Champagne · Cocktails · Grower Champagne · Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé · Sparkling Wine

Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

In our culture, bubbly wines are too often reserved for special occasions or celebrations. But I strongly believe that, first of all, every day should be celebrated just a little bit, and definitely with delicious wine and food–and secondly, sparkling wines can be handcrafted, terroir-expressive wines with incredible flavor and personality. Bubbly is also fun… Continue reading Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

Chefs · Natural Wine · New Nordic · Restaurants

Missed Out On Noma? That’s OK, We Got All The Hygge At Home

So, Noma’s original location has finally closed. If you’re like me, and have never had the extra cash to fly over to Copenhagen for one of these elusive reservations, Noma is meaningful mostly because of its wide span of influence around the globe. (If you aren’t well-versed in Redzepi and his influence, check out my… Continue reading Missed Out On Noma? That’s OK, We Got All The Hygge At Home

Asian Food · California · Chefs · Restaurants

Of Grain Bowls, Chopsticks, Hidden Gems, and L.A.

For a New Yorker, visiting L.A. conjures up cultural references from Woody Allen films, visions of Hollywood galas, and clichés about grain bowls at sidewalk cafés. Well, the latter, at least, rings one hundred percent true in my recent experience–but the grain bowls these days are not so plain, as I found out during a… Continue reading Of Grain Bowls, Chopsticks, Hidden Gems, and L.A.

Fiction · France · Paris · Restaurants · Writing

Just Another Excuse To Write About Paris

I am desperately in love with the city of Paris. If I could do really anything in my life, I would move there to write a novel, and I don’t care at all if that sounds like a cliché. To substantiate it a bit, I do think that France right now is a really interesting… Continue reading Just Another Excuse To Write About Paris

New York City · Restaurants · Sommeliers · Wine

Latest Writings: How To Get Into The Somm / Wine Sales Professions

Happy early fall! The best season of year, at least here in New York. I’m back from travels in Champagne and South Africa, and while the jet-lag is strong, I’m diving into my notes and getting to work on stories. While I was away, my two-part series on wine industry jobs was published on VinePair:… Continue reading Latest Writings: How To Get Into The Somm / Wine Sales Professions

California · Oregon · Restaurants · The USA · Urban Wineries · Wine

Latest Writings + Travels From Oregon + California

Finally, this hot, humid mess of a summer is nearing its end. Despite not having AC in my apartment, traveling excessively, breaking my laptop, and living out of suitcase across continents and coasts, I’ve had a very productive past few months, and I’m really excited about what the fall will bring. I know already that it… Continue reading Latest Writings + Travels From Oregon + California

Brooklyn · Chefs · New York City · Restaurants · Spirits · Women

Meet Sauvage’s Chef, The Ambitious, Fiery, Producer-Obsessed Lisa Giffen

Greetings, and I hope your 4th of July weekend was filled with delicious food and wine! Just one update here: I’m sure some of you who live in New York have already checked out Sauvage, which opened recently in Greenpoint (if you haven’t, I recommend it!). I profiled the ambitious, young, producer-obsessed chef there, Lisa… Continue reading Meet Sauvage’s Chef, The Ambitious, Fiery, Producer-Obsessed Lisa Giffen