My Soapbox

In My Soapbox section: In 1784, Dr. Benjamin Rush published a pamphlet denouncing the use of distilled spirits as injurious to health and generally evil, leading to “sin and fornication” (sic). The temperance movement, steeped in Protestant religious fervor where any form of merriment was considered “of the devil”, seized on these pronouncements and started organizing... By Manos Angelakis           Read More...

Folkestone livingroom at the Grand

In Destinations: To the Leas, Folkestone’s iconic cliff-top promenade. No longer the favored spot of Victorian ladies with parasols and enormous hats taking the sea air, it’s still a place for invigorating strolls.  As on a previous visit  we stayed in a penthouse with oval windows and a magnificent view of the Channel. By Bo Zaunders             Read More...

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In Gastronomy: Rice, introduced to Europe by the Phoenicians in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Arabs at the Iberian Peninsula, is one of the world’s food staples and you will find rice dishes in every culture and every cuisine. At the recent Fancy Food Show I discovered new rice producers. By Manos Angelakis      Read More...

 

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In the Oeno File section: Icewine or vin de glace is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The frozen grapes are picked and immediately pressed and the resulting liquid becomes very concentrated.  The grapes used for Icewine are those that handle cold well, are very aromatic, and keep their acidity when left long on the vine. By Manos Angelakis               Read More...

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Also in the Oeno File: Because I love Chinese food, I have tried many times to create pairings with Western wines. Recently, the Italian Consorzio Lugana, hosted a number of  food writers in Manhattan’s Chinatown, pairing white still wines from the Consortium with Cantonese dishes. By Manos Angelakis    Read More...

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Also in Destinations: My first thought descending into Cuenca was “what a charming town” and as we proceeded towards the central square, my feeling that Cuenca was a delightful  Spanish colonial city was confirmed. UNESCO declared Cuenca a World Heritage Asset. By Barbara Angelakis     Read More...

 

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