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This week in food blogs ... The Daily Meal lists the 60-plus coolest people in food and drink. As part of a series of illustrated guides to international spreads, Food Republic shows how to put together a French charcuterie platter. Edible Geography investigates food vendors on bikes in Mumbai. ... More >>
The beloved Gujarati snack khaman dhokla has a texture and flavor something like cornbread. It's made by soaking, grinding, and fermenting lentils, much the same way as dosas are fabricated.
The CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases has found that one in six Americans gets sick, as opposed to one in four, which was previously reported. [WebMD] A 90-year-old Harlem man mugged after leaving a Key Food received $500 in cash and $500 in gift cards from t ... More >>
Bollywood gets serious
After working at Aix, Compass, and Jean-Georges, chef Jehangir Mehta opened Graffiti in 2007. He's one of the few chefs to have worked professionally in both pastry and savory kitchens, and his cooking style features both sweet and savory flavors. It also combines Indian, Southeast Asian, and ... More >>
If you should happen to get denied at the door of Rabbit in the Moon, the new bizarre "gastropub" with a bouncer, you could go right across the street to check out a new Indian restaurant called Curry Kitchen, which has been open for three weeks.
Include newcomer Eighth Avenue Noodles on your noodle crawlWelcome to this week's installment of Ask the Critics. If you have a question--any question!--you'd like answered in this column, email us. This week, Amol M. asks: "Can you suggest a weekend excursion/eating crawl in the five borou ... More >>
Floyd Cardoz has been the executive chef of Tabla since it opened in 1998. His ability to synthesize Indian and Western flavors and techniques, creating original but rooted food, is matchless in New York. Tabla recently merged its two entities--Tabla and Bread Bar---into one, and offers an &a ... More >>
Prosperity Dumpling's sesame pancake with beef is so cheap ($1.75) that you can also afford an order of dumplings The principal lure of the cheap eat is, of course, its cheapness. But ultra-affordable food often has more going for it than thriftiness. The best are found in interesting ... More >>
The glory of Indian food is its infinite variety. Think about it. An enormous region--we're including Pakistan and Bangladesh--with cultures that go back thousands of years, including influences from foreign invaders as diverse as the Mughals, the Portuguese and the English. Food from almost ... More >>
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 >>
Left: Gobi Manchurian from Mumbai Xpress; Right: Masala 2 Wok's version. This week's battle of the dishes pits two different renditions of the Indo-Chinese classic gobi (cauliflower) Manchurian against each other. The restaurants, Mumbai Xpress and Masala 2 Wok, are right next to each other. I ... More >>
Left, keema pao, right, vada pao For years, I've been predicting (and hoping) that there will be an Indian street food explosion similar to the banh mi craze, enabling me to eat papri chaat and vada pav anytime of day in any part of the city. (And I've been saying it well before Tom Colicchio got i ... More >>
The Mumbai grilled sandwich at Mumbai Xpress was first brought to my attention by Eating in Translation, and a few visits to the Mumbai street food restaurant made it obvious that the place deserved to get a full review. But if you want to try the sandwich (alternatively called a Mumbai or Bombay sa ... More >>
Floral Park, Queens is my new favorite neighborhood. It's on the eastern edge of the borough, bordering Nassau County, and it's home to a large and growing Indian population. There are well-stocked South Asian grocery stores, like Patel Brothers and Subzi Mandi, sweets and snacks shops, and many res ... More >>
The Daily News has reported that the Oscar winning phenomenon Slumdog Millionaire is being turned into a musical and it might even be headed to Broadway. Before you vomit, please realize that they're doing this to raise money for Mumbai kids--hopefully the same ones that didn't get paid to be in the ... More >>
In an attempt to seem recession-affordable, Starbucks is rolling out a new breakfast pairing promotion where $3.95 will get you a latte and and an oatmeal or coffee cake.[WSJ]In Indiana, a rising demand for local, organic produce is resulting in a big increase in the number of small farms.[Chicago T ... More >>
All Things Digital's Media Memo reproduces two presentations software architect Jacob Harris gave to staff of the New York Times. Twitter is "a good place for making fun of yourself or others," he tells them. He admits that Twitter is "stupid," but "the right kind of stupid," because "the stupid and ... More >>
Vada Pav from Mumbai XpressThe neighborhood of Floral Park, Queens, is located as far east as you can go and still be in New York City. The neighborhood cozies up against the Nassau County line, and is made up of wide, quiet streets lined with small brick houses with yards. It also happens to be hom ... More >>
Peter McManus', Chelsea, shortly after midnight We'd been warned that Times Square could be hit with a "Mumbai-style attack" on New Year's Eve, so only about a million people showed up. (The celebration in Aspen, Colorado didn't fare so well, but they sure had fun in New Orleans.) On TV Kathy G ... More >>
Spiced shrimp, Marathi-styleYou know how you find the same thick-gravied saag paneer and rogan josh at every neighborhood Indian restaurant? Aside from those standard Punjabi-style spots, we're lucky that we also have lots of south Indian restaurants in New York, some of them great, where we can gor ... More >>
Continuing our Hanukkah coverage: Last night Mayor Bloomberg lit the biggest freakin' menorah in the entire world -- 4,000 pounds and 32 feet high with "specially designed glass chimneys" to protect the candles' flames. Unlike the pagan festival with music industry stars that accompanies the lightin ... More >>
An unorthodox frankie on a tortillaFrankies are one of the many awesome street foods found in Mumbai, and there are a few places to get good ones in New York, including a fantastic chicken version at the Tabla street cart, which is only open in the summer. A frankie is an egg-washed flat bread (usua ... More >>
As preparations are made to bury Mumbai terror victims Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg in Israel, the Staten Island Advance tells us about a New Yorker who escaped the attacks: tour director Rachel Cirincione of St. George, who was in Mumbai for training. When the violence erupted, Cirincione found exi ... More >>
This Thanksgiving season isn't all turkey and gratitude hereabouts. It turns out two of the victims in the horrific Mumbai terror attacks were local -- a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife, Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were slain at the Jewish center they ran. Their son Moshe was rescued by their nanny, an ... More >>
So much to eat... Serious Eats' Adam Kuban came across this list called The Omnivore's 100—a quirky run-down of foods that every omnivore should try at least once—everything from bagels and lox to whole bugs and Hostess fruit pies. Very Good Taste, the UK-based blog that came up with the idea, ... More >>
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