Michele Thomas

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Michele Thomas

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Jewish Food Then (and Now) with Jeffrey Yoskowitz of ‘The Gefilte Manifesto’

or many, the thought of the gefilte fish brings with it visions of grayish brown globs in some sort of gelatinous liquid, plated up for the holiday dinners alongside the borscht and the brisket (the brisket was usually more exciting). This oh-so-unappetizing image of gefilte fish is so ingrained that it came to symbolize the Jewish food, especially Ashkenazi cuisine, much of which is rooted in the food traditions of Eastern Europe.

Spooky & Sweet Halloween Cocktails

Don’t be. Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. According to a 2015 survey by the National Retail Federation, more than 157 million people plan to celebrate the spooky day, generating sales of nearly $7 billion in the United States alone. And it’s no wonder: With the costumes and late-night reveling, Halloween offers a chance to feel like a kid again.

Toast the Start of School with Literary-Inspired Cocktails

Reading list? Cocktail supplies? Oh wait, that last part wasn’t for the kids. Whether you’re in grad school or a parent with kids returning to class, back-to-school season means picking up some classic literature (or at least the SparkNotes version of it). While the study guides may help you along with characters and plot, they often miss the classic cocktails practically dripping from the pages of so many of the world’s great books.

Vintage Report: What’s Next for NJ Wine

ith the summer nearly behind us (we can’t believe it either), the Garden State’s grape growers have returned to the vineyards for harvest, and the early reports are in — this year is well on the way to being another winner for New Jersey’s wine industry. “The New Jersey Wine industry continues on its path of establishing an identity as a fine wine-producing region,” said Daniel Ward, Ph.D., Associate Extension Specialist in Pomology (literally, the science of growing fruit).

Brew Jersey: Departed Soles Brewing Co.

t’s not every day that you hear unsolicited praise for your product. But that happened for Brian Kulbacki, the 30-year old founder, brewmaster, and all-around everything guy of the award-winning Departed Soles Brewing Company in Jersey City, when he stopped into Hoboken’s Cork City for a quick beer.

Tequila 101: All About the Spirit

he story of tequila has a lot in common with the story of Mexico itself — rooted in an ancient civilization, deeply impacted by European colonists, and today encompassing a multitude of expressions that are often misunderstood. Indeed, many people only think of tequila in connection with margaritas and Cinco de Mayo (which is often thought of as Mexico’s Independence Day — but actually commemorates the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla).

The Ultimate Beer & Boardwalk Food Pairing Guide

any would argue that nothing beats a cold beer during the summer. Except, perhaps, a cold beer and an order of piping hot fish and chips on the boardwalk. Or a beer and a corn dog. Or a beer and funnel cake. After all, wine isn’t the only adult beverage that pairs well with food! Like sand and the waves, beer and classic boardwalk food can be great on their own — but together they create an incredible experience that’s as much a part of summer in New Jersey as going down the shore.

All About Summer’s Coolest Drink: The Spritz

old, bubbly, refreshing, and with a tendency to make one feel rather glamorous – as though enjoying cocktail hour in Venice with George and Amal Clooney – the spritz might just be the ultimate warm weather cocktail. This longtime staple of classic Italian drinking culture is also one of the hottest drinks in America at the moment, thanks to the expanding popularity of herbaceous bitters and other amari (aka, Italian liquours).

9 Best Red, White & Blue Cocktails for 4th of July

ith parades from Paramus to Point Pleasant, fireworks from Finesville to Freehold, and barbecues from Bayonne to Buena Vista Township, no one celebrates Independence Day like New Jersey. And why not? The Garden State was pivotal in the Revolutionary War. Though the holiday weekend is just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to add a splash of Jersey pride to your cocktails for 4th of July festivities.

3 Must-Try Meat-Free BBQ Recipes

at the height of summer barbecue season, you may be suffering from meat overload. Luckily, there are plenty of other options, thanks to New Jersey’s outstanding range of summer fruits and vegetables. After all, they don’t call it the Garden State for nothin’! The easy recipes below can give your neighborhood cheeseburger stiff competition on the grill.

The Best Wine Gifts for Mother’s Day

pril showers throughout the Garden State brought plenty of flowers for the start of May, which is great because Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Before you spend hours scouring the internet for the perfect gift that says, “Thank you for everything, you deserve all of the wine,” take a peek at our Mother’s Day gift guide below.


Michele Thomas

I'm professionally curious. I like to learn stuff.

I also like to teach stuff and write about the stuff I've learned.

When not learning stuff, teaching stuff, or writing about stuff I've learned, I can be found in Brooklyn with my tiny feline overlords, my knitting, and several wine keys.