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…

March 14th, 2006
  • Suzanne Goin, the chef and owner of AOC and Luques, has opened a third restaurant in LA called Hungry Cat. It is a casual spot with the focus on seafood. The tuna crudo with mango and thai basil blew my socks off! And the bartender was making cocktails with fresh pomegranate and ambrosia melon that totally differentiated them from the pack. Hungry Cat 1555 N.Vine Street Los Angeles, Ca.
  • When I make pork chops, I always like to serve applesauce. It’s tasty, uniquely textured, and super easy. I find most brands too sweet, but Vermont Village Organic Unsweetened Applesauce is delicious. Their website is www.vermontvillageapplesauce.com You should be able to find it in most grocery stores.
  • If you are in Charlottesville and want to try some wine, go to VaVino, a winebar and retail store that only carries Virginia wines. Each day they offer over 30 wines by the glass. VaVino 401 East Main St Charlottesville, Va.
  • Speaking of winebars, Dan Brody and his wife Alex have opened a hip winebar called Stop Miami in the Wynwood Design District of Miami. It’s motto is “wine cheese chill” which will be easy with their unique low cost wine list, great selection of cheeses, and the cozy Latino vibe. Stop Miami 3533 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, Fl.


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