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    August 20, 2014


    Better not eat your wheaties.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Here's a Short Review of Recette

    Last week's review focused on The Gander (15 West 18th Street, 646-682-7949), Jesse and Lindsay Schenker's Flatiron follow-up to their cozy flagship Recette (328 West 12th, 212-414-3000). Now that Mr. Schenker is busting out tasty brisket-filled bar snacks and ambitious entrees northwest of Union Sq ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 19, 2014


    Erin Markey hits Joe’s Pub

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    The Little Beet's Franklin Becker: "I Fell in Love With Food the First Time I Put a Fork in My Mouth"

    In the 30 years since he first entered the kitchen, Franklin Becker has amassed shiny trophies of a successful culinary career: He landed "two very nice stars" from the New York Times while he was the executive chef at Local, earned a Best New Restaurant in America nod from Esquire for Capitale, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    A Look Around the Little Beet

    Is a sprawling fast casual chain the new three Michelin stars? Because we don't hear about a lot of chefs vying for the latter anymore, but almost every time we pose the question "What are your goals?" to a restaurateur, we get the former as an answer. And it would help explain why industry veteran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Steadfast Beer Company and its Gluten-Free Beer

    Finding a suitable beer when you can't consume barley or wheat is a challenge. But when there's an opening in the market, wait around long enough, and someone will fill the void. When Albany-based Steadfast Beer Company co-founder Jeremy Hosier decided to do just that, he wanted "to take gluten fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Can Peanut Therapy Help with Nut Allergies?

    Millions of Americans with nut allergies -- whose reactions range from itchy mouths and pain, to anaphylactic shock that can lead to death -- are doing all they can to avoid nuts. But a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests that maybe nuts aren't their enemy af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Should NYC Restaurants Have To List Allergy-Inducing Ingredients In Foods?

    [See More: New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda Ban Proposal | Sushi Costs More In New York Than Los Angeles Because, Well, Of Course It Does] So now that the soda ban has been passed, could forcing NYC restaurants to list allergy-inducing ingredients be the next source of controversy ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012
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    June 22, 2012

    Tick Bite Making People Vegetarian

    A caution to our meat lovers out there: there's a tick out there that's making people allergic to meat. Known as the "lone star tick," researchers are saying that a bite from it can trigger allergic reactions toward meat. "People will eat beef and then anywhere from three to six hours later start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Co. Chef Jim Lahey on Homemade Pizza and Infecting Himself with Hookworms

    Jim Lahey revolutionized home bread making with the simple, no-knead technique he perfected at the Sullivan Street Bakery. He then turned his attention to pizza, dishing up inventive pies at Chelsea pizzeria Co. And now you can make Jim's pizza at home. He's got a new cookbook out called My Pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    New Guidelines for Gluten Sensitivity: Report

    ‚ÄčA panel of experts recently released a report that proposed a new way of classifying gluten-related disorders, according to the Wall Street Journal. The authors of the report, which was partially supported by a company that sells gluten-free products and published in the journal BMC Medicine, ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Most People With Food Allergies Don't Have Food Allergies

    About 20 percent of Americans say that they have food allergies or sensitivities, but only about 3 or 4 percent actually do have them, according to The Washington Post.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    The Cutest Guy On TV Right Now!

    No, that's not him in the above illustration -- though it might be his insides. I'm talking about the guy on the commercial for Crohn's disease, the awful condition that has to do with "damaging inflammations" of the bowels and lots of running to the toilet. I'm sure you've seen the ad (unless you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2011

    Scientists Working on a Pill to Make Drinking Less Fun

    ​Scientists at the University of Adelaide are working on a pill that lets people drink alcohol without becoming drunk. The Daily News reports that it is still a few years away, but the "stay sober" pill will "limit the effects of alcohol on the brain." In other words, it doesn't stop the damag ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 24, 2011
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    August 3, 2011

    Pitch Of The Week!

    ​This is by far the most memorable pitch that's been aimed my way recently, and it's possibly the wackiest since a publicist asked if I wanted to interview one of the Jersey Boys about hay fever. Here it is....

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Scaffolding Totally Ruins Bride's Dream Wedding

    ​You know what they say about weddings -- something is bound to go wrong. Ideally it's not because you eat a peanut and die from anaphylactic shock, or because it turns out that your groom had an affair with your mother, though anyone with allergies and/or a certain kind of groom/mother should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Hillary Clinton May Have Just Been Feeling 'Allergic' in Dramatic White House Photo

    ​This photograph of Barack Obama's national security team during the Osama bin Laden raid, taken by official White House photographer Pete Souza, moved us all. What were they thinking? What were they seeing? Look at those faces! Especially...Hillary Clinton. It's as if she'd seen a ghost. Or f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Peanuts Safe From Persecution...For Now

    ​They might be the sworn enemy of moms with pre-school aged kids, but it looks like peanuts haven't gotten the ax just yet when it comes to being served on airlines.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Hell's Kitchen Is Hot; Sandra Lee to Launch Kitchen Line

    ​Increased food prices have begun to affect diners directly, with restaurants like Per Se and 'wichcraft raising their menu prices. [Wall Street Journal] A group of women at Bravo were said to be bitching about the special treatment Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets. (This is news?) [NY Post] He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Weight Watchers Users Outraged at New Points for Eating Healthy; Has 2010 Been the Year of the Fish Taco?

    ​The ongoing dispute over the licensing agreement between Kraft and Starbucks will be battled in court as Kraft sues. [Nation's Restaurant News] As part of a publicity stunt, the New York Burger Company got a priest, minister, rabbi, and other religious leaders to bless its burger. [NY Time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    The Great Pumpkin Shortage is Over; Ben & Jerry's No Longer 'All Natural'

    ​The great canned pumpkin shortage of 2009-10 has ended. Nestle, which sells about 85 percent of the canned pumpkin in the U.S., said increased demand was to blame for the shortage. [Boston Herald] As the FDA nears the approval of genetically modified salmon, questions over its safety have ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Looming Disaster: Ali Koehler, Best Coast's New Drummer, Is Allergic To Cats

    ​Here's, courtesy the Guardian, is a wildly amusing as-told-to chat with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, who remains somewhat of an obsession for us these days, in large part due to her obsessions: namely, her cats. Lots of choice lines here, from "I'd sooner talk about my cats than my music" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Study: Boozing Will Help With Your Aches and Pains

    Warding off rheumatoid arthritis, and brain cells.​Yep, you kinda knew this already, but it's scientifically proven now: Drinking alcohol may help reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis. Not only that, it may cut your risk of getting arthritis in the first place! According to a study at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Chatting With Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger About Reinventing the Bête Noire of Vegetarian Dining

    Veggie Burger MadnessLukas Volger displays one of his creations.​Even though it's generally accepted that vegetarian food has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years, veggie burgers by and large remain stuck in the herbivore ghetto. There's the Morningstar-Boca Burger contingen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    BP Oil Spill Affecting the Food Web; Nestlé to Stop Making Health Claims on Kids' Drink

    ​Honest Tea won its bid against Coca-Cola to keep the words "no high fructose corn syrup" on its juice pouches despite it being something of a rebuke of Coke products that do contain the syrup. [NY Times] Apparently, the BP oil spill has already damaged the food web (what scientists used to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Hot Bread Kitchen Moves into Harlem's La Marqueta; Prime Meats Takes Plastic

    ​The 4,500-square-foot city-owned La Marqueta market in Harlem will now house Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit bakery that trains low-income immigrant women in culinary skills. [Wall Street Journal] It still does not take reservations, but Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens now takes credit cards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    A Look at the Latest Beer Gardens; Oil Spill Threatens Seafood Industry

    ​The Tribeca Grand's Church Lounge attracts an A-list crowd of bar, restaurant, and club owners; doormen; DJs; and promoters every Sunday for brunch. [NY Post] As Astoria's Bohemian Hall celebrates its 100th anniversary, a look at the city's newest beer gardens, including Mission Dolores in P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    KFC's Double Down Sandwich Run Extended Through Summer; Urbanspoon to Launch Online Restaurant Reservation Service

    ​ is about to get some competition. Urbanspoon is hoping to snag its part of the online restaurant reservation market with a new launch today. [Wall Street Journal] The Lion is the latest iconic West Village restaurant from the past to be revived to attract scenesters of the pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    A Walk in a Corporate Garden; Grub Crawls A-Go-Go

    ​Corporations like PepsiCo have started planting organic corporate vegetable gardens, where employees can weed during breaks and take home the harvest. [NY Times] Grub crawls are all the rage these days. Neighborhoods like South Williamsburg and the Lower East Side are ideal for grazing at a ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    7-Eleven to Roll Out Private-Label Beer; High-Alcohol Wines Appeal (to Some)

    ​A bizarre study has revealed that college students who are addicted to tanning salons tend to drink more alcohol and smoke more pot than their paler peers. [BusinessWeek] 7-Eleven is launching its own private-label beer called Game Day, produced by City Brewing of Wisconsin, that will target ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Allergy Season "Wicked Bad" This Year

    If you're planning on a frolic in a field of flowers, bring along some Kleenex.​If your eyes are all red and swollen and scratchy and you're feeling generally like you got hit by a truck, or maybe a large, blooming plant of some sort, it's not because you drank too many glasses of the good stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Food Photography is Rampant; Induction Cooking Blows Up

    ​Keeping a photographic diary of everything one eats is becoming increasingly popular, with photo-sharing sites like Flickr boasting more than 6 million images tagged with the word "food." [NY Times] For tips on how to shoot your food, try using natural light whenever possible, fill your fra ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 23, 2010


    Race to the top of 30 Rock

  • Voice Choices

    December 1, 2009


    BabyCakes doesn’t discriminate

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Nightmares Before Thanksgiving: Medicos Warn of Holiday-Related Injuries, Celiac Disease, Etc.

    ​Christ in Heaven, King Kong and the Rockettes have announced holiday Christmas season. So it's time to start thinking about that cozy, mildly-patriotic warm-up event, Thanksgiving, and the turkey with which those of us who are not celebrity vegans celebrate. Looking forward to it? Let us fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    More Ideas to Ruin Your Halloween

    ​The conspiracy to render Halloween miserable proceeds apace. For those of us who must politicize everything, including harmless children's holidays, Right Wing News provides "10 Horror Movies For Conservatives To Watch This Halloween." These include The Exorcism of Emily Rose ("treats Christi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 22, 2009
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    July 28, 2009


    The Bard doesn't need a park

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Brooklyn Has Its Own Street Vendor Wars... But Also a Multicultural Fourth of July

    The street food vendor wars are not confined to Manhattan. Brooklyn has seen its share of tension between food carts and brick-and-mortar restaurants. Claiming unfair competition, littering, and noise, restaurants in Bay Ridge have asked the city to ban street vendors in the Business Improvement Dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    X's Exene Cervenka Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

    Fresh off an evidently triumphant three-night stand at Bowery Ballroom by these L.A. punk deities comes the sobering news that they're mortal: X's PR has released a statement from singer/poet/warrior princess Exene Cervenka announcing that she has MS. The full statement follows after the jump; god ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    "Consumers Don't Want Double Packs"

    Quotes from the Food and Agriculture Summit included, "What I think the consumer wants is value at point of sale. They don't want a lot of fancy promotions. They don't want a lot of double packs. They want a reasonable price point." [Reuters] In a survey of 8,203 people across the country, 2.55 per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    No-Nut Baseball

    Buy me, nachos?

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    August 13, 2007
  • Columns

    July 4, 2006

    DIY Sex Toys

    Why does the purple Magic Marker smell like ass?

  • NYC Life

    August 2, 2005

    Sesame Sweet

    Allergy news bad for sesame lovers

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    October 22, 2002
  • News

    July 14, 1998

    The Virus Fights Back

    At the World AIDS conference, hope mingles with troubling news about drug-resistant HIV

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