#SCBDReview: .@SpuntinoWineBar with Wine Boy



Spuntino Wine Tapas Logo


Wine Boy and I were craving small plates and wine after a long day of working together, so we headed to Clifton, New Jersey. Right by the AMC Theater is an Italian Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant called Spuntino, known for its fabulous selection of Italian wines and small plates. The atmosphere was welcoming and I loved the decoration of wine racks surrounding the entire restaurant. The restaurant was divided into two main parts: the bar area and the rest of the restaurant with tables and booths.

Wine Boy and I had the nicest waitress: her name was Allison, so I highly recommend grabbing a table that is served by Allison. That night, Wine Boy and I shared truffle French fries made with truffle oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Italian herbs. After that, we shared spaghetti alla carbonara with bacon, peas, Pecorina Romano, and egg yolk. Finally, we had speck, which is smoked prosciutto, from the Aldo Adige region in Italy, served on grilled crostini.

Spuntino Food

He simply had a soda since he offered to be my designated driver, so I treated myself to a quartino of Moscato. The Moscato was a 2011 fruity, medium bodied white from Trentino, specifically Mezzocorona which is a commune in this northern Italian region. I’m absolutely in love with the wine list at Spuntino. All of the wines are Italian wines. Suffice to say I fell in love with the moscato. It was not super sweet, which I find to be a great thing if it’s only sweet enough. Instead, the moscato was fruity, and I could smell pears, apples, and other light fruits.

Spuntino Restaurant                            Spuntino Lights Spuntino Exterior

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas also takes OpenTable reservation. I highly recommend going to Spuntino either on a date or with a group of friends and/or family so you can all share these small plates. You can also buy the wines by the bottle. There are over 150 Italian wines to try from nearly all of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Saluti, cin cin, e buon appetito!







Main Website                   http://spuntinowinebar.com/

Spuntino’s Twitter          @SpuntinoWineBar

Images courtesy of YELP.

#SCBDReview: Carded @BrasserieCognac


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I’m still that 21-year-old who gets excited every time an establishment asks her to show her ID. I was carded at Cognac – although the waiter was a bit shy to ask me since he joked with me and told me that he thinks that it’s an unnecessarily strict policy – I smiled and told him that I didn’t mind. After all, how could I be in a grouchy mood at Brasserie Cognac?

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One of the art pieces that stood out to me at Brasserie Cognac was a painting of a woman and man with the words “toujours la fête,” which translates from French meaning “always the party.” Brasserie Cognac, located in midtown off of Broadway and a few blocks away from Colombus Circle, is not an establishment that I would consider a place for partying. Instead, I think of it as a place for family gatherings or a girls’ night out. Just do not bring your young children here, as they will not understand the need for Haricots Verts and Shallots.

I chose the prix fixe menu; you can’t go wrong with a price that gives you at least two or three courses. For an appetizer, I had a basket of gougeres which were tiny, warm cheese puffs that I was able to share with two other individuals at the table. For my entrée, I had the Chicken Paillard which was absolutely delicious. I wasn’t even that hungry when I went around Happy Hour time, yet I completely devoured my entire meal.

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I would not go out of my way just to go to Brasserie Cognac because it was not a French restaurant that had that “WOW! Factor.” It was, without a doubt, a restaurant that was delicious, friendly, and convenient. However, if I’m on the opposite side of Manhattan, I would not take a taxi just to eat Chicken Paillard that I can get from any other French restaurant in the city. Otherwise, if you enjoy French food and are in the midtown area, I do recommend going to Brasserie Cognac since it’s only a few blocks away from the Shops at Colombus Circle and Central Park. Cheers!

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-          http://cognacrestaurant.com/   Official Cognac Restaurant Website

-          @BrasserieCognac                          Offical Twitter Account

#SCBD Mom slow cooker beef barley soup recipe for those affected by Sandy

If you haven’t read the post yet, here’s a link, I am joining other food bloggers today, in light of the destruction of Sandy I am sharing a comfort food recipe passed onto me by my mother in support of those impacted worse than I by Superstorm Sandy. It’s a perfect soup for a cool fall or winter night!

Photo courtesy of recipe.com (I will be taking my own next time I make it!)

SCBD Mom Slow cooker Beef Barley soup


  • 1 pkg of mushroom barley soup (Manischewitz or similar)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 envelopes beef bouillon
  • 1lb stew beef (or stir fry beef)


  • Put liner in crock-pot.
  • Put in 2 cups water, add all contents of soup mix.
  • Cut stew beef  into 1 inch pieces or smaller and brown meat sprinkled w onion powder and garlic powder.
  • When browned add to crock-pot and add 4 cups water and bouillon and stir.
  • Put on top and let cook for 8 hrs on low or 5 6 on high
  • When finished relax & enjoy!!!

Whether you are from the Northeast where you have personally suffered from Sandy or just want to share a recipe to those who may not have a home still, please join us #FBS4SANDY!!!

Lets get it trending today #FBS4SANDY, Thursday November 8th- share your comfort dishes in support of our friends in the Northeast that have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

& please don’t forget to donate to the Red Cross below and help those in need & affected by Superstorm Sandy:

Always remembering that #SandyUnites! #LetsComeTogether

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