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by Sally Bernstein

Friday, August 31, 2007
Grocery Store News: Whole Foods has acquired Wild Oats Market in a $565 million deal. Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market had sales of $5.6 billion in fiscal year 2006 and has 307 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In related news, Whole Foods Market said it will sell all 35 Henry's and Sun Harvest stores and a Riverside, California, distribution center to a wholly owned subsidiary of Smart & Final Inc., a Los Angeles-based food retailer. The transaction is expected to close by late September. (GourmetNews.com)

Party Book: The Party Planner was written by David Tutera, a famous event planner who has a Discovery Channel show called The Party Planner with David Tutera. The large format and sumptuous illustrations do him proud as he profiles 10 specific parties, for which he designs the decorations. The featured parties include a wine-tasting event, a Christmas dessert party, and a wedding anniversary dinner. A beautiful and helpful book to consult and be encouraged by time and again.

Thursday, August 30, 2007
New Cake Cookbook: The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City's Famed Bakery
by Elisa Strauss & Christie Matheson contains projects for every skill level: from gorgeous, sugar-dusted heart cookies to delightful billiard-ball cupcakes, to sculpted cakes in the shape of wine bottles and Chinese takeout boxes, to the extravagantly beautiful, three tiered embroidery cake showcased on Sex and the City. The many color photos are amazing!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Texas Food & Wine Event: The 4th Annual Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit is scheduled for April 18-20, 2008. This three-day culinary event will take place under the live oaks of the Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas. Food & wine lovers should contact: www.periniranch.com/summit or call 325.572.3424 or 800.367.1721.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
New York City Culinary Event: The Fifth Annual Gourmet Institute will be held October 19-21, 2007. The epicurean world's top talents will come together for a special weekend of insider-only seminars, cooking demonstrations, tastings and more. Get an exclusive peek into the world of Gourmet with A-list guest chefs including Anthony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, Gray Kunz, Masaharu Morimoto, Charlie Palmer, Michel Richard, Eric Ripert and Marcus Samuelsson- as well as Gorumet editors and a host of culinary notables. For more information, visit their website www.gourmetinstitute.com or call 1-888-308-6133.

Monday, August 27, 2007
Wine Article: It's Time for Wine columnists Sara & Monty Preiser write about Temecula is in its “Teen Years, a town of about 60,000 people approximately ninety minutes southwest of Los Angeles. Temecula has things to offer, including the old pioneering spirit of sharing, good will, and a never-say-die attitude. These qualities have allowed the growers and vintners to produce a great number of wines worth sampling now – in many cases not so much because they are presently great, but because of their potential. You'll find over sixty wineries in the area.

Sunday, August 26, 2007
Upscale Accommodations in California: San Ysidro Ranch, a Rosewood Resort in Santa Barbara, California, has announced the reopening of its most beloved and famous accommodation - the Kennedy Cottage. As part of the resort’s $150 million renovation and named for its most celebrated honeymooners, John and Jackie Kennedy, the Kennedy Cottage has been luxuriously restored to become one of the most exclusive and lavish retreats in California. After a yearlong restoration, reservations for the cottage that once hosted American royalty, demonstrated by the guest register signed by John F. Kennedy, can be made at 800.368.6788 beginning at $2,990 a night.

Saturday, August 25, 2007
Super Hyper-Caffeinated Coffee: Shock Coffee--Naturally Loaded with 50% More Caffeine as well as Shock-A-Lots: chocolate-covered, candy-coated Shock Coffee beans and, for summer, Shock Coffee Blended Coffee Drink. Rich, creamy and full of flavor, they're the best tasting ready-to-drink coffee beverages this side of the Milky Way. Available in Triple Latte or Triple Mocha. Shock Coffee's been featured on the Today Show, Nightline and The Food Network.

Friday, August 24, 2007
Happy Birthday, Big Mac: The recipe for the iconic McDonald's sandwich ("Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun") is as familiar as the Pledge of Allegiance to Americans of a certain age. Today marks the 40th birthday of the Big Mac, first marketed by franchise owner Jim Delligatti in 1967.  

Singles Inn Rates in Mendocino, California: "There's always room for single travelers at the Joshua Grindle Inn..." JGI offers reduced rates year round for single travelers. Whether for a class at the art center, to catch up on your reading, to make new friends and explore new horizons, or in pursuit of peace and quiet and inner exploration, a visit to the Joshua Grindle Inn in Mendocino is not just for lovers."

Thursday, August 23, 2007
2008 French Wine Tour: Truffles, wine, foie gras and duck is the theme for BKWine’s first tour in 2008. The company has just released the details for the program of this unusual wine and food tour. The tour is open to a small number of gastronomy enthusiasts and will take place on February 13-17, 2008. Britt Karlsson, founder of BKWine and organizer of the tour, can be reached at ph 00 33 6 80 45 35 70 or info@bkwine.com .

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Top Aquarium for Kids in the U.S.: Parents Magazine has named the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California the best aquarium for kids in the United States – the latest Top 10 honor for the acclaimed California aquarium. The article, “The 10 Best Aquariums for Kids,” appears in the August issue of Parents Magazine, available on newsstands now. The aquarium was lauded for its innovative live exhibits, including the family-friendly Splash Zone gallery, and for having “the biggest collection of flip books, slide-up panels, light-up buttons, and other touch­able, kid-friendly features of all the aquariums on our list.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Wine Article: California Wine Finds by Monty and Sara Prieser covers wines from Georis in Monterey County, and Eagle Eye, Markham Vineyards, Esser Vineyards and Jocelyn Lonen Winery in the Napa Valley.

Monday, August 20, 2007
Restaurant Reviews: Denver, Colorado by Rita Connelly showcases over 20 of Denver's "must try" spots.

Sunday, August 19, 2007
Food Identification: The Department of Agriculture's COOL (country-of-origin labeling) rules require identification only on fish and seafood and whether they were farmed or wild-caught. But beginning September 30th, rules are set to expand to cover beef, lamb, pork, peanuts, and fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. The rules now apply only to retail goods, not foods sold at restaurants, and they don't apply to foods that are "substantially altered." USA Today

Saturday, August 18, 2007
Earthquake in Peru: Split Bean Coffee, the makers of Alfajroes la Misión, will be donating $2.00 from each order placed from August 15th to Sept 15th to the victims of The 7.9 Peruvian Earthquake.  What are Alfajores?  Alfajores are South American Shortbread cookies which are traditionally stuffed with Dulce de Leche. Each South American country has their own version with Peru and Argentina having over 10 different styles to boost, Split Bean Coffee's alfajores are based on a traditional Peruvian recipe, we offer over 8 different varieties including Lucuma filled alfajores, which is a Peruvian Original.

Friday, August 17, 2007:
Pike Place Market turns 100: Happy 100th Birthday to the Pikes Place Market in Seattle, Washington. From free Starbucks coffee to opening remarks by Mayor Nickels to the official Market birthday cake to the Centennial Championship Salmon Toss to the 12' x 20' Pigs on Parade float (a replica of Rachel the Pig) to live music to other surprises, guests, and special happenings...if you are in Seattle, Pike Place Market is the place to be today!

Thursday, August 16, 2007
Pomegranate Lovers Rejoice: Here are three ways to enjoy the spry, exuberant flavor of pomegranate in drinks: PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, Charbay Pomegranate Vodka and Hiram Walker Pomegranate Schnapps.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Restaurant Reviews: Brooklyn, New York by I Wang showcases the fact that Brooklyn has become New Yorkers’ new Manhattan. More and more people are discovering the borough’s wonderful epicurean treasures. I. Wang shares ethnic spots to upscale steak houses.

New Cookbook: Yum!: Tasty Recipes from Culinary Greats by Jeffrey Spear & Dara Bunjon is available to pre-order through Amazon. This is a collection of 100 wonderful recipes from more than sixty renowned chefs who share their personal favorites. Among the many contributors are Sara Moulton, Nick Malgeiri, and Jacques Torres in New York; Roy Yamaguchi, Elizabeth Falkner, Tom Douglas, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, and Joanne Weir in the West; Charlie Trotter and Rick Bayless in the Midwest; Nathalie Dupree, Steven Raichlen, and Michael Richard further south; and Susan Hermann-Loomis in France. The recipes are for appetizers, brunches, soups, salads, main courses, vegetables, deserts, and sauces.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Food & Wine Event: Whitecliff Vineyard’s Gourmet Burger Celebration will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 25th and 26th in Gardiner, New York. The Celebration will give people a true taste of Hudson Valley agriculture, as it offers the delicious synergy of wine, burgers from local grass-fed beef, sweet corn, and ice cream— four products of the bounty of Ulster County. Even the buns, cheese and pickles will be local! Whitecliff Vineyard, 331 McKinstry Road, Gardiner, NY. Tickets will be $25 a person, and are available by calling Whitecliff at 845-255-4613.

Monday, August 13, 2007
New Chocolate Cookbook: Enlightened Chocolate: More than 200 Fit & Flavorful Recipes for Chocolate & Cocoa Powder with Less Fat & Calories by Camilla V. Saulsbury is available to pre-order through Amazon. This book is filled with more than 200 luscious, inviting recipes that let you have your chocolate in an "enlightened" manner, namely with less fat, fewer calories, and maximum chocolate flavor. All recipes are straightforward and rely on easy-to-find ingredients. Nothing will daunt, not even the chocolate soufflé with raspberry sauce or chocolate crème brulee.

Sunday, August 12, 2007
New Salad Cookbook: Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens--Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken, and More
by Catherine Walthers includes over 135 inventive salad recipes and 59 color photos and is timed to answer the great demand for healthy recipes with organic ingredients. Walthers offers delicious twists on tired classics, including pasta salads, salad wraps, bean salads, whole grain salads, and chicken salads. Helpful hints on preparation and health benefits appear throughout.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Mendocino, California Restaurant: As culinary expectations continue to rise in Northern California, Stevenswood Spa Resort’s signature restaurant, The Restaurant at Stevenswood, is an intimate, 10-table restaurant. The Restaurant at Stevenswood presents an unparalleled dining experience, with an emphasis on organic, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients, artfully prepared by Executive Chef Randy Lewis. Open for breakfast and dinner.  For more information or to make a reservation call 707-937-2810.

Friday, August 10, 2007
Coffee News: Beginning this week customers of  Safeway, Tom Thumb and Randall’s grocery stores in Denver, Phoenix, Dallas and Houston will find 6 varieties of  Christopher Bean Coffee available in the premium bagged specialty coffee section of their local supermarkets.   The selection at Safeway includes six varieties, three delicious flavored coffees, Hazelnut Crème, Vanilla Nut Butter Cookie, this year’s top selling new flavor “Jamaica Me Crazy” and three non flavored Coffees, House Blend, Kenya Kilimanjaro Blend and Christopher Beans famous Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend. Safeway customers are being offered and introductory discount of $1.50 off per bag from now until August 21st.

Thursday, August 9, 2007
New Cookbook: Kissing in the Kitchen: Cooking With Passion by Kevin T. Roberts is the ultimate guide to cooking and dating. If you have never before cooked, are a novice chef, or if you just want some new ideas, this book will show you how to do it all with style. Don't plan another dinner date without reading Kevin's tips on how to cook with passion. It may be the difference between getting that second date, showing your long-time companion you really care, or getting some kissing going on in the kitchen.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007
California Wine Event: The Twelfth Annual Russian River Valley Winegrowers Grape to Glass Weekend will be held in Russian River in Sonoma County, California August 17-19. Grape to Glass encourages you to live like a local for a weekend of winery and vineyard tours, educational tastings, scenic bike riding, kayaking down the river, a magical mystery bus tour, a delicious lunch and a down-home barbecue. For information: 707.521.2534

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Cool Waters: Spicy foods beg for cool drinks. That's why Mexican street vendors offer aquas frescas. Translated as "fresh waters," aquas frescas are a simple combination of pureed fruits, water and sugar that are as common in Mexico as iced tea is in North Carolina or beer in Milwaukee. Flavors range from pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, lime or horchata, a vanilla-infused rice drink. (plate magazine)

Monday, August 6, 2007
New Chocolate Article: Make Mine Chocolate by Stephanie Zonis offers The Chocolate Chip Cookie: An American Icon. Stephanie shares a recipe for Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and her Chocolate Find of the Month is TheBestCookies.com.

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Tea Article: "My Cup of Tea in Paris" by Anne Willan, of LaVarenne fame, includes recipes for Green Tea Milkshake, Indian Lassi, Red Wine Grog, Tea-time Apple Juice.

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Wine Article: "Mi Sueño is a Dream" by Monty and Sara Prieser, who say, "Mi Sueño has taken its place as one of the premier wineries in California."

Friday, August 3, 2007
Restaurant Reviews: "San Jose, California, Restaurants" by Karen Petersen takes us downtown, to Japantown, Valley Fair, Willow Glen, and Campbell.

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Super Hyper-Caffeinated Coffee: Shock Coffee--Naturally Loaded with 50% More Caffeine as well as Shock-A-Lots: chocolate-covered, candy-coated Shock Coffee beans and, for summer, Shock Coffee Blended Coffee Drink. Rich, creamy and full of flavor, they're the best tasting ready-to-drink coffee beverages this side of the Milky Way. Available in Triple Latte or Triple Mocha. Shock Coffee's been featured on the Today Show, Nightline and The Food Network.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
August eNewsletter: Sally brings in the month of August with her eNewsletter. This one announces a free monthly cookbook drawing.

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