Category Archives: Drinking

McClure’s Bloody Mary with White Pike Whiskey

A few weeks back I was trolling the tables at the Albany Wine & Food Festival and encountered what was surely the work of a mad scientist: a Bloody Mary concocted with pickle juice and a fierce white whiskey. Specifically, … Continue reading

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Trends from the Winter 2014 Fancy Food Show

Yesterday, a panel of experts  identified four trends from the trade show I just attended in San Francisco: Sriracha, chips, low-sugar beverages, mint and condiments. I’ll definitely agree with #3 and #5. There are many fizzy and non-carbonated beverages I’ve … Continue reading

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Live from the floor at Albany Wine & Food Festival

Get a room. That’s my advice if you are fortunate enough to have a ticket to the Grand Tasting or other sessions still to come at this remarkable event. I have never seen so many artisanal whiskeys (including one made … Continue reading

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Albany Food and Wine Fest for the Arts… SOLD OUT!?

I am covering this event on Friday, but it appears the tickets may be already 100% gone. Go immediately to the Festival website and scoop up any sessions that may still be available. If tickets are sold out, and you … Continue reading

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Taste test: Big Peat blended Islay whisky

I love me a wee dram of Islay whisky. In its best rendition, it remind me of a pair of gym socks which have been washed in the salt water of the cold northern sea, drenched with sweat (and maybe … Continue reading

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Saratoga Wine & Food Fest is TOMORROW

A little less than 24 hours from now, I hope you’ll join me at the Grand Tasting of the Saratoga Wine & Food Fall Ferrari Festival, where we’ll have lunch, education and dinner in a beautiful setting with what promises … Continue reading

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Recipe: Tomato-y Bloody Mary Mix

Unlike the popular canned brand, this doesn’t mask the taste of tomato juice. About 6 servings. A good way to use the leftover juice from your Easy Blender Gazpacho. Ingredients: 32 oz Campbell’s tomato juice 1 T Worcestershire sauce ½-1 … Continue reading

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Start your gustatory engines… Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming!

I like to think of the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival as a “locals only” event which definitely isn’t accurate… for one thing, the concourse portion of the event includes several gatherings of classic car collectors who come from hither … Continue reading

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Ommegang Hop Chef event in Albany

I love dinner, and I love beer, but the words “beer dinner” generally leave me cold. Unlike wine, many beers don’t lend themselves to felicitous pairing with specific dishes. And beer often disappears when used as an ingredient, while at … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Beer Advocate

Have you ever been in a beer store and wondered about a new microbrew you found on the shelf (or on tap to fill your growler, better yet)? If you were me, you’d whip out your smartphone and go to … Continue reading

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