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About foodandwinediscoveries

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 dined and drank at some of the best (and worst) places in the world. He's the former partner and Wine Director at The Butcher Block Gourmet Market and Wine Shop in Tampa, Florida. He's the second-best cook in his house, his wife Gretchyn (who is quite really a rocket scientist) easily taking top honors.

Dinner Gang 13

New World Food, Old World Wine It was Kathryn and David’s turn to host this installment of Dinner Gang, and they came up with what I think has been the most clever theme to date:  New World food paired with … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 11

Around the World with Sauvignon Blanc aka “Beurre in the Brrrrrrrrrr” One of the reasons we live in Florida is so we can eat outside in the winter.  Unfortunately, the arctic vortex affected even us, and as temperatures plunged to … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 9

I’m obviously behind the curve.  I’m sitting here writing up the details of Dinner Gang 9 with our dish for Dinner Gang 10 on the stove.  I guess we’ll get to that later. Preparations for this episode began a few … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 8

Dinner Gang time rolled back around and it was our time to host.  We’ve decided that for our turns, we’re most likely going to focus on particular styles of wine, whether it’s a varietal or region, in order to lay … Continue reading

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Sandwich Basics

Thanks to the Earl and his chess obsession. First of all, let’s agree we’re not just talking about slapping some ham and cheese on bread for a quick lunch.  While that’s certainly useful for getting yourself fed, we’re going to … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 7

Our monthly meet-ups with friends Kathryn & David and Neal & Jim have become one of the evenings we look forward to the most.  Great food, great friends, and great wines equal a great time, and this month, the seventh … Continue reading

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Three Faces of Syrah

Our Dinner Gang with friends Kathryn & David and Neal & Jim is in its fifth or sixth month now.  Once a month, one of the three of us hosts, there’s a theme, and we cook.  Simple as that.  The … Continue reading

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Okay with Oakley’s

It’s the place you drive by a hundred times before you decide to stop.  It’s in that awkward-to-get-to little strip mall, wedged in between a DQ and a mattress shop.  It doesn’t have any parking to speak of, or a … Continue reading

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Dear Server

Dear Server, First of all, thank you for taking care of us tonight, although every time you use that phrase, I look around to make sure there’s no one sneaking up on me with black leather gloves and a silencer.  … Continue reading

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Seaside Smoked Cheddar, Bacon, and Tomato Grilled Cheese

A new Whole Foods market has opened not too far from us.  One of the things we do there is explore their decent cheese counter.  We like that they have small pieces of random cheese, priced at under $4, wrapped … Continue reading

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