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by Sally Bernstein

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
New Tea Article: Taking Time for Tea in San Diego, California where Sally covers seven tea rooms, resorts and hotels that offer Afternoon Tea in San Diego.

Monday, September 29, 2008
Halloween Package at Tarrytown House Estate in New York: Ghosts and goblins abound! When October comes to the Hudson Valley, Tarrytown House Estate has the perfect package! This historic hotel, a short walk from Sunnyside, Washington Irving's home of Sleepy Hollow fame, is once again offering their exclusive BLAZE package, featuring overnight accommodations and VIP tickets to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor. Rooms and tickets are limited, so book today! Use promo code "Blaze". Visit Tarrytown House Estate.

Sunday, September 28, 2008
New Culinary Book: Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers by Irena Chalmers, highly respected food industry guru, is a must read for those interested in entering the nation's largest private-sector employer (second only to the federal government). You'll find Sally's Place on page 193 under "Food Writing on the Internet." Visit Irena's website at: foodjobsbook.com.

Saturday, September 27, 2008
The Los Angeles Farmers Market Celebrates 75 Years: The Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax will celebrate 75 years in business with a yearlong celebration beginning January 2009. The market opened July 14, 1934 in its present location.

Friday, September 26, 2008
Two Chardonnays of Note: Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast Appellation Distinct ($24) offers aromas of ginger and lemon zest, which are joined by toasty coconut, melon and caramel alongside a mineral, flinty cedar chest oakiness overlaid by notes of honeysuckle. Boho Vineyards in Ripon, in the Central Coast of California, has just come out with their 2006 Boho Vineyard Chardonnay ($24). Guess what--it is in a 3L Premium Cask, or box. Look for this new wine trend of environmentally sensitive Big-in-Box (BIB) wines.

Thursday, September 25, 2008
Arizona Culinary Event: 1st Annual Eats3 Culinary Event Debuts In Scottsdale This Fall. Experience Eats3, a uniquely Arizonan celebration of food, wine and spirits at SouthBridge in downtown Scottsdale, October 23rd-25th. Nearly 40 Arizona chefs and 200 wineries will showcase their finest along with international talents.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
New Cookware Store in Portland, Oregon: In Good Taste, currently located in the Pearl District of Portland, is opening their second location in Lake Oswego. Their Grand Opening Party will be Saturday, September 27 from Noon to 4 p.m. The new store allows them to offer outdoor grilling classes, free off-street parking and the kitchen is better designed for hands-on classes. 503.248.2015

Tuesday September 23, 2008
Non-Cookbooks: 101 Champagne Cocktails by Kim Haasarud is the perfect holiday book offering memorable cocktail concoctions and Paula Deen's 2009 Calendar by Savannah's own cuisine queen Paula Deen invites you to spend 365 delicious days in pure Southern comfort.

Monday, September 22, 2008
Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch News: Bon Appétit Magazine has honored the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its Seafood Watch program (launched in 1999) as its "Tastemaker of the Year" for what they have done to raise public awareness about sustainable seafood. Executive Director Julie Packard was in New York City recently to accept the honor at the 11th annual Bon Appétit Awards.

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wine Celebration: The 159th annual Blessing of the Grapes in Livermore Valley was held Saturday at Concannon Vineyard in conjunction with their 125th consecutive harvest celebration. Third and fourth generation family members Jim and John Concannon cut a grapevine to officially inaugurate the new $30 million renovated Concannon winemaking facility.

Saturday, September 20, 2008
California Wine Event: Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance will hold its event of the season, the Paso Robles Harvest Wine Tour, October 17th - 19th. Expect events held at over 100 wineries including culinary arts, wine pairings, traditional grape stomping and barrel tastings, to name a few. 800-549-WINE (8463)

Friday, September 19, 2008
New Cookbooks: Entertaining Simple by Matthew Mead offers recipes, menus, and party ideas for every kind of gathering. The James Beard Award-winning classic Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making by James Peterson is a 612 page book in its 3rd Edition. This is an essential reference for every serious cook.

Thursday, September 18, 2008
Mark Taper Forum Re-Opens in Los Angeles: Winner of more Tony Awards® than any theatre outside of Manhattan, the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum re-opened its doors to the public Sept. 14th after a yearlong $30 million renovation with the premiere of "The House of Blue Leaves."

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Origin of Sacher-Torte: This ultimate Viennese confection was invented in1832 by Franz Sacher, a 16-year-old chef's apprentice. This wildly popular concoction consists of two layers of rich chocolate cake separated by apricot preserves, then coated with a cooked chocolate icing. Whipped cream is often served with it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Origin of German Chocolate Cake: This rich chocolate cake with coconut icing is not German. But German's sweet chocolate was the impetus for this recipe, concocted in their test kitchen to sell their product.

Monday, September 15, 2008
Origin of Frozen Hot Chocolate: Serendipity 3 in New York City was put on the map in the 1960s thanks to this delightful dessert. It is basically very rich hot chocolate cooled, then blended with ice and garnished with whipped cream.

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Origin of Hot Fudge Sundae: Sundaes got their name from Sunday, when the confection was eaten as a treat on the day booze couldn't be served.

Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wine & Food Event: Bedford Springs Resort, the stunningly restored historic destination nestled amid the Allegheny foothills in south central Pennsylvania, will host its inaugural Autumn Wine and Food Extravaganza November 7-9, 2008.  

Friday, September 12, 2008
Largest Ever 100% Eat Local Event: September 30th will see the largest ever national event dedicated to 100% local foods. Americans in 400 locations in 28 states will take part, eating a meal sourced entirely within 150 miles of the cafes where it is served.  The only exception to the local sourcing rule: salt.

Thursday, September 11, 2008
New Cookbooks: Pillsbury Pizza Night: Top It, Stuff It, Twist It--The easy way to go with refrigerated dough by Pillsbury Editors and Great Party Fondue by Peggy Fallon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Online Coupon Sites: couponmom.com; thegrocerygame.com; coolsavings.com; coupons.smartsource.com; https://valpak.com; and deallocker.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
New Culinary Reference Book: THE FLAVOR BIBLE: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg inspires the creation of new dishes based on imaginative and harmonious flavor combinations. Don't think recipes, think flavor combinations for meat, seafood, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and much more. Sure to be a classic!

Monday, September 8, 2008
New Cookbooks: Frozen Desserts by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) & Francisco J. Migoya provides all the basic information a pastry professional needs. Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart by Pauline Nguyen & Luke Nguyen is part Vietnamese cookbook and part family memoir with more than 275 traditional Vietnamese recipes.

Sunday, September 7, 2008
New Books That Aren't Cookbooks: Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink by Tyler Colman is an enlightening volume on a complex topic. Cooking: The Quintessential Art by Hervé This and Pierre Gagnaire makes a powerful case for openness and change in the way we think about food.

Saturday, September 6, 2008
Origin of Caesar Salad: Romaine lettuce, croutons, and Parmesan cheese dressed with olive oil, egg, lemon juice, anchovy and Worcestershire sauce created by Caesar Cardini, owner of several restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1924. This dish was originally served tableside to wow diners. Cardini eventually moved to Los Angeles and brought his popular recipe with him.

Friday, September 5, 2008
What is Umami (oo-MAH--mee): A fifth basic taste described as meaty, savory or brothy. The first four are sweet, sour, salty and bitter. When you think of umami think of a reduced meat stock, the intensity of Parmesan cheese, the concentrated flavor of sauteed mushrooms or tomato sauce and the complex tastes of naturally brewed soy sauce.

Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tea: First comes water, then comes tea. Tea is the second most consumed beverage on the planet. The Chinese alone are said to drink 5 billion cups of tea daily. Tea is an infusion made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush, Camellia sinensis, in hot water for several minutes, after which it is drunk. The four basic types of true tea are black tea, oolong tea, green tea, and white tea.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Asian Food & Wine Event: Asian Food Beyond Borders will be held Friday and Saturday, October 10 – 11 in San Francisco. The Asian Culinary Forum is presenting an entire weekend of exciting classes, tours, workshops and panel discussions. Register online.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008
New Wine Article: The Dust is Evident in Rutherford by Monty and Sara Preiser explains the Rutherford Dust Society, a 14 year old group of growers and vintners dedicated to promoting the highest standards of wine production in the Rutherford viticulture area.

Monday, September 1, 2008
September eNewsletter: Sally's eNewsletter features Free Peanut Brittle with any order from Split Bean Coffee (Alfajores Cookies, Coffee & Teas, Marshmallows, etc.)

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