Thank You Groupe SEB For Reminding Me That We Are Already Halfway To The Holidays.

Thank You Groupe SEB For Reminding Me That We Are Already Halfway To The Holidays.

Lagostina copper lasagna pans

 

Attended this private viewing of upcoming product launches for  home, kitchen and beverage products from All-Clad, KRUPS, Lagostina, Rowenta and T-fal.

Although it was a sweltering 90 degrees outside, the theme was Christmas and I must admit it was fun (and informative) celebrating #HalfwaytotheHolidays in July.

See below for photos of the upcoming brand launches. The highlight of the event was All-Clad’s Prep & Cook.  They’re positioning it as your very own sous chef in the kitchen. It’ll set you back about $1000 but it’s like a miracle-worker. To make asparagus soup, for example, you put all the ingredients in the machine and it knows how long to cook before it needs to start chopping and then simmering. They were also touting the Prep & Cook’s risotto-making prowess.

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Drink Up: Emojis and Location Intelligence Reveal All

Drink Up: Emojis and Location Intelligence Reveal All

 

Not sure why, but I seem to be drinking less these days – fewer cocktails, and even a tad less wine.

But before you freak out that I’m becoming a teetotaler, I do still love my wine and my brown spirits and smoky mezcals. And apparently I’m not the only one who is shaking up their drinking habits a bit.

Check out this great emoji research from VINEPAIR which indicates how usage is changing based on the kind of emojis people are using in social media, texts etc.

  • There are nine common alcohol emojis but only 2 are showing sustained growth
  • The whiskey emoji which came out in December 2016, is on track to become the most popular emoji ever, it’s already more popular than beer.
  • The wine emoji is also becoming increasingly popular and is gaining on beer as well (although beer is still the most consumed beverage in the United States). The times they are a changin’.
  • The emoji showing the biggest downturn is the tiki glass. It peaked in 2015 and has been on a downswing ever since.

Read on below for highlights from Foursquare’s excellent report on alcohol consumption trends. The You Are What (and Where) You Drink Report is based on where millions of us have checked in throughout 2016.

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Restaurant Roundup: Five Top Trends On My Radar

Restaurant Roundup: Five Top Trends On My Radar

 

Here’s what I’m keeping an eye on – starting with my biggest disappointment:

Poke: Still going strong but increasingly unsatisfactory.

  • In NYC, the two best continue to be Seamore’s and Wisefish Poke. Highly recommend both.
  • However, I’ve tried many others including Chikarashi and Sons of Thunder. All underwhelming, some simply bad.
  • Everywhere I’ve traveled this year, poke places are springing up: Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia.
  • In Dallas, there’s a lot of buzz around Pok the Raw Bar, which has a former Nobu chef at the helm. Fingers crossed they get the formula right.

What’s next on the raw fish front?

  • I’m putting my money on ceviche which is showing up on more menus. One of my favorites, at the moment, is the ceviche verde at ATLA, Enrique Olvera’s new casual spot.

Read on below for 4 more trends including the huge generational differences I’m picking up between millennials and those of us over 50 when it comes to our expectations for dining out.

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ATLA: Favorite New Lunch Spot, Outstanding In Every Way

ATLA: Favorite New Lunch Spot, Outstanding In Every Way

 

Had an amazing lunch at this relatively new spot in my neighborhood. And shout-out to Mario Batali for putting this gem on my radar thru his Instagram!

ATLA is brought to us by Enrique Olvera, Mexico’s most prominent chef. He’s the founder of Pujol, the top-ranked restaurant in Mexico City. He also owns Cosme, the most upscale and influential Mexican restaurant in NYC.  Ironically, while I am infatuated by ATLA, I was disappointed  by my one dinner at Cosme.

ATLA is open for breakfast through lunch, then closes for an hour and reopens for dinner. As of this week, reservations are accepted through Resy. Based on the wait to be seated inside for our lunch on Monday, I would highly recommend going the reservation route. We ended up eating at one of the outdoor tables at the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones which was delightful.

As others have noted, the dishes are relatively small (but not tiny!) . By the time you order a few drinks and two dishes each, the bill adds up. With tip and taxes, it was close to $90 per person.

See below for a rundown of what we ordered. It’s a small menu so I fully expect to work my way through it in short order.

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Here Are Some Of the Most Delicious Things I Ate For 3 Weeks

Here Are Some Of the Most Delicious Things I Ate For 3 Weeks

 

Cured Fish, Nordic Breads and Skyr Panna Cotta: YUM!!! My only complaint: too much food!

  • However, the fact that I only put on 5 lbs. (3 of which I’ve already lost) speaks to how healthily we were fed – especially when you consider we frequently had two breakfasts or  lunches per day based on our travel schedule.
  • I also realized that my German upbringing made me partial to the many versions of pickled/cured herring and salmon on menus.
  • Many of my fellow travelers were “so over” fish by the time we got to Iceland, they headed straight to The Hard Rock Café for hamburgers.
  • Other delicious items: home-baked Norwegian Fjellbrod served at breakfast with cloudberry and lingonberry jams.
  • And my favorite dessert, served in Iceland at the Hotel Geysir: the skyr (yogurt) panna cotta.
  • Unfortunately, I took not a single great pic of our meals but read on below for favorites from Kyoto to Greenland – and you’ll understand how easy it was to put on the poundage.

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This Secret Bushwick Café Is Crazy Beautiful

This Secret Bushwick Café Is Crazy Beautiful

 

Carthage Must Be Destroyed is MAJOR!

  • This 5 month old café – with no street sign – is out-of-this world beautiful. And eclectic. And very pink.
  • Once you find the unmarked driveway, look for the pink ducting and venting on the side of a warehouse and you’ll know you’ve come to the right spot.
  • There is also a worn out numeral 222 on a pole on the side of the driveway (see pic below)
  • The décor and ambiance is unlike anything I’ve seen before. They’re not too keen on having you take photos although I did get in quite a few as well as video before they told me that was verboten.
  • In the meantime, follow their instagram (it’s really good!).
  • They only serve brunch at the moment – hours are limited: 9am-2pm weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends. The trek there is absolutely worth it. Thank you Emma Forster for the heads up on this amazing find.

Those of you who know me well, know that when I find something that I believe is going to be MAJOR, I literally have a physical reaction. I get short of breath and get agitated because my senses can’t take it all in – this is exactly what happened to me here.

Carthage Must Be Destroyed has the potential to be as influential on the culinary and design fronts as Roberta’s was back in 2008.

Here are the details:

222 Bogart Street (at the intersection of Ten Eyck and Bogart)
Hours: 9am-2pm (weekdays), 9am-4pm (weekends)
Menu: Very substantial brunch dishes – eggs, avocado toast, porridge etc. Everything we had was delicious
They take charge cards.

See below for more photos plus a video I snuck in of the interior.

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Have You Ever Met A French Cheese You Didn’t Like? Me Neither…

Have You Ever Met A French Cheese You Didn’t Like? Me Neither…

 

Invited to a wine and cheese pairing event at the French Cheese Board in Soho last Monday. Wines were by Chateau des Bormettes (imported by Wineberry America).

Highlights of the event:

  • The Crottin de Chavignol goes exceptionally well with the Rose. So much so, I was compelled to make a goat cheese purchase at the event.
  • The French Cheese Board is a great resource to dial up your cheese expertise e.g. if you’re having a party and want some tips on putting together perfect cheese platters, this is your spot. Ask for Charles Duque (French Dairy Board).
  • They also offer classes. I’m going to take the Fromage 101 class from cheese monger, Mary Connolly, who I met at the event (pic above, lower right).
  • This is also going to become my go-to for cheese purchases (vs. trekking all the way to Trader Joe’s). Prices are exceptional – and quality is top-notch.
  • I met some very cool food bloggers and instagrammers – including chubbychinesegirleats. Follow her!!  She’s one more former blogger who now only instagrams (51K followers).

Very fun and informative event. Thank you Laura Baddish of the Baddish Group for the invite. And if any of you are looking for a venue for an intimate foodie/wine/cheese event, this might be your spot. Reach out to Laura for more info.

Pics of the event below.

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Top summer drinking trends for 2017

Top summer drinking trends for 2017

 

Temperatures have been in the high-80’s all week in NYC so summer drinking season is just around the corner.

Here are some trends to enjoy:

Cynar Spritz

  • Edging out the Aperol Spritz this summer.
  • There’s also the Cynar Fizz (lemon, sugar and soda).

Amaro Is Booming

  • Amaro is increasingly popular, showing up on menus around the country from New York to Chicago, Milwaukee and San Francisco.
  • Bartenders in the Bay Area get a lot of the credit for popularizing amaro – from Palo Alto’s new Vina Enoteca restaurant which carries dozens of amari to San Fran’s Quince Restaurant which has an amaro cart roaming the dining room
  • Tony Hsieh of Zappos loves Fernet and has introduced it to his tech startup circle where every social occasion is a “Fernet moment.”
  • Bay Area spirits makers are also starting to distill amaro with a California twist. Link here.

 

Read on below for more summer drinking trends including the Prosecco and Rosé face off. The former doing an amazing job branding the category, the latter doing a phenomenal job in creating innovative products with outstanding packaging.

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