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coming soon to jersey city! they dont say where in jc but this is good news. note the virtual drawings and they request help and approval of the color scheme.

- bill 2-08-2008 4:22 pm [link] [2 comments]

i was one of a dozen lucky guests at a post-show dinner cooked by the italian performance group societas raffaello sanzio last weekend in seattle. to my delight i just found their eggplant recipe posted here
- Erin Boberg 2-06-2008 9:39 am [link] [add a comment]

Recommendations for lunch in Napa/Yountville/Sonoma area? (French Laundry is booked.) One of the diners is a vegetarian. The other is (mostly) an omnivore.

- mark 2-05-2008 4:17 am [link] [2 comments]

coffee floats tea sinks

- bill 2-04-2008 7:08 am [link] [add a comment]

shine 8/07
- bill 2-03-2008 4:54 pm [link] [1 comment]

eat wild
local harvest

- bill 1-31-2008 7:26 pm [link] [2 refs] [2 comments]

skinny's been cooking some amazing heirloom beans from this place. yum!
- linda 1-30-2008 12:04 am [link] [3 comments]

dumpling house on eldridge underwent a reno over new years and i just paid them my first visit. id often go to the dumpling place on allen because it was quicker and less chaotic. its still quicker but the food is undeniably better and the menu is more expansive on eldridge and now theyve mitigated some of the chaos by adding a numbered check system. no more elbowing for space at the counter and hoping to get served. plus they added another storefront so its spacious (by comparison) and the kitchen is much larger so the food prep is faster. all this did not come without a cost however as dumplings are now 4 for $1 instead of 5. normally id howl at such price gouging but ill wait until the move to 3 for a buck.

now ive got to go. my roast pork noodle soup is getting cold.
- dave 1-28-2008 9:09 pm [link] [3 comments]


- bill 1-27-2008 3:50 pm [link] [add a comment]

The 10 Best New Restaurants
Published: December 26, 2007

1. MOMOFUKU SSAM BAR It’s tempting to choose something else, given how much acclaim has come to Momofuku’s chef and co-owner, David Chang. But Ssam Bar, which began full dinner service in January, deserves top honors for its inventive, flavor-packed dishes and its rebelliousness in dispensing with the trappings that usually accompany such sophisticated food.

2. SOTO If you love uni, you’ll find it pressed into more dishes and more creative uses at this small, sly Japanese restaurant than anywhere else.

3. (TIE) ANTHOS It looks a bit of a downer but the best of its food is exhilarating. This restaurant marks another determined step forward in Michael Psilakis’s quest to lift Greek cooking to new heights.

4. INSIEME Bolstered by the success of Hearth, Marco Canora took his assured Italian cooking uptown and upscale at this restaurant, which is notable as well for the terrific wine list of the co-owner Paul Grieco.

5. PARK AVENUE WINTER/SPRING/SUMMER/AUTUMN The name and décor, like the menu, change with the seasons, a gimmick that might grate if the cooking wasn’t so pleasing.

6. RESTO Head to this nouveau Belgian newcomer for deviled eggs on fried pork jowl, audaciously fatty lamb ribs and scores of fine beers.

7. 15 EAST The space vacated by Tocqueville became a credible, tranquil Japanese restaurant with especially fine sushi and sashimi.

8. ALLEN & DELANCEY An insanely romantic, cozy vibe is crucial to this dark hideaway’s appeal, but the chef Neil Ferguson’s refined Continental cooking also holds its own.

9. PAMPLONA This Spanish restaurant wasn’t all that much prettier than Ureña, which it replaced. But the same chef, Alex Ureña, produced some equally memorable food and made it more accessible.

10. MAI HOUSE By heading to TriBeCa and teaming with Drew Nieporent, the chef Michael Huynh got a more spacious, stylish stage for the kind of Vietnamese cooking he had been doing at Bao 111 in the East Villag
- Skinny 1-27-2008 2:39 pm [link] [1 ref] [1 comment]

The “Beer Kir” at Marco Moreira’s 15 East is a Japanese beer-based mixed drink: Sapporo is floated on a shot of honeyed sweet potato vinegar, adding a sweet-sour edge to the dry lager. For the purposes of home experimentation, we found Benímosu ($11.35 for 4 oz.), the same artisanal vinegar used in Beer Kir at Katagiri, a Japanese food store on 59th Street. Made in Kyoto from purple potatoes and koji rice, Benímosu has clean, rounded flavor that’s meant to be added to beer in a 1:5 ratio, which means a 4 ounce bottle of the stuff won’t even last a 6 pack. For more budget beer-vinegar drinks, Katagiri has a whole shelf of (mostly) fruit-based vinegar for cocktail mixing. There’s even one made from sake lees, the unfermentable dregs collected from the bottom of sake brewing tanks.

While the small store may not be decorated with antique fixtures or feature anything remotely resembling vintage, Katagiri’s grocery side (there’s an incense and kimono shop next door) has been in the same spot for 101 years, a piece of old New York food culture founded just 3 years before the cornerstone of the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden was set in Astoria, and 7 whole years before Russ & Daughters started kicking the herring out of Houston Street. It’s worth a visit, even if the place doesn’t steep itself in self-conscious historicity, for hard-to-find fresh shiso, or to sample something from its tiny sushi counter. If you feel like hurting your mouth, pick up a small jar of Yuzu Kosho ($5.39), a super intense all-purpose condiment made from yuzu zest preserved in salt and chili pepper.

Katagiri & Co.
224 East 59th Street
(212) 755-3566

- linda 1-25-2008 2:39 am [link] [1 ref] [add a comment]

was microwaving up a bowl of lentil soup and i looked to the label for some advice on timing. no such advice was forthcoming. all it said was "please do not overcook." thanks a bunch, amy.
- dave 1-24-2008 9:19 pm [link] [12 comments]

Flavor Tripping
miracle fruit parties and sundry grub fests
mad flavor science

Flavor Tripping is an ongoing series of Bacchanalian food tasting smackdowns that occur about once a month, beginning in February ‘08 in NYC and SF. Our events are smallish affairs held in an undisclosed location - not (only) because we’re wanted international criminals, but because we dig switching things up and matching the spaces to the events we’re hosting. The first series of tastings center on miracle fruit (Sideroxylon dulcificum if you want to get all scientific about it), a cranberry-sized West African berry that that numbs your sour and bitter tastebuds for a couple of hours after eating it. That means that everything that used to taste sour now tastes sweet. Fo’ reals. It’s like a candy Willy Wonka would have invented - after eating one stout beers taste like chocolate milkshakes, grapefruits taste like pixie sticks, cheeses taste like frosting, it will make even the crappiest tequila taste like lemonade (and strangely enough, it will make all wine taste like Manischewitz).

So if you’d like to sign-up for the miracle fruit parties — there’ll be a banquet of food, beer, liquor, and beats provided by our resident DJ, plus damn good company — drop us a line at We’ll send out an email informing you of the next party.

…and or those of you who can’t make the parties, or just wanna experience the deliciousness on yer own, we’re also selling ye olde miracle fruit. Hit us up for more details and pricing.

Flavor Tripping is a ruthlessly-badass bastion of good taste. We throw parties w/ food. These parties are in NYC and SF. The parties are monkey loads of fun. These parties often include rare and exotic foods you ain’t gonna find in no dumpy bodega. The parties are run by a loose-knit-but-also-badass group of friends with much experience organizing large events in the states and abroad.

To receive e-mail updates on our next Miracle Fruit party, drop us a line at It’s worth it. Promise.

((what do you drink, what does it do to wine??))
- Skinny 1-19-2008 1:01 pm [link] [4 comments]

hood whopper freak out

- bill 1-17-2008 4:39 am [link] [add a comment]

love my new toy
- Skinny 1-14-2008 8:27 pm [link] [add a comment]

the art of eating has almost no web presence. you have to subscribe or order back issues.

- bill 1-14-2008 3:46 am [link] [add a comment]

Recommended:East 15. Homemade tofu was excellent (better than Megu I thought) and the cod special with miso and mushrooms was amazing. Nice quiet room. Started by the owners of Tocqueville, which is right next door. Next time though I want to sit at the sushi bar.
- b. 1-13-2008 9:04 pm [link] [1 comment]

Scandinavian Bacon Butter
1/4 chopped shallots
6 or so slices of bacon, chopped into rough dice
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 stick of butter, softened
salt and pepper

from gastrokid
- linda 1-13-2008 5:03 am [link] [add a comment]

groceteria a history of american supermarkets from the 20s through the 80s
- linda 1-12-2008 10:58 pm [link] [add a comment]