made it back to Montreal and enjoyed himself: Montreal – The Chowhound’s Promised Land. Some of the most serious gushing I’ve ever read about any city’s cuisine. I’ve been to all of those places often (I lived within 5 minutes’ walk for years) and he’s bang on – and the funny thing is, he only visited one “name” restaurant in the piece. [via Kate]
A great new service
has just launched for wine lovers called Cork’d. I feel a little bit like they’ve read my mind, because I have been thinking about what it would take to build something like it for a few months now, and even wrote up some stuff about the idea to start getting such a site together. Clearly it was an idea whose time was due, though, since Dan Benjamin and Dan Cederholm got to it first – and they’ve done a wonderful job. For more background info, you can also read Benjamin’s discourse on the building of the site and Cederholm’s comments upon launch. Santé!
On a rainy Sunday last weekend
we went to the bookstore to browse around for new reading material and I came across Ruth Reichl’s new anthology, History in a Glass, made up of (as it is subtitled) “Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet”. I’ve been devouring it ever since – it’s a wonderful read, something you can read all at once or come back to again and again. Wine is a bit like baseball – even if you aren’t a huge aficionado, it is a subject that has always provoked wonderful writing. In both cases, as well, any human treatment of the subject invariably pokes into dusty corners of the world that are populated by amazing characters. Highly recommended!
Argentina On Two Steaks A Day. A friend who spent time there put it this way, “Meals consist of steak with a side of steak. Period.”
It’s Thanksgiving weekend
here in the Great White North and we’re planning two, count ’em two, feasts. Tonight the menu starts with chèvre and tomato salsa croutons, then potato and leek soup followed by confit duck legs with a wild mushroom risotto and brussels sprouts on the side. I made some pumpkin squares which we’ll have for dessert. On Sunday night we’re starting with little rye bread, cream cheese and smoked salmon canapés, a carrot and parsnip soup, then turkey with mashed potatoes, a yam casserole, and broccoli sides. All of that will be followed by a cheese plate and yummy dried cranberry, dried apricot, and white chocolate squares. All of that will be punctuated with several nice wines we have kicking around, including possibly an Amarone della Valipolcella that I have been saving for the right occasion.
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