Showing posts from October, 2012

New York City Wine & Food Festival - Grand Tasting

Talk about epic foodventure.  We have just returned from NYCWFF's Grand Tasting, our minds blown and stomachs filled (not to mention, livers battered).  I've never seen anything like this before, and probably will not until next year's event.
The Grand Tasting is sort of like a trade show for everything in the food industry.  Housed in Pier 57 on the Hudson, it's this ginormous space packed to the gills with vendors, edibles, and foodies.  It's really fun, in a way, but you can also start feeling extremely claustrophobic and overwhelmed easily.
When the hardworking volunteers popped a wristband on me, I was wondering why there were two little tabs with the images of a wine glass and a briefcase.  When we entered, I discovered that the wine glass tab was to get you a free wine glass from IKEA (efficient and environmental way to dole out wine samples) and a tote bag half-full of goodies (for you to fill the rest of the way with more goodies to come).  Let me just sa…


So we bid London farewell with one fewer member in our tour group and headed on the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord.  Oh Paris!  City of Lights, city of love.  We had a very short time in Paris, hardly long enough to do it justice.  In the two-and-a-half days, I squeezed in trips to Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee d’Orsay, Versailles, a Seine boat cruise, the Latin Quarter, Musee du Louvre, the Champs Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower.  Phew!
Along the while, we had some interesting eats.  The first night, we dined at Le Saint Germain after Musee d’Orsay.  We were starving and ready to keel over so I made the executive decision to head over to Saint Germain where I’d heard there was good food.  We stopped at this brasserie on a street corner (very typical of Paris, no?) and a cute waiter handed us a menu.  I barely looked at it and said YES PLEASE FEED ME.  We shared some escargot (just me and Mom: Dad isn’t quite at that level yet), I had a canard dish (shredded duck un…