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    Is Yelp Cooking Its Reviews?

    Our former sister publication, the East Bay Express, ran an incendiary story today, reporting how the consumer restaurant review site yelp.com may be shaking down restaurants by offering to alter the reviews that appear in its restaurant listings --...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 18, 2009 @ 10:22 am
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    Foie Gras: Fork in the Road Investigates

    Two weekends ago, I went up to Ferndale, NY to check out Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the nation's largest foie gras farm and see for myself exactly how it's made. I saw everything from the chicks to the force-feeding process to the slaughter. The endl...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 18, 2009 @ 9:46 am
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    Pix from the Extreme Pupusa Run

    This week, Counter Culture documents an extreme pupusa run in extremely cold weather. The objective was to eat pupusas (delicious stuffed masa pancakes) in all six of downtown Jamaica's pupuserias. Read the story here, and see our photo documentatio...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 18, 2009 @ 9:39 am
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    Calorie Posting Holds Up In Court

    Yesterday, a Manhattan federal appeals court upheld city regulations requiring chain restaurants to post calories on menus and menu boards. [NY Post] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is calling for stricter food labeling of meats, as well as some f...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 18, 2009 @ 9:17 am
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    One Hell of a Sandwich

    Turkish restaurants have been serving the late-night snacking needs of Lower East Side clubgoers for decades, beginning with Bereket on Houston Street. A couple blocks south of there, Kebab House II is every bit as good, especially if you go for the ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 17, 2009 @ 5:31 pm
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    The Chicken Diary, Day 1

    First published in his Bouchon cookbook, Keller's roast chicken recipe is surprisingly simple, requiring nothing more than a chicken, some salt, and some cooking twine. How good could it be, I wondered? And, more importantly, what would I do in the e...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 17, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
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    Snackshots: Valentine Tasting Menu at Zenkichi

    Pictured above is a tasty dessert plate of cream puffs, chocolate sesame mousse (my favorite), and, in the cup, some delicious uncooked cheesecake. More pictures after the jump. Our apologies for the flash photography. Zenkichi is quite di...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 17, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
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    Trail Mix That Tastes Good

    The mixes are available at Food Emporium, Gourmet Garage, Garden of Eden and Whole Foods. ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 17, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
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    The Other, Really White Meat

    The National Pork Board, an organization responsible for hyping pork (as if pork needed any promotion), is to blame for the painful slogan "The Other White Meat." For years, I've pondered that slogan. So what then is "The Original White Meat"? You...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 17, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
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    Bourdain Finds His Pig In the Philippines

    The search is over. Last night on No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain had what he called the "best pig ever," and, thankfully, it wasn't a continuation of his meal at Momofuku Ssam last week. Visiting the Philippines for the first time, Tony feasted ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 17, 2009 @ 11:35 am
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    Yelping for John Dory

    Last week, Frank Bruni reviewed April Bloomfield's John Dory (85 Tenth Avenue), giving it two stars worth of love, but how much love is the new seafood restaurant getting from yelpers? Surprisingly, there are only 8 reviews for the John Dory on Yelp,...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 17, 2009 @ 10:53 am
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    The Land of the $15 Cocktail

    When will the $15 drink die? Last night we stopped by to (belatedly) check out Apotheke (9 Doyers Street), the apothecary-themed cocktail bar/faux opium den-speakeasy. It opened in September but seems like a relic from that moment about three years ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 17, 2009 @ 10:11 am
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    Joy of Cooking Getting Fat

    A study comparing the 1931 Joy of Cooking to the 2006 edition found a 63% increase in calories in 17 of the recipes. [LA Times] Low milk prices are leading farmers to slaughter hundreds of thousands of dairy cows for meat because they can no longer ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 17, 2009 @ 9:23 am
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    Call it Mountain Dew -- Oops! That Name's Already Taken

    The Times of London has just reported that a militant Hindu group called the RSS, which has eight million members, has announced plans to launch a cow urine drink to be known as gau jal or "cow water." The group's Cow Protection Depart...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 16, 2009 @ 5:13 pm
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    Lake Winnebago Sturgeon Season Off to a Fast, Tragic Start

    The sturgeon season on Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago got off to a fast and tragic start on Saturday according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as a pair died when their truck crashed through the ice near an ice crack that originated in Quinney,Wiscons...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 16, 2009 @ 9:59 am
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    Incredibly Cheap Eats -- Street Tamales

    Not sure how when it happened, but East Harlem's 116th Street has become of paradise of Latin street vending. At $2 for two, the tamale meal you see above constitutes one of the city's most formidable Incredibly Cheap Eats. Purchased between 3rd and ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 15, 2009 @ 9:23 am
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    Happy Valentine's Day from Fork in the Road!

    Fork in the Road wishes you a happy Valentine's Day, and wishes we could deliver one of these grisly, heart-shaped lard cakes from the Dominican bakery on East 116th Street right to your door.

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 14, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
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    Weekend Special -- Cookbook Corner

    This weekend Fork in the Road is kicking off a new series focusing on cookbooks and other food-related volumes that have appeared in our in-boxes recently. Ratio: the Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, by Michael Ruhlman (New York: S...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 14, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
  • Doggy Style in Park Slope: Bark Hot Dogs - Frank talk about a new place for weiners

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    Doggy Style in Park Slope: Bark Hot Dogs - Frank talk about a new place for weiners

    Wear your sunglasses as you exit the 2 or 3 train at Bergen Street, because the giant neon sign that spells out B-A-R-K glows with thousands of nuclear watts late into the evening. The interior is far more dark and chill, with raised counters runnin...

    by Robert Sietsema on October 27, 2009
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    Brooklyn Public and Other Openings

    Fort Greene's new (really, I would say the neighborhood's only) gastropub, Brooklyn Public House (247 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn), had a soft opening last night. I had a peak in earlier today and the space is quite lovely with exposed brick, tin ceiling...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 13, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
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