It's A Gift!
No, I am not referring to my hosting skills or my inexplicable aptitude for corn toss [my absolute new favorite beach game]. I am referring to three very cool NYC-based gift ideas that I love! Customized salts or olive oil from The Filling Station - Located in the Chelsea Market of Manhattan, I stumbled upon this gem years ago while meandering the market [something I often do]. TFS has an...
The 411 on Grilling & Barbeque →
Great article from The Daily Meal. They had me at barbequed beef with pickle slaw. I dig the piece on 7 unusual foods to grill. Grilled oysters and pound cake… sold!
When in Doubt, Grill It!
It’s summer, we’re at the beach, so we’re going to grill everything. Below are pictures of a typical summer dinner @ 305 Evergreen. This was a perfect meal for a casual weekend dinner. We grilled everything pictured below, and tried to time the food as best we could since timing is everything when grilling… see below for details. [the salsa topping for Snapper a la...
Dashi is the Japanese word for stock. Japanese dashi is light but packed with umami. [Umami is a term coined by the Japanese and translates to “pleasant savory taste” and is regarded as one of the five basic tastes, together with sweet, salty, sour & bitter]. Dashi is made by soaking dried edible kelp (kombu), cured bonito flakes, and sometimes dried sardines or dried shiitake mushrooms in...
Park Slope, BK
I’ve been itching to explore Park Slope, Brooklyn for a long time now. I’ve heard and read about the illustrious brownstones, the electric food scene, and its overall charm. In 2010, PS was ranked the number 1 place to live in New York by New York Magazine citing its quality public schools, dining, nightlife, shopping, access to public transit, green space, quality housing, safety, and creative...
Corkbuzz Wine Studio →
While pizza & wine, and cheese & wine are pairings you’re probably familiar with, and quite possibly sick of, what about bbq & wine, or spicy food & wine? Check out the wine classes @ Corkbuzz, in particular their pairing classes. Pairings are informal Friday night classes where a particular food type is selected and paired with 6 different kinds of wine, to discover what...
Singing the Blues...
If you guys know me at all, then you know I love white dishes. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get the blues sometimes. The good blues that is. I adore blue and white china. I tend to like pieces that are either modern or vintage (polar opposites, I am aware). Below you will find a compilation of dishes that I love in the blue and white scheme. Some are high end pieces but most of them are...
When you hear crabs and old bay, you should think of one thing right away… Maryland! Maybe I’m just partial because I called Baltimore home for 3 years?! And yes, if you’re wondering, I felt as if I lived in a perpetual episode of the Wire. Anyway, courtesy of KF’s brilliant thinking & methodical planning, a bunch of my girlfriends and I went to Back Forty’s Crab Boil, offered...
If you happen to work in midtown east of Manhattan and you’ve got one of those nifty corporate cards to spare some expenses on, then go to Pera Mediterranean Brasserie for lunch. Warning, it can be pricey, hence the corporate card. No plastic?! Don’t fret; keep reading to see how you can score some Pera grub on the cheap! After walking by this place every day to and from work [my office...
Simple Summer Cookout Menu
KF and BH’s Garlic & Herb Chicken [use any brand of marinade you’re loyal to or make your own, as ES prefers it]. Grilled to perfection by CJS. Ina Garten’s Orzo Salad with Feta & Roasted Veggies [we grilled half the veggies] SES’s American Potato Salad, a weight watchers recipe [it’s bikini season!] SES used a dash of sugar, not splenda and light...