Let’s face it, we all love good food. However, sometimes quality food is hard to find. Of course, there are the staple restaurants in the Atlantic City region that have consistent excellent quality (Girasole, SeaBlue, The Ram’s Head, Mama Mia’s, Shea’s Cafe and Tony Boloney’s to name a small few), but only once a year do we get to experience the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, which is known for its delectable food sampling as well as vast wine tasting and, of course, great entertainment and celebrity chefs.
For those of you who missed out on the fun, the Food and Wine Fest, presented by Harrah’s Entertainment and the Food Network, returned for a second year to Atlantic City last weekend.
There was an abundant list of events to attend each day of the four-day festival, and believe me it was hard to choose.
The first event I checked out was the pre-party at The Chelsea hotel, which was fabulous. Great hors d’oeuvres were going around as well as fun drink samples and Food TV personalites such as Guy Fieri and Robert Irvine.
Other great events I made it to included the Blues, Brews & BBQ event at the House of Blues on Saturday — and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint; the food was bangin’ and so was the atmosphere — and the Grand Market at Bally’s, which was simply amazing. Hundreds of vendors — some local — showing their wares, including everything from top-of-the-line foods and wines to unique accessories, and attended by what seemed like thousands of people, including some of the celebrity chefs in town.
After sampling so much food at the Grand Market, I just wanted to take a nap, but that wouldn’t stop me from attending a beautiful night of tapas at the Pool at Harrah’s where a DJ was playing great music, the first-floor food selection was awesome and the second-floor dessert selection was out of this world. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m craving this peanut-butter chocolate cake thing I tried. I’ll have to find out where to get those, they were amazing!
Anyway with 40 events in total, I got a taste of at least some of them, no pun intended.
I am definitely looking forward to next year!
All of this food talk reminds me of some of my favorite dishes and desserts to make. Along with my spinach-dip recipe and my chocolate chip cookies (that have a secret ingredient only a few select people know about), one of the latest additions to my repertoire is my grandmother’s famous chicken soup with homemade matzah balls. Oh my gosh, it is to die for.
It’s funny because when I was younger, my mom used to tell me, “Make sure you learn your grandmother’s soup recipes” and I would think to myself how boring that sounded and how uninterested I was. Now that I am about to turn 30 (this weekend!), I have taken a new interest in that way of cooking. I’ve made my grandmother’s famous soup quite a few times and I’m so glad she is still here to share more of her great recipes with me.
Another great recipe is from my late grandfather. He used to make this terrific chocolate cake. It was so good that it didn’t need icing. And if you saw the ingredients you’d be shocked. You only need about five things, but it always turns out good. Family secret: One of the ingredients is a cup of strong coffee.
My cousin Jessica — who made the same mistake as me — and me laugh all the time about how when we first made the cake recipe we put in a cup of coffee grinds not realizing that you had to make the coffee first and thenput a cup in.
We all have great family recipes and favorite foods we like to make.
What are some of your favorites? I love talking about food.
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