best of 2009, the restaurant edition…

Corton New York, New York The course of any meal unfolds in a highly personal and circumstantial way.  Evaluating any restaurant experience devoid of personal context (e.g. company, mood, and personal preferences) is an impossible task. Though I like think that I can be scrupulously objective, I know that emotion trumps reason, personal preferences cloud […]

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best of 2009, the restaurant edition…

Corton New York, New York The course of any meal unfolds in a highly personal and circumstantial way.  Evaluating any restaurant experience devoid of personal context (e.g. company, mood, and personal preferences) is an impossible task. Though I like think that I can be scrupulously objective, I know that emotion trumps reason, personal preferences cloud […]

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rumination 5: the last supper conundrum…

Mike Czyzewski over at The Budget College Cook blog emailed me with three well-traversed questions that, collectively, comprise what I call the “last supper” conundrum.  You can read about his final meal, and others’, including mine, on his blog. The task is preposterous.  One meal?  Are you serious?  I can’t even make up my mind […]

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rumination 5: the last supper conundrum…

Mike Czyzewski over at The Budget College Cook blog emailed me with three well-traversed questions that, collectively, comprise what I call the “last supper” conundrum.  You can read about his final meal, and others’, including mine, on his blog. The task is preposterous.  One meal?  Are you serious?  I can’t even make up my mind […]

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eleventh hour elevation?…

Macarons Eleven Madison Park, New York Ms. Toidy Toid and Toid emailed me yesterday with a link to this post on Eater. The culinary cyber-tabloid reports – based on tips from trusted sources – that Frank Bruni, the outgoing restaurant critic of the New York Times, has been recently spotted circling back to Eleven Madison […]

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eleventh hour elevation?…

Macarons Eleven Madison Park, New York Ms. Toidy Toid and Toid emailed me yesterday with a link to this post on Eater. The culinary cyber-tabloid reports – based on tips from trusted sources – that Frank Bruni, the outgoing restaurant critic of the New York Times, has been recently spotted circling back to Eleven Madison […]

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gelato boy gone wild…

Capogiro Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Capogiro, a gelateria in Philadelphia, needs to have an accompanying 12-step recovery program. Well, actually, that would be stupid of them. They make money off of addicts like me. Ever since I took my first taste of Capogiro’s ethereally smooth and almost froth-like gelato, I was hooked. At first, it was innocent, […]

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gelato boy gone wild…

Capogiro Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Capogiro, a gelateria in Philadelphia, needs to have an accompanying 12-step recovery program. Well, actually, that would be stupid of them. They make money off of addicts like me. Ever since I took my first taste of Capogiro’s ethereally smooth and almost froth-like gelato, I was hooked. At first, it was innocent, […]

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primates on carbs…

Doughmonkey Dallas, Texas There’s a little store in Dallas tucked amongst the eclectic mix of retail and restaurants in Snider Plaza that I was told not to miss on my recent trip down to Texas. It’s called Doughmonkey and its playful mascot, which resembles a Paul Frank creation more than a confection, belies its rather […]

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primates on carbs…

Doughmonkey Dallas, Texas There’s a little store in Dallas tucked amongst the eclectic mix of retail and restaurants in Snider Plaza that I was told not to miss on my recent trip down to Texas. It’s called Doughmonkey and its playful mascot, which resembles a Paul Frank creation more than a confection, belies its rather […]

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foielapalooza…

Listen up all you foieheads out there: In conjunction with Lollapalooza 2008, Chef Graham Elliot Bowles will be celebrating the return of foie gras, legally, to Chicago with Foielapalooza, “a three-day foie gras and music extravaganza featuring a nightly changing foie preparation inspired by and served with music from that evening’s headlining act.” August 1: […]

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foielapalooza…

Listen up all you foieheads out there: In conjunction with Lollapalooza 2008, Chef Graham Elliot Bowles will be celebrating the return of foie gras, legally, to Chicago with Foielapalooza, “a three-day foie gras and music extravaganza featuring a nightly changing foie preparation inspired by and served with music from that evening’s headlining act.” August 1: […]

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circle gets the square…

Pork “Burger”, blanc burgers + bottles, Kansas City What is the shape of a hamburger? Round, right? Not so much. I mean, there are plenty of exceptions to this rule, which really isn’t a rule at all; it’s more of a norm. Or, is it? In 1969, Dave Thomas made the square patty hip when […]

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circle gets the square…

Pork “Burger”, blanc burgers + bottles, Kansas City What is the shape of a hamburger? Round, right? Not so much. I mean, there are plenty of exceptions to this rule, which really isn’t a rule at all; it’s more of a norm. Or, is it? In 1969, Dave Thomas made the square patty hip when […]

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james beard awards (2008)…

2008 James Beard Awards For the second year in a row, I had the honor of attending the James Beard Awards Gala and Reception in New York City.  As last year, the ceremony was held at the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center. It was hot.  It was a zoo.  At times, the event was somewhat […]

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james beard awards (2008)…

2008 James Beard Awards For the second year in a row, I had the honor of attending the James Beard Awards Gala and Reception in New York City.  As last year, the ceremony was held at the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center. It was hot.  It was a zoo.  At times, the event was somewhat […]

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eating on the cheap…

Butter Lettuce Salad at bluestem I eat out a lot.  More often than not, I’m eating multi-coursed meals in higher end establishments.  When I’m not eating out, I’m usually recipe testing or cooking something up (inevitably, in batches too large for one) at home. A by-product of eating “fancy” so frequently is an indelible craving for the casual, the sloppy, […]

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eating on the cheap…

Butter Lettuce Salad at bluestem I eat out a lot.  More often than not, I’m eating multi-coursed meals in higher end establishments.  When I’m not eating out, I’m usually recipe testing or cooking something up (inevitably, in batches too large for one) at home. A by-product of eating “fancy” so frequently is an indelible craving for the casual, the sloppy, […]

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the magical fuzzy factory…

Fuzzies I hate summer. I mean it. I dread the thought of the nasty season all year-round. Summer is the only season that manages to make me focus on its bad side rather than the good. But, inevitably, year after year, despite the hot, humid, nasty, sticky weather, I more than just muddle through. I […]

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the magical fuzzy factory…

Fuzzies I hate summer. I mean it. I dread the thought of the nasty season all year-round. Summer is the only season that manages to make me focus on its bad side rather than the good. But, inevitably, year after year, despite the hot, humid, nasty, sticky weather, I more than just muddle through. I […]

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