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    Strange Snacks of the World--Noodle Sandwich

    Japanese bakeries tend to have an imaginative approach to bread products. There are the perfectly square, unnaturally puffy white loaves, and then there are buns stuffed with canned corn and cheese, and tea sandwiches filled with multi-colored mostly...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on December 23, 2008 @ 9:03 am
  • Flushing's Hunan House Welcomes You to Mt. Fish Head - Chairman Mao meets the chairman of the pickled pepper

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    Flushing's Hunan House Welcomes You to Mt. Fish Head - Chairman Mao meets the chairman of the pickled pepper

    Somewhat stealthily, Chinese restaurants are becoming some of the city's best. Counter Culture recently identified Bamboo Pavilion in Bensonhurst as one example, tendering perfectly executed Sichuan fare of superior delicacy. Now, like a bull escapi...

    by Robert Sietsema on June 17, 2009
  • Trials and Hot Dog Tribulations in the Street-Vending Trade

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    Trials and Hot Dog Tribulations in the Street-Vending Trade

    Mohammed Ali (no, not that one) is trying to sell hot dogs and be a voice of reason at the same time. "No price list, don't buy," he says to the British couple who are waiting for their two hot dogs at his street cart. The couple looks puzzled. "No ...

    by Sarah DiGregorio on June 17, 2009
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    Adventures in Press Releases: 'Flavor Forecast 2009'

    "Welcome to tomorrow's flavors," chirps the booklet. We are about to experience the "10 emerging flavor combinations poised to transform and inspire America's menus." Alrighty then, are you ready? Toasted sesame and root beer Cayenne and tart che...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on December 22, 2008 @ 4:17 pm
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    Xcellent Xmas Present for Foodies -- Fuchsia

    She develops an idiomatic command of various Chinese dialects, and also sojourns elsehwere in China, making friends in unexpected places, and providing an insider's view of the country, just as it was re-opening to the West. In the second half of the...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on December 22, 2008 @ 2:04 pm
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    Mixology? Don't Laugh, Just Drink Your Drink

    Wait a second before you sneer at this new breed of bartender and pricey drinks. Staffer Fred McKindra mounts an impassioned plea, "In Defense of Mixologists," over here. You may run up a big tab, yes. But don't worry, you can still drink irrespons...

    @ Fork in the Road by Ward Harkavy on December 22, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Strange Snacks of the World -- Dragon Fruit

    Nowadays, many of New York's best greengrocers are found in Sunset Park's Chinatown. As my friends and I stepped off the N train at Eighth Avenue and 61st Street, a dozen vegetable stands spilled their gleaming produce onto the sidewalks. And, among ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on December 22, 2008 @ 11:28 am
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    Toasted Coconut Marshmallows: Easiest Gift Ever

    Every single year without fail, I convince myself that I want to make Christmas cookies. And every single year, I end up in the kitchen at 2am, covered in dough, cursing myself and Christmas in general. Last week, Hailey wrote about her adventure...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on December 22, 2008 @ 10:45 am
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    Xcellent Xmas Present for Foodies

    AC Gears was filled with things I instantly felt attracted to. All of the merchandise seemed to come from Japan, and was of a playful and technical sort. There was an electric strip shaped like a human being, with power cords for arms and legs, an in...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on December 20, 2008 @ 11:17 am
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    Soup for Soup Weather

    At $7, the soup's pricier than most of their breakfast/lunch sandwich offerings, which start at just $3, but it was pretty worth it on such a beautiful day. Hell, if you shaved a dollar or two off, I'd say it classifies as one of our "Worth Every Pen...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 19, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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    Hot Alcohol!

    Since that is not a reality, I test drove Ikea's glogg (what the Swedes call their mulled wine) last night in an attempt to make my own at home. The results after the jump... Ikea's "Herrljunga Glogg" is a non-alcoholic mix of water, sugar, apple...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 19, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    This Week in Booze

    Following an agreement with the Illinois Attorney General, MillerCoors will reformulate the alcoholic energy drink Sparks and cease production on all caffeinated alcohol beverages. Luckily, the cool kids switched to PBR long ago. [Gawker] Author Iai...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 19, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    Strange Snacks of the World -- Ube

    Purple is the color of ube (pronounced "ooooo--beeee"), the national root vegetable of the Philippines. "Ube" is Tagalog for Dioscorea alata, a purple tuber sweeter than a potato, but not as sweet as an orange yam. It occurs in Southeast Asia and in ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on December 19, 2008 @ 3:18 pm
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    The Early Word: Baoguette

    When you open a banh mi shop in New York, you're walking into deep waters. It might be more difficult to find a perfect bowl of pho, but we have plenty of places to get mind-bendingly good banh mi. Husband and wife restaurateurs Thao Nguyen and Mich...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on December 19, 2008 @ 1:15 pm
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    Keller vs. Achatz

    In October, each released a massive, expensive, beautifully photographed cookbook packed with recipes and techniques far beyond the means and abilities of the average home cook. Achatz's Alinea can be had for $31.50 on Amazon (though it originally li...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 19, 2008 @ 11:43 am
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    Another New Year's Option

    We told you about some of the more intriguing New Year's Eve prix fixe options in last week's newsletter...and here's another one. Zenkichi, a Williamsburg izakaya with romantic little curtained-off individual booths and lovely food, is offering a NY...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 19, 2008 @ 11:21 am
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    Keeping Cubicle Inhabitants From Getting Fat

    According to the press release, they are some of "Manhattan's most renowned chefs" like "Tabla's Floyd Cardoz and Terrance Brennan of Artisanal and Picholine," who have been lending their name to FreshDirect pre-mades for awhile. Two questions. Was...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 19, 2008 @ 10:45 am
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    Food News From Around the World

    [Economic Times] China, once a nation of thin, impoverished commies, is facing a growing obesity problem in the wake of increasing prosperity and westernization. Approximately 30% of Chinese adults are now overweight or obese, and, some say, they co...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 19, 2008 @ 9:55 am
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    Free Food (and Art) Alert

    I was walking by Open Source Gallery the other evening when I noticed that the window was all fogged up with steam from a large soup pot inside. The gallery is running a "Soup Kitchen" this month, offering free homemade soup around 7pm every night un...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on December 19, 2008 @ 9:02 am
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    Adventures in a Crippled Kitchen

    It began innocuously enough. I came home one evening to find a pale green notice crudely taped to the front door of my tenement. It was from Con Ed, and read: "All Gas Service Shut Off Due To Leak On Building Piping." I shrugged and trudged ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on December 19, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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