DiWine is Delightful

I had the pleasure of trying brunch at DiWine in Astoria this past weekend.  They recently began serving brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11am.  The price fix brunch includes your choice of entree, a coffee and a cocktail for $13.  For an additional $6 you can get unlimited cocktails with your brunch.  There is a variety of entrees to choose from including eggs, paninis, salads and their fabulous brick oven pizzas.

My friend and I decided to split the Breakfast Pizza (eggs, tomatoes, mozzarella and house cured salmon) and the Capricossa Pizza (Pepperocini, mushrooms, eggs, and mozzarella).  Both were quite delicious and it was very enjoyable to go from one flavor to the other. We had also chosen the unlimited cocktails option and while I ordered my usual mimosa, my friend tried the Bellini.  I am tempted to get that cocktail the next time I go because you could see that these Bellinis were made with real peach puree. The wait staff did a great job of filling our drinks throughout our leisurely meal and we left feeling quite content since the portions were so filling – we even had some pizza to take home.  I look forward to going back for more visits to DiWine for their scrumptious brunch in the future.

DiWine also has an excellent dinner menu.  In addition to their brick oven pizzas, the focaccia bread appetizer is absolutely delicious and I am a big fan of their berry martini.  DiWine has an elegant, cozy setting with outside seating available during the nice weather.  It is definitely worth a visit whether is it for brunch or dinner.

DiWine is located at 41-15 31st Avenue, between 41st and 42nd Street in Astoria.

Day Trip to Atlantic City

Recently MMA hosted their first annual day trip to Atlantic City.  If you are interested in discovering what Atlantic City has to offer than this is the trip for you.  Departing from NYC at 12 noon, our private bus arrived at Resorts Casino by 2:30pm.  Everyone was given $22 to spend at the Resorts Casino to get the day started.  Hopefully it was a lucky day for everyone!

The group was provided with an email and a printout of the detailed itinerary, as well as, contact information for all three hosts so that no one would be lost if they got separated for any reason.  Since there is so much to do and we only had a day to do it in, the itinerary was very flexible for this trip.  Everyone had the option to go their own way or to pick and choose from the schedule provided.  

Throughout the day, I chose to go to different casinos and walk along the Boardwalk while others in the group spent the day at the outlets or spent more time at certain casinos before meeting up at the bus.  After starting the day at the Resorts Casino, I was able to vist the Trump Taj Majal, Caesars Casino, and the new Pier Shops to see the water show.  My last stop along the Boardwalk was the Tropicana Casino where they have a newly renovated section to explore called the Quarter.   We finished the day as a group at the Borgata Casino before heading back to NYC at around 9:30pm.  Our bus got back close to midnight and we were dropped off near Penn Station.

This trip was a fun introduction to Atlantic City and I now know where I would like to spend more time when I make a return visit.  MMA has been scheduling new trips such as this one into their list of events, so visit their website at www.meetmarketadventures.com to see what you might be interested in.