Hollywood has the Oscars. The food world has the James Beard Awards.
The annual ceremony that recognizes both outstanding and upcoming talent in the restaurant industry has just announced its 2013 crop of semifinalists. The current (incredibly long) list will be narrowed down to finalists on Monday ... More >>
This week's review is of La Vara, the new Spanish restaurant in Cobble Hill from chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero, a husband-and-wife duo who take turns in the kitchen creating delicious, exciting food that's unlike most Spanish restaurants in the city.
The restaurant plays with flavors establishe ... More >>
Laura Salierno/TxikitoA couple of weeks ago, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez told us that she'd be resurrecting Lassi at Txikifest, a street fair organized by Txikito's Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Now, Raij has sent us some more details about the event, which will take place on Sunday, May 1.
Lassi lovers -- and there are many of them -- still rue the day almost two years ago when Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez closed up her tiny Indian restaurant (named after the popular Punjabi yogurt-based beverage) on Greenwich Avenue. So we're happy to report that Lassi will be resurrected at thr ... More >>
Make Alex Raij's tapas from The Book of Tapas.Alexandra Raij opened a tiny tapas bar called Tia Pol back in 2004 with partners Mani Dawes and Heather Belz. In 2007, the team, joined by Raij's husband, Eder Montero, debuted the even smaller El Quinto Pino.
Raij and Montero eventually split to ... More >>
Wineloverspage.comSteve Plotnicki, opinionated about drinking.Opinionated About Dining's Steven Plotnicki was "quite happy" to appear on last week's "Obsessed" episode of No Reservations. But not happy enough to refrain from taking to his blog to rant about it.
In the episode, which showcase ... More >>
Noah Kalina/EaterEl Quinto Pino returns this Wednesday.A few days into the new year, Alex Raij announced that she would be the owner, with her husband, Eder Montero, of El Quinto Pino, the pintxos bar she opened with Mani Dawes and Heather Belz before splitting to open Txikito.
Alex Raij, with Mario Batali lurking over her shoulder.For those having difficulty keeping track of exactly which of Chelsea's pintxos restaurants Alex Raij is affiliated with, here's another addition to the flow chart: Raij, who originally opened Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino with Mani Dawes an ... More >>
Per the Strong Buzz, Ryan Bartlow, a former sous chef at Sam Mason's Tailor, has taken over the kitchen at Bar Carrera. He'll be giving the restaurant's small plates menu something of a make-over, incorporating more "ambitious" Spanish fare that reflects his training in San Sebastian. Bartlow's dish ... More >>