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Wine and Chocolate

Yakima Wine Glasses

Wine and chocolate seem like a great couple. But are they, really?

But They're Definitely Good Solo
Culinary Travel Spotlight10

Culinary Travel

The Story of Soda, an All American Beverage

Friday June 28, 2013

Although soda has its roots in Europe, it's fair to say that this carbonated beverage has become the U.S. national drink. I became fascinated with soda after visiting the Vermont Country Store, where there's a fabulous antique soda fountain. So here's the birth story of soda, continuing on to the development of the soda industry after the Civil War -- strikingly like today's cocktail culture. And more still to come.

Join the Guinea Pig Club in Vermont

Wednesday June 26, 2013

No, it has nothing to do with the Peruvian dish cuy. But while you won't have to worry about being served a common domestic house pet, you should bring a more standard sense of culinary adventure when you dine on Thursdays at The Inn at Weathersfield in Vermont.

It's worth a visit now, but keep an eye out for The Hidden Kitchen, two-day culinary workshops that will have a special focus on Vermont ingredients.

Vintage Candy at The Vermont Country Store

Wednesday June 19, 2013

Make the memory of your long-gone baby teeth ache when you visit The Vermont Country Store, in Weston, Vermont. The place, which is best known as a catalog but also has two physical locations IRL, offers a huge variety of candy that people of all ages will remember from back-in-the-day -- Charleston Chew, anyone?-- as part of its mission to purvey the practical and the hard-to-find. (N.B.: IRL = In real life, as opposed to online. N.B.= Nota bene.)

As I wrote about my visit to the store a few weeks ago, I started thinking about how we hardly ever hear about "practicality" as a value anymore. Vrest Orton, who founded the company with his wife Mildred in 1946 (can there be more solid and practical names than these?) apparently insisted that all the products sold must be "useful, work and make sense." I am not 100% sure how these standards apply to jawbreakers, however.

Waldorf Astoria Unveils Roof Garden

Wednesday June 5, 2013

The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City officially opened its rooftop garden today -- the rooftop here is actually a large 20th floor terrace. There are nine planting beds, and -- anaphylactic shock-sensitive beware -- beehives. The honey from appears in cocktails, and on menu items, and in the hotel's spa. And even if you're not a guest at the hotel, you can jump on to the hotel's historic tour on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. Learn more.


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