FOOD & SPIRITS

Saluting a Ukrainian tradition

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The siege of Ukraine is a sorrow beyond words. Here our fusion cooking columnist Rajni Menon pays tribute to a gallant people with an Indian twist on a Ukrainian standard – deruny, potato pancakes.

Wines from a charmed life

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WAG wine columnist Doug Paulding has sipped with the industry’s movers and shakers. But he writes, “I got downright giddy when I was invited to a one-on-one tasting in Manhattan with Paul Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery and Hillick & Hobbs.”

The rebirth of Carménère

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Wines from Austria, South Africa, the Pacific Northwest or Portugal can often be more attractively priced than wines from Napa, California, France, Italy and Spain. Similarly, wines made from the Blaufränkisch, Barbera, Assyrtiko and Picpoul grapes often will stretch your dollars compared to the noble and well-known grapes. 

No ‘bundts’ about it

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In November, Andreea and Florentina Enica opened the first Nothing Bundt Cakes in Westchester County, trading their tennis rackets for spatulas to recapture the warm memories of their grandmother’s cakes in their native Romania.

Super Tuscan vintages at bargain prices

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Wine columnist Doug Paulding writes: “Find a well-stocked store like The Wine Connection in Pound Ridge, Total Wines in Norwalk or Zachy’s in Scarsdale that offers case discounts, and you can be essentially savoring a $250 bottle (of Super Tuscan wine) for $50 or $60.”

A better way to breakfast

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The goal of high-protein, low-sugar, grain- and gluten-free Three Wishes Cereal is to become a classic staple among American breakfast foods, says Margaret Wishingrad, co-founder of the multimillion company.