A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"



January 30th, 2013

The temperature is warmer today in NYC, and the fruit and vegetable vendors have returned to the streets. That’s excellent news because I need strawberries. These vendors have multiplied in recent years; and they can now be found all over Manhattan.

Fruit Vendor in NYC

I was spoiled when I lived in Santa Barbara because the strawberries were grown locally and always tasted delicious. In NYC, supermarkets dominate the produce landscape; and they all promote one brand of strawberries – Driscoll’s. I think they are overpriced and tasteless. I am going to continue to buy my strawberries from the street vendor. He typically offers better quality at a bargain price.

Why strawberries in January? I eat them daily for breakfast, but why not serve them for dessert with an aged balsamic vinegar.

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