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Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: A Guided Tour of the Evolving Restaurant Beverage List

Remember the wine lists of the 20th century? It was as if an invisible hand crafted the lists of every Italian neighborhood restaurant, every French bistro and every steakhouse. This monotonous uniformity fit the moment in Americans’ wine education. Offer them what they were comfortable with; don’t undermine their selections with wines contrary to their […]

Home Guru: How I Added Pizzazz to My Home With Custom Lighting

Home Guru: How I Added Pizzazz to My Home With Custom Lighting

By Bill Primavera – When I was in college, I appeared in a play called “The Madwoman of Chaillot” by Jean Giraudoux with the actress Linda Lavin, who would later go on to achieve fame as “Alice” on television. Most stunning about that production, as I recall, were the amazing effects achieved by its lighting director, […]

The Restaurant Examiner: La Panetière in Rye Plans “Bastille Day” Celebration Dinner

The Restaurant Examiner: La Panetière in Rye Plans “Bastille Day” Celebration Dinner

France’s equivalent of America’s Independence Day is its famous national holiday “Bastille Day” — celebrated every year on the fourteenth of July. In Paris, a spectacular Bastille Day parade begins at the Arc de Triomphe, continues down the Champs-Élysées, and ends at the Place de la Concorde. Late-night fireworks and lights dazzle onlookers at the […]

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Grapevine: Beware the Many Faces of Media Hyperbole

In this age of instant news, instant data availability and instant gratification, I am suspect of most information that crosses the screens of my multiple electronic devices. So much of the rhetoric on the internet, upon investigation, is ultimately opinion, not fact. It is increasingly difficult to discern between the two. To make matters worse, […]

The Home Guru:  Vines Can Hide a Multitude of Sins . . . Or Take Over

The Home Guru: Vines Can Hide a Multitude of Sins . . . Or Take Over

By Bill Primavera – When my family moved to the south when I was eight years old, I was amazed with some of the colloquialisms I heard that were so foreign to my ear transplanted from South Philadelphia. Like one from our next-door neighbor Ethel who liked to say how much she loved her husband even […]

The Accidental Writer: Interview with Critically Acclaimed Author David Litwack

The Accidental Writer: Interview with Critically Acclaimed Author David Litwack

David Litwack has written three fantasy novels and is just about to release the first in a serious of young adult dystopian novels titled, “The Children of Darkness.” His novels have won multiple awards including two Pinnacle Achievement Awards and The Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence. I had the great fortune to grab a little of his time […]

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Grapevine: Presenting The Unique Wine Palate of Americans

Americans drink more wine than any other nation. And most of the wine we consume is produced in the United States. So what wines do we prefer? Is there a national preference for certain styles of wines over others? Do we tend to consume wines produced from a select few grapes or are our palates […]

Mahopac Rallies for One of Its Own at Relay for Life Sean’s Soldiers Raise $100K in Fight Against Cancer

Mahopac Rallies for One of Its Own at Relay for Life Sean’s Soldiers Raise $100K in Fight Against Cancer

You can say what you want and think what you want about Mahopac, but when push comes to shove nobody does it bigger or better than the town that just rallied like no other town in America did to help stomp out cancer at the Relay for Life event at Mahopac High last weekend. You […]

Home Guru:  'Feng Shui’ed' Anew, Not Without Some Trepidation

Home Guru: ‘Feng Shui’ed’ Anew, Not Without Some Trepidation

By Bill Primavera – After a year of great upheaval in my personal and professional domains, having moved to a new residence and expanded space in my office building, I was feeling off kilter. I was a little uncomfortable in my own skin, not sleeping well and working in a tangle of misplaced folders, temporary filing […]

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Grapevine: Bordeaux: Pleasure for the Elite or Staple for The Bourgeois?

Bordeaux. Wait. Stop. Don’t turn this page. I know the word Bordeaux can elicit very mixed emotions – and facial expressions – every time it’s uttered or printed on a page. The wine world at large has done such a good job in promoting the mystique and elusiveness of high-end Bordeaux wines that the general […]

Home Guru: Keeping the Biters at Bay: Creative Tips for Defeating Mosquitos

Home Guru: Keeping the Biters at Bay: Creative Tips for Defeating Mosquitos

By Bill Primavera Now is the time of year when you can enjoy evening meals outside, either on your patio or pool side. I enjoyed that for years before my recent move to a fifth-floor condo, where I don’t have to worry about pool upkeep anymore.  Maybe it’s the one and only thing I miss […]

The  Restaurant Examiner: The Great American BBQ Co. Returns for 2015 Season

The Restaurant Examiner: The Great American BBQ Co. Returns for 2015 Season

Restaurant-goers pursuing delicious barbecue will find many appealing attractions at The Great American BBQ Co. in White Plains, an eatery and a full-service catering organization. The entrée list at the restaurant includes a sampler dish with an array of barbecue favorites: grilled salmon, sliced filet mignon and a pig roast for 15 or more patrons […]

Big News From the 2015 Book Expo of America

Big News From the 2015 Book Expo of America

At the conference, James Patterson announced the start of a new children’s imprint with Little, Brown, & Company called “jimmy patterson.” The stated goal for the new imprint is to turn kids into lifelong readers. He wants to utilize the same strategies he’s used to make his own writing so successful. Best of all, his […]

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Grapevine: The Rationale Behind A Wine Snob’s Thought Process

When I was younger I drank wine to be sociable, to be used as a prop for an engaging conversation, either with the other sex or with friends seeking to engage the other sex. And of course when I was even younger, I drank for the sake of getting a buzz at the lowest cost. […]

Home Guru: Stunning Information About Exercising Fire Safety at Home

Home Guru: Stunning Information About Exercising Fire Safety at Home

By Bill Primavera Soon after I moved into my new residence at Trump Park in Yorktown, a neighbor named Dan Potter introduced himself to me as a retired New York City fireman. He said that he had read my column about Fireman Joe who instructed school children about fire safety in the home. Potter told […]

Restaurant Examiner: Burgers are the “Prime” Attraction at The Prime in Hastings-on-Hudson

Restaurant Examiner: Burgers are the “Prime” Attraction at The Prime in Hastings-on-Hudson

Eleven burgers appear on the menu at The Prime in Hastings-on-Hudson plus dishes ranging from traditional pub fare to an eight-ounce filet mignon with onion rings and peppercorn sauce ($32). The Prime was opened in November 2013 by brothers Mike and John DiMiceli. “The Rockefeller Center is our best selling burger — an old favorite enjoying […]

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Grapevine: The Predictable Yet Nuanced American Wine Palate

What are Americans drinking? How much are Americans drinking? These are subjects I’ve explored on numerous occasions with readers. And each year the dynamics change. As the availability of international wines increases in the United States, and as Americans’ palates and wallets expand, the breadth and depth of wine sales has steadily evolved over the […]

Home Guru: The Element of Time in Planning Anything Inside or Out

Home Guru: The Element of Time in Planning Anything Inside or Out

By Bill Primavera Whenever I see a model home, I marvel at how a professional designer can throw together a beautiful living space with so many creative ideas so quickly. Some peoples’ minds are just wired that way, but mine is not. In fact, the one college course I dropped mid-term was interior design. While […]

Restaurant Examiner: 273 Kitchen, a Mediterranean-Inspired Restaurant Opens in Harrison

Restaurant Examiner: 273 Kitchen, a Mediterranean-Inspired Restaurant Opens in Harrison

A unique dining concept awaits customers at dinnertime at 273 Kitchen, which opened in Harrison in late April. The Mediterranean-inspired menu provides three listings called first, second and third courses and patrons typically select one item from each. The portion sizes are larger than the “small plate” fare offered at many restaurants but smaller than […]

Menu Movers & Shakers: Rio Bravo Premiers in Larchmont Serving Tasty Mexican Fare

Menu Movers & Shakers: Rio Bravo Premiers in Larchmont Serving Tasty Mexican Fare

By Morris Gut – The artsy red statue guarding the Palmer Avenue entrance to the new Rio Bravo Tacos & Tequila that opened about a month ago gives just a hint of the south-of-the-border pleasures waiting inside. It is a sprawling 200-seat restaurant strewn with colorful Mexican art and artifacts, multiple seating areas in the front, […]

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Grapevine: Creating a New Experience When Tasting Wine and Chocolate

What began as an analytical approach to comparing the processing of grapes and cacao beans to their logical end-product of wine and chocolate, has stirred more interest than I expected. In recent columns, I’ve focused on the similarities in the life cycles of wine and chocolate, from raw ingredients to finished product. In the growing, […]

Home Guru: Nature Versus Lazy Bone (and Rickety Bone) Gardeners

Home Guru: Nature Versus Lazy Bone (and Rickety Bone) Gardeners

By Bill Primavera Most every spring I write a piece about simplifying garden chores to achieve maximum effect in design and color with minimum effort in terms of planting, weeding and especially bending and kneeling. This is critical for us folk who are “getting better” each year, as they say now about active, mature adults. […]

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Grapevine: A Primer on Enjoying Fine Wine and Fine Chocolate

This past weekend, as I sat at my keyboard contemplating the 396th column of You Heard It through the Grapevine, an urge struck me to indulge in one of the topics I had previously focused on. So it is that I am sitting here this Sunday evening, with a glass of red wine at hand […]

The Accidental Writer: What happens when you Co-Author with your Teenage Daughter?

The Accidental Writer: What happens when you Co-Author with your Teenage Daughter?

Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel is a collaboration between me and my daughter Erynn. Since I get asked about the experience so frequently, I thought I’d write a column about it. I don’t remember who had the idea to write a book together. It’s possible we both had the idea at the same time. Almost […]

Home Guru: Against the Tide - The Argument for Clutter

Home Guru: Against the Tide – The Argument for Clutter

By Bill Primavera – My wife and I frequently comment about how barren those new multimillion-dollar condos in Manhattan look when we see those ads with only a sofa, a coffee table and maybe a sideboard in the living room. God forbid you walk around in your underwear in that room, put your feet up and […]

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Grapevine: Benefits/Pitfalls of Having Your Own Wine Cellar

There are a number of issues to consider when purchasing and opening a bottle of wine. Foremost is what wine to purchase that is drinkable within my timetable for consumption? There are several decision points I consider. If I’m purchasing for a friendly gathering of friends, I’ll select wines that I know they will enjoy: […]

Home Guru: The Home Guru’s Roundup of Home Improvement Providers

Home Guru: The Home Guru’s Roundup of Home Improvement Providers

By Bill Primavera – There’s always the possibility that we’re taking a chance when we hire a home improvement contractor for the first time whether the job is big or small. When I moved to the suburbs and it was time for me to find a contractor, it was for a big job: to take a […]

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Grapevine: Comparing the Production of Fine Wine to Fine Chocolate

The natural and scientific components of winemaking are similar to the production of numerous other products. These products share the core processes and procedures of winemaking, but digress at some point in their unique lifecycles. The end results bear the imprint of the winemaking process but are distinct unto themselves. Last week I focused on […]

Home Guru: Living With Other Noisemakers: Liking or Lumping it

Home Guru: Living With Other Noisemakers: Liking or Lumping it

By Bill Primavera – Lately I’ve been made aware that I’m probably a noisy person. Not to myself so much, but maybe to others. More and more, if I’m watching TV in one room and my wife is in another, she’ll say mine is too loud. Just the other day, when I had driven into my […]

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Grapevine: The Surprising Similarities of Wine and Coffee Production

There are numerous parallels to winemaking in the natural world, as man has endeavored to extend winemaking techniques to other agricultural harvests. The end results bear the imprint of the winemaking process but are distinct unto themselves. Cheese, bread, yogurt, chocolate and beer production share certain critical steps of winemaking (fermentation and yeast addition). So […]