From Basqueto to Bordeaux

Discovering a World of flavor in the Southwest of France

By Monica Parpal Tucked into the southwest corner of France, bordered by the Pyrenees mountains and the Atlantic coastline, lies the French region of Aquitaine. About the size of Belgium, Aquitaine (French for “land of water”) encapsulates diverse geographical, historical, and cultural characteristics. The terrain climbs skyward with imposing peaks to the south, descends into vinecovered landscape to the north, ... Read More »

Seasonal Sips

Four Drink Recipes We Love Right Now

Top Shelf Margarita From Agave Salt the rim of a lowball glass and set aside. In a shaker with ice, combine: 1-1/2 ounces Herradura Silver tequila 1-1/2 ounces Grand Marnier 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 2 ounces sweet-and-sour Shake well and strain into lowball glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime. agaverestaurant.com   In a shaker, muddle: ... Read More »

Cook with a Book (AND A DRINK)

The Naked Pint: An Unadulturated Guide to Craft Beer (Perigree Trade, 2012)

In The Naked Pint, authors Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune clearly and comically deconstruct craft beer, stripping it down to its core and celebrating all its complexities and flavors. The book breaks down the basics (beer is just hops, malt, water, and yeast, after all) and even offers insight on how to brew your very own batch. Put simply, it’s ... Read More »