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Alice’s Tea Cup

I went to a lovely wedding shower for my nephew’s fiancée in New York a couple weekends ago.  The bride’s brother and sister-in-law (she is a pastry chef who will make the wedding cake) hosted it at Alice’s Tea Cup on the upper east side, one of three branches. First there was a champagne toast and then the … Continue reading

Congrats, Congrats, and Wow

Congratulations to Elements restaurant in Princeton for their well-deserved “Don’t Miss” review in The New York Times today.  And, nestled right next to it, in the print edition, a very nice Quick Bite piece on another favorite spot of mine, the Blue Rooster Bakery & Café in Cranbury. That takes care of the Congrats, Congrats.  … Continue reading

Vino Galore

Lots of wine tastings and dinners on the horizon – At Princeton Corkscrew on Hulfish Street, there are regular tastings in the store from 5:00-8:00pm.  April 20 brings Matt Cline from Three Wine Company of California, in a tasting of three old vines wines, and on April 29 they welcome Michel Fonne from Domaine Michel … Continue reading

From Argentina to Italy to Greece

So many events and so little time.  On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:00pm, Eno Terra in Kingston hosts a taste of Argentina and Bodega Norton wines. Chef Christopher Albrecht will serve light fare to accompany the wines.  $25.00 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Call Eno Terra for reservations (609) 497-1777. The very next evening (2/24), their … Continue reading

Hot Stuff!

Hot chocolate is my consolation prize for having to shovel snow yet again. And it seems that, as with so many other things, I have amassed quite a collection.  There’s the Hershey European Style cocoa on lower right (unsweetened, good for baking too), the Mocafe Mexican Spiced Ground Chocolate on upper right (very sweet, but the spices … Continue reading

Shout Out to Terhune Orchards

Hooray for Terhune Orchards, whose package labeling has been recognized on as one of their 40 Favorite Beverage Package Designs.  The Dieline is a website devoted to quality package design from all over the world. I’ve always freely admitted that I’m a sucker for good packaging, so I really enjoy browsing this website. Thanks to my nephew Patrick for … Continue reading

Chocolate + Tea

The New York Times just reported that, in spite of the global economic downturn, sales of gourmet teas are surprisingly strong.  Could it be because tea seems like a small, yet very comforting, and even healthy, indulgence? But while I love all things chocolatey, I hadn’t thought of chocolate-TEA until Republic of Tea sent me an email about … Continue reading

Tea Party

Pretty, isn’t it?  I recently received an invitation to a gourmet tea and chocolate tasting hosted by Taking Tea In Style, a local company that creates elegant Tea Parties for organizations and individuals.  They also teach tea etiquette and table manners for children (up to 18 yrs), and offer private lessons.  They also sell specialty teas and pretty accessories. … Continue reading

Cuppa cuppa

I love my coffee, and recently bought some Thomas Sweet coffee beans (a nice winey Ethiopian) at the Montgomery Farmers Market.  The Saturday market is in the Village Shopper in Skillman, on 206 across from ShopRite. In the same center you’ll find Thomas Sweet’s new coffee and ice cream shop. Some day I’ll actually have enough leisure … Continue reading

Durian (no relation)

No, my last name, which is Armenian, has nothing to do with durian, the famously stinky fruit that is a favorite in Southeast Asia.  They say that when you crack one of these open the aroma drives people out of the room, so hotels sometime post signs forbidding guests to do that in their rooms.  I … Continue reading