Author: Paula Maia


Sitting out in the garden is so relaxing that I forgets that I’m in the middle of NYC, well Brooklyn, but still… Preparing to open the garden for the season is one of my favorite things to do. It’s been a ritual of mine for the last 6 years. It starts with early trips to…
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May 26, 2013 0


August 21, 2012 0

Burgundy: Beaune

August 19, 2012 0

The Heat is On

It’s been a year since I finished Culinary School. It seems so long ago- I guess years in the kitchen is like years in Hollywood. In my case without the Walk of Fame… My first gig as a chef was a wedding in a penthouse overlooking the Hudson River.  As the bride and the groom…
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July 22, 2011 0

Eat, (Drink), Pray & Love

Eat– June was an all I can eat and drink month! Starting with my recent addiction to the James Beard Foundation dinners, where chefs from all over the Nation present their craft with an exquisite 6-course menu paired with (almost always) great wine.  A cocktail hour with hour d’oeurves and libations such as a Mead…
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June 24, 2011 0

Cinco de Mayo- Arriba Mexico!

Unlikely the popular belief, 5 de Mayo is not Mexican’s Independence Day, but a celebration of its heritage and pride.  During Mexican’s Civil War, on May 5th, 1862, Mexicans resisted and won a significant battle against the French army- known to be the best at the time- in Puebla, before they got to Mexican City.…
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May 6, 2011 0

Arizona – New York

While Obama was landing, we were taking off to Arizona, where we started our road trip back to New York. The first two days we stayed in Phoenix, pretty much on a ‘Seefood‘ Diet. My favorite meal was the dinner at Parlor Pizza. I loved the design, the excellent kitchen and the great Oregon’s Cab…
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May 4, 2011 0

Meet the Winemaker- Bodegas Carrau

Francisco Carrau from Bodegas Carrau– one of the oldest wineries in Uruguay- presented his wines in an intimate four course dinner at Oak Wine Bar. The weather was beautiful, being the warmest day thus far in the year. A good thing after such a long, wet and freezing winter. Mr.Carrau started off with his Sauvignon…
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April 27, 2011 0