Restaurant Reviews

Somms Spill on Nights from Hell

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Every once in a while in the hospitality field we as pros have what we call ‘an odd night’.  A night that sort of has you left scratching your head.  May be an odd request from a guest, someone impossible to please or just well, a situation that has you thinking ‘what the hell is…

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May 30, 2018

A Wine Lover’s Food & Wine Guide to Sonoma/Napa

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Got the bug for a little wine country travel?  Over the years, I have sent numerous clients and friends advice and recommendations when it comes to wine country travel.  Whether it be wineries to visit, favorite restaurants or hotel recommendations or just a list of ‘must dos’ when in these regions worldwide, many of you have delightfully reported…

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February 1, 2017

Discover Delicious

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Discover Delicious!   A new show on KMSP My 29 that showcases the best food trucks, restaurants, distilleries, wineries and breweries in the Twin Cities!  Yours truly is the host for the new show.  On every Saturday morning @ 11:30am.   Catch our first episode, here!

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October 25, 2016

An Exploration of some of the Twin Cities Tastiest Eats & Sips

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From the always lovely, absolutely talented and truly one of the most passionate chics in the wine biz, another fantastic blog by our superstar Amusée blog contributor: Ms. Karina Roe.   So what are your plans for the weekend?  (I think you’ll have an idea after reading these juicy tips!) Change Is A’Comin’: Thoughts on history,…

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April 16, 2016

Twin Cities food and wine scene lured sommelier back to the Midwest

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Twin Cities food and wine scene lured sommelier back to the Midwest By Jess Fleming jfleming@pioneerpress.com POSTED:   01/29/2015 12:01:00 AM CST Leslee Miller is a certified sommelier at the new Salt Cellar Restaurant on Cathedral Hill in St Paul and owns wine consulting firm, Amusée.  (Pioneer Press:  Scott Takushi) Before Leslee Miller could legally…

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January 30, 2015

Salt Cellar, New School Steakhouse by City Pages

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Thanks for the fabulous write up, City Pages! Salt Cellar, a New School Steakhouse with Old School Charm, Now Open in St. Paul By Mecca Bos Fri., Jan. 16 2015 at 4:00 AM Mecca Bos Salt Cellar is serious about its wine program. “Good meat is nothing without good wine, and they’ve wisely invested in a real-deal…

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January 21, 2015

Los Caballeros del Priorato

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Day 4:  We discover the ‘Wild West’ of Spanish Winemaking! We leave our cute little Cava village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia early morning, and head off for the town of Gratallops.  Smack dab in the famous winemaking region of Priorato and its grapes Garnacha & Cariñena (most commonly known as Carignan in FR or/and Mazuelo in…

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February 23, 2014

Randy’s Restaurant~Durango, Colorado

I pay homage and say good-bye to a Durango, CO restaurant legend.  Randy’s Restaurant, an establishment I worked and managed for over 9 years almost 15 years ago. Restaurateur, Randy Burton, not only one of my greatest career mentors, but life’s closest friends created an environment for his employees that was educative, and truly encapsulated…

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February 1, 2013

Mr. Zagat’s Most Annoying Restaurant Trends

Passed on to me by a friend…I found this pretty funny!  The 10 Most Annoying Restaurant Trends Written by: Zagat  Some restaurant trends are easy to embrace: lower prices, bigger portions, free refills, you get the idea. But other, more recent trends are bordering on the absurd. In fact, some of them are just downright…

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January 26, 2012

Perfect Pairings

Perfect Pairings…I’d like to say they come along every single time I put a wine to a plate of food, but to be honest…they are in fact, much harder to make them precisely spot on than one would think.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pairing freak.  Every time I eat something, sip something or…

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March 8, 2011
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