The Oeno-File: Sharing my Cache of Wine Wisdom


Winter is here and my drinking preferences have turned to deep, luscious reds.  As a holiday gift, I was given a 2014 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon. Not only was I thrilled that this gift was not the ubiquitous Christmas fruitcake that has been bounced like a hot potato from household to household, but my gift-bearers…

Val Do Sosego: Albariño


  For many years when one thought of Spanish wines, the predominant region that came to mind was Spain’s Rioja region. This has changed over the course of the last twenty years. Other regions have been receiving well-deserved attention.  For instance, the Rias Baixas region is situated in northwestern Spain, west of Rioja and lingers…

Zambra Tapas & Wine Bar – Asheville, NC


Asheville offers the eclectic diner a fair share of eateries to whet any global appetite. If you should begin to hear the rhythmic, woody clapping of castanets luring you to engage in the gastronomical delicacies of the Iberian Peninsula, then rest assured you’ll find your way downtown to Zambra Tapas and Wine Bar. The interior…

Nightbell Restaurant and Lounge (Part 1) in Asheville, NC


Cocktail cavorting is one of my favorite pastimes no matter what town I’m in. I especially enjoy staggering around downtown Asheville where there is a plethora of bars and restaurants catering to any mood. There is never a shortage of fun to be had. One place in particular that I like to stop in at…

Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami’s South Beach


Joe’s Stone Crab is one of Miami Beach’s oldest iconic restaurants. This Magic City mainstay has been serving patrons for over a hundred years and it’s a haven for diehard stone crab lovers. Stone crab are one of South Florida’s most prized delicacies. They can only be harvested between mid-October to mid-May due to the…

French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC


Asheville has it all, even a tantalizing temple of sinfulness bestowed upon us mortals by Ixcacao, the Mayan goddess of chocolate. It is the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, a treasure trove housing scrumptious delights of handmade, artisanal chocolates and handcrafted pastries. This place is a chocoholic’s dream! It’s a wonderful meeting place for couples, friends,…

Valentine’s Celebration at Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table Savannah, GA


Originally posted on The Omnivoyeur:
When you think about celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other, the typical thought of a romantic dinner with champagne in an intimate setting is usually conjured up. But who wants typical? It’s time to break from the norm. This year I felt like doing something a little less pedestrian. …

Persepolis Lounge and Grill in Savannah, GA


I was looking for a late night bite in Savannah after enjoying a great performance at the Historic Savannah Theatre.  I was in a different mindset, my attitude was – When in Rome… take the fast track off the beaten path! Instead of settling for a proverbial plate of Southern fare, I bypassed Paula Deen’s,…

Gan Shan Station Asheville, NC


Gan Shan Station is the epitome of an Asian hybrid restaurant offering Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Some think it revolting to assemble such a menagerie of Eastern tastes together under one roof. I think it’s a veritable passport on the Orient Express to all the wonders of east Asian cuisine.   Gan Shan…

Plant Asheville, NC


Before I began dabbling in the cultic lifestyle of veganism, I couldn’t have ever imagined an all vegan restaurant. Now mind you, a good percentage of the time I choose to eat vegan.  This is not for ethical reasons as is customary for many granola crunching, tree hugging, rainbow-happy hippie people so prevalent in Asheville,…

Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC


Revered as a James Beard award-winner, Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina delivers all the authenticity of down home, low-country southern cooking. Hominy Grill encapsulates sweet southern charm with divinely, delicious creations of which regional, reliable recipes culminate into flavorful labors of love. Housed in an old red building with the feel of a bygone…