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May 2021 Features
Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits
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Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits
The Baker Brothers - David, Jack, and Peter, owners of Litchfield Distillery in Litchfield, Connecticut have added another very tasty spirit to their long line of super-premium award-winning spirits, with the addition of their latest product, Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits. Made from 100% blue agave imported from Mexico and distilled and bottled at their distillery in Connecticut, Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits is sure to garner many a fan. 
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Cooking With Truffles: A Chef’s Guide by Susi Gott Seguret
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Cooking With Truffles by Susi Gott Seguret
Whenever I think of memorable dinners that Edward and I have enjoyed throughout the years, truffles are always involved. Decadent, earthy, exotic, and expensive, a little goes a long way to add flavor. Cooking With Truffles: A Chef's Guide written by Susi Gott Séguret and published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. delves into the intriguing world of truffles and provides both insight and 150 delectable truffle recipes designed for the professional chef as well as the home cook. Bon Appetit!
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TRU, Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, USA
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Music Theatre of Connecticut - TRU
The play, TRU, adapted by Jay Presson Allen from the works and words of the writer Truman Capote stars Jeff Gurner as Truman Capote, and is directed by Kevin Connors at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk, Connecticut. The play focuses on the life of the writer in 1975 after Esquire published excepts from his unfinished novel, Answered Prayers. Jeff Gurner delivers a tour-de-force performance in his role as Truman Capote in the one-person play. TRU runs until May 9, 2021 and tickets are available in-person or Livestream.
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Postcards from the NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, USA
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I Want To Fly - KUSAMA- photo by Luxury Experience
The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a spectacular 250-acre landmark oasis located in Bronx, New York that we love visiting year-round. Each season there is something different to experience as the gardens come into bloom, and their new exclusive art in the garden exhibition, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, which runs until October 31, 2021, should be experienced in every season. Featuring the impressive works of the acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, set amidst the garden's spectacular flowers and foliage, the large-scale sculpture installations enchant and delight the senses.
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Soul Sweet Boutique - Brazilian Confections and more, Newark, NJ, USA
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Soul Sweet Boutique - Newark, NJ - Cakes in a jar
We recently "discovered" a fabulous Brazilian gourmet confectionary named Soul Sweet Boutique located in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, which also sells online and ships throughout the United States. Owned by Thatiana Rangel, Soul Sweet Boutique carries a wide selection of traditional Brazilian desserts along with modern sweets to tempt your palate. Since the pandemic curtailed our annual trips to Brazil, in addition to missing our "family" and friends, we missed the sweets of Brazil and were thrilled to find Soul Sweet Boutique.
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Postcards from Litchfield, CT, USA
Destinations
Edith Morton Chase Mansion - Photo by Luxury Experience
Incorporated in 1719, Litchfield, Connecticut offers much for visitors to explore and discover with its historic and picturesque setting in the Litchfield Hills, hand-crafted artisanal spirits, upscale dining, and outdoor activities. Located 16 miles northwest of Waterbury, 34 miles west of Hartford, 40 miles from New Haven, 52 miles from Springfield, Massachusetts, 78 miles from Greenwich, and 96 miles from Manhattan, make it a desirable day-trip location. We had a wonderful day exploring its many offerings.
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SAMBA Montclair, Montclair, NJ, USA
Restaurants
Camarao Na Moranga  - Samba Montclair -photo by Luxury Experience
We had an amazing dinner at SAMBA Montclair owned by Chef Ilson Gonçalves and located in Montclair, New Jersey where he took our palates on a fabulous "journey to Brazil" without the need for a passport! Chef Ilson Gonçalves deftly captures the flavors of his native Brazil at his gorgeous gluten-free restaurant, SAMBA Montclair, so If a trip to Brazil is not on the immediate horizon, you can still take your palate there by having lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch at the restaurant. 
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West Street Grill, Litchfield, CT, USA
Restaurants
Miso Glazed Salmon - West Street Grill, Litchfield, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
West Street Grill has been "Setting the Standard for Modern American Cuisine" in the charming and scenic town of Litchfield, Connecticut since 1990. Owned by James O'Shea, the restaurant is a gorgeous and welcoming beacon of hospitality with outstanding cuisine by Chef Stephen Murphy, the talent in the kitchen. Located in the historic section of Litchfield, the attractive restaurant first delights the eye with its charming décor, then delivers on the palate with its well-crafted cocktails, lovely selection of wines, and artfully and tastefully prepared cuisine. 
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Chef Ilson Goncalves Recipes - SAMBA Montclair, Montclair, NJ, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Ilson Goncalves - SAMBA Montclair
Chef Ilson Gonçalves, owner of the Brazilian gluten-free restaurant, SAMBA Montclair located in Montclair, New Jersey captures the spirit, the culture, and the best of Brazilian food. Passionate about food and creating memorable dining experiences for his patrons, he graciously shares his recipe for one of our favorite Brazilian dishes, Camarão na moranga (Creamy shrimp filled winter squash), to tempt your palates into experiencing his restaurant.
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Chef Stephen Murphy Recipes – West Street Grill, Litchfield, CT, USA
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Chef Stephen Murphy - West Street Grill, Litchfield, CT
Chef Stephen Murphy is the creative culinary talent at the attractive and charming West Street Grill in historic Litchfield, Connecticut. Owned by James O'Shea since 1990, the restaurant continues its fine tradition of "Setting the Standard for Modern American Cuisine" with Chef Stephen's culinary flair in creating lunch and dinner menus that will appeal to diverse palates and includes a nice variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items on the menu as well.
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Vento Di Mare Pinot Grigio Organic Wine 2019
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Vento Di Mare Pinot Grigio Organic Wine2019
Summer is on its way and our thoughts turn to farmers markets and organic food and wine. Vento Di Mare Pinot Grigio made with organic grapes in Sicily and produced and bottled by Cantine Ermes is perfect to drink on its own, pair with food, or use in cocktail and culinary recipes. The wine has a crisp minerality with pear and citrus notes on the palate, and is only 12.5% alcohol, making it a perfect lighter wine choice for summer. We are getting ready for summer, are you?
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The SAMBA Montclair Cookbook by Chef Ilson Gonçalves
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Samba Montclair Cookbook
The SAMBA Montclair Cookbook by Chef Ilson Gonçalves is a glorious celebration of authentic Brazilian homestyle cooking. Originally from the state of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, Chef Ilson Gonçalves makes his home in Montclair, New Jersey where his creative cuisine has dazzled patrons with restaurant, SAMBA Montclair, since it opened in December 2010. His cookbook takes the reader on a visual and taste bud tour of Brazil with his delectable recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts. It is the perfect "souvenir" to remember past trips to Brazil, for lovers of Brazilian cuisine, and for foodies looking to experience other cuisines.
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Fifth State Gin
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Fifth State Gin
Fifth State Gin is an American premium gin "made with pride in the great state of Connecticut." Owned by Master Distiller Robert Schulten and his wife Bridget Schulten, Fifth State Distillery has been handcrafting their line of award-winning spirits since 2016. Gin is a very diverse and unique spirit as the taste is based on the blend of botanicals and spices used. While juniper is always an ingredient, some gins have a stronger juniper flavor profile, while others are softer on the palate. Like chefs in a kitchen, each master distiller has their own preference. Master Distiller Rob Schulten uses juniper, coriander, cinnamon quills, angelica root, lemon peel, and green pod cardamom for his award-winning Fifth State Gin, and it is delicious.
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Westford Gin
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Westford Gin
Westford Gin is a delectable London-Dry Gin created by Master Distiller Louis Chatey at Westford Hill Distillers, his distillery in Ashford, Connecticut. Licensed to distill in 1998, Louis and his wife Margaret, are known for their award-winning spirits including eau-de-vies and apple brandy and have broadened their spirit line with an organic vodka, gin, and other tasty spirits at Westford Hill Distillers.  
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The Art and Science of Maple Sugaring in Connecticut
Adventures
Pure Connecticut Maple Syrup - photo by Luxury Experience
Love maple syrup? Have you thanked a tree today? Maple sugaring in Connecticut is a time-honored and very tasty tradition that depending on the weather runs from early February through late March. We visited two maple sugarhouses, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, and River's Edge Sugarhouse to learn about the art and science of making maple syrup.
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Postcards from Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT, USA
Destinations
Debra C Argen - visits the Llama at Stamford Museum & Nature Center - photo by Luxury Experience
Searching for something fun to do? The Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut has it all! We spent a fantastic morning visiting the 118-acre museum and nature center, exploring the hiking trails, experiencing the grandeur of the Bendel Mansion once the home of fashion icon Henri Willis Bendel, and of course, spending time with the animal residents at the Heckscher Farm. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a perfect experience for all age groups.
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Tasting and Touring at Woodbury Brewing Company, Woodbury, CT, USA
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Woodbury Brewing  Comapny
When Luxury Experience wants to learn about something, we believe in going to the source. We visited Woodbury Brewing Company located in Woodbury, Connecticut to learn more as our craft beer knowledge was limited, and the craft beer movement has been rapidly growing in Connecticut (there are over 100 breweries in the state). Lagers, IPAs, Märzens, Sours, Stouts, Flanders Red, Porters, Belgian Quadrupels, and more, who knew there were so many interesting and tasty brews out there? 
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Litchfield Distillery Vanilla Bourbon Whiskey
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Litchfeld Vanilla Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon lovers have another reason to love Litchfield Distillery with Litchfield Distillery Vanilla Bourbon. Located in Litchfield, Connecticut, their slogan is, "The Spirit of Hard Work." As an award-winning bourbon house, they hand-craft a wide selection of tasty bourbons, as well as crafting gin and vodka. Their Litchfield Distillery Vanilla Bourbon is an ultra-premium sipping bourbon that is also the perfect cocktail and culinary companion. Cheers!
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Randy Lee Riviere – Wyoming
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Randy Lee Riviere - Wyoming
Singer-songwriter guitarist Randy Lee Riviere has a new 13-track release entitled Wyoming that is Country accented Blues. Together with Kenneth Blevins, David Santos, Kevin McKendree, James Pennebaker, and Yates McKendree, Randy Lee Riviere: Wyoming is a release that will have you sitting up, taking notice, and giving it many a listen to Randy's engaging, storytelling lyrics complemented by some exceptionally fine instrumental work. The album hit the street on February 26, 2021 on the Wilderness Records label.
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Vento Di Mare Nero d’Avola Organic Wine
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Vento Di Mare Nero d Avola
We took our taste buds to Sicily with Vento Di Mare Nero d'Avola certified organic wine produced by Cantine Ermes. Spring is here and it is the perfect opportunity to think, drink, and eat healthy, so we decided to try organic wine. Nero d'Avola is an indigenous grape that makes Sicily its home, and the Vento Di Mare Nero d'Avola is a rich, dark red wine with an aromatic nose and layers of flavors on the palate. Saluti! 
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The Dave Weckl Band Live in St. Louis
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The Dave Weckl Band Live In St Louis
The Dave Weckl Band Live in St. Louis at the Chesterfield Jazz Festival 2019 takes the listener on a musical journey of Jazz and Funk. Featuring the amazing team of Dave Weckl, Gary Meek, Jay Oliver, Tom Kennedy, and Buzz Feiten, the 11-track instrumental Jazz release is an all-round standout of a release. The album hits the streets on April 9, 2021 on the Autumn Hill Records label.
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Tommaso Starace – The Power of Three
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Tommaso_Starace - The_Power_of_Three
The latest release from Tommaso Starace is Tommaso Starace - The Power of Three and it is one of Tommaso's best. The release was recorded in a large open venue without the use of headphones, which allowed the band to hear and feel the raw energy they were crafting. The ‘a cappella' type setting created a big resonant sound that cascades throughout the release. The band takes the baseline of 7 covers and then projects their own feel and music sense to create renditions that will have you touting the release with other music aficionados.  
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