Other bites from New York


Is your tailgate short some modern cooking flare? Don't have a portable sous-vide kit? Well, at least now you can bring your microwave with you for those cookouts. Heck this thing might just be the perfect NYC apartment-sized appliance. Though major appliances aren't usually my thing, I thought you might be interested in seeing the iWavecube, the smallest portable microwave available. It's truly perfect for preparing food anywhere, or the oompa loompa commisary. The iWavecube measures just one-cubic-foot! This is not your everyday kitchen workhorse, this is really only for snacks and beverages or utility in a really cramped space like a dorm room or office cubicle. I know what [...]

By | March 21st, 2011|Food & Drinks, Other, xyz misc|0 Comments

A Buffet at The Peninsula Hotel

I recently had the most delicious black cod with veggies. Oddly it wasn't at a Manhattan restaurant , but at a buffet at an event at the Peninsula Hotel introducing the Sharp 2-in-1, a double function vacuum. All editors in attendance, oohed and aahed over the food on the buffet - a very odd happening as most hotel event buffets are often not even worth eating. This food was both fabulously presented and prepared.  I enjoyed each and every dish as if I were in a multi-star NYC restaurant, going back for seconds of the black cod and veggies. If you happen to need a place for a function, be [...]

By | February 3rd, 2011|Other, xyz misc|2 Comments

Food Network’s Newest Star

Anne Thornton is the latest 'chef' to join Food Network’s TV roster.   Her show, “Dessert First with Anne Thornton” is set to premiere in October but you can get a sneak peek at one of her tasty desserts right now! Check out Anne’s highly acclaimed Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie. Crust 1 box Nilla Wafers (85 cookies) 6 tablespoons butter, melted Preheat oven to 350° F. Finely crush 65 vanilla wafers in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or use a food processor. Reserve about ¼ cup of the crumbs to top the pie. Mix together crushed vanilla wafers and melted butter until blended. Firmly press on the bottom, [...]

Tastings at Murray’s Grand Central Terminal

Celebrate fall this September with delicious tastings and special offerings from Grand Central Terminal's Murray's Cheese. They will be hosting tastings of seasonal, artisanal products throughout the month at events that are open to the public. Experience Larchmont Charcuterie Hot Dogs on September 21, 3-7 pm. Hand-crafted in Westchester County, these hot dogs have an even, rich flavor and a snappy casing. Packages of 8 are on sale in September for $6.99. Or try the Madeleine cheese from Sprout Creek Farm, a raw goat's milk tomme produced in Poughkeepsie between August and March. It's flaky, moist and herbaceous; available for $33/lb. Other sale items throughout September include: Parmigiano Reggiano, regularly [...]

By | September 20th, 2010|Other, xyz misc|0 Comments

Tahini for Falafel, Cheap Eats in NYC

Tahini (also known as Edna's Falafel Shop) serves up freshly made versions of that Middle Eastern dish of spiced mashed chickpeas that are formed into balls, deep-fried. You can have the falafel as a salad ($7) with a mixed greens, as a platter (8.95) or in pita bread topped with tahini, the tasty sesame seed paste sauce ($4.45). If you've never sampled the fried chickpea blend, I'm sure it sounds a tad odd.... but believe me it's a filling, delicious tasting cheap eat...  even in Manhattan. - bonnie Tahini 23 Third Avenue (between St. Marks & 9th) New York, NY 10003 212.254.0300 www.tahininyc.com

By | June 26th, 2010|Other, xyz misc|0 Comments

Bar Centrale, A NYC Hidden Treasure

You'll need to know the location of Bar Centrale next door to Joe Allen’s, a neighborhood theatre-area hangout to find it...but once you do reservations are a must.(HINT: it's right next door to Joe Allen's, up the stairs of a Victorian brownstone and through unmarked wooden doors.) It's a perfect après-theatre place for a star-sightings or a nibble — the menu includes  appetizers, salads, sandwiches and mini pizzas. Both the watercress beet and smoked trout salad and the goat cheese pizza were divine.  Black and white movies play on the TV above the bar (an old Ronald Reagan movie played when I visited) while there's jazz in the background And [...]

By | May 28th, 2010|Other, Recipes, Starters, xyz misc|2 Comments

Il Cantuccio, Italian Bakery Opening Today

A new Italian bakery — Il Cantuccio 91 Christopher Street (at Bleecker Street) —  opens its doors in the heart of the Greenwich Village today, Saturday, April 24, 2010. Owners Camilla Bottari, Lorenzo Palombo, and Simone Bertini bring decades of confectionery experience and a secret cantucci recipe to the palates of New Yorkers. Hailing from Prato in Tuscany, the partners of Il Cantuccio NYC offer a selection of gourmet bakery products, including a unique interpretation of the cantuccini or cantucci — the regional semi-soft biscotti — that's for breakfast drenched in milk or coffee, as a snack with an herbal tea, or as a dessert with a glass of muscat [...]

By | April 24th, 2010|Other, Other happenings, xyz misc|3 Comments

Food & Wine Names Best New Chefs 2010

New York City, April 6, 2010 — At a celebration this week at The Four Seasons Restaurant, Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin announced the magazine’s Food & Wine Best New Chefs (BNC) of 2010. The annual award, launched in 1988, recognizes up-and-coming chefs with an innovative style and a distinctive vision creating exceptionally delicious food. "This year we have one of the most exciting rosters of Best New Chefs ever,” Cowin says. “They represent every frontier of cooking in America today, from an avant-garde chef in a remote area of Virginia to the mastermind behind the Korean taco-truck boom in Los Angeles. The future of cooking in [...]

By | April 8th, 2010|Other, Rambling, USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|1 Comment

Plaza Food Hall by Todd English

This spring, The Plaza (Central Park South & 5 Ave, NYC) will launch a European-inspired specialty Food Hall offering the finest fresh, prepared and gourmet foods. Created in collaboration with acclaimed chef and restaurateur Todd English and renowned architect Jeffrey Beers, The Plaza Food Hall will present a diverse range of quality specialty foods and prepared dishes to take away or enjoy in one of eight seating areas. The open space will feature a wine bar staffed by a sommelier, a cheese & charcuterie station, a sushi bar, a burger bar & rotisserie, an Asian noodle & dumpling bar, a brick oven pizza, fish & seafood grill, and an espresso [...]

By | January 1st, 2010|Other, Other happenings, xyz misc|1 Comment

Culinary Boot Camp

Schenectady County’s first-ever culinary “Boot Camp” will take place January 4-6, 2010. It's a three-day, two-night culinary workshop, offering food lovers and novices the opportunity to learn classic cooking techniques, taste ingredients, and share experiences with fellow foodies. The Boot Camp workshops will be taught by Culinary instructor Christopher Tanner — a Certified Executive Chef, a Certified Hospitality Educator with the American Hotel & Lodging Association and an ACF Approved Culinary Judge — will be the instructor. In this  “A Taste of Tuscany” boot camp, you'll learn about traditional Italian cuisine, including classic ingredients, antipasti, primi (pasta, polenta & risotto), pairing wine and preparing desserts. Brief seminars blended with extensive hands-on cooking [...]

By | December 21st, 2009|Other, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Steak Frites For Burgers and Beer

Sometimes a burger and fries just hits the spot! Okay, okay it often does, but I know that juicy sandwich and crispy potatoes are high in fat and cholesterol, so I don't indulge too often. I tripped over Steak Frites one afternoon as a friend and I were looking for something to satisfy our hunger. We noticed a menu board outside boasting "$8.95 burger and beer at the bar," looked at each other, walked right, sat at the bar and ordered that incredible meal deal. Don't go running over there expecting the $9 incredible bargain. A restaurant spokesperson explained that the restaurant was loosing money on that offer, as they [...]

By | December 8th, 2009|Other, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|3 Comments

The Bloody Mary, 75 Years Old

On October 5th, right after New York City’s mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg declared it Bloody Mary Day,  I — and about a hundred others — were invited by Paul Nash ( the general manager of the St. Regis Hotel in New York City)  to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bloody Mary at the  King Cole Bar. According to the folks at the St. Regis, the drink began as the “Red Snapper” cocktail in 1934 when bartender Fernand Petiot concocted it for one of his vodka-loving clients who asked him to recreate a tomato juice cocktail he'd had in Paris. At that time, the name “Bloody Mary” was deemed too [...]

By | October 15th, 2009|Other, Recipes, Starters, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

New York Edition: A Second Helping of Life

Share's sixth annual A Second Helping of Life, held on September 21st at Pier 60 at Chelsey Piers with over 700 attendees (New York City) raised $405,000 for SHARE to provide peer support for women living with breast or ovarian cancer. The event — successfully coordinated by M. Young Communications  — featured 25 of New York's female chefs, guest female mixologists, actresses, editors and 22 fine wines and spirits all who donated their time, talents and products to support SHARE, a not for profit organization run by ovarian and breast cancer survivors. I ran into actress Kathleen Chalfant, an incredibly talented actress who I had seen on stage at Long [...]

By | October 13th, 2009|Other, Rambling, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|2 Comments

New York Food Network Wine & Food Festival: Tyler Florence Thrillist Bacon & Blues

The "Thrillist Presents Bacon & The Blues," hosted by Tyler Florence this past Thursday evening in the High Line Room at The Standard, a trendy new hotel (848 Washington Street at West 13th Street) was one of the opening night's events at the now underway New York Food Network Wine & Food Festival. This is the second year of the festival founded by Lee Brian Schrager. The menu: pork and bacon-inspired snacks served with Canadian Club cocktails; The music: blues. The party: hot and trendy. My favorites included chef Christopher Lee's (Aureole) Bacon and Black Truffle Potato Gratin with Teleggio Cheese (pictured to the right) and chef Brian Murphy's (The [...]

By | October 10th, 2009|Other, Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

New York Edition: Chop’t Creative Salad Company

My friend — who was home recuperating — sent me to Chop't when I asked where she's like me to pick up lunch. My only instructions, "No onions or green peppers." Having never been before, I was a bit overwhelmed at the fresh selections — from 5 lettuces (romaine, iceberg, arugula, spinach, mesclun), 27 add-ins, 19 meats and premium choppings, 6 cheeses, 3 fruits and nuts and a selection of 29 things to dress it with. My turn came too quickly as there was no line, so instead of hand-selecting my ingredients,  I chose one from their classics menu that fit the bill: Harvest Cobb - with grilled chicken, granny [...]

By | October 6th, 2009|Other, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

New York Edition: Walking the Brooklyn Bridge & A Visit to Grimaldi’s

Whether a tourist or a New Yorker, a perfect way to spend a fall day is walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and getting a nibble on the other side. To enter the Manhattan side of the bridge, do so right near City Hall from the intersection of Park Row and Center Street. I finally did so. And because once on the Brooklyn side, I sampled the famed Grimaldi's pizza pie, I also walked back. Grimaldi's is the Pepe's of Brooklyn. It serves brick-oven pizza pies and has legendary lines that often stretch for at least a block. To get there once you reach the Brooklyn side of the bridge, head [...]

By | October 2nd, 2009|Other, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|1 Comment

New York City Edition: Kolache Mama, A Foodie Grab-And-Go

The kolache (kuh-lah-chee) has just literally arrived in the big apple. The kolache — hoping to be the fast food of foodies — is a fresh-baked dough filled with meats (meaties), vegetables (veggies) and sweets (sweeties). Think challah-type bun, topped with fillings. Some, are baked in, others — like fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes — are added after the bread is baked. I like that the ingredients are sustainably produced. And that Koache Mama has partnered with City Harvest, giving a percentage of each kolache sold and also donating their daily leftovers. The kolache concept began a few years ago when founder Richard Saler  tasted one while in Texas. The [...]

By | September 30th, 2009|Food & Drinks, Other, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

New York Edition: Bite for a Nibble

I needed a light lunch in the big apple to get me through the afternoon as I was meeting friends for dinner at Insieme at The Michelangelo Hotel much later that day. (Stay tuned for that review!) Bite delivered a delicious, satisfying meal that won't break any budget. I tried the Mediterranean Salad ($7). A huge bowl of baby greens topped with fresh hummus, grilled eggplant, roasted pepper tapenade, chopped salad, roasted almonds and pine nuts, served with grilled pita. Everything tasted freshly prepared. I tried the location on 14th street, but they also have one at 335 Lafayette Street at Bleecker. - bonnie bite 211 East 14th Street New [...]

By | September 16th, 2009|Other, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments