Monthly Archives: January 2009

Arthur Avenue

Waiting in line at the Arthur Avenue market, I met a lady from Albany, New York. She was part of a group who came specifically to tour Arthur Avenue. You could buy any food you desired and get hand rolled … Continue reading

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Paul returns to the Neighborhood

On the way to the Bronx, we stopped at the Annex Market on 6th and 25th.  In route, hundreds of people dressed in every version of Santa outfit you can imagine approached us.  We wondered if it was a Salvation … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Blackeyed Peas

Every year Messina Hof has a Themed New Year’s Eve Party.  This year was Rock’in 50’s and was great fun.  There were poodle skirts, leather, and I felt like I was in the movie Grease.  As a matter of fact, … Continue reading

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Harriet Lembecks Program Wine and Spirits

Once we had settled into our hotel we headed off to do the Messina Hof wine and Texas cheese tasting at Harriet Lembeck’s school.  It was a pleasure to share Messina Hof and the story of Texas wines with Harriet … Continue reading

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From Harlem to 96th Street

The adventure continued as we boarded the train to New York 125th street in Harlem.  Mama Rosa was born in Harlem.  There was a sense of uneasiness for me about walking in a place so long known for violence and decay.  To … Continue reading

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Paul Bonarrigo, The PT Barnum of Wine

A newspaper once called Paul the PT Barnum of wine.  How ironic is it that the ferry we boarded was called PT Barnum?  Docked beside PT Barnum was the out of commissioned Grand Republic Ferry.  Republic is the name of our … Continue reading

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Port Jefferson, New York

Since we arrived at Port Jefferson early, Paul decided to head into town. We found the Pindar tasting room within two blocks. Two ladies helped us make our tasting selections. Our favorite was the Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. The shop was … Continue reading

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Cab Driver continued

Christmas pulled me away from our New York travel story. We had such a great time with Paul M and Karen and Mama Rosa and my sister and brother in law – Don and Monie Smith around the Christmas tree. What … Continue reading

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