We sat down with City Grit's Sarah Simmons this week, who describes her culinary style as eclectic: Southern-inspired is a loose term for describing my food, because I also cook a lot of ethnic cuisines. I lived in Japan, so I cook a lot of Japanese food, and I use a lot of Japanese flavors. Somet ... More >>
Welcome to the doldrums of winter. Unless you spend your weekends driving to the mountains, you're probably dreaming of warm, exotic locales to escape to during these blustery months. But don't imagine bland lagers and coconut cocktails -- the old drinks of tropical travels -- because more tourists ... More >>
The splendid "devil chicken" at Masak [See More Great Dishes at Ootoya and Tacos Cachanilla] This week, Counter Culture sails on a three-masted ship into Masak, an obscurely located East Village bistro that takes its inspiration from Singaporean cooking, which is itself partly inspired by Malaysia ... More >>
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Put in your dollar, and you're good to go. You may have noticed we haven't heard much from Fork in the Road San Francisco correspondent Tracy Van Dyk lately. That's because she's driving from San Francisco to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina with a companion known only as "A". But she paused a moment s ... More >>
Fish Balls & Rice Noodle Roll with Curry Sauce from Ming's Cafe (212-978-1888)
He made his name as a fierce cheftestant on Top Chef, but Dale Talde is much more than a television badass. His Brooklyn restaurant, Talde, has been getting plenty of buzz (including a review by former Village Voice critic Lauren Shockey) and his forthcoming restaurant Pork Slope seems to be followi ... More >>
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, Johnnie Walker distiller Diageo has released a special blend of whiskey called Diamond Jubilee. It has been in the works, distilling, since 1952, according to Reuters (via Huff Po), and is on sale in Singapore for $198,500 a bottle.
On International Women's Day, Italian women receive gifts of delicate yellow flowers called mimosas. Women in New York City go out for drinks. Tomorrow you can celebrate the holiday in this way at Lani Kai from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a party sponsored by Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered ... More >>
Those Darlins, hangin' out in those giant pipes.The mouse-headed DJ Deadmau5 finally finished his six-night stand at the Roseland Ballroom earlier this week (in one of the week's strangest press releases, I learned that the event was commemorated by a fancy cake that placed his signature head ... More >>
A behind-the-scenes look at The Chew, which starts Monday, starring Mario Batali, Top Chef alum Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly of the show What Not to Wear, and Daphne Oz, Dr. Oz's daughter. [NY Times] PepsiCo is launching an initiative to increase its access to chickpeas by growin ... More >>
Whether you've lived in New York for one year or 50, you will have encountered at various points the phenomenon of the New York City neighbor, that extending to anyone who lives next door, next door-next door, on the other side, upstairs, downstairs, somewhere mysteriously ensconced in the de ... More >>
Bubby's Pie CompanyAh, to live in Tribeca, where the smell of a restaurant becomes a community's rallying cry.
On a short flight from Singapore to Jakarta, Reuters photographer Beawiharta and his wife smelled burning. Out the plane window was fire and then the electricity went off. "Will we die?" asked the photographer's oldest child. Beawiharta made peace with death quickly -- he was with his family, ... More >>
Robert Parker is quitting the wine reviewing game, passing most of his responsibilities on to his colleague, Antonio Galloni. [SF Chronicle] Joe Santos and Brad Estabrooke both make a Brooklyn gin (the latter is actually Breuckelen gin) and are locked in a trademark battle over the name. [NY ... More >>
The most and least corrupt nations have been "diagnosed" by Transparency International in their 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the "perceived levels of public sector corruption" in 178 countries around the world. Corruption levels go from "very clean" to "highly corrupt" an ... More >>
BravoUntil next year...You've got to hand it to the folks at Bravo. Not only did they give us the worst Top Chef season in recent memory, they also ruined what little incentive we had to tune in to the finale by revealing the winner hours before the show. Thanks for absolutely nothing, guys!
We test out the snack shacks
photo by Kelly SamardakJohn deBaryThere is no shortage of old-timey, Prohibition era-themed cocktail bars in this city. It's much more difficult to find places that are making truly innovative modern cocktails, of the sort that can be found at PDT, which is rolling out its new fall cocktail m ... More >>
The writer-director takes his suburban pathos and personal anxiety to the Sunshine State
Mario Batali gains a TV show, a 50,000-square-foot food emporium, and a new restaurant in Singapore, and loses 35 pounds by eating less meat and more vegetables. [Wall Street Journal] Meanwhile, after receiving so many applications form career changers, the team behind Eataly has launched a ... More >>
Ed Cotton, formerly of BLT Market, will be the executive chef at Frederick Lesort's new Tribeca brasserie, Plein Sud, set to open next month. [NY Times] Massimo De Francesca, who was previously at Domaso, just outside D.C., will take over the kitchen at Nios, and is planning such new menu it ... More >>
On the left: Tastyfood's Cereal Milk. On the right: Momofuku Milk Bar's Cereal Milk. In late 2008 chef David Chang garnered lots of attention by introducing an ostensibly new product called cereal milk at his newly opened Momofuku Milk Bar.
Sean Hoard, a 23-year-old NYU grad and a member of Team USA at the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand, shares the recipe for his winning Wellington Fizz, a vodka-based cocktail incorporating kiwi, passionfruit, club soda, and an egg white. [NY Daily News] Japan's popular wine manga se ... More >>
Vietnamese chicken salad with cabbage slaw and peanuts Michael Huynh has always had a knack for flavor: His dishes tend to show an appetizing and skillful balance between hot, salty, sweet, and bitter, and he's good at deploying light, zesty flavorings with ultra-rich meats. Although some mig ... More >>
The next time your conservative friends tell you that all our New York professors are homo-loving commies, you tell them about Dr. Li-Ann Thio, a visiting Professor at the NYU Law School. As a nominated member of Parliament of Singapore, Dr. Thio in 2007 delivered a stemwinding defense of Section 37 ... More >>
This week, my column is a review of Shang, acclaimed, Toronto-based chef Susur Lee's first New York restaurant.Shang's food is a kaleidoscopic mix of Chinese-accented food from around the world--essentially, the cuisine of the Chinese diaspora ( an example: jerk chicken references the large Chinese ... More >>
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