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February 2024 Features
Vintage Cru Wine Tasting at The Sun Wine & Food Fest 2024, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT, USA
Wine Cellar
Catena Zapata Argentio Malbec - photo by Luxury Experience
We have attended the Vintage Cru event at The Sun Wine & Food Fest at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut twice now, and it always has exceptional wines and spirits and for their 20th anniversary celebration they were especially remarkable. 
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Chef Amanda Freitag – French Onion Soup Recipe, The Sun Wine & Food Fest 2024, Mohegan Sun
Chefs Recipes
Amanda Freitag - The Sun Wine & Food Fest - Mohegan Sun 2024
If you watch the Food Network's Chopped series, you know Chef Amanda Freitag as one of the fabulous Chef Judges. On January 27, 2024, foodies had the opportunity to watch Chef Amanda Freitag in action at the stove during her culinary demo during the Grand Tasting at The Sun Wine & Food Fest at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut where she demoed how to make Classic French Onion Soup. Of course, Luxury Experience was there taking notes so that we could share this delicious recipe with our readers. Bon Appetit!
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The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Norwalk, CT, USA
Restaurants
Maine Lobster Roll - photo by Luxury Experience
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood in the Rowayton neighborhood of Norwalk, Connecticut is located directly on the water on the Five Mile River and has been attracting seafood lovers since Kevin Conroy purchased the restaurant in 1996. Stunning water views, an excellent seafood selection, an inviting ambience, along with outstanding service make the award-winning restaurant a continual standout. Whether you opt for a leisurely weekend Brunch, for a delectable lunch during the week, or arrive in the evening to enjoy dinner and an incredible sunset over the river, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood will totally enchant and engage your senses. Bon Appetit!
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Lebanese Cooking by Madelain Farah & Leila Habib-Kirske
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Lebanese Cooking by Madelain Farah & Leila Habib Kirske
If you love Middle Eastern cuisine, Lebanese Cooking by Madelain Farah & Leila Habib-Kirske published by Hatherleigh Press is a great reference as it has more than 185 simple, delicious, and authentic recipes in its chapters on Sauces, Bread & Bread Dishes, Soups, Salads, Fish, Entrées, Kibbi, Mihshi, Rice Dishes, Vegetarian Dishes, Laban (Yogurt) Dishes, Condiments, and Desserts & Beverages. Originally written by Madelain Farah in 1972 to honor recipes from her mother, the book was updated and expanded in 2023 by Madelain Farah's daughter, Leila Habib-Kirske. Written with love with delectable recipes and stunning photographs, this cookbook is a treasure for Middle Eastern cuisine.
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A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy
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A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy
A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy is a gorgeous coffee table book that tells the intriguing tale of The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood in the Rowayton neighborhood of Norwalk, Connecticut along with the rich history of the area's lobstermen and oystermen. Stunning photographs and Barbara's evocative writing captures the imagination, and the fabulous recipes also entice the reader to keep turning the pages. Two of our favorite recipes from the book are the Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Seared Salmon with Orange Sauce. Barbara graciously shares the recipe for Seared Salmon with Orange Sauce to tempt your palate.
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Burlap & Barrel: Single Origin Spices - Chef Marc Murphy’s Season with Authority Collection
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Marc Murphy - Trio of Spices at Burlap & Barrel
Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Chef Marc Murphy, who Chopped and Food Network fans know as a judge and the chef who tells cooks to "season with authority," now makes it easier than ever for home cooks to do exactly that with his spice collection from Burlap & Barrel: Single Origin Spices. A trio of delectable spices, Chef Marc Murphy's Season with Authority Collection includes Chef's Best Friend a mélange of NY salt and Zanzibar black pepper, Riveira - Mediterranean Herbs & Chili, an enticing blend of rosemary, hyssop thyme, oregano buds, and silk chili, and Surf ‘N' Turf - Peppercorns, Garlic & Seaweed, a heady aromatic blend of black lime, garlic, black pepper, salt, oregano buds, fermented white pepper, and wild Icelandic kelp. Easy to use, easy to love, and easy to "Season with Authority" just like Chef Marc Murphy.
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Masottina Viaventi Rose Brut Millesimato, Prosecco Rosé DOC 2022, Treviso, Italia
Wine Cellar
Masottina Prosecco Viaventi Rose DOC 2022
Masottina Viaventi Rosé Brut Millesimato, Prosecco Rosé DOC 2022 from Treviso, Italia is the perfect "bubbly" to commemorate life's everyday celebrations. Why drink bubbly only on special occasions when life is an adventure that should be celebrated daily. Masottina Viaventi Rosé Brut Millesimato, Prosecco Rosé DOC 2022 is like tasting Italy in a bottle and with only 11% alcohol, it makes for a perfect lower alcohol beverage. Cheers!
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Mike Zito - Life Is Hard
Music Scene
Mike Zito - Life Is Hard
The latest release Mike Zito - Life Is Hard  is an extraordinary release, which coming from a multi-Blues Music Award winner, is saying a lot, but it is resounding. Cut from the cloth of bare emotions and using the Blues to express those feeling is a true mastery of your craft. 
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Kevin Burt & Big Medicine – Thank You Brother Bill: A Tribute to Bill Withers
Music Scene
Kevin Burt &  Big Medicine - Thank You Brother Bill: A Tribute To Bill Withers
The release Kevin Burt & Big Medicine - Thank You Brother Bill: A Tribute to Bill Withers is a tribute to the singer, storyteller, writer, and legend Bill Withers. To tackle a project of this magnitude takes a focus beyond music, it requires an understanding  and the ability to capture the purpose that Bill Withers embodied in his music when written and performed. Keving mastered this tribute to Bill Withers and showed an unmatched level of respect for the legend; a must-experience release. 
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Patti Parks – Come Sing With Me
Music Scene
Patti Parks - Come Sing With Me
The release of Patti Parks - Come Sing With Me marks the second release on the VizzTone label and features a Who's Who of musicians, including a couple duets with Multi-Blues Music Award winner Johnny Rawls, who also plays guitar on three tracks. The release contains 10 refreshing new songs that sway from ballad poignant tracks, to blazing tracks, to down home Blues; Patti Parks - Come Sing With Me has it all. 
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Red Horse by David Burke, White Plains, New York, USA
Restaurants
DB Chicken with Mushrooms - photo by Luxury Experience
Red Horse by David Burke in White Plains, New York continues Chef Burke's long tradition of culinary excellence. Described as a "Modern American Steakhouse and Sushi Bar," Red Horse by David Burke features a stunning horse-themed ambience as a visual showcase to the restaurant's creative and delectable cuisine. Located in The Opus Westchester, Red Horse by David Burke has enough diversity on the menu to appeal to a variety of palates for family dining and is stylish enough to make it a perfect date night or special occasion restaurant.
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PepperMate Pepper Mill
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PepperMate Traditional Pepper Mill Black
We admit it, we love fresh ground cracked black pepper and use it on, and in, everything we eat or cook. While we love grinding our own black pepper, our challenge has been to find the perfect pepper mill. Throughout the years we have accumulated a diverse collection of pepper mills in all sizes, shapes, and materials, and in all price ranges. While perfectly fine to use tableside, using them for cooking purposes presented more of a challenge when we wanted more finely ground black pepper. When we recently "discovered" the PepperMate Pepper Mill, we found it to be the perfect pepper mill solution. 
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Halifax Restaurant, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Restaurants
NJ Sea Scallops - Halifax Restaurant, Hoboken, NJ - photo by Luxury Experience
Situated along the river in Hoboken, New Jersey, the restaurant Halifax has a cool and contemporary stunning urban vibe that pairs beautifully with Executive Chef Seadon Shouse's creative, inspired, and exquisite cuisine. Handcrafted cocktails with housemade ingredients, a stellar wine by the bottle list, as well wines by the glass, make Halifax a standout. If Halifax in Hoboken, New Jersey is not yet on your culinary radar of exceptional places to dine, it should be! Bon Appetit!
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From The Hill By The Sea – A Book By Seadon Shouse
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From The Hill By The Sea - A Book by Seadon Shouse
Although Chef Seadon Shouse went to culinary school, in a way his training began back in rural Novia Scotia, Canada where he grew up fishing, foraging, and planting. For a chef, there could not be a better foundation than an appreciation, respect, and passion for the food he creates from an early age. His cookbook and memoir, From The Hill By The Sea - A Book by Seadon Shouse is filled with wonderful recipes, beautiful photographs, and interesting stories about growing up, fishing, and foraging in Nova Scotia with his sister and his dad. As the Executive Chef at Halifax restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey, Seadon Shouse delivers his creative cuisine from the cookbook to the table with love. Until you can visit the restaurant and taste his cuisine personally, the book is a perfect gift for foodies, foragers, and lovers of a good story.
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Great International Beer, Cider, Mead & Sake Competition, South Norwalk, CT, USA
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GIBCMSC - Graat International Beer, Cider, Mead & Sake Competition
Could there be any better job than being a spirits' judge? We lent our spirits knowledge as well as our palates to act as judges for the 25th anniversary of the Great International Beer, Cider, Mead & Sake Competition held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, in the Magnificent Room at The SoNo Collection in South Norwalk, Connecticut! Over the course of four hours, we, along with our fellow judges, tasted products in assigned categories in a blind tasting, with winners awarded at the end of the competition. Cheers!
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The Gilded Age Cookbook by Becky Libourel Diamond
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The Gilded Age Cookbook by Becky Libourel Diamond
As a dedicated fan of Downtown Abbey and The Gilded Age, I fell in love with The Gilded Age Cookbook  - Recipes and Stories from America's Golden era by Becky Libourel Diamond. While the recipes are wonderful, it is her carefully researched stories behind the recipes, along with stunning photographs and vintage art, that make her cookbook such a treasure. The cookbook makes a perfect gift for foodies as well as history fans.
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