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    Fleur de Sel Set to Close

    This sad news just into my email in box, a press release announcing the closing of venerable downtown restaurant Fleur de Sel: Chef-owner Cyril Renaud announces the closure of Fleur de Sel, his Michelin-starred restaurant in the Flatiron distric...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 4, 2009 @ 2:15 pm
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    More Carb-Loading Activities!

    Between City Bakery's (3 West 18th Street) Hot Chocolate Festival, Clinton St. Baking Company's (4 Clinton Street) Pancake Month, and general Valentine's candy, carb-loading possibilities abound this month. The latest one combines chocolate with booz...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 4, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    The End of the Landmark Eatery Era?

    The fates of two of the city's landmark restaurants are growing ever bleaker. An untold number of tourists may soon be hungry and disappointed. It seems the Rainbow Room drama has come to an end. Court documents show that the Cipriani family has agre...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 4, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    The Eric Ripert Show

    Le Bernardin's Eric Ripert is going to be on TV, and we're not just talking about last night's episode of Top Chef. Ripert is getting his own series on PBS this fall. Avec Eric will feature Ripert taking the "viewer on a culinary journey." No word ye...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 4, 2009 @ 1:56 pm
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    Mangda Na -- The Discovery

    Metaphorically speaking, mangda na is a Thai expression for shiftless suitors -- the kind of guys who hang around a girl, looking for some action. The kind of guys who flit from girl to girl, getting what they can but making no commitments. The kind...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 4, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
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    Critical Mass: Shang

    Last week our own Sarah DiGregorio reviewed Shang (17 Orchard Street), the first New York project from acclaimed Hong Kong-born chef Susur Lee. She noted that "Shang has all the trappings of a middling hotel restaurant" with waiters always trying to ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 4, 2009 @ 11:03 am
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    Fork in the Road reviews Dirt Candy

    This week, I take a trip to Dirt Candy, where the vegetarian food is so zippy and pleasurable that it doesn't even occur to you to miss meat. Amanda Cohen, the chef and owner, mans the tiny kitchen, and her cooking prioritizes flavor and whimsy above...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 4, 2009 @ 9:57 am
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    Our Man Sietsema at Salumeria Rosi

    The salumeria serves Parmacotto products from Italy: But while Parmacotto's products are wholesome and tasty, they're also a bit boring if you're used to the quirky, local cured meats found throughout Italy. While the Parmacotto selections fail t...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 4, 2009 @ 9:21 am
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    Bad Food Jokes and Riddles

    It's that time of the month again - time for more bad food jokes and riddles, courtesy of a book I found in the trash, 101 Fast Funny Food Jokes by Phil Hirsch (New York: Scholastic Books, 1983). According to a commentator the last time I tried this,...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 4, 2009 @ 9:18 am
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    California Agriculture in Danger

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu warns that California's farms and vineyards could vanish by 2100 if the nation doesn't act to slow global warming. [LA Times] Following Mayor Bloomberg's Meals on Wheels reforms, sources say that some food deliverie...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 4, 2009 @ 9:00 am
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    Suckling Pig for that Special Someone

    First they roasted a pig for Obama's inauguration, and now they're throwing another piggie on the barbie for Valentine's Day. The General Greene (229 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn) is doing a Valentine's Day pig roast. In addition to their normal menu, the...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 3, 2009 @ 8:00 pm
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    JoeDoe's Tomatillo Chicken with Pinto Bean Porridge & Cabbage Salad

    Tomatillo Chicken with Pinto Bean Porridge & Cabbage Salad Tomatillo Chicken 4 (6-8 ounce) Chicken Breasts, with skin, no bones Chicken Marinade 10 tomatillos 1/4 white onion 1/4 cup yogurt, plain bunch cilantro Place all ingredients for mari...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 3, 2009 @ 4:50 pm
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    Easy Chipotle Salsa

    All you needs is a small can of chipotles, some coarsely chopped tomatoes, some fresh garlic, salt, and olive oil. Saute the garlic in a tablespoon or two of olive oil on medium heat for a few minutes. Then add the tomatoes.....

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on February 3, 2009 @ 1:15 pm
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    Oedipus, Starring Vegetables

    This very funny version of Oedipus (funny and Oedipus don't often go together) was brought to my attention by my former boss at Chile Pepper magazine. It features a potato as Oedipus and a tomato as his sexy mom. You know how this ends. ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 3, 2009 @ 12:52 pm
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    Union Square Vegetable Peeler Man Dies

    Joe Ades passed away on Sunday, at the age of 75. You might know him from the Union Square Greenmarket-- he was the dapper older fellow in a suit, perched on top of a crate, peeling carrots and potatoes at a rapid rate, and hawking the peelers in a c...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on February 3, 2009 @ 9:34 am
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    Strange Snacks of the World -- Mochi Croquettes

    While rarely seen in restaurants, the croquette is central to homestyle Japanese cooking, as seen at the East Village restaurant Chiyono. The croquette probably originated in the Netherlands, but as made by moms all across Japan, features tidbits of ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on February 3, 2009 @ 8:41 am
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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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