is great any fashionable mom who loves her sweets. For something that isn’t as colorful but..

Easter Chocolates, Wines and Spirits

Easter is coming around the corner very soon. For those who do celebrate this religiously and gave up chocolates or alcoholic beverages for Lent, I guess this is your list of things you could try when Easter arrives. For everyone else, this is something to indulge for that holiday weekend. Chocolates La Maison du Chocolat: Small Praline Egg Coffret As a longtime fan of La Maison du Chocolat, you can never go wrong with this luxurious French chocolate house. Their small praline egg coffret ($56) might be steep in terms of pricing but you’re getting superbly made chocolates. Underneath the..