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Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

Friday, July 31, 2009

Garlic and Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl, is a fun and easy read, the perfect commuter or airplane book. She talks about all the funny disguises she went through as the NY Times Food critic and each one is paired with a restaurant review. I went through the book thinking, if only I had been reading […]

Country Cafe

Friday, July 31, 2009

Country Cafe 69 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 is a relaxed little place where people seem to linger for hours. They managed to fill up just until they were full and then no one else arrived. They didn’t even turn over tables that night (Tuesday) but that seemed to be their […]

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Thursday, July 30, 2009

One of my favorite things about summer is Heirloom Tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market. They are expensive, usually over $4.50 per pound, but they are so tasty and so beautiful. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, allowing you so many different ways to present them. In my opinion, the best Heirloom Tomato Salad […]

Sweet Revenge

Thursday, July 30, 2009

After our lackluster dinner at The Stanton Social, we crossed town to
Sweet Revenge 62 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014, an interesting little spot, part beer and wine bar, part cupcake cafe. I loved the vibe, an adult cupcake bar, where the cupcakes are suitably more sophisticated, both in appearance and […]

Interview with Josh Schaffner

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Josh Schaffner, founder and director of NY Craft Beer Week, is one busy guy these days, but lucky me, we’ve become friends. You’ll likely hear more about him, because he’ll be teaching us all about craft beers, but we figured you’d want to know a little more about him, this cool and laid back guy […]

Purple Kohlrabi

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I picked up some Purple Kohlrabi at the Farmer’s Market, which I had never seen before. The purple skin is such an awesome color; it almost looks fake. The leaves are strong looking and the purple veins running through green leaves seem exotic. If you’re not familiar with Kohlrabi, James Peterson has a hilarious description, […]

NY Craft Beer Week

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NY Craft Beer Week Passports are officially on-sale today! For $35, you get a book/passport that gives you access to this 10 day event, happening September 11-20, 2009. There are 83 bars participating within our five boroughs, and for $2 (+tip) you can get a pint of craft beer (or two half pints) at each […]

The Stanton Social

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Stanton Social 99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002 has an interesting menu that seems to draw inspiration from everywhere, American classics to Asian inspired to Latin influenced. The tapas sized dishes are meant to be shared and for certain dishes they can accommodate to the size of your group (with […]

Red Dandelion Greens

Monday, July 27, 2009

Red Dandelion Greens look really cool, don’t they? They have bright hot pink, almost red, stems with bright green leaves. I throw them into salads for extra color, but they are a bit tougher than your standard greens, so I like to mix them in with some tender leaves. They are a little bitter but […]

Scarpetta

Monday, July 27, 2009

We went to
Scarpetta 355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014 for Lon’s birthday. It’s just blocks from our apartment so that we could roll our stuffed selves home. The simple earth tones, high ceilings, and sky light make a comfortable atmosphere. However, the mirrors looked like they had seatbelts on. […]