Photo by Rachael White

For many of us, the warmth of summer has begun to give way to the crispness of autumn. In the coming weeks, we’ll be replacing ice-cold drinks with steaming mugs of cider, and bowls of ice cream with hot apple crisps and pies. The beauty of the season during this glorious time of year is practically designed for sharing with friends. Seasons can often slip by without much notice, especially for those of us with busy schedules, which is why a fall-themed dinner party can be just the thing to help us slow down and appreciate the grandeur of nature.

From planning the menu to picking a venue, here are some tips for throwing your own autumnal dinner party that’ll have your guests falling in love with all the season has to offer.  (more…)

Posted by on September 19th, 2011

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Long days, warm nights and the sight of bare toes are all sure signs: summer has finally arrived! No matter how old we get, when the season gets into full swing, that summer-loving kid inside all of us comes out, bringing back memories of running barefoot in the grass, eating cherry tomatoes straight from the garden, drinking lemonade, and soaking up as much sun as possible. What better way to celebrate the season and spread childlike joy than by throwing a fabulous summer party?

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Posted by on June 16th, 2011

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Editor’s Note: Who hasn’t been overwhelmed when presented by a huge wine list at a restaurant? In this video, Etty Lewensztain guides you through the process of navigating a wine list and choosing a wine step by step, giving lots of memorable tips and practical advice for ordering a great wine to accompany your meal.

If you’re ready to ditch the tired “white with fish, red with meat” rule and learn how to tackle a wine list like a pro, you’re in the right place. (more…)

Posted by on May 20th, 2011

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Editor’s Note: Etty Lewensztain first made her mark on The Menuism Blog last fall with the debut of her monthly column, featuring practical tips to help wine lovers enhance their wine drinking experiences. Now we’d like to welcome you to the first installment of Etty’s new monthly video series, which is–you guessed it!–all about vino. (more…)

Posted by on March 18th, 2011

Homemade Dumplings. Photo by joyosity.

Over the past two years, my husband and I have made some wonderful friends here in Tokyo. As a result, we have been able to have dinner parties on a regular basis, enjoying each other’s company, good food, and a few drinks. After hosting a number of parties, it became clear that we needed to mix things up a little bit.

I happened to be looking at a copy of my Asian Dumplings cookbook by Andrea Nguyen with a friend when he suggested that we have a dumpling party. The basic idea was that guests would bring dumplings to share, and pair them with wine. The idea evolved and we decided to make it a contest! Our guests really came through, providing some amazingly tasty, creative versions of traditional Asian dumplings. Based on our experience, here are some tips to help you throw your own Asian dumpling and wine pairing party: (more…)

Posted by on October 18th, 2010

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