Healthy Eating

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Rouge Tomate Pastry Chef James DiStefano Uses Date Sugar and Quinoa Flour For His Desserts

    We almost never want to know how much sugar, salt, or butter is in our dish when we're dining out (hint: a lot), and that goes double for dessert. Unless, that is, we're in the hands of Rouge Tomate (10 East 60th Street, 646-237-8977) pastry chef James Distefano.

  • Dining

    September 4, 2013
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    July 31, 2013

    Round Two With Johnathan Adler of Franny's: "You're Not Doing a Restaurant, You're Dining There."

    I ran part one of my interview with Johnathan Adler, chef at storied Park Slope restaurant Franny's, yesterday. Today I'm back with part two, where in Adler discusses the street cart that's his guiltiest pleasure, the pig testicles he once ate, and why it annoys him when people say they're "doing" a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    My Weight-Conscious Version of "I Will Survive"

    "I Will Survive" was one of the landmark songs of the disco era--an anthem of defiance and strength in the face of one of those horrible men disco songs were always getting dramatic about. Gloria Gaynor took that ditty to the top of the charts all over the globe with her powerful (yet extremely dan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    NYC Hospitals Cracking Down on Junk Food

    New York City hospitals are cracking down on junk food, according to Fox News. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently successfully banished super-size sodas from the city, is now aiming to get rid of sugary and fatty foods from both public and private hospitals. Fox reports that though city hospital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Fat, Shiny (Rice) Balls

    Brown rice isn't the most glamorous of grains, but when you watch someone fastidiously mold it into a fat, geometrical shape and wrap it in a shining sheet of seaweed, it begins to take on a certain allure. Like the onigiri at Brooklyn Flea from Rice & Miso Everyday.

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012


    Alison Knowles invites 
you to taste her art

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Funny Food Teaches Parents to Get Creative With Breakfast

    A pair of New York educators think they have the answer to the question of how to get kids to eat healthy breakfasts and snacks. Forget for a moment that nobody has quite figured out what "healthy" means, and that the definition of "healthy" changes daily.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Hot Dog With Chili, Cheese, and Onions at Papaya King

    ​Papaya King, 86th Street and Third Avenue, 9:30 pm Founded in 1932, Papaya King is the first of the Greek-owned hot dog chains to serve papaya drink--to aid in digestion, or so the claim goes. The pairing of hot dog and papaya drink was also thought to be especially healthy and nutritious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Make Rocco DiSpirito's Chicken Noodle Soup

    Laine Doss​Chef Rocco DiSpirito's new food truck, called "Now Eat This" after his series of recipe books, has recently started serving New Yorkers nutritious comfort food. DiSpirito says his way of prepping favorites such as meatballs, enchiladas, jambalaya, and brownies shows that good-for-yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Peanut Butter Too Expensive for Food Banks

    ​If you didn't already have your concerns about food banks -- considering that they can be stocked with shit you wouldn't want to eat -- here's more unsettling news.

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Walmart Goes After New York Locavores

    Your friendly neighborhood Walmart​ You may want to check your mailbox (the snail one) for the latest effort by Walmart to butter up New Yorkers into letting the massive chain set up shop here. Now that it has Michelle Obama proclaiming its expansion into "food deserts" part of the country's h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Letter Grades on Food Carts Not Imminent; Food Corps Still Placing Unhealthy Products

    ​Mayor Bloomberg is at odds with the Health Department over letter grades on food carts. He wants them, but with just 20 out of 100-odd inspectors assigned to mobile vendors, there aren't enough resources to grade the city's 5,100 street-food carts. [NY Post] Major food corps may have pledged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Mediterranean Diet Falls Out of Favor with Mediterraneans; Why Big Macs Are Cheaper Than Whole Foods

    ​Sure, the Mediterranean diet -- full of fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts -- is healthy. But in the 16 Mediterranean countries that made it famous, people have abandoned it in favor of processed food that's full of fat, salt, and sugar. ABC News] A paper in today's edition of the journal Sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Bringing Borscht Back; Queen Mary 2 Fails Health Inspection

    ​After a few years of folly -- i.e., focusing on healthy snacks -- it appears that PepsiCo is turning its attention back to Pepsi. [Wall Street Journal] Cold borscht certainly isn't as hip as it used to be back in the 1950s, but Marc Gold, CEO of Gold Pure Food Products Co., hopes to bring th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Kiddie Meals Become Less Kid-Friendly at Jack in the Box

    You might be smiling, but the kids sure won't be.​Kids are out of luck at the mostly West Coast burger chain Jack in the Box -- they'll no longer be receiving a free toy along with their children's meal, following new laws in San Francisco and Santa Clara County that require such meals to meet ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 2, 2011


    His stump speech is not to be missed

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Old People Eat Whatever They Want, Thank-You Very Much

    Colonel Sanders: Elderly, ate fried chicken.​The silver lining on the enormous cumulus cloud of old age? Eating whatever the hell you want, regardless of whether or not a damn nutritionist says it's good for you.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Lady Gaga's Boyfriend Lands Drunk Diet Book Deal

    drunkdiet.comLuc Carl, drinking and dieting.​The USDA Dietary Guidelines state that moderate drinking is good for your health, but surely this is not what they meant.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Restaurant A-List Still Excludes Top Chefs; Domino's Launches Low-Fat School Pizza

    ​Close to 60 percent of the 24,000 restaurants in the city that have been inspected by the city received an "A" grade. So, why are some of the city's most highly regarded restaurants still struggling to even get a "C"? [NY Times] Do you have the time and patience to make your pet's food? Thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Man Uses "Cooked Rabbit" Excuse When Smuggling Cocaine and slowtrav.comUS Customs is definitely not the bunny slopes.​ A 29 year-old man was recently arrested for smuggling cocaine into the United States from Georgetown, Guyana. Why, exactly did he get caught? Oh, right, because he told guards he was bringing "cooked rabbit" into th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Kick Off Wholesome January with Olea's Farro Pasta

    Rick S.Wholesome farro goodness.​ For many of us, the first month of the year is a time for remorse and salad, maybe even going teetotal. It's a time to be healthy after weeks of end-of-year debauchery. Detox Month. But let's be reasonable: It's still January, and New Yorkers can't subsist on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker Vows to Lose 57 Pounds, Will Facebook and Tweet All About It

    ​Just a week ago Newark Mayor and "social media darling" Cory Booker was digging out his own citizens a tweet at a time, subsisting on Diet Coke and Advil, and becoming the hands-down hero of Snow-pocalypse 2010. Now he's taken to Facebook and Twitter with another cause: He plans to hit 240 ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2010

    Mayor Bloomberg Cutting Carbs, Pudding in Jail

    ​Prisoners at Rikers Island will eat less thanks to Michael Bloomberg's budget cuts, which are now coming for carbohydrates. Instead of eight slices of whole wheat bread every day, inmates will get six as part of a $1.6 billion budget adjustment proposed this week, the Daily News is reporting. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    City Unsure If Soda Really Makes You Fat

    ​The New York Times got its hands on some internal e-mails today that show how desperate city health department officials were to sell a "soda makes you fat" campaign in an effort to boost support for a penny-per-ounce soda tax proposal that ultimately fizzled.

  • News

    October 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2010

    Rikers Island Carrot Cake: To Die For?

    Not From Riker's​The New York Times City Room blog has the inside scoop (slice?) on the sweetest thing at Riker's Island: the bakery culture, but specifically the carrot cake. "They don't hardly give it to us enough," said Hilberto Vargas, a baker currently serving time in Rikers for stripping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Finnish Ruis Bread Harnesses the Powers of Rye

    Ruis bread, decked out in butter and cucumbers.​ While the idea of a freshly-baked loaf of bread -- or really anything that emerges from a burning oven -- isn't overtly appealing in the middle of a heat wave, Finnish ruis bread provides an unlikely balm to the crippling temperatures.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Food Companies Pledge to Remove 1.5 Trillion Calories From Their Products

    thisiswhyyourefat.com1.5 trillion calories...​Yesterday, a coalition of food companies pledged to remove 1.5 trillion calories from their products by 2015. The announcement from the group, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, was made yesterday by Michelle Obama at a White House press con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Pat LaFrieda Meatpacking Space to Become an Art Gallery; Whole Foods to Stop Stocking Raw Milk

    ​Wtih 12 new cases of illness in the Midwest linked to unpasteurized milk, the raw milk debate is heating up, leading Whole Foods to pull raw milk from its shelves. [Wall Street Journal] Environmental activists have been attacking NestlĂ© over YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for its purchases ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Is Freekeh the Next Big Grain?

    MlleNoelle.wordpress.comWill chefs get freekeh fever?​ Contained within the Times' glowing review of the Northern Spy Food Company is a mention of the restaurant's risotto, which is made from freekeh, a roasted green wheat. The grain, combined with the risotto's butter and mascarpone, earns th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    There's Poo In Your Coke; Smoky Foods May Be Toxic

    ​Curtis Allina, the candy company executive responsible for the modern Pez dispenser, has died at age 87. The former vice-president of what is now Pez Candy helped develop the first character dispensers, which became highly collectible. [NY Times] A recent study reveals that nearly half of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Tavern on the Green Donates Two Tons of Food; New York Has Its Own Grain Belt

    ​Taiwan is looking to mend trade ties with the U.S. after recently repealing its decision to import U.S. beef products. A change to Taiwan's food safety laws made some U.S. beef products no longer eligible for import. [Reuters] New York's grain belt is being revived and expanded with specialt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    A New Food Network On the Way; Julia Child Contemporary Charlotte Snyder Turgeon Dies

    ​Scripps Networks has plans to launch a cooking-focused TV channel next year, called the Cooking Channel, that will replace Fine Living. The company has a growing appetite for food programming following a joint venture to bring the Food Network to Europe. [Wall Street Journal] New Jersey can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    The Top 10 Riskiest Foods Features Some Unlikely Culprits

    ​Though spinach, berries, and tomatoes don't have a place on the This Is Why You're Fat honor roll, they are newly minted members of an even more dubious club: the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Top 10 Riskiest Foods list, which was published today. Though some of the foods, such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Organic Groceries Come to the Other Park Avenue

    Clinton Hill Blog brings news that a new organic grocery store is opening this week in the old Chocolate Factory building on Park Avenue. The store, called Fresh Fanatic, will be situated under the BQE, on the border between Clinton Hill and the Navy Yards. According to its owner, it will have a sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Regional Indian Cooking: Making Chapatis

    Chapatis are simple, griddled whole-wheat flatbreads, a staple over much of India. In some places they're called rotis, but in Mumbai, where my husband's family is from, it's chapatis all the way, eaten with almost every meal no matter how basic or extravagant. His grandmother's chapatis are legen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    A New Deputy Food Commissioner Will Protect Us From Our Food Here at Home; Codex Alimentarius Does the Job On a Global Scale

    The Obama administration has created a new deputy food commissioner post in an effort to better curb salmonella and E. coli contamination following a rash of outbreaks in the last year, including the peanut product recall, the largest in U.S. history. An improved tracing system for identifying the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Small Fancy Foods & Big Spoiled Food

    Spoiled food alert: The latest in food safety scares is JBS Swift Beef's expanded recall of 380,000 pounds of meat products potentially contaminated with E. coli. Some 24 illnesses in multiple states prompted the investigation in the products. [Newsday] Oh, no they didn't! The Nestle plant at the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Food Nazi Gives Healthy Eating a Bad Name

    Photo borrowed from Yesterday, we pointed to a Times piece about MeMe Roth, the Upper West Side mother of two who has her kids sneak any junk food they've been given at school into a Tupperware she calls a "junk food collector" so that they can bring it back to her and she can u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Gillibrand Supports Sliced Apples For, and From, New York

    New senator Kirsten Gillibrand hasn't been able to do much lately besides get in and out of trouble about her guns. Such is the lot of a senate noob even in the best of circumstances. But, perhaps aware that all politics is local, she's going outside the U.S. senate, teaming with state senator Darr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Obama Eats Food, Roams Halls, Reports ABC

    What's Jake Tapper up to as ABC's senior White House correspondent? Today he reported on the President's life in the White House. "At 6:45 (super: digital watch) he's in the gym," Tapper told a breathless nation; Obama runs on a treadmill and listens to Jay-Z (brief musical sting). His "heathful" br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Gioia Wants Queens Costco to Accept Food Stamps

    There's a Costco in Long Island City and, despite the neighborhood's carefully cultivated up-and-coming image, a lot of poor people live there and in surronding areas, so councilmember Eric Gioia is demanding that the megastore start accepting food stamps. Such a program "would have an immediate pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Tax Day Special: Cheapest Meal Possible

    Today is tax day, so in honor of feeling poor and our sad, sad economy, I decided to see exactly how cheaply I could make a meal that actually tastes good and is also nutritious. Store-brand mac and cheese (probably the actual cheapest meal available) is out, since it is neither tasty nor nutritious ... More >>

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