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

Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé · Wine

Natural Wine on the Lower East Side / Aged Rosé

Double-header today! On Food Republic, I have a story about the natural wine scene on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A loooot of drinking research went into this! And I collaborated with Erika DaSilva, a talented illustrator who also works as the general manager at Wildair. Read here.  In the August issue of Wine & Spirits, you can find… Continue reading Natural Wine on the Lower East Side / Aged Rosé

Brooklyn · New York City · Restaurants · Wine

New Website Feature: My Most Useful Articles For Learning Abt Wine + Restaurants

People ask me two things, quite often: What kind of wine should I drink? Where should I eat? My answer, much of the time, to the first question is, “Whatever you want! But probably Chenin, or Gamay. . . ” (not very helpful) and for the second question I usually just start waxing poetic about the… Continue reading New Website Feature: My Most Useful Articles For Learning Abt Wine + Restaurants