Crab cakes

July 21, 2010

During the summer my dining habits shift. The desire to eat out is replaced by the inspiration to cook at home. Restaurants are replaced by farm stands and fishmongers. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the shift has carried over to this blog. I hope you’ve not only been enjoying the posts, but have been similarly […]

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Grilled Oysters, New Orleans Style

July 13, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about New Orleans. It’s one of my favorite American cities. A truly amazing place, rich with culture and history, that doesn’t deserve the environmental and political disasters that have toppled its levees and oiled its waters. If you haven’t been to New Orleans it should be at the top of […]

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Lobster Rolls

July 6, 2010

At this very moment you can only be asking yourself one question, Where can I get my hands on that gorgeous lobster roll? Pearl Oyster Bar? Ed’s? At some secret seafood shack whose name is about to be revealed? No, no, and no. The answer, dear eater-friends, is that I made that lobster roll. And […]

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The Best Chocolate Cake in the World

June 29, 2010

Managing expectations is a critical component of so many facets in life, from careers and relationships to movies, books, and food. More often than not, if we’re told something is the “greatest” or the “best ever,” it falls short of the hype. We end up disappointed instead of wowed. When word came that The Best […]

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Ice Cream Sandwich Stack-Up

June 22, 2010

Heat is rising from New York’s sidewalks. Close toed shoes have been banished to the back of closets. We look for excuses to be outside. Summer is here. And just as our cheeks start to crave daily sun exposure, our taste buds crave the delights that mark the new season. For as many summers as […]

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June 15, 2010

For the third time in as many weeks I went to Mulberry Street. More specifically the block between Spring and Prince, which has become quite the culinary destination. This particular Sunday the occasion was dinner at Balaboosta. Einat Admony, the chef-owner of Balaboosta, is also the woman behind Taim and its acclaimed falafel and hummus. […]

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Matcha Box

June 9, 2010

Don’t worry, your computer screen is not experiencing a green tint malfunction. Matcha Box, a SoHo pop-up, is capitalizing on the goodness of green with matcha-based drinks and sweets. The mini-store is care of Alissa White, the green goddess behind Matcha Source, who is in Manhattan for the month of June to share her love […]

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Torrisi’s Turkey

June 1, 2010

This beauty of a bird is Torrisi’s House Roasted Turkey. Its simple moniker significantly understates its preparation. There’s so much more to this turkey than just an oven, a roasting pan, and some basting, which is why it tastes like no other roasted turkey you’ve ever had. The most discerning palate might be able to […]

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Blue Ridge Pig

May 28, 2010

In 1999 I was introduced to the best smoked turkey I had ever eaten. The thickly sliced turkey was moist and had that wondrous hickory taste without being too salty. In a stroke of genius, it was served on a buttered and toasted croissant. The turkey is still smoked on-site and served at the Blue […]

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Pearl Oyster Bar

May 25, 2010

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of dining with Gael Greene. Well, sort of. We were both at Pearl Oyster Bar satisfying our craving for a lobster roll. We were not however, at the same table. Fortunately, Pearl’s Lobster Roll was so friggin’ good that it kept me focused on my meal. I assume the […]

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Torrisi Italian Specialties

May 18, 2010

There is a feeling of anticipation, closely followed by a wave of excitement, when I sit down in a new restaurant and am handed the menu. I stop talking and begin to examine entrees and scrutinize side dishes. Then I start to barter with my dinner mates. The “if you get this then I’ll get […]

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The Village Tart: Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

May 17, 2010

Dense chocolate cake is iced with a layer of nutella, marshmallow spread and a sprinkling of hazelnuts in The Village Tart’s Chocolate Hazelnut Skillet Torte ($5.95). The Village Tart is a newish bakery and cafe in NoLIta. It’s a little slice of adorable on Kenmare Street where baked goods beg to be bought and consumed. […]

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Pot-Roasted Eggplant w/ Tomatoes and Cumin

May 14, 2010

I promised myself that I would not peruse the pages of the June Food & Wine until I shared one more recipe from the May issue. Needless to say, the June issue arrived and I can’t wait a minute longer. This Moroccan-inspired dish was big on flavor and lush in color. Red pepper flakes and […]

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Katz’s Deli vs. Cafe Katja: Dueling Ruebens

May 11, 2010

It was a Lower East Side duel for the ages: Classic vs. Contemporary Cow vs. Pig Pastrami vs. Pork Belly Katz’s Deli vs. Cafe Katja Someone had to judge. It only seemed fair that I do the dirty work. As it turns out, my job was fairly easy. The Classic: Pastrami Rueben, Katz’s Deli It’s […]

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May 10, 2010

A lifetime ago, when I could count my age on two hands, I loved to bake cookies. I especially loved when my older brother joined my Mom and I in the kitchen. One of our go-to recipes was for Snickerdoodles. As a kid, I think it was the funny name and the cinnamon and sugar […]

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