FP88: The Double Shot Coffee Company

25 Jan 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, podcast Play in new window | Download | EmbedIf you have any preconceived notions about coffee, this is a good time to cast them aside. After talking with Brian Franklin, I certainly have. Brian is the owner of The Double Shot Coffee Company in Tulsa, OK, and he is roasting the best coffee that has ever touched my lips, bar none. He has changed my whole world. In our chat we discuss everything from picking, roasting, grinding and brewing to why most of the commercial coffee you buy (including from that big chain) is burnt, and why those enticing-looking, oily…

Beer-Braised Beef Back Ribs

24 Jan 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, recipes

I see the mastering of lesser cuts of meat as the mark of a true cook, so I have set out to master the art of braising. Let’s face it: Anyone can serve a decent filet mignon — there isn’t a whole lot of cooking involved. Plus, I wanted to test my new All-Clad pan.

Rias Baixas: Val do Salnes

16 Nov 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, videos

My tasting tour of Rias Baixas led to a wonderful discovery: The female winemakers in this region have made an indelible impression upon the quality of the wines and the respect Albariño grapes have earned internationally.

Rias Baixas: Santiago de Compostela

06 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, travel Play in new window | Download | Embed This summer I was invited by Wines from Spain and the Rias Baixas wine region to explore their viniferous offerings. I came away from the trip with a lot of new thoughts on white wines, as they hadn’t held much excitement for me — until I discovered why. A big part of enjoying wine comes from finding out what you like, the reasons you like it, and building from the flavor notes that attract your senses, so much was revealed to me in the span of this tour. With 3 winery…

Herb-Infused Simple Syrups

26 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, indulgences, recipes

Simple syrups are one of my favorite ways to perk up a cocktail, a glass of iced tea, or even a fruit salad. They are easy to craft (note the name “simple”), so this is a quickie even for the novice cook.

Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

24 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, farm, travel

Last week I was invited on a little adventure to explore the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail in Chester County, PA, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. At first I was surprised — I was not aware there was a wine trail in Pennsylvania. Infinitely curious and not sure what to expect, I set off with an open mind. I’m glad I did, as this picturesque region has a lot to offer the food & wine explorer. With its 8 vineyards, the 50-mile trail is easy enough to visit over the course of a weekend, though there are other distractions that…

Quick Bites Wales: Penderyn Whisky

21 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, videos Play in new window | Download | EmbedThis is what happens when I drink first thing in the morning. We stopped in at the Penderyn Distillery, the only working distillery in Wales, which is working to revive the Welsh Whisky tradition. Keith Tench gives me a lesson in cuddling and properly sniffing whisky, and I get a taste of a VERY special brew. The dance number at the end features Tom Jones. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Note: This is a “Quick Bite” video, which is shot video blog-style. Our full HD video of the distillery tour and…

Afternoon Tea

05 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, indulgences, recipes

I spoke a little bit about it the other day, but let’s discuss the dynamic of afternoon tea in greater detail, for it is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The Brits and Scots have mastered the introduction of sweets and a bit of caffeinated refreshment to the afternoon, and for that I thank them. To make a perfect cuppa, however, certain rules must be followed. I’ve been scolded by my mother for not letting my tea infuse, so please don’t be foolish like me, or she might feel it in the air and come find you. Three minutes. Do not…

On the Tequila Trail

24 Jul 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, videos

In honor of National Tequila Day, I’m reposting our On the Tequila Trail video series. Cheers! Join Chef Mark and Jennifer as they explore the Amitatan Valley of Jalisco, Mexico to discover the true soul of Tequila, from harvesting agave plants to quizzing people on the streets of NYC about their Tequila knowledge. Main lesson learned: Sip, never slam, fine Tequila. Episode 1: The Soul of Tequila Don Enrique Partida, who has spent his life growing blue agave, shares his poetic expression and passion for the plant. His estate-grown agave is cultivated, roasted and distilled to make Partida Tequila —…

The Wines of Rias Baixas

31 May 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, travel, videos

I am off on another exciting food and wine adventure, this time for my first visit to Spain! Interestingly, I’m visiting what some might consider to be the most atypical region of the country, Galicia, to explore the wines of Rias Baixas. When one thinks of Spain, one immediately thinks of red wine and paella; however, Rias Baixas is most well-known for its signature grape, Albariño (al-ba-REEN-yo). A protected varietal, Albariño is the only DO (Denomination of Origin) white wine in Spain, and wines labeled as such must be made with 100% Albariño grapes. Known for flavor profiles of honeysuckle,…