In this issue:

Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse Small

In Restaurants: Frankie & Johnnie’s has been a New York City dining institution since 1926. It started on a second floor location on 45th street as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Through the years it became the watering hole for many New York City celebrities, especially actors and other theater people from nearby Broadway. By Manos Angelakis           Read More...

Sofia Octopus

Additionally in Restaurants: Sofia in Englewood NJ is finally open.  The main dining area is a spacious room with well separated tables. One can have a civil conversation without the next table eavesdropping, unlike many of the newer restaurants where space and privacy are at a premium. By Manos Angelakis  Read More...

In the Bookshelf: Three books have been sharing space on my night table.  Though they are not entirely devoted to wine, each emphasizes the topic and would be worthwhile reading for anyone interested in wine. The first is by Peter Sichel, whom I often describe as the man who gave the world Blue Nun. It is called “The Secrets of My Life, subtitled Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy, which pretty well tells what it is about, though I think Bon Vivant might deserve a place on that listing.

The second is by a distinguished wine writer, Alice Feiring and here again, the title tells the subject: For The Love of Wine, My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture.  She travels through Georgia and introduces us to winemakers, farmers, artists and silk spinners. She is celebrating a culture threatened by   globalization.

The third, by Martin Walker is part of a mystery series about a French cop in Dordogne. His   hero is also an amateur vintner and chef, and like Sichel, a bon vivant. The series is called Bruno the Cop.  Reading Mr. Walker, I want to taste the wines he shares and I become very hungry when he describes the meals Bruno prepares. By Morton Hochstein Read More...

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In the Oeno File: Some of the most delectable sweet white wines are produced in Bordeaux’s Sauternes-Barsac region. They are honey-drenched, and the better producers create wines that have enough heft and acidity to pair well with some of the most complex salty and fatty dishes of world cuisine. By Manos Angelakis                     Read More...

Ceviche Oyster and Mote Small

In Gastronomy:  Ceviche is an appetizer dish very popular in the Pacific-coast countries of South America. Made from raw fish and/or seafood marinated in a bath of lime and lemon juice, shaved red onion, cilantro, salt and spices, it is a staple on the tables of Chile, Peru, Ecuador and most of the mesoAmerican countries. By Manos Angelakis          Read More...

William Shakespeare Avon Portrait

Four hundred years ago, on April 23, 1616 William Shakespeare’s “brief candle” went out. He left behind some of the most celebrated and thought provoking theatrical plays and enriched the English language with such highly descriptive quotes as “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” talking about power and “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing” about the meaning of life. WNET in New York is doing a month-long series “Shakespeare Uncovered” examining some of the important plays. There has been no other writer whose work has survived so long and has influenced the entire English-speaking world to such a degree. 

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