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    Jamie Oliver Good for Kids

    In the UK, a new study finds that Jamie Oliver's healthy school dinners significantly improved students' performance in the classroom. [Times of London] The misdiagnosis of food allergies is on the rise, seemingly due to the unreliability of blood t...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 3, 2009 @ 5:29 am
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    Obama Calls for Safer Food

    In an interview on the Today show earlier today, President Obama said the Food and Drug Administration needs to step it up. With a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter blamed for eight deaths and sickening over 500 people, Obama said he wants to exam...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 2, 2009 @ 6:34 pm
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    Strange Snacks of the World: Tamarindo

    It tasted okay. The gummy fruit ball was like a big mish-mash of fruit roll-ups. There were a number of seeds to pick around, and perhaps I should have just eaten them. In the end, it did allow for the naughty indulgence of slurping a tasty mixture o...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 2, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
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    Oh My God! Another Secretive Bar!

    Yes, you're not imagining things. It's just as you've always dreamed. It's just what you've been waiting for. There's a new speakeasy in town. And it's above 14th Street! As everyone knows, if it's hard to find a bar, you get a better buzz off the p...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 2, 2009 @ 4:48 pm
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    Strange Snacks of the World -- Confetti Creme Ritz Bits

    It's a truism of the advertising world that, in a mature market, the number of niches a product occupies must be multiplied. In other words, if you have a hit product on your hands, you must cynically generate as many forms of that p...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 2, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
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    Chongqing Chicken Obsession

    When Sietsema's review of Grand Sichuan House (8701 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) ran accompanied by a gorgeous shot of what looks like a plate mounded with dried red chiles and nothing else, I ran right down to Bay Ridge to try the dish. The pr...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 2, 2009 @ 1:51 pm
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    Nicholas Morgenstern: Leaping Around the Dining Room Like A Gazelle

    What was the last book you read and did you enjoy it? Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Of course i liked it. What animal would you like to be reincarnated as and why? A gazelle, easier to get around the dining room. Choose a superpower....

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 2, 2009 @ 1:49 pm
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    Dolphins Prepare Meals

    Apparently, humans are not the only ones who are particular about their food. According to British researchers at the University of Exeter, a dolphin has twice been filmed preparing its food according to a certain "recipe"--a behavior that's extremel...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 2, 2009 @ 9:00 am
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    Department of Inaccurate Iconography

    The website is the same way, a burst of incongrous color and jarring shapes seemingly vomited onto the web page, though some very decent writers have been tapped to produce the text. Still, one piece on Hell's Kitchen begins, "No longer a no-go zone,...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 2, 2009 @ 8:26 am
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    A Nation Turns to Whiskey

    While sales of other distilled liquors have slumped, whiskey sales are on the rise. [LA Times] Your iPhone can be turned into a cocktail database with the right app. Just add booze. [WSJ] The Food Network's Sandra Lee is launching her own magazi...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 2, 2009 @ 8:09 am
  • Govind Armstrong Trips Up at Cooper Square's Table 8

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    Govind Armstrong Trips Up at Cooper Square's Table 8

    'If someone made this for me in their toaster oven, I'd be happy," remarked one of our party, as we peered down at a plate of flabby flatbreads perfunctorily topped with mushrooms, goat cheese, and honey. "Taco Bell," mumbled another, under her brea...

    by Sarah DiGregorio on July 22, 2009
  • Wild Inconsistencies Plague Greenpoint Brasserie Anella

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    Wild Inconsistencies Plague Greenpoint Brasserie Anella

    Sometimes it seems as if all the juice has run out of the restaurant industry. Take Anella. It recently sailed into northwestern Greenpoint on a wave of press releases, dropping anchor on Franklin Street, a thoroughfare that--with its trendy boutiqu...

    by Robert Sietsema on July 22, 2009
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    Weekend Special: Recipe for the World's Greatest Veggie Burgers

    Most do-it-yourself recipes for veggie burgers are marginally better - composed of chick peas, black beans, vegetable mlanges, or - Buddha help us! - a single grotesque Portobello mushroom cap. (Good as it might be when charcoal grilled, that's not ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on January 30, 2009 @ 11:12 pm
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    To Do This Weekend: Drink Beer Hot Chocolate

    While it looks like the weather will be getting somewhat warmer this weekend, it's still cold; it's still winter. Luckily City Bakery's (3 West 18th Street) 17th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival gets underway this weekend. Saturday, January 31st is open...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 30, 2009 @ 6:09 pm
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    What to Drink on a Cold Night

    You can serve this room temperature, rather than chilled. It tastes mildly of honey, but isn't too sweet, and finishes off with a pretty serious chile burn--there are three dried red chiles floating in the bottom of the bottle. It'll warm you up, and...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on January 30, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last BYOB Chance at Cafe Cortadito

    Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine store to recommend a wine to drink at a nearby BYOB restaurant. They're asked to consider the cuisine at the restaurant and suggest an appropriate bottle for under $15. This weekend ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 30, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    Yelping the Buttermilk Channel

    Five Stars "The food was uniformly excellent. We got some of the homemade pickles, the croquettes, and the bacon-wrapped almonds for starters -- all were excellent...The service was great and the staff all seemed very friendly and welcoming. I real...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 30, 2009 @ 11:03 am
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    This Week in Booze

    It's rumored that Momofuku Milk Bar (207 Second Avenue) is planning to add a real bar, with real liquor! [The Feed] New York liquor stores are not too happy about Governor Paterson's proposal to allow supermarkets to sell wine. We, howeve...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 30, 2009 @ 9:26 am
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    Strange Snacks of the World--Yogurt Scotch

    The candies turn out to have nothing to do with scotch, but are condensed yogurt hard candies--smooth little lozenges that taste like tart, sweet yogurt. They're very tasty. Plus, for those of you addicted to Pinkberry, et al, these candies could fun...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on January 30, 2009 @ 9:21 am
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    Opening Report: Casa la Femme returns

    Cats have nine lives, and Middle Eastern restaurants have at least three. Egyptian eatery Casa la Femme (140 Charles Street) has resurfaced in the West Village, and we hear the belly dancers came with. [Time Out] Soho has a new Italian joint in Lus...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 30, 2009 @ 8:58 am
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