Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Colorful Food Lover’s Feast for the Eyes, Starring Flavors of the Bronx

Source: NY Times Food

Justin Fornal, a.k.a. Baron Ambrosia, roves the Bronx’s ethnic enclaves in search of homegrown restaurants, and he has cast some of his favorites in a new movie.

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EaterWire: Pearl & Ash’s Costume, Breakfast at Nightingale 9

Source: Eater NY

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EAST VILLAGE — Here’s a photo of the staff at Pearl & Ash, all dressed up as the cast of Clue. And yes, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet and the rest will be serving dinner tonight. [EaterWire]

CARROLL GARDENS — Nightingale 9 is launching breakfast tomorrow. The menu, which will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, includes dishes like a fried egg banh mi, breakfast pho, and coconut yogurt with apple, black rice, ginger-cashews, and honey. [GS]

EATER INTERVIEWS — Here’s an interview with drinks writer and cocktail historian David Wondrich on piecing together ...

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Expats: BBQ Prince Mark Coates Pops Up in Miami

Source: Eater Philly

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Mark Coates and Ryan Harrison making it happen.[Photo: Facebook]
It was a very sad day when Philly’s crown prince of BBQ, Mark Coates, left town and headed south to his old stomping grounds. But, Eater is happy to report that we caught up with Coates, who told us that he is working at a beer and wine bar called Preservation, located at Sunny Isles Beach in Miami.

Believe it or not, Coates hooked up with another fellow ex-Philadelphian, Ryan Harrison (who worked with Coates on The Smoke Truck), who is executive chef of the restaurant, ...

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Mahaloween at Fort Defiance; Sweet Melissa Patisserie Closes

Source: Grub Street NY

Forcella’s Giulio Adriana is opening a new pizza shop, A Slice of Naples, at 334 Bowery today. Open until 4 a.m. daily, it’ll serve traditional Neapolitan pies and Italian bottled beers. [Grub Street]

• Tonight, Fort Defiance is hosting Mahaloween, with autumnal tiki drinks, spicy grilled duck hearts, pineapple jack-o-lanterns, and spooky music. [Grub Street]

Sweet Melissa Patisserie closed unexpectedly this week, and it looks unlikely that it will reopen. [Here’s Park Slope]

• Michael Navarrete, formerly of Boston’s Sorellina, and Regal Beagle in Brookline, Massachusetts, will take over as executive chef at Café Luxembourg...

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Cocktail Week 2013: Mommy, Where’d Pappy Go?: A Corn Liquor Whodunit

Source: Eater NY

As a Cocktail Week special, here’s Alder’s bar Kevin Denton, with some theories on who stole all that Pappy Van Winkle in Kentucky recently:

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[Buffalo Trace’s warehouse. Photo: Facebook via Eater National]
Those of us who follow liquor and a goodly handful of booze groupies are aghast at the recent pilfering of a pallet or so of Old Rip Van Winkle Whiskey. In the Walter White era we live in, when miscreants nick some hooch here and sell it there, we applaud them as anti-establishment anti-heroes (think Al Capone, or these drunken monkeys on vacation). ...

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EaterWire: Urban Butcher to Silver Spring; Takeout Pizza Options

Source: Eater DC

novemberfest.jpgSILVER SPRING&#8212 Big news for Silver Spring from Tim Carman. A restaurant called Urban Butcher is being planned for the neighborhood from Black & Orange’s Raynold Mendizabal. The menu will feature both shareable plates and big cuts, like a whole lamb or a whole pig. [WaPo]

ALEXANDRIA&#8212 Fans of strong ales should check out Rustico’s Novemberfest this weekend. The event, held outdoors at the Alexandria location, is $5 for admission (it’s more for food and drink tickets). There will be more than 50 beers available, as well as food items. The event runs Saturday from 12-5 p.m. [EaterWire]

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Watch Key & Peele’s Epic, Hilarious Ode to Continental Breakfast

Source: Grub Street NY


Here’s one of the best bits from the Key & Peele Halloween episode, a depiction of one man’s love affair with the free continental breakfast that comes with his hotel stay. His absolute admiration for mini-muffins, Greek yogurt, doughnut holes from Turkey, and bananas from, um, Spain borders on mania. And then there’s the yogurt.

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Filed Under: video feed, continental breakfast, key & peele


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Crunch Time: The Last-Minute Thursday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

8511260381_275a7b5f84.jpgEater scanned through all 1,420 NYC Restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch. Get ’em while they’re hot:

· Bouley (7:45, 9:00)
· Gotham Bar and Grill (6:30, 7:00, 8:00)
· The Modern (6:30)
· Aquavit (7:30, 7:45)
· Scarpetta (7:00, 8:30)
· Union Square Cafe (9:00)
· Cafe Boulud (6:30)
· Kajitsu (8:30, 8:45)
· Lincoln (7:30, 7:45)
· Telepan (8:00, 9:00)
· Ai Fiori (6:45, 7:15)

· Quality Meats (9:00)
· Perilla (6:30, 6:45, 7:00)
· wd-50 (6:30, 7:00, 8:30)
· Nougatine (7:30, 7:45)
· Boulud Sud (8:00, ...

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Gross Things Lurk in Your Spice Cabinet

Source: Grub Street NY


Spice up your life! Or, maybe. don’t.

Remember that report suggesting salmonella may have stowed away in your cinnamon sticks? The FDA has now released its full report on imported spices, revealing that 7 percent are contaminated with the illness-causing bacteria, and not only that, 12 percent tested positive for “filth” — insect pieces, rodent hair, and other general nastiness. Apparently spices from India and Mexico are the most risky, and the news gets worse.

Basically, anywhere there’s rat and mouse fur, there’s also “an indication that the spice had been contaminated with rodent feces.” Inspectors also turned up ...

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Coked-Out Pumpkins Found in Montreal

Source: Grub Street NY


She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie.

The Canada Border Services Agency announced that it recovered what is believed to be two kilograms of cocaine that had been hidden inside three pumpkins a passenger was trying to take on a flight departing from Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport. Authorities say they initially grew suspicious after they opened the bag for inspection and saw that the pumpkins were carved in the frightening likenesses of Pablo Escobar, Manuel Noriega, and “Freeway” Ricky Ross. [CTV News]

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Filed Under: seedy business, cocaine pumpkins, montreal, pumpkins


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Hangover Power Hour: This Description of a Hangover is Almost Like Having One

Source: Eater NY

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In case you’re not feeling it yet, here is just a really accurate description of a hangover, from Tom Wolfe’s iconic New York novel Bonfire of the Vanities:

The telephone blasted Peter Fallow awake inside an egg with the shell peeled away and only the membranous sac holding it intact. Ah! The membranous sac was his head, and the right side of his head was on the pillow, and the yolk was as heavy as mercury, and it was pressing down on his right temple and his right eye and his right ear. If he ...

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Miami’s Joe’s Stone Crab Coming to Washington in January

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Come January 24, the old Union Trust Bank building at the intersection of 15th and H streets, Northwest, will be a can’t-miss destination for fans of the fabled Florida stone crab claw. The nation’s best-known purveyor of the seasonal delicacy, 100-year-old Joe’s Stone Crab of Miami Beach, plans to

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Halloween Wire: Check Out Industry Workers’ Halloween Costumes

Source: Eater DC

Stuck working on Halloween? Might as well make the most of it, and get into the spirit of things. Here now are a bunch of D.C.’s restaurant industry workers, dressed up in costume. Check out fun looks from Bayou Bakery’s David Guas, Plume’s Chris Jakubiec, Vigilante Coffee’s Chris Vigilante and more. Clearly the Clyde’s and Matchbox teams embrace the holiday as well.

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Atlanta Pho Tour

Source: Chow Down Atlanta

Atlanta Pho Tour

If you ask 50 people where the best phở in Atlanta is, chances are you’ll get 40 different answers. That’s to be expected. Everyone has a preference. But what really constitutes a preference? Or a favorite? For most, going to two places is sufficient. Drawing a conclusion based on those two places is where I have a problem with. More so when they’ve only been to each place once. Classic example, I have this friend who keeps telling me that Restaurant XYZ is his favorite because it’s the best. When I asked him how many times he has been to ...

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Hangover Power Hour: So yeah, half the industry is…

Source: Eater DC

mikeisabella.jpgSo yeah, half the industry is hungover today due to last night’s Chefs for Equality bash (food writer @SamsGoodsMeats is even trying to make #ChefsForEqualityHangoverTweets happen). Ripple chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley Tweeted this morning, “I’m in such pain. @MikeIsabellaDC really knows how to throw an after party. Thanks @KapnosDC.” [Twitter]

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Hangover Power Hour: New York City’s 10 Best New Hangover-Busters

Source: Eater NY

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12355134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29%20%281%29.jpgDelivery is a strong move when you’re hungover, but sometimes, it’s also good to get some fresh air and go to an actual restaurant for food that will heal your mind and body. Here’s a map of 10 sure-fire hangover busters from restaurants that have opened in the last year and a half:

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Hangover Power Hour: Brown Booze for Brunch? Why Not?

Source: Eater DC

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[Photo: Masa 14]

Nothing against the vodka in a Bloody Mary, or the bubbles topping the O.J. in a Mimosa, but sometimes the clear choice for the base in a morning libation doesn’t need to be so, um, clear. Head to these spots, where dark rum, Bourbon and Brandy are popping up in potent eye-openers. All are available during brunch, perfect for a morning after pick-me-up.

· The 172 Degree Cocktail ($13) at Society Fair combines Thibault-Janisson VA Fizz with Licor 43, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tahitian vanilla, lemon peels and Bittermans Tiki Bitters.

· Cuba Libre offers ...

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Hangover Power Hour: Here’s a hangover remedy from Jenn…

Source: Eater DC

portcitybeers.jpgHere’s a hangover remedy from Jenn Chance, tasting room manager of Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria. “Shaker pint filled with ice, 3 count of vodka, fill 2/3 with Clamato, spice with black pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire, Old Bay, 1 tsp of horseradish. Top off with a hoppy IPA & garnish with bacon. Accompanied by 1 tablespoon of No. 1 Sons kimchi on the side.” [EaterWire]

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Hangover Power Hour: The Eater Hangover Cure: Herb Compound Butter

Source: Eater Philly

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Making compound butter is easy. [Photo: Marxfood]
Eater Philly has been brainstorming the most successful hangover cures that have had success in the past, and we (Eater Philly contribs, two chefs, and the editor) have all agreed that this simple solution is the very best, and can be prepared the day before your raging hangover: “Herb” Compound Butter on Sour Cream Cornbread Muffins.

Warning: This recipe isn’t for everyone, and has a unique ingredient. Feel free to eliminate it, as the compound butter is just as delicious without it, and the cayenne pepper helps beat down hangover symptoms ...

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