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Hot Chocolate is a Favorite Drink for City Limits’ Chef to Prepare

Hot Chocolate is a Favorite Drink for City Limits’ Chef to Prepare

A favorite beverage of Executive Chef Juan Rodriguez, especially this time of year, is City Limits Diner’s hot chocolate. Rodriguez, a native of El Salvador, joined Livanos Restaurant in White Plains in 1985 and was a member of the Livanos team that founded Oceana in Manhattan in 1992. He returned to Livanos in 1994 when it became […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Descriptive Terms Used in Describing a Sensory Wine Experience

“This is a hedonistic wine that is full-bodied, with aromas of forest floor, black fruit and a hint of vanilla. It’s assertive, but a bit flabby. Chocolate, and a touch of barnyard, accent the supple tannins, which contribute to a long finish.” Is this a precise and concise description of a particular wine or a […]

Housing Study, 50 Years Old, Shows Changes in Preferences

Housing Study, 50 Years Old, Shows Changes in Preferences

By Bill Primavera The most interesting aspect of my recent move to a new residence was the discovery of an old footlocker in the attic that had been locked for 45 years and never opened. I had lost the key and had to ask a locksmith to open it. Its contents, which I had forgotten […]

The Chair Rail Isn’t for Chairs Anymore

The Chair Rail Isn’t for Chairs Anymore

By Bill Primavera If you’re staring at a blank plasterboard wall that is begging for a little dressing up, consider adding a dado rail, also known as a chair rail, fixed horizontally to the perimeter of the room. I seriously doubt that the back of any chair has touched a chair rail as a way […]

Ben’s of Scarsdale to Celebrate Hanukkah With Special Offers

Ben’s of Scarsdale to Celebrate Hanukkah With Special Offers

A new catering program has been announced by Ben’s of Scarsdale that includes two specially planned deals for Hanukkah. One of the promotional discount deals is called “Lotsa Latkes” and is for four different versions of miniature latkes; the other is a catered dinner package for six guests priced at $129.99. Also, a standup comedy night called […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Evaluating a Fine Artisanal Wine, as Compared to a Musical Instrument

What makes one wine unique and distinct from another? I’m frequently asked this question. Aside from the obvious considerations such as different grape varieties and different countries/regions of origin, there is no empirical answer or immutable consensus. When considering wine, I initially call on my natural penchant for data analysis to narrow down the distinctive […]

Home Guru: The Practicality and Psychology of Having Clean Windows

Home Guru: The Practicality and Psychology of Having Clean Windows

By Bill Primavera – When is someone going to invent the self-cleaning window and take it to Shark Tank? After all, we have the self-cleaning oven, don’t we? Of all the chores I’ve considered doing myself as a homeowner, window cleaning has never been among them, not in two New York City apartments (impossible to […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Pairing Wine With Food to Create a New Culinary Experience

Pairing wine and food is a favorite activity for me. Finding a complementary match creates a culinary experience that is invariably greater than the sum of its parts. A food dish on its own may be an exhilarating experience, tantalizing our taste buds with a unique combination of flavors – and aromas. It may start […]

The Restaurant Examiner: Cookies, Cancer Fundraiser, New Restaurant in White Plains

The Restaurant Examiner: Cookies, Cancer Fundraiser, New Restaurant in White Plains

Cookie Baking Author to Speak at Chappaqua Dessert Shop Author Dorie Greenspan will reveal some of her cookie baking tips this Sunday, Nov. 20 at sherry b dessert studio in Chappaqua in a talk entitled “Cookies & Conversation.” She will also introduce her newly published book, “Dorie’s Cookies,” a more than 500-page cookie baking guide. […]

Home Guru:  All the World’s a Stage, But Our Stage is at Home

Home Guru: All the World’s a Stage, But Our Stage is at Home

By Bill Primavera When I opened my own PR firm ‘lo those many years ago, my very first assignment was to write a speech for an icon in the hospitality industry. It was to be delivered at a university where a major area of concentration is hotel management. The focus of the talk was to […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Demystifying Another Wine Myth Permeating the Bacchusphere

In this age of media frenzy, our cravings for real-time news, and our blind faith in the plethora of social media outlets, has created a society of information-hungry individuals where “first to report” supersedes “vetted information” time and time again. To make matters worse, misinformation, whether inadvertent or intentional, can grab a foothold and become […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Myth-busting Wine Precepts Analyzed Against Internet Ambiguities

In past columns, I’ve addressed a number of wine-related “truisms” to determine their veracity. Anecdotal history and current colloquialisms, while not valid for empirical conclusions, nevertheless seem to wend their way into mainstream thought and become embedded in the vernacular of our times. Google searches are of minimal assistance in quelling half-truths or urban legends. […]

Home Guru: Explaining the Symphony of Sound That Our Houses Make

Home Guru: Explaining the Symphony of Sound That Our Houses Make

By Bill Primavera – “I’ve got one last question to ask,” the very pleasant woman said after an almost two-hour showing of my lovely colonial home. “Does this house make any kind of strange noises that can’t be explained? Noises that are going to upset me?” “That’s funny,” I responded. “I’ve actually researched and written […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Informed Palate: My Reality or Your Perception?

How often does this happen to you? You’re at a dinner party and the host opens a bottle of wine. Everyone sips it and marvels at the aroma and flavor of such a fine wine. You sit there quietly thinking that Mother Nature must have had a bad hair day when this wine was produced. […]

Home Guru: The Artistry of Natural Stone in the Landscape

Home Guru: The Artistry of Natural Stone in the Landscape

By Bill Primavera – As I drive through Westchester and Putnam counties, I always enjoy the rugged beauty of stone walls harking back to our 18th century agrarian roots, but I appreciate the newly constructed versions as well. We have plenty of stone, mostly granite, deposited in the Ice Age that formed the beautiful mountains, valleys, […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Parallels in the Life Cycle of Your Child and a Glass of Wine

Very few things in life aren’t in a constant state of change. Our lives are in perpetual motion as we traverse through numerous life passages, at times in control of our destiny and at other times seemingly at the mercy of the whim of greater forces. I was ruminating on this recently as I was […]

Home Guru: Does Your Home Have a Name for Itself?

Home Guru: Does Your Home Have a Name for Itself?

By Bill Primavera – Does your home have its own name? If not, maybe it’s worth considering. More than once, I’ve heard that attaching a name to a home might actually enhance its value. I first became aware of homes having names when I was first starting out in the publicity business and did some work […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: When You Should Have a Glass of Chilled Red Wine

Wine, as a living, breathing organism, responds and reacts to its environment. Not only in the vineyard (microclimate, proximity to a body of water, sun exposure) but, just as importantly, in the environment in which it is ultimately consumed. I have found that my experience, my interaction, with wine is significantly impacted by that moment […]

Home Guru: How to Avoid Burst Water Pipes When the Weather Turns Cold

Home Guru: How to Avoid Burst Water Pipes When the Weather Turns Cold

By Bill Primavera – As I write this in mid-October, I have a quick question: Do you have a water hose still connected to a spigot outside your home? Other than a fire or tornado, the most damaging event a house can suffer is flooding from a burst water pipe. Yet most people have just cursory […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Chinese Go to Extreme Heights to Produce Better Wine

The burgeoning Chinese economy of the last decade, notwithstanding the recent slowdown, has afforded millions of citizens the opportunity to rise above their agrarian poverty. Moving into new government-created, and subsidized, urban centers, they have landed jobs and careers unheard of in prior generations. This new-found good fortune has given rise to an ever-increasing standard […]

Home Guru:  The Joy of Weeding When it Stays Weeded

Home Guru: The Joy of Weeding When it Stays Weeded

By Bill Primavera – This has always been my favorite time of year to weed because when I yank those nasty invaders, they all stay weeded and I don’t have to worry about the chore again until next spring. But I speak out of both sides of my mouth because I actually enjoy weeding. To me […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Yuck, Why Does This Wine Taste and Smell So Bad?

Has this happened to you? You’re at a restaurant and you’ve meticulously pored over the wine list for that spectacular wine to celebrate your special occasion. There it is! You’ve decided to splurge on a wine you otherwise wouldn’t have the courage to order, primarily because it costs more than that entire case of Spanish […]

Home Guru: Much Can Be Learned By Listening to the Noises Our Homes Make

Home Guru: Much Can Be Learned By Listening to the Noises Our Homes Make

By Bill Primavera – Considering that I once lived in a house located directly over the A train subway line in Brooklyn, I’m probably inured to most noises that would emanate from one’s home. How well I remember the look of panic on the faces of first-time visitors when suddenly there would be an approaching clamor […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: On the Occasion of Celebrating Nine Years of ‘The Wine Guy’s’ Column

This week marks the beginning of my 10th year penning this wine column for The Examiner. In the 468 columns published, I’ve touched on many wine-related topics. From issue number one in September 2007, this column and The Examiner have grown from one edition with a circulation of 2,000, to four editions in central and […]

Home Guru: Fall Chores in the Garden Can Be the Most Gratifying

Home Guru: Fall Chores in the Garden Can Be the Most Gratifying

By Bill Primavera – Autumn in the garden and yard can be the most gratifying time of year. Deciduous trees and perennials start to yawn, preparing for a long winter’s sleep, accompanied by that sweet smell that comes from plants releasing their chemistry and the crisp, clean sound of decaying leaves falling to the ground. It […]

Grapevine: What to Do in the Event of an Unfinished Bottle of Wine

Grapevine: What to Do in the Event of an Unfinished Bottle of Wine

“What can I do with an opened bottle of wine if I don’t finish it?” I was asked this question – again – the other day, so I decided to make it the topic of the week. We all have encountered this dilemma, although some less often than others. The good news is that you […]

Home Guru: A Lot More Value for a Little More Commute

Home Guru: A Lot More Value for a Little More Commute

By Bill Primavera Not everyone can afford homes costing in the millions located in some of our more affluent communities close to the city, but in this region, a small investment in commuting time – even 15 or 20 minutes – can make all the difference in affording a million-dollar lifestyle at less than half […]

Grapevine: Decisions, Decisions: Wine By the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

Grapevine: Decisions, Decisions: Wine By the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

“May I offer you a drink?” “Yes, I’d like a glass of (white, red, sparkling) wine.” This seemingly innocuous interchange with a waiter or bartender can be fraught with indecision, or worse, a hurried choice that yields a mediocre result. In today’s dining environment, we’ve gravitated to watching our wallets as much as our waistlines. […]

Home Guru:Tree Lover Tells When and if to Plant (and Gripes a Little)

Home Guru:Tree Lover Tells When and if to Plant (and Gripes a Little)

By Bill Primavera – This article might well be titled “The Joys and Agonies of Being a Tree Lover.” The subject of planting trees comes to me each year as we approach autumn because it’s the perfect time to plant deciduous and evergreen trees as they enter into dormancy. And, Lord knows, I have done my […]

Great Food Available at Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

Great Food Available at Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst may be best known for its handcrafted wares that are on display from more than 300 artists and artisans. But if you attend the three-day fair starting Sept. 16, make sure to bring a healthy appetite. For the 32nd year, the show will be on the spacious 67-acre grounds of the […]