Components of a Great Gift Basket

If you have ever struggled to give someone a present that perfectly captured the essence of their personality, you know how hard it can be to find a gift that strikes the right balance between personalization, affordability, and practicality. Gift cards can seem so impersonal, but gifts like perfume, clothing, and jewelry can be ill-received…read more

A Mardi Gras Meal in under 60 Minutes

Mardi Gras food is notoriously rich and calorie-laden. On top of that, many of the dishes require lots of prep and long simmering times. That’s a shame, since Fat Tuesday falls in the middle of the week, and most of us have to work during the day. By the time you go to the grocery…read more

Searching for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift?

  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like a lot of people, you might be wondering what gift to give your friends and family that adequately expresses your love and affection for them. What you decide to give the recipient greatly depends on how long you have known each other and…read more

Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas for Her

With Black Friday in the rear view mirror, it’s that time of year again — time to find the perfect gifts for those special people in your life. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, loved one, or relative, it can be challenging to find a gift that strikes the right balance between affordability and thoughtfulness.…read more

Saint Germain in Sag Harbor with Larry Morse & the L’Agneau Family

BIG fun Champagne tasting in Sag Harbor with Larry Morse and the Lagneaus, makers of Paul Etienne Saint Germain Champagnes. Fun fact: All of the PSEG Champagnes are made from either Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or a blend of the two. No Pinot Meunier is ever included in the blend. This leads to a premium product…read more

California Livin’ with Uptown Magazine & McBride Sisters

Good seeing Andrea and Robin, The McBride Sisters, and their uncle who reunited them after years of being separated and living on opposite sides of the world. This picture was taken at their #WhatSheSaid wine tasting event in NYC yesterday at the W Hotel in TImes Square. They’ve added a few wines to their portfolio since…read more

EnJoie’ing the High Life with Delta Airlines and The Food Network at the New York City Wine and Food Festival

Flashback to 5 years ago when I met Master Sommelier, Andrea Immer Robinson at the Food Network NYCWFF benefiting NoKidHungry with Naima Sanowar Anthony, The Adventurista. Thanks Naima for the great photos!   Naima : Judia, why did you choose this particular event to attend together, out of all the events at the 2011 Food Network’s New York City…read more

A Power Brunch that Packs a Punch of Flavor

You’ve heard of a power lunch, but how about a power brunch? It’s Labor Day weekend, and for many that means you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast or even brunch from the comfort of your own home. If you’re tired of the same old, same old, instead of eggs and bacon, how about eggs, spinach and…read more