contributed by Melissa Roberts
Do you ever really think about your coffee? I never did.
Though my morning cup is a daily ritual, I neither cared nor thought about where the coffee came from as long as the brew was hot and strong. But coffee is big business and a controversial topic environmentally and politically–points that came to my attention recently with the discovery of Dean’s Beans.
Dean’s serves up coffee with a conscience. Continue reading
Contributed by wine writer and consultant, Zachary Sussman
You might say that the tradition of winemaking in Israel extends as far back as the Old Testament, ever since Noah famously “planted a vineyard” and “drank of the wine” in Genesis. Given such ancient origins, it’s ironic that the modern Israeli wine industry has hardly outgrown its adolescence, at least compared to the legendary vineyards of Italy or France.
Sure, by now Israel has proven its ability to make high-quality wine: the most critically-acclaimed and “serious” examples, of course, are the rich and powerful expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon that currently dominate the country’s high-end market. But as Israeli viticulture enters the next stage in its development, the question inevitably emerges: what distinguishes an Israeli Cabernet, for example, from any other expression of that grape hailing from anywhere else on the globe?
What, if anything, makes an Israeli wine Israeli? Continue reading
This post was contributed by guest blogger, Margie Treisman.
Chef Robert Ubaldo’s small, rustic and cozy restaurant is already known for it’s delicious farm-to-table food. But it deserves special recognition as a haven for Kosher Keepers (who eat veg) and vegetarian foodies in Fairfield County.
Yes, Farmer’s Table, in New Canaan, CT, offers a full vegetarian menu at lunch and dinner. This alone merits a shout out.
What’s more, the choices are both plentiful and delicious. With vegetables sourced from Ubaldo’s own Pound Ridge garden or his brother’s upstate New York farm, John Boy, the vegetarian offerings are fresh, vibrant and bursting with flavor. On top of that, this chef bakes his own bread in house daily, as well as three homemade dessert offerings (but more on that later).
Some days I’m pressed for time and speed shop through my farmers’ market, stopping only long enough to grab the goods and move on. On more leisurely days, I meander from farmer to chef, getting the juice on what’s growing and cooking. Continue reading
What’s for lunch after a morning of trying to remain upright in the Roaring Fork River while searching for trout? or after a strenuous bike ride or uphill hike in high altitude?
Aspen offers a wide range of healthy eats for those great lunches you are hankering for. I suggest you check out the following places. Each has lots of tasty choices for anyone who seeks mostly veg options.
Cool mountain breezes waft across snow capped mountains reaching towards implausibly blue skies. I have returned to one of my favorite vacation spots.
Summer in Aspen has it all: awe inspiring hiking, invigorating biking, unique shopping, the eight week long classical Aspen Music Festival and to top it all off, a vibrant and highly creative dining scene. Continue reading
Sweltering temps have blanketed the Northeast again just as Hannah Kaminsky’s third book, Vegan A La Mode, has hit the shelves. Icy cold treats are the perfect solution and Kaminsky’s sumptuous photos and highly creative recipes will have you ordering an ice cream maker before you can click outa this post. Continue reading
Father’s Day is upon us and we’re heating up the BBQ. Whatcha putting on the grill?
Where did your meat come from?
Do you really know? Continue reading
For young lovers and their parents, ‘tis the season of gift giving as summer weddings approach and engagements are announced.
How about considering unique, edible gifts?
I ran across information about Negev Nectars and was taken by their mission “to support small- scale, sustainable agriculture in Israel, and to provide a market for these farmers.” All products sold through this American company come from Israeli farms located in the Negev desert. Continue reading
Farm fresh eggs have been getting a lot of press lately. And all the buzz is not for naught.
The simple pleasure of eating a fresh egg is distinctly different from eating one from a store. The charmingly bumpy shapes, the pleasing range of hues from lavender to pale blue to snow white, all point to a more, well, organic experience. Continue reading