October 15, 2009

“I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day…
I felt myself surrounded by millions of abandoned pages, by worlds and souls without an owner sinking in an ocean of darkness, while the world that throbbed outside the library seemed to be losing its memory, day after day, unknowingly, feeling all the wiser the more it forgot.
” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon, “The Shadow of the Wind”

Beer & Chocolate class at Recchiuti's headquarters led by Michael Recchiuti & Dave McLean (see "Happenings")

Having been in the process of moving since I last wrote, I’m feeling the invigoration of a whole new chapter… mixed with the glories of Fall, my favorite season.

Top Tastes reflects the best new places, dishes, drinks and bites from my culinary explorations since the last issue.  Happenings: a recap of Recchiuti’s Beer & Chocolate class with Michael Recchiuti and Dave McLean. Imbiber captures my top tastes in drink.

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**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**