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…

April 19th, 2004
  • There are many hot sauces on the market, but my favorite is Frontera Chipotle hot sauce. It has the same heat as Tabasco, but the smoky sweetness gives it a depth of flavor. Available at grocery stores or www.fronterakitchens.com.
  • Sauce Aioli by Delouis fils is a garlic mayonnaise that is a great dipping sauce. It’s a great alternative to a cocktail sauce or tarter sauce. It works well with shrimp, scallops or mussels. Available at gourmet markets.
  • Maile Dijon Mustard continues to be my favorite mustard. It’s a sharp acidic blend that Maile has been making since 1747. Although they now make many flavored mustards, the traditional Dijon is my favorite. Widely available at grocery or specialty stores.
  • Casa Mano is a Spanish Tapas restaurant recently opened by Mario Batali. It’s a tiny place with only 13 small tables, and an additional 13 stools at the bar. The food is fun, well prepared, and boldly seasoned, typical of a Batali restaurant. A few favorites were pumpkin & goat cheese croquetas, brussels sprouts a la plancha, ramps with romesco, scallops with cava & chorizo, and wild boar with escalivada. For those bored with the routine, try the cock’s combs, sweetbreads or the tripe. An extensive Spanish wine list is available. It’s located at 52 Irving Place, NYC.

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