food and drink

Fancy Some Fondue?

It’s been a slow reentry after the holidays here. I’d become accustomed to the kids’ schedule – late nights playing games (liar’s dice was the obsession this year) or watching movies and lazy mornings sleeping in. As I put my older daughter on the bus back to school yesterday, I reluctantly acknowledged that vacation is over.…
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Quintessential Guide to Champagne

Thin Man New Year's EveIn preparation for New Year’s Eve, everyone needs to know at least a little something about champagne. Long time readers may recognize some of this information, but since many of you are new to Quintessence this year, I am offering an updated version of this must-read guide before the holiday weekend!!…
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Coupe or Flute?

This is the age old champagne dilemma – coupe, flute or tulip! Last year I wrote about Seth Box, director of education for Moet Hennessy USA, who, in the New York Times, discussed his preferences. Not only did he voice his opinion (which of course I agree with) that Americans drink too little champagne but he also had strong thoughts about what glass to serve it in.…
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#Jingletweet Treasure

I’m excited to announce that #Jingletweet has finally arrived. For those of you who haven’t been following along via social media, this is a tweet up (an “in real life” party for those of us connected on twitter) cohosted by friend Ridgely Brode and myself at the fabulous new space of Audiocom, “master craftsmen of modern technology.” During the course of planning the party, we have received a plethora of fabulous gifts to give away to lucky winners.…
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Happy Thanksgiving

All set (pun intended)!! Just deciding between the flatware! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday. I am grateful every day to the amazing people I have met through this endeavor! Cheers to you all!!  
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Pimlico Premiere

I had actually intended a different post for today but after attending  a festive event celebrating the reopening of New Canaan, CT design destination Pimlico in its fabulous new location, I knew you would enjoy seeing some shots of the space.…
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Gilting the Home

I would imagine most of you readers are already familiar with Gilt and probably Gilt Home. But as of this past Tuesday, Gilt Home is a whole new place. Although it still features its famous flash sales, it now has so much more.…
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Wednesday Wine

Today we get to tag along with Terry as she had a marvelous dinner with Paul Hobbs, one of the superstars of the wine world. photo: John McJunkin I have known Paul Hobbs for as many years as he has been making his wines in California.…
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Wednesday Wine

I know soon Terry will be heading out to Napa to take some lucky customers on private tours of select vineyards. Today she talks about Palmaz, a special winery with an incredible architectural story in the valley. The first time I was invited to see the new renovations and construction that was still being finished at the Palmaz winery I was so impressed.  …
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Wednesday Wine

Lucky Terry is reporting to us from Saratoga this week where she is checking out the racing scene as well as eating and drinking at some fabulous establishments. The famous horse family, The Whitneys, had a summer cottage called the Lodge on Nelson Avenue in Saratoga. …
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