I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>
Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Statik Selaktah promises his upcoming album, Extended Play, will "remind you of the hip-hop you grew up on, but it's like the new fresh version of that." To hi ... More >>
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Lady Gaga's family restaurant Joanne Trattoria. First they reeled in a pretty negative review from the New York Daily News, and now they're dealing with some major errors with the city's health inspectors. According to the New York Post, violations included un ... More >>
It's been a week already fraught with food paranoia porn--we found out that rice contains arsenic, and that there may (read: won't) be a worldwide bacon shortage next year--but yesterday, a couple dozen middle-aged and elderly protesters from multiple organization gathered outside of Trader Joe's on ... More >>
Trader Joe's is recalling their Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt after a series of salmonella outbreaks linked to the product. Customers who have purchased the product can bring it into any Trader Joe's store for a full refund. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention re ... More >>
Thursday, September 27 Trader Joe's Protest. Demanding "meat without drugs," Consumers Union and other advocacy groups will hold a press conference/action outside of Trader Joe's Union Square store on Thursday, September 27 from 11 am to noon. They will deliver over half a million petition signature ... More >>
You heard that right.Since early June, 29 people in 18 states across the country have had cases of the nausea-inducing virus and the FDA/CDC is pointing its fingers at the most innocent item in the room: the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from Your Neighborhood Grocery Store, Trader Joe's. Aft ... More >>
Each week, we feature a recipe from one of New York City's restaurants. Today, it's a creamy chowder from Tocqueville starring early summer squash and spring vegetables from the Union Square Greenmarket.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show did a segment on "The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" on its Martin Luther King, Jr. day show this morning. Audio of the segment is embedded below. Our segment looked at the silly side of "power lists," and at the serious side of some of those we included on our pow ... More >>
A 'power list' for the rest of us
The video above comes from BuzzFeed, and it shows a man at an Encinitas, California Trader Joe's serenading his fellow shoppers with a pitch-perfect aria while picking up some flowers. We don't speak Italian, but we're pretty sure he's saying they're out of mini frozen tacos.
And we're back. Once again we're offering a snazzy Village Voice t-shirt to some of our notable commenters. This week, we even had a local celebrity weigh in. If your comment was picked, email web editor Francesca Stabile to claim your prize.
The Trader Joe's incident did not involve a tennis racket. Or a man."I love Thai food. I even have a weakness for the sloppy, starchy article dispensed at cheap Thai eateries ruled by the takeout trade, where sauces are thickened to withstand the trip home. But I've never tasted anything as d ... More >>
A new precedent was set today in Manhattan court: if someone gets between you and your frozen food at Trader Joe's, you can slap them so hard that their ears ring, legally. Today, the 37-year-old amateur opera singer and part-time teacher Marcella Caprario was found not guilty on charges of t ... More >>
Last winter, a fight broke out at the Trader Joe's on the Upper West Side over a vegan pad Thai meal. Today, the case goes to court. Marcella Caprario, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher and amateur opera singer, was shopping with her husband, Bill, when he reached to retrieve a Trader J ... More >>
This more or less sums it all up.Given that the mere concept of frozen vegan pad thai has inspired many people to contemplate grievous bodily harm, it should come as little surprise that actual frozen vegan pad thai instigated real-life mom-on-mon violence, in Trader Joe's of all places.
Tim Pearce/flickrFishy business at Whole FoodsIn a recent Greenpeace ranking of seafood sustainability in supermarkets, Whole Foods ranked fourth, behind Target, which came in second, and Safeway, which took the number one spot.
Maine lawmakers are trying to decide whether to make the whoopie pie the state's official dessert. The sole opposition is a Democrat worried about glorifying a product made with lard. [AOL News] A food-focused "business incubator" is planned for one of Brooklyn's lower-income neighborhoods, ... More >>
Walmart is still fighting to come to New York City, despite the fact that residents believe the store is run by a bunch of corporate soulless zombies who don't support unions? Still!? They set up a website and everything! Gothamist is reporting that "ShopRite is also interested in the 100,000 ... More >>
Alex Van BurenGreetings from the classic Middle Eastern grocery..... Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Potato Flatbread ($4.50) at Sahadi's, 187 Atlantic Avenue, ... More >>
I passed by a brightly lit, enormous Trader Joe's in Chelsea yesterday, so I ambled in and almost plotzed when I saw the prices. A lot of them were comparable to those at my beloved 99-cent stores! Bananas are only 19 cents each. A bag of "the works" bagels was a mere $2.29.
Trader Joe's may have better prices, but if Craigslist's redoubtable Missed Connections are any indication, then Whole Foods has better, er, aesthetics.
Newlywed Josh Ozersky doles out advice on how to cater a wedding. Simple: just call up all your best chef friends. Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery can make your bread; Michael White of Alto, Marea, and Convivio can make lasagna; and Michael Psilakis of Kefi can whip up moussaka. [Time] S ... More >>
The onion knows its place in Arora Creations' Vegetable Korma. Photo by Victoria BekiempisLike their meaty relatives, vegetarian-friendly TV dinners and pre-made meals can be as tasteless as they are convenient. Often overloaded with salt and sameness, many are too mushy (and mysterious) to e ... More >>
President Obama's financial disclosure form has been released, and among the salient nuggets are his Vanguard retirement fund (us, too!), his $1.4 million from the Nobel Peace Prize (which he donated to charity), and the news that his Portuguese water dog, Bo, (a gift from the late Senator Ed ... More >>
Well, whaddya know, Barneys is coming to you! The Co-op, to be exact, which is slightly more palatable than the pretentious behemoth of an original store in these recessionary times, and offers comparable "bargains" (like, $300 for a dress, instead of $1,295).
New York City's coffee wars are heating up. Despite the continued ubiquity of Starbucks, smaller chains like Gimme!, La Colombe, Stumptown, and the forthcoming Blue Bottle are cropping up everywhere. [NY Daily News] Are macarons poised to be the next dessert craze? The airy French pastries h ... More >>
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 >>
Whole Foods may not be coming to Gowanus anytime in the near future, but On Monday, Union Market will bring its own brand of aspirational grocery shopping to the neighborhood a few blocks north.
Remember that poor woman paralyzed by E. coli in her hamburger? It looks as if a New York man has died from the bacteria, consumed in ground beef (though the CDC says he had "underlying" health complications), and Fairbank Farms, the vendor whose product is thought to have caused it, has recalled ha ... More >>
Some wine shops go crazy with the signage, as with this European vineyard vehicle parked in front of the Seaport's Pasanella & Son. But will it make our top 10? What does Fork in the Road look for in a wine store? A broad selection of wines, from France, Italy, Spain, and California; smaller ... More >>
A new book examines the true cost of what we throw away
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adactio/flickr Like to think of your friendly neighborhood Trader Joe's as a purveyor of cheap organic -- and, therefore, ethical -- goods? Think again says Traitor Joe, a website by Greenpeace that aims to expose the retailer's peddling of endangered fish, such as Chilean sea bass. Of cour ... More >>
Giada De Laurentiis told Redbook that the rumor about the rivalry between herself and Rachael Ray is not true. "Do we hang out all the time? No. Are we best friends? No," says the Food Network star, but she claims to have no beef with Rach. [People] The latest in food safety scares: beef. A meatpac ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal looks at the absinthe releases and re-releases of the last couple years, since the "green fairy" has been re-legalized. Despite the interest in the wormwood liqueur, its flavor profile is new to the American palate and difficult to appreciate. [Wall Street Journal] Now that ... More >>
(Editor's note: this dispatch is from a middle-aged, college-educated Manhattan resident who has given the hell up and gone on welfare. Some weeks back he described the process of signing up for the dole.) Despite all the waiting and the hassle of dealing with a bureaucracy, the one bright spot of ... More >>
With snow in the forecast for tomorrow, I found myself thinking of a maybe final round (for the season) of winter soup-making. So I bought a whole roasting chicken over the weekend, even though I didn't really want to eat roast chicken. I wanted chicken carcass and organs to make stock. Thirteen dol ... More >>
What's For Dinner? In which we ask random New Yorkers about their food lives.Names: David and Miok.Occupations: Editor and Financial Analyst, respectively.Location: Brooklyn Trader Joe's. Live: Married with two kids in Park Slope.What are you planning to do for dinner?David: Beet salad with arugula ... More >>
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