Indaba Chardonnay – A Budget Friendly White

Indaba, is a delightful budget friendly (under $15) crisp and fruity South African Chardonnay. Get some interesting pairing suggestions from Rinku Bhattacharya.

Quixotic in St Paul – Coffee That’s No Imaginary Figment

Bill finds Quixotic Coffee in St. Paul to be exactly what he was looking for.

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Eight Ways To Take Your Coffee From Average To Amazing

Mike Crimmins with some fantastic tips on how to make your coffee taste much better.

Peter Asher Coffee and Tea – An Ethiopian to Invite to Breakfast

Bill samples a decent Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from Peter Asher Coffee and Tea, that makes for…

Lemongrass Pandan Drink

This lemongrass pandan lemonade is a well balanced sweet, aromatic, citrusy drink.

Karkadeh: A Sweet Hibiscus Tea

Karkadeh has been used in Egyptian homes to poach pears and to mimic a non-alcoholic mulled wine, served warm and sweet after a long simmer in cinnamon, cloves, star anise and citrus notes.

Cafe Del Mundo Proves Pretty Tre-mundo-us

Bill finds Anchorage’s oldest coffee roaster a decent stop for the local and tourist alike.

Calling All Bacon Lovers: Bakon Vodka

Does combining two awesome things – bacon and booze – create a third awesome thing? Marnely Rodriguez reports.

First Look at Newcastle’s Founders’ Ale

Bandy Baca has a first taste of the limited edition Newcastle Founder’s Ale.

Beer and Food Matching: The New Trend

The art of matching beer and food has gone way beyond light lagers and spicy dishes.

Almost Bellini – with a Strawberry Twist

On Valentine’s Day, the combination of peach, strawberries and bubbly wine, is destined to be successful.

Food Trend: Cooking With Craft Beer

In the past few years, American Craft Breweries have elevated the idea of beer onto a level playing field with fine wines.

CIA – Chefs of Tomorrow Make Good Coffee Today

The Culinary Institute of America not only makes good chefs, it makes a good cup of coffee.

Kick Off Carnaval with a Passion Fruit Caipirinha

To help get you in the mood to celebrate Carnaval, here’s a recipe for a delicious caipirinha made with fresh passion fruit. 

Bean Trees: Fine Organic Coffees

Constantly on an endless search of coffees from around the world, Marnely Rodriguez is always happy to discover small producers and farmers that are making a fantastic product.

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Top Twelve Undiscovered Wines of Northeastern Italy

Kathy Bechtel with a list of 12 Italian wines with fascinating narratives and flavors that are still largely unknown in the rest of the world.

Tropical Cilantro Smoothie
Tropical Cilantro Smoothie

Starting the day with something full of green goodness, healthy fats and naturally sweetened is the perfect balance for Christine Curran.

Refreshing Watermelon Daiquiri

A delicious, grown up way to enjoy watermelon. Try this daiquiri twist from Christina Soong-Kroeger.

De La Paz Brought Me Peace of Grind

Bill finds a great coffee roaster at De La Paz’s future bar.

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10 Wine Myths Debunked

Can you smell the cork to tell if a wine is corked? Should red wine be served at room temperature? Tim Elliott debunks 10 long-lived wine myths.

Deep Cello Has a Decent High Jump

Coffe expert Bill Walsh finds a nice cup in Deep Cello’s High Jump Blend.

Vegas’ Cup Holds Promise for Better Coffee

Bill Walsh falls upon a fair oasis of coffee on the Strip.

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Argentine Wine Beyond Malbec

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, and their most used grape is the Malbec. But there’s more to sip from the South American country.

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Rediscover Soave: Elegant Whites from a Lovely Walled City Rise Above the Bulk Wines

Soave, just a little over an hour from Venice, is the center of the Soave wine region and home to some wonderful refreshing white wines.

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Finding the Best Values On A Restaurant Wine List

By the glass or by the bottle? French or Chilean? Big names or independent labels? Tim Elliott knows.

Can a Super Automatic Produce Good Espresso?

For those looking for a no-fuss espresso machine, can their be quality?

Inside the cellar at Contra Soarda
Vignaioli Contra Soarda and da Pulierin: A Must-Visit for Foodies in Bassano del Grappa, Italy

The eponymous digestif isn’t the only reason for a foodie to visit Bassano del Grappa in Veneto, Italy.

New Year’s Hangover Cure Cocktail

Nancy Lopez McHugh has a slightly strange, but effective way to cure that New Year’s hangover.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Champagne

Dazzle your New Years Eve guests with your knowledge about the golden wine from France.

Spanish Bon Bon Coffee

Khalilah Ramdene takes a flavorful trip back to Spain with a cup of Bon-Bon coffee.

A Brisk Brazilian Coffee

Our resident coffee expert Bill Walsh slurps up Peter Asher’s Brazil Bob-O-Link.

ski holiday at Val Gardena, Italy
Bombardino – Christmas Holiday or Apres Ski Cheer from Italy

An egg nog or advocaat based toddy, certain to relax you after a hard day on the slopes or Christmas markets.

Holiday Cocktail Quandary – How to Enjoy Your Own Party

Denise Sakaki solves the holiday cocktail quandary: how do you design a cocktail party that you, the host, can actually enjoy?

Cure your Cold with the Intensitoddy

Joy Zhang has found the perfect cure for all future cold symptoms. Meet the Intensitoddy.

Santa Serves Up a Decent Coffee at Home

Turns out Santa Claus’ House has more to offer than just milk and cookies.

Spicy Hot Cocoa

For thousands of years cocoa has been used to treat many health issues. Oh, and it tastes good too.

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A Fruity Ethiopian Coffee That Gives Back

Our resident coffee expert Bill Walsh finds a pleasant Sidamo from Kifu Coffee Company.

Czech Mulled Wine

When the weather turns cold in Prague and you are out enjoying the sites there is only one way of warming up, Svarak.

Sea Island Coffee – A Kopi Luwak That’s Not Crap

Bill forays into a Kopi Luwak coffee from Sea Island Coffee in the UK.

South Indian Filter Kaapi

Priya Sreeram on how to make The Perfect South Indian Filter Coffee.

The Sweet Smell of Dogwood Coffee

Bill Walsh barks up the pleasant Dogwood Coffee tree.

Kona
A Kona Roasts in Brewklyn

Coffee expert Bill Walsh has the pleasure of sampling Brewklyn Grind’s Kona.

From Bacon with Love: In Defense of the Green Juice

Getting your green juice on makes eating all that delicious bacon a bit more feasible.

Miolo Opens Store in Shanghai

Miolo is the first Brazilian wine producer to open its doors in China.

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Set Your Sights on Sightglass

Bill makes spies a fine cup of coffee at Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco.

Badusha
A Traditional Indian Sweet: Badusha

A deliciously flaky and layered Indian Sweet that shimmers in a sugary coat.

Colombia
Coffee, With a Dash of Colombian History

Bill mines out a tasty Colombian from Superba.

Dom Candido Winery Commemorates 80th Birthday of its Founder with Limited Edition Blend

The famous Brazilian wine maker turns 80 and celebrates with a limited edition blend.

I Like My Sheep How I Like My Coffee

Bill discovers a golden fleece in St. Paul’s Black Sheep.

Santa Laura
A Superba Costa Rican

Bill finds a glorious Costa Rican in Superba’s Santa Laura.

Sake 101 and Unexpected Food Pairings

Marnely Rodriguez is back from the 5th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival with a whole new view on Sake.

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Only Fairly Steamy for SteamDot

While the ambiance rocks, Bill finds SteamDot only mostly good.

Pickle Mania: Gibson Garnish

Extra pickling brine became a very happy accident in Rebecca Orchant’s cocktailing life.

Watercress Smoothie Kickstart

How to make a very simple and highly effective morning smoothie based on watercress.

Sicilian Donnafugata and Passito from Pantelleria

Eric Sohl travels to Italy to learn about Donnafugata and Passito wines.

Mint and Lemon Cooler

A refreshing drink with a blend of fresh mint leaves with tangy lime.

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Decent Direct Trade Almost a Bull’s Eye

Though a bit surprised, Bill finds a tasty direct trade coffee at Target.

October 28th – The Second Annual Champagne Day

On October 28, lovers of French bubbly can devote both online and offline activities to the classic luxury wine.

Franciacorta: Splendid Sparkling Italians

Emiko Davies visits the Franciacorta Wine Festival in Lombary, Italy and finds an abundance of splendid sparkling wines.

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Nothing Fishy About This Coffee

A small beach coffee bar provides a decent caffeinated reprieve.

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