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by Sally Bernstein

December 31, 2000
The American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts will open in the year 2001 in Napa, California ( www.theamericancenter.com). Over $70 million is being raised so that visitors can learn about food and wine, view performances and the art exhibits. To get the center under way, Robert Mondavi donated $20 million dollars.

December 29, 2000
In 1999 the National Restaurant Association listed ethnic fare as the number one trend in the restaurant industry stating the "today's culinary compass points mainly toward ethnic cuisines, foreign flavors and imported ingredients."

December 27, 2000
Prestige Bubbly from California & Champagne is Steve Pitcher's topic for our end of the year celebrations.

December 26, 2000
Steve Pitcher shares his Year-End Retrospective--Best Wines Encountered in 2000.

December 24, 2000
In the United States, 11% of the population drinks 89% of the wine consumed annually.

December 22, 2000
PEZ candies started as small mints created in Austria in 1920. The name for PEZ is an abbreviation for the German word for peppermint, or Pfefferminz.

December 20, 2000
Enjoy Christmas Indian-Style by new contributor Laxmi Hiremath, who shares two recipes: Mixed Nuts and Dried fruit Curry and Fragrant Cauliflower with Purple Poppy Seeds.

December 17, 2000
Royers Round Top Cafe is in the small Texas town of Round Top (pop. 81 and halfway between Houston and Austin). They serve "sophisticated comfort food" from shrimp stuffed quail to a "Great Steak" to pork tenderloin with a peach 'n pepper glaze. 100's of pies are shipped weekly and 1000's yearly. Don't miss the yummy chocolate chip, pecan, butterscotch chip, and coconut lemon chess, to name only a few of their pies.

December 14, 2000
Genius Meets Paper! Julia Child has written a new cookbook called Julia's Kitchen Wisdom. What would you give to see the notes Child keeps in her handwritten loose-leaf kitchen reference guide? Your wish is granted! This clever little volume was inspired by Child's notebook, compiled from her own "trials, remedies, and errors." As always, Child comes to our rescue with 107 pages of text, so we can find the answers to life's burning questions in a flash. $19.95

December 12, 2000
Consumption of wine in France has dropped from 105 liters of wine per person in 1980 to 60 liters today. And although 47% of the French drank wine every day in 1980, that number is now only 24%. Many younger French people have a hard time relating to the stuffiness of the wine industry and prefer to drink either soft drinks or liquor.

December 10, 2000
Lou Seibert Pappas says, "The Languedoc-Roussillon region in the southern tip of France wins my trump card for a holiday destination. Undiscovered by tour buses, this gorgeous area has everything to entertain and inform the vacationer."

December 9, 2000
The word "Spa" is an abbreviation derived from the axiom "Sanitas per Aqua" or healing through water. Through the ages, civilizations have appreciated the refreshing, invigorating, soothing and healing benefits of water. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans created rituals around the bath in order to promote health and well-being. Many of today's spas offer bathing rituals.

December 7, 2000
Central Market Cooking School in Austin, Texas offers over 450 classes a year for home chefs. Sally enjoyed a class given by Susana Trilling from Oaxaca, Mexico, author of Seasons of My Heart cookbook.

December 5, 2000
Aussies Excel in Syrah Taste-Off--"This year with eight California Syrahs matched against four Australian Shirazs, the Australians took top honors, capturing first, second and sixth place," says wine writer Steve Pitcher.

December 3, 2000
Gloria Kohnen shares "My Terrific Spa Experience" with visits to two Calirornia spas: the Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa in Northern California and the Oaks at Ojai in Southern California.

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