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    A Man, A Plan, A Van -- Barbecue!

    I arrived to discover the nose of a red van sticking out of a white cinder block building, which had apparently once been a car-repair garage, because the prices of various automotive procedures were listed on the wall in English and Spanish. Moreove...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on January 29, 2009 @ 11:19 pm
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    Incredibly Cheap Eats: Street Cart Empanadas

    This street cart, at the corner of 13th Street and 5th Avenue in south Park Slope, does a very brisk business in empanadas. It's easy to see why, as the block it sits on is otherwise lacking in good eats (with the exception of nearby Tacos Nuevo Mexi...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on January 29, 2009 @ 3:10 pm
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    Bourdain and Batali's Essentials

    Batali's list is pretty standard: extra virgin olive oil (EVOO in Rachel Ray's world), anchovies, dry pasta, and some kind of tomato product, assuming you don't have to count garlic, bread crumbs, and onions. "You really need those seven," he says. ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 29, 2009 @ 2:46 pm
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    What's Wrong With Top Chef This Season?

    As I blinked through yet another episode of Top Chef last night, I had to wonder? Was it me or the show? Why do these 60 Bravo minutes not offer the pleasure they once did. Indeed it's not me. It's not you. It's the show. I've been trying to understa...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 29, 2009 @ 1:24 pm
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    (Miss) Williamsburg Is Burning

    Sad news from Williamsburg. The former Miss Williamsburg Diner, more recently 718, on Kent Avenue was gutted by a fire early this morning. The establishment is said to have suffered "extensive" damage, while the building next door known as "Monster I...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 29, 2009 @ 12:53 pm
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    Last Night's Brunello Tasting at the Hilton

    I almost never accept invitations to promotional events, but when I got a card a few weeks ago admitting me and a friend to a tasting of the newly released 2004 Brunellos, I thought a few seconds and enthusiastically replied in the affirmative. Made ...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on January 29, 2009 @ 11:33 am
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    Jackson Heights with Suketu Mehta: A Secret Grocery

    I've met Mehta here to tramp around his old stomping grounds, do some eating, and learn the secret to getting into an undercover food market. Mehta moved from Mumbai to Jackson Heights when he was fourteen; his family lived on 83rd Street. Not many...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on January 29, 2009 @ 11:06 am
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    Top Chef: Quieting the Creative Monkeys

    At its most entertaining, competitive reality television at once surprises and conforms to expectations. One wants to be surprised by the contestants and their choices, while at the same time, there's a certain pleasure in reading the formulas and kn...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 29, 2009 @ 10:56 am
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    Starbucks to cut 6,700 jobs

    Starbucks says it plans to close 300 more stores and cut 6,700 jobs after first-quarter profits fell an estimated 69%. [Bloomberg] A new study finds that chemicals commonly found in food packaging, upholstery and carpets may reduce a women's fertili...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 29, 2009 @ 10:01 am
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    Bati Yummy, Now Open for Lunch

    A friend and I tried Bati last weekend and had some of the best Ethiopian food either of us had had in recent memory. The restaurant is still waiting on its liquor license, so it's BYOB for now, which does always help my culinary memory. We were more...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 28, 2009 @ 5:47 pm
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    America Gets Sixth

    With high hopes, and Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and even Paul Bocuse himself rooting for him, Timothy Hollingsworth came in a disappointing sixth place in the Bocuse d'Or today. Hollingsworth, a sous chef at Keller's The French Laundry, had been...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 28, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
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    Cabrito's Rajas con Crema

    Rajas con Crema serves 2 Ingredients: 1 whole Poblano Pepper Canola Oil 1 pinch Cilantro Leaves ounce Lime Juice cup Mexican Crema (Chipilo brand preferred) 3 Flour Tortillas Directions: 1. Place poblano directly over an open flame, and turni...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 28, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
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    The Search for Kenyan Food in Jersey

    Mallory Coffee Shop is an unprepossessing place, a corner storefront with a green awning a few blocks south of Communipaw Avenue, near a swampy arm of Newark Bay. There's no indication on the outside that the place is anything more than the usual cof...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on January 28, 2009 @ 11:15 am
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    Pix from Ayada

    Here is the visual evidence of four wonderful meals at the new Thai restaurant Ayada, which focuses on the cusine of Bangkok, but tips its metaphorical hat to other regions of the country as well. The appetizer called "...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on January 28, 2009 @ 10:47 am
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    Health Commissioner Going After Salt

    The city's health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, is now waging a war against salt. After that, puppies. [NY Times] A Newcastle University study finds that cows that are given names and treated with a "personal touch' produce more milk. No word y...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 28, 2009 @ 10:37 am
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    Fork in the Road at Shang

    Shang's food is a kaleidoscopic mix of Chinese-accented food from around the world--essentially, the cuisine of the Chinese diaspora ( an example: jerk chicken references the large Chinese population in Jamaica, and the preparation uses Chinese, Fren...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on January 28, 2009 @ 9:20 am
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    Boulud Burger Coming Soon

    It's not only burgers. They'll be bangers, burgers and beer. We'll have 24 wines by the glass and 25 bottles, about fifty beers, fifty wines on the list. It's a small list but you know, we don't need a big chateau. It's going to be fun. It's goin...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 28, 2009 @ 9:04 am
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    Strange Snacks of the World -- Cracker Nuts

    Everyone has heard of Beer Nuts (redskin roasted peanuts) and corn nuts (roasted or deep-fried kernels), but what about cracker nuts? I stumbled on these tandem products--manufactured by Food Industries, Inc. in Manila under the Naga...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on January 27, 2009 @ 7:17 pm
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    Special Dim Sum with Flight of the Conchords

    Grub Street points out that we can all celebrate the Chinese New Year with this new video from Flight of the Conchords, which was filmed in Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant, an old-school Cantonese dim sum place that Our Man Sietsema says boasts "unbeli...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on January 27, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
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    Murray's Cheese Represents

    The French Laundry's Timothy Hollingsworth isn't the only one representing Team USA in culinary competition. While Hollingsworth is participating in the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France today and tomorrow, cheese mongers from our very own Murrary's Cheese...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on January 27, 2009 @ 4:39 pm
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