September 2, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: One of my relatives has become incontinent. She leaks badly. Most of the time her pants are wet. When she comes to visit, she doesn't hesitate to sit on my furniture, and when she stands up, she causes a spot on my carpet. I'm worried my house will start to smell. After she leaves, I have to go around spraying and mopping. I'm sure she wears adult diapers, because after she leaves we find them in our trash. They are soaked, so I think she probably needs to change more often.
August 1, 2016 |
I just drank a bottle of improbably impressive barbera wine from . . . the Jersey Shore?! Yes, I did. And just so we can move on to the important details, let's get the snickering out of the way ASAP, both for the provenance and name of this North Cape May winery - Turdo Vineyards - which landed as a gag mention not once, but twice, by comedian Jay Leno. "What can I say, it's our last name," says Luca Turdo, 34, who makes the wines with his father, Salvatore. "My family's from Sicily, so we go to brush it off. " That's easier to do when you run a labor-of-love winery that rises above both expectations and conventions.
July 14, 2016
Makes 6 servings 4 cups chicken stock 2 cups white wine 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled 1/2 small yellow onion 3 thyme sprigs 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped plus ¼ cup minced celery 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 cup red grapes, halved 2 tablespoons minced shallot 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt ...
May 13, 2016
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, why do they bother making white wine out of cabernet sauvignon if it's a red grape? Marnie: That's not really a thing, Buzz. I've never even seen a white cabernet. Buzz: Really? There are tons of them at the State Store. They call it sauvignon blanc. Not quite as dry as the red. How do they do that? Marnie: Easily, Buzz. Sauvignon blanc is not a white wine made from red cabernet sauvignon grapes. It's a separate grape variety. Unlike cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc is green-skinned, so used for making white wines only.
January 15, 2016
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, my brother just got back from a trip to Napa Valley. He said some wineries put other grapes in their cabernet sauvignon. Isn't that illegal? Marnie: No, Buzz, it's legal in most wine regions, as long as it's a small percentage, though in some European regions, the named grape on the bottle must be in the wine 100 percent. Buzz: Do other places require every grape to be named? Marnie: Yes. Australia requires all grapes in a wine to be named on the label, in order of volume.
July 10, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, The New York Times tackled the quandary of outdoor wine drinking. Specifically: How does one enjoy a fine vintage on a picnic without the proper glassware? Indeed. For starters, everyone knows it's impossible to balance a crystal Champagne flute on a cashmere blanket. Never mind those pesky bugs swarming that 2005 magnum of Saint Emilion Grand Cru. But the big question on the south lawn at the summer estate is: Cabernet goblets or claret chalices? Oh, pooh! The servants simply cannot be trusted with the Waterford decanter - not after that disastrous outing in the Hamptons when Jeeves nearly knocked it over with a croquet mallet.
July 9, 2015
AS A CITY, we've gotten pretty good at attracting and handling crowds, and with the number of visitors growing year after year, we get more and more practice. Thanks in part to the smart management of the city's "Visit Philadelphia" tourism office, the number of visitors has increased every year for the past 18 years, with 39 million domestic visitors in 2013. This provided more than $10 billion in economic impact in that year alone, creating jobs and activity in hospitality and beyond.
May 11, 2015 |
CHAMPAGNE, France - Tiny bubbles rise and burst as Nathalie Domi pours out glasses of her finest champagne. My wife and I sip and nod approval. It is superb. Flavorful, crisp, and sparkling. We are visiting Champagne Domi Moreau, Nathalie's family company, one of the smallest and most traditional producers in the Champagne region of northeastern France. Many tourists just spend a day in Champagne's main cities, Reims or Epernay. They go to famous champagne houses like Veuve Clicquot and enjoy a tasting.
February 13, 2015 |
THE ENCHANTING RUN that Philadelphia's Taney Dragons and ace pitcher Mo'ne Davis went through last summer at the Little League World Series in Williamsport may have ended too soon. The Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West club, the first all-black squad to win the United States Little League Championship, was stripped of its title by Little League International yesterday after it was determined the team had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players. Little League International also said that after the boundaries had been changed, JRW officials went to surrounding leagues in Illinois to claim players to build a superior team.
November 7, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, why do wines need to rest before they're ready to drink? Marnie: Most wines are ready to drink immediately, Buzz. Certainly all wines in your favorite bargain category. If it's on the shelf for less than $25, there's no need to age it any further, so drink up. Buzz: No, I mean when you make wine, not when you buy it. My Italian father-in-law makes his own homemade red. I helped him crush grapes in September, so when we visited last weekend I wanted to drink the batch we made.