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About sheldonmenery

Sheldon Menery is a self-taught food and wine aficionado who has circled the globe in search of the riches it has to offer. He's wined and dined at some of the best (and worst) places in the world.

War Time Armagnac

Although the wine cellar is always the first reason to take a trip to Bern’s Steak house, the upstairs dessert room makes a strong argument for the second reason.  In addition to the private dessert cabins and tasty sweets, the … Continue reading

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The Bern’s California Walk

Bern’s Steak House is not just a local Tampa institution, but a national one.  Although it’s one of the finest steak houses in the country, the primary reason to go is exploring the world’s largest operating wine cellar. While there … Continue reading

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Espresso Martinis and Expiration Dates

A few weeks ago I came across an article somewhere (which actually turned out to be more of an ad for a particular type of vodka than an actual article) talking about making the perfect espresso martini.  Let’s set aside … Continue reading

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Habanero-Infused Basil Watermelon Smash

The picture above is the second crop from our habanero plant. I’ve done a fair amount of cooking with them, but I needed more to do, so cocktails seemed natural.  There’s probably also some habanero jelly in my future.  When … Continue reading

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Ghost Pepper Salsa 1-2-3

Ingredients 1 Ghost Pepper 2 Habañero Pepper 3 Jalapeño Pepper 2 cloves garlic 28 oz diced tomatoes ½ cup onion Salt and pepper to taste Juice of 1 medium lime (optional) cilantro It’s amazing how one little pepper can pack … Continue reading

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2017 Fall Allocations

Honestly, this post is more for my friends who might piggyback on our allocations than anyone else, but feel free to enjoy the write-ups (and if you live nearby and want to hop in, let me know).  It’s also a … Continue reading

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The Burger

Anyone can take great meat and make a delicious burger (so long as they avoid overcooking it).  It takes a master to make a burger into something special.  Fortunately for me (and a bunch of other restaurant-goers in the Tampa … Continue reading

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