This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.
"Bon Appetit! Bon Appetito! Buen Apetito!" Those expressions are synonymous with fine dining. You may not have thought of the Web in the same way, but its use can enhance your dining experience or provide you with the means to prepare a fine meal. The following sites list thousands of recipes from every corner of the globe and for every taste and list and rate restaurants from Boston to St. Petersburg. Many food and wine dictionaries are available on the Web and I have listed two excellent ones. Enter "barbecue" in the recipe search engine of either the Bon Appetit or Gourmet Web site to obtain over one hundred really special barbecue recipes.
Epicurious' Bon Appetit
Table of contents of the current issue of the gourmet magazine Bon Appetit, searchable database of recipes, regional restaurant reviews, cooking technique online videos (streaming video), barbecueing tips and recipes, and much more.
Epicurious' Gourmet Magazine
Table of contents of the current issue of the gourmet magazine Gourmet, searchable database of recipes, regional restaurant reviews, cooking technique online videos (streaming video), expert advice, kitchen tips, and much more. Much of the searchable content is the same as Bon Appetit.
Epicurious Eating Dictionary
More than 4,000 food terms. Metric equivalents and an herb-and-spice chart can be found here.
Epicurious Wine Dictionary
Do you want to know the difference between Riesling and Gewuerztraminer? This is the site for you. More than 3,500 entries.
The French Cheese Library of Fromages.com
Over 140 French cheeses are described (including photographs). They are sorted by the type of milk - cow, goat, or sheep. Details are given on where the cheese is made and its appearance, smell, and taste. The best season to eat a given cheese is suggested and an accompanying wine is recommended.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Online article from the current issue, vintage chart, calendar of events (festivals and wine tastings), buying guide (includes ratings and reviews of wines tasted by Wine Enthusiast Magazine's editors and other qualified tasters), archive of previously posted articles, and links (Web sites of domestic and international wineries).
Beeradvocate.com (Beer resource)
Learn more about beer. Learn how to appreciate beer. Lists and describes over 100 beers styles along with commercial examples.
SOAR: The Searchable Online Archive of Recipes
Tens of thousands of recipes from all over the world.
Online Zagat Guide
More than 20,000 restaurants, bistros, cafes, coffee-houses, diners, hotels and takeout joints in the city or urban area of your choice. Once you've selected a city, restaurant reviews are sorted by neighborhood, alphabetically, and by cuisine. Decided to go to a particular restaurant? One click and you'll be provided with a map showing the location.
Fodor's online restaurant guide. More comprehensive than the Zagat Guide above.
Boston Magazine's online restaurant reviews.
Search the last three years of reviews from The Boston Globe, as well as all of the capsule reviews from Boston Magazine's restaurant guide. Search by name, cuisine, location, price range, or by a combination of all four.
Open List Restaurant and Hotel Search
Local search for restaurants and hotels, featuring reviews, recommendations, ratings, and user comments.
Great Chefs of the World
From the Discovery Channel. Chef profiles, recipes, and cooking basics.
Emeril Lagasse's very own Web site!
The next column will feature art and art museum sites. Previous columns with live links can be found at www.winchestermass.org/wstar.
When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (www.winchestermass.org), Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.