Category Archives: Food

For the Love of Cookbooks – James Melendez

I love cookbooks—yes, the paper kind. My mother taught me a love for books — she loves paper books and so do I. When I was in graduate and undergraduate school….well textbooks were exhausting: bricks on my back.  And because … Continue reading

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Salentein Wine Tasting – James Melendez

I get a ton of Mendoza Malbec offers to taste constantly-in fact there is no other region–no other variety that I get as many offers. Though much less common to taste high quality, well-made Malbec wines from Argentina.  And I … Continue reading

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Planeta Nero d’Avola Wines: A Visit to Sicilian Wine Regions in Your Glass – James Melendez

I always anticipate and enjoy all of the wines I get to taste from Planeta. I was invited along with other wine writers in the Bay Area to pair stellar food from A16 in Oakland and Planeta’s Nero D’Avola’s from … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s State of Restaurant Closures – James Melendez

Restaurants come and go.  A casual ask of those around me in San Francisco there is a feeling that restaurant’s cease operation too early. I had no idea I was going to write this; until I was on 24th Street … Continue reading

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Maison de Monaco Wine Spreads – 95 Points – James Melendez

I asked for press pass for Fancy Food Show this year and was turned away.  Sure I never cover food…. unless you count the articles I wrote about French food, Mexican and Indian Food and Wine and my number of … Continue reading

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For Over 8/10’s of My Life I didn’t Consume Cheese – James Melendez

While filming my video on Maison de Monaco Wine Spreads I mention that I didn’t eat cheese for 8/10s of my life.  And I should further clarify I still don’t eat a whole range of cheeses today such as the … Continue reading

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My Fourth Quarter France Food Adventure – A Renewed Love for French Food – James Melendez

I always look longingly to go back to France.  I was in France for the Champagne Harvest tour in September.  I miss France and the food never disappoints.  I am both excited by the farmers markets which always encompass beautiful … Continue reading

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