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!"


Worth Seeking Out…

August 16th, 2004
  • Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, N.Y. is having their annual tomato tasting on August 28th at 9am. It is a smorgasbord of heirlooms, with over 35 varieties available.
  • The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park of NYC is a retro food stand run by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer. They’ve stepped back into the ’50s by serving hamburgers, hotdogs, fries and shakes. The burgers are delicious, flavorful and juicy. The fries are also very good. The Chicago hotdog is unique; it is topped with among other things cucumber, pickle, and peppers…more toppings than I care for. But this is a fun way to enjoy lunch in the park.
  • Apples are just coming into season. It is a fun outing to go to an apple orchard and pick your own, but if that is inconvenient then a farmers markets will be your best choice.
  • Vento Trattoria recently opened in the hot meatpacking district, and it is a more casual spin-off of the 3-star Osteria Fiamma. It is a huge restaurant with over 150 seats outside alone. It’s quite a scene. The good news is that the food is quite good, especially the pizza and pastas. It is located at 675 Hudson St, NYC (212)699-2400

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