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One of the real pleasures of doing MNB is having the opportunity, from time to time, to get together with readers and enjoy some good conversation, great food and adult beverages. We had just such a time this week during the National Retail Federation (NRF) Show in New York, when Balance innovations and WorldPay were kind enough to sponsor a retailer party at the fabulous Beecher’s Cheese in the Flatiron District. We ate what arguably is the best macaroni and cheese on the planet, as well as delicious salmon with lemon risotto and barbecued ribs served with sweet potato mousse. And the wines...unbelievably good, especially the 2009 North Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which was just delicious. And there was this other wine that completely blew me away - a Gruet Brut that tasted like a really great Italian Prosecco, but actually was from New Mexico! Wow!

Anyway, thanks to all the wonderful folks who joined us, thanks again to WorldPay and Balance Innovations ... and we’ll plan to do it again soon.

One other wine I’d like to recommend to you today - the 2010 Felino Vino Corbos Malbec from Argentina ... which only reinforces my opinion that there are few things greater than great Malbec. (Thanks to my wine merchant son, Brian, and the folks from Nicholas Roberts - who power the MNB Wine of the Month Club - for making this recommendation.

Just a few other quick notes...

• I’m really glad that “Justified” is back for a third season. The season’s first episode was this week, and it brought us right back into Elmore Leonard’s skewed and enormously entertaining world.

• If you did not see it this morning, find the Stephen Colbert appearance on “Morning Joe.” Hysterical.

No movie reviews this week (I think I’ve done enough on movies today with the “Bizzie” awards...) But we’ll have more next week.

That’s it for this week. have a great weekend, and i’ll see you Monday.

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