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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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    Chef News Roundup

    Martha Stewart, who was the only fabulous thing about Top Chef last night, has a new(ish) Top Chef of her own. Tony Esnault, who recently got the mitten at Adour, is now cooking for Martha. Esnault's friend, Pierre Schaedlin got him the gig. Schaedel...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 18, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    I, Locavore -- Really, Really Local Honey

    They are, however, very concerned that you might bring some raw milk cheese across the Canadian border, or sneak in one of the dozens of prohibited pork products from Italy. Join me in singing, "Uncle Sam don't want no lardo eatin' round here..." A...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on December 18, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
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    Little Baby Jesus Cake

    Why is it called the Little Baby Jesus Cake, or "La Torta del Piccolo Bambino Gesu Cristo" in Italian? Prior to the restaurant's opening, owner Giuseppe Falco held a dessert tasting. When one of his friends tried the cake, he exclaimed "Little Baby J...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 18, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
  • Marea's High-End Highs - Ogling urchin and VIPs on Central Park South

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    Marea's High-End Highs - Ogling urchin and VIPs on Central Park South

    Peering around Marea's capacious dining room is like trying to identify all the caricatures on the wall at the Minetta Tavern. Everyone is someone, but I can't name more than a few--especially while distracted by a crostini topped with a buttery lum...

    by Sarah DiGregorio on July 1, 2009
  • Croatian Kicks at the Rudar Soccer Club - In which we dine (and pass out) with the Wet Towels

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    Croatian Kicks at the Rudar Soccer Club - In which we dine (and pass out) with the Wet Towels

    The 12th monthly meeting of the Wet Towel Club was about to commence. The dining group had been named spontaneously at the first gathering, when a member looked down at the table after a meal in a Chinese restaurant and spied one of those packaged w...

    by Robert Sietsema on July 1, 2009
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    Entertaining Tips With Deborah Williamson of James

    offers up her entertaining tips. Along with her husband, chef Bryan Calvert, Williamson co-owns the Prospect Heights restaurant James and runs the catering and event company, Williamson Calvert. Her suggestions for simple, chic holiday gatherings aft...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 18, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
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    Top Chef Scallop-gate

    On the show, party attendee and Xanadu wonder Cheyenne Jackson said of the scallop "I just tried the Seven Swans A-Swimming. A little too slimy," but that was just some creative editing to have someone cute on the anti-scallop train. In bonus footage...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 18, 2008 @ 12:41 pm
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    Anthony Bourdain Looking for a Cosby Sweater

    Anthony Bourdain, the lovable (dare we say even sexy) curmudgeon, has a new baby daughter who is turning one tomorrow. Chatting with Mario Batali (and nibbling what appears to be prosciutto and breadsticks), Bourdain talks about how fatherhood has ma...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 18, 2008 @ 11:35 am
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    On a Very Special Holiday Episode of Top Chef

    With last night's episode of Top Chef, something is becoming more and more clear. Everyone on this season is pretty nice, even Stefan; no clear villain is emerging. There's a lack of cutthroat ambition making for some boring TV and some boring dishes...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 18, 2008 @ 10:31 am
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    Edible News Roundup

    To stay competitive, pizza chains are offering digital ways to order pies. You can order Domino's over TiVo, Pizza Hut on Facebook, Papa John's via text message; and Uno's online. You can also just pickup the phone and/or get a better pizza elsewh...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 18, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    The Early Word: Draft Barn

    Draft Barn, a new addition to 3rd Avenue in Gowanus, Brooklyn, looks a little bit like a set piece from one of those medieval playacting groups. It's cavernous and spare, with stone arches, wooden chandeliers and long tables with benches running alon...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on December 18, 2008 @ 5:03 am
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    What To Bring When You BYO...

    Emilia Valencia, who along with her husband owns Thirst Wine Merchants, a Brooklyn wine shop specializing in wines that are made using traditional methods without chemicals on the vine or in the cellar, had the following recommendations, all under $2...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 17, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
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    Catherine's Caffe Opens in Fort Greene

    On the pastry shelf, there are beautiful French and Polish options. The French pastries come from the wonderful Choice Market in nearby Clinton Hill, while the Polish treats, like Cheese Babka, come from Greenpoint's Syrena. Interestingly enough, t...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 17, 2008 @ 3:24 pm
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    Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

    Of course, it wasn't quite so simple in the end. By the time I was assembling my little chocolate cookie+peppermint buttercream sandwiches one-by-one, I was tired, I'd been to no less than four stores, and I couldn't help but wonder if the homemade t...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 17, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
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    When You'd Rather Not Eat Well

    I pondered this as I gazed upon the bejeweled new Kellogg's Diner rising before me above the L train's Lorimer stop, prior to going in and dining. When the joint was boarded up several months ago, the general belief was that this old-timer had bit th...

    @ Fork in the Road by Robert Sietsema on December 17, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
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    More Artichokes Coming

    But the Artichoke also be a hard slice to come by given the lines, the artistic license occasionally taken with the hours, and the fact that we might tipsily stumble upon a lesser but more conveniently located pizza joint en route. Good news. New Art...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 17, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
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    Is a Culinary Career Right for Your Unemployed Self?

    -Despite the monstrous unemployment rate, employment opportunities in the culinary world are actually increasing with an expected 2 million opps expected be created in the next 10 years. -Of those, there's an estimated 10,000 new chef positions that...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 17, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    Size of David Bouley's Menu Matters

    "oddly organized riot" of a menu. "Scrawled and sprawled across it [the menu] is such an oddly organized riot of strangely mismatched options that being able to connect a customer's shorthand request to an actual item requires only slightly less pr...

    @ Fork in the Road by Hailey Eber on December 17, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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    Fork in the Road Hates the Snake, Loves the Fry Bread

    This week, I review Ellis Bar, a Southwestern restaurant that serves food like rattlesnake and fry bread. Real Southwestern-American fare is a rarity in New York (not fake-y Mexican, but actual Southwestern). So although Ellis Bar is an odd place t...

    @ Fork in the Road by Sarah DiGregorio on December 17, 2008 @ 9:10 am
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