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Food & Wine: The World’s Best Tea Shops

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Tea drinking is a centuries-old practice with a rich history steeped in tradition. And fine purveyors across the world are enhancing the experience by offering tasting salons within their retail shops.

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From a pretty Parisian parlor, to an ancient Shanghai landmark, to a charming atelier in Brooklyn — check out my slideshow on Food & Wine featuring tea company boutiques that master the celebration of this ancient art.

Image: Bellocq Tea Atelier

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Support ACS at the 7th Annual Taste of Hope Gala

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

All you need is a glimmer of hope to help make a difference. On Thursday, May 3, the American Cancer Society will host the 7th Annual Taste of Hope event, which brings together hundreds of New York’s food enthusiasts and the city’s most notable chefs. Taking over the sprawling space at 82 Mercer in Soho, this year’s gala will honor celebrity chef Todd English for his dedication to the cancer research community.

Guests can sample dishes from dozens of NYC’s hottest restaurants, including Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Ça Va Brasserie, Coppelia, Delicatessen, The Harrison and Empellon, sip Italian vinos from Vinitaly, creative Stoli cocktails and Nespresso beverages, and mingle with acclaimed chefs Jimmy Bradley, Michael Ferraro, Julian Medina, Eric Levine and many others.

Festivities will also include a silent auction featuring a variety of exceptional items and experiences. Wouldn’t you love to score an Iron Chef-style dinner for four prepared by chef Marc Forgione, dinner for two at the James Beard House, or a luxurious week-long stay in Los Cabos? And with all event and auction proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Join me in supporting ACS in their mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Stay connected on Twitter @ACSTasteofHope and see you next Thursday!

Image courtesy of Taste of Hope

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Get Sweet On MarieBelle’s New Frangelico Ganache

Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Rich dark chocolate ganache gets kissed by hazelnut liqueur. The result? Decadence at it’s finest.

Celebrated chocolatier MarieBelle has paired up with Frangelico to unveil an indulgent new truffle flavor just in time for the holidays—the Frangelico Ganache. Blending creamy dark chocolate with luscious hazelnut, this melt-in-your-mouth confection also reveals notes of vanilla, coffee and almond. And it’s quite stunning. MarieBelle founder, chef and chocolate artist, Maribel Lieberman, incorporated hues from the Frangelico bottle into the beautiful sunset-colored mosaic design on each truffle.

  1. MarieBelle\'s new truffle blends Frangelico\'s hazelnut flavor with rich chocolate ganache
  2. MarieBelle New York - SoHo\'s darling chocolate boutique on Broome Street
  3. Dark chocolate ganache gets kissed with Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
  4. MarieBelle founder and chocolate chef, Maribel Lieberman, shares her cocoa passion
  5. Beautiful box of Frangelico Ganache truffles, available on November 15th
  6. The Frangelico Truffle cocktail perfectly complemented the confection\'s flavor nuances
  7. Master Mixologist James Moreland demonstrated three cocktails to pair with the truffles
  8. The Frangelico Supreme cocktail with Frangelico, Flor de Caña rum & sweet vermouth

Last week, I attended an intimate media gathering at MarieBelle, to celebrate the new flavor. The boutique itself is gorgeous. A luxurious chocolate haven, evoking European sophistication and old-world charm, nestled into SoHo’s Broome Street. Attendees settled into the shop’s darling Cacao Bar—a cozy cafe offering sweet nibbles and hot cocoas—to experience the Frangelico Ganache.

Maribel warmly greeted guests and excitedly debuted her latest creation. “These artisanal holiday truffles embody the flavors of the season, blending the hazelnut flavor of Frangelico with the gourmet taste of high-quality dark chocolate.” And to perfectly complement the flavor nuances in the confection, Master Mixologist James Moreland was on hand to stir up three Frangelico-based dessert cocktails (recipes below).

Beginning November 15th, Frangelico Ganache truffles will be available at the MarieBelle retail location in New York City, online at and at select department stores nationwide. They come packaged in a variety of sizes, each wrapped in an exquisite ribboned box that is uniquely Mariebelle.

Life is always sweeter with chocolate, and these truffles make a delightful gift that any chocolate lover will enjoy. And to sip while you sweet, try these tasty dessert cocktails from James Moreland:


Frangelico Truffle Cocktail

1 oz Frangelico

1 oz SKYY Vodka

¾ oz cold espresso

Shake with ice and serve up in a cocktail or martini glass. Dust with dark chocolate shavings.


Frangelico Supreme

1 ¼ oz Frangelico

1 ¼ oz Flor de Caña 7 Year Grand Reserve Rum

1 ¼ oz sweet vermouth

Shake with ice and pour over ice into rocks glass.


Cherries Flambé

1 ¼ oz Frangelico

2 spoonfuls sour cherry macerate

¾ oz cherry brandy

Shake hard and strain over rocks in a Collins glass.

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