Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Don

Source: Eat It, Atlanta

The Don

Last week I visited Craft Izakaya again with friends, and we finished our excellent sushi bar meal by asking Chef Jason Liang if he would put together a donburi (rice bowl) for us, comprised of whatever he was feeling. A rice bowl is a comforting ending to any sushi meal (I also enjoy a well done tekka maki to wrap things up) and provides the chef an opportunity to get creative with an ensemble of whatever is rocking that day.

Chef went beyond my expectations with an outrageous mix of scallop, shrimp, uni, salmon roe (ikura), chopped toro (luscious tuna belly), and crunchy cucumbers, with a little bit ...

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Sweet Trip: 4 Chocolate Factories Offering Tours and Classes

Source: Grub Street NY

Chocolate, unlike sausage, is one of those things that devotees will happily watch being made and even aspire to make themselves. These new plants and workshops are throwing their doors open to the public for tours, classes, and, presumably, robust impulse-purchase sales.

Li-Lac Chocolates
68 35th St., nr. Third Ave., Sunset Park 212-924-2280
“We don’t get into trendy chocolates with bacon,” says co-owner Anthony Cirone, a longtime regular at Li-Lac’s West Village shop who bought the near-century-old company three years ago. He recently moved the manufacturing plant into Industry City, a burgeoning hub of small-scale food-making that already houses fellow ...

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Casual Italian Eatery, Corsino, Quietly Shutters in the West Village

Source: Eater NY

Despite a total menu revamp, Corsino could not stay open

According to Corsino’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, the restaurant served its last bruschetta yesterday evening, after more than five years of business. The struggling restaurant tried everything from launching happy hour to completely overhauling the menu but, unfortunately, nothing worked. Corsino sends word via Facebook that “We are looking brightly to the future and hope to venture into some new great projects in the coming year. This won’t be the last you see of this team.” Hopefully they will have a new project in the works soon.

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The Last-Minute Sunday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

It’s still the weekend. You should celebrate with a nice meal out.

Eater scanned through all 1,309 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch:

· Claudette (7:15, 7:45) 
· Café Boulud (7:45, 9:30)
· Perla (5:30)
· Lincoln Ristorante (7:00, 7:30)
· Au Za’atar (7:30)
· Lupa (8:45, 9:00)
· Somtum Der (7:00, 7:30)
· DBGB (7:00, 7:30)
· Balaboosta (7:00, 7:30)
· Osteria Morini (7:00, 8:15) 
· Rubirosa (9:30)
· Wallflower (7:00, 7:30)
· Annisa (8:30, 9:00)
· Bouley (7:00, 7:30)
· Edi and The Wolf (7:00, 7:15)
· Gato (6:45, 8:15)
· All’Onda (7:15, 9:00)
· Narcissa (9:00, 9:30)


· NYC Restaurants on OpenTable [Official Site]

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Saffron, Falls Church

Source: DCDining

I ordered from the new Falls Church Saffron (they deliver through GrubHub), and unfortunately, can only find two positive things to say. However, do note that this could easily have been the primary chef’s night off, so don’t draw any universal conclusion from this little disaster.

Saffron has a plug-and-play curry menu where you pick your meat and pick your sauce. With thoughts of KN Vinod dancing around in the back of my mind, I ordered the Chicken Chettinad ($14). Since it was my first time eating here, I got one of my Indian standards, Palak Panner ($13, and yes that’s how they spell it), and completed my order with a Paneer Kulcha ($4).

Let me start with a couple of compliements: the Kulcha was properly baked, and I suspect they might have gotten Curry Mantra 2′s tandoor when they took over the restaurant. It wasn’t earth-shattering, but it was correct (these breads can also be made on a griddle or a tawa, and I don’t know for a fact that it’s done in a tandoor, but it was pretty evenly (and properly) charred.

More importantly, the quality of the chicken meat was fantastic. The Chettinad came with a generous portion of boneless, dark meat, and I wonder if this might be Halal based on the quality of the chicken. Meat-wise, you just can’t ask for anything more than this.

Okay, that said, the overriding characteristic of this meal was oil. Oil, oil, and more oil. The Chettinad was the most oily dish that I’ve had in a long, long time, and I ended up just picking the pieces of chicken out, and discarding the rest. Although the Palak Paneer wasn’t “oily” per se, the menu said it was made with spinach, tomato, ginger, and garlic, and maybe it was, but if so, it was ridden with ginger, and had an off-putting taste as well as the impression of cheap, frozen greens. I don’t know that this was frozen, but I’ve had several frozen versions of Palak Paneer that are much better than this (you’d be surprised how good frozen Palak Paneer can be).

The bread, while fine, seemed like more of a Naan than a Kulcha – I just couldn’t find any Paneer in it at all. There may have been a sprinkling, but I looked pretty thoroughly, and didn’t detect any.

Well-made Indian food is a sublime experience; poorly made Indian food is nauseating, and this meal makes me not want to have Indian anytime soon. Although I’m hoping (and assuming) that this was simply an off night for Saffron, it’s going to be very difficult for me to order from here a second time – but if I do, I’m going to search the menu for a more simple recipe that uses their wonderful chicken.

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New Vietnamese Restaurant Appears To Be Coming To Ellicott City, Replacing Wild Cajun

Source: HowChow

Last day for the Wild Cajun in Ellicott City. Tomorrow it becomes Viet Pearl. #HoCoFood @HowChowBlog pic.twitter.com/tU0CjZCAMf
— Lanny (@Lanny) November 30, 2014
 A new Vietnamese restaurant appears to be coming to Ellicott City.  See above that Lanny posted a photo on Twitter of a Viet Pearl sign covering up Wild Cajun.

Wild Cajun had been a relatively new Louisiana-style restaurant in the

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Take a Look at wd~50’s Final Menu Before it Closes Tonight

Source: Eater NY

Tonight will mark the trailblazing restaurant’s final service.

As expected, wd~50, Wylie Dufresne’s temple to uncompromisingly cerebral cuisine will serve its final meal tonight. Dufresne’s other restaurant, Alder, holds a place on the Eater 38 list and is still going strong. The chef has plans to open a restaurant similar to, but not exactly the same as wd~50 in the near future. Details to follow.

Wylie Dufresne tweeted the restaurant’s final menu:

Many chefs and food personalities have been visiting the restaurant while they still can:

Anthony Bourdain described his meal at wd~50 as “epic.”

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Six Pack: Philly’s Newest Breakfast Options

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Breakfast may have recently been demoted from its most important meal status, but that doesn’t mean that we’re skipping it entirely–especially considering that fact that there are some new hitters (or at least new options), in the morning line-up.

So here’s a six-pack worth waking up for.

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The Last-Minute Saturday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

You can only eat leftovers for so long. Try dinner at one of these great restaurants instead.

Eater scanned through all 1,407 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch:

· Barchetta (7:00, 7:30)
· American Cut (7:00, 7:30)
· Tuome (6:00)
· Peasant (7:30)
· Empellon Cocina (7:00, 7:30)
· Kin Shop (7:00, 8:45)
· Cafe D’ Alsace (7:45, 8:00)
· Otto Enoteca Pizzeria (7:00, 7:15)
· Mas (farmhouse) (9:15, 9:30)
· Perry St (7:15, 7:30) 
· Bâtard (5:30)
· TORO (8:00, 9:30)
· Pig and Khao (9:30)
· Botequim (7:00, 8:00)
· Telepan (9:00, 9:30)
· Blenheim (7:00, 7:15)

· NYC Restaurants on OpenTable [Official Site]

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Duffy’s Fans – Buy a Piece, including “the last 20 bottles of Duffy’s Hot sauce in existence”, Tomorrow (Sunday)

Source: PoPville

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2106 Vermont Ave, NW by 9:30 Club

From Duffy’s:

“Take a piece of Duffy’s with you. Tomorrow (Sunday) Noon til 3 at Duffy’s we will be selling the knick knacks, beer mirrors etc that have been on the walls for the last 8 + years. Also the last 20 ...

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Robicelli’s Bakery Giveaway, Brunch at Holden & Astor and More

Source: Eater NY

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:

1) Robicelli’s Celebrates Small Business Saturday
When: Today, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Robicelli’s
What: In honor of Small Business Saturday, Allison and Matt Robicelli are discounting their sweets. You can get their hot cocoa, two cupcakes for $5, and a free cup of coffee for purchases over $10.

2) Brunch at Holden & Astor
When: Today and Tomorrow, starting at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Holden & Astor
What: Brunch debuts this weekend at Holden & Astor with a menu featuring beignets, pork ...

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Black Beers for Black Friday

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

black-fridayBlack Friday has become a thing at Philadelphia bars. Luckily, it doesn’t mean getting up at 4 a.m. and wrestling over curved TVs but rather it is all about dark beers.

Here are just some of the Black Friday beer events happening today.

Bru Craft & Wurst – Beer dude, Dan Conway and Bru are teaming up to serve 11 rare dark beers, with beer-infused food and an Oxbow pig.

City Tap House – University City – $35 tasting package will get you some big name dark beers like Bear Republic Big Bear Stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, Dock Street Man Full of Trouble, Lost Abbey ...

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Cut your own Christmas tree and make a day of it

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Heading out to the country to cut down your own Christmas tree? Well, don’t race right back. Make a day of it, checking out restaurants and activities near your chosen tree farm. Here are three itineraries to get you started. (Note: Be sure to call ahead as tree-farm hours can vary according to weather and […]

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Raise the Macallan: A Whiskey Tasting

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

By Kelley Musson

I would definitely say that I’m a girl who can truly appreciate a quality cocktail. I tend to bounce around when it comes to my choice drink. Or better yet, I believe certain drinks are designated for certain occasions. Example: A glass of merlot is idea for some couch time after a long day of work; vodka being a better happy hour beverage that will put some pep in your step; and sauvignon blanc is great for any casual daytime scene.

This past spring actually – my best friend and I decided that we needed to switch to a big girl drink. ...

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Craft Izakaya restaurant review

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Craft Izakaya-  assorted sushi (Beckysteinphotography.com)

Craft Izakaya- assorted sushi (Beckysteinphotography.com)

Craft Izakaya
99 Krog St., Atlanta
2 of 4 stars (very good)

Sushi Huku, a pioneering Japanese restaurant in northwest Atlanta, had been around for decades when Jey Oh took it over several years ago. A dedicated and conscientious student of his craft, Oh brought a modern sensibility to his work, and soon enough his bar began to attract the city’s coterie of sushi freaks.

For his second act, Oh has come further intown, perhaps a bit closer to his core audience. Craft Izakaya, now open in the Krog Street Market, gives Oh a ...

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4 Black Friday Deals & Freebies at Atlanta Restaurants

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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The biggest shopping day of the year is well under way. What are you searching for? That big screen T.V.? The latest gaming system? A new KitchenAid stand mixer? Regardless of how much you fork out on today’s deals, some places around town want to give back. We’ve found 4 places that are giving out free drinks for Black Friday.

1. Savi Provisions Buckhead 

The wine shop’s tasting room is giving out complimentary Deep Eddy vodka cocktails for all. Stop by any time between 5 and 8 p.m.

2. Vine & Tap 

Ian Mendelsohn loves bubbles, and in the spirit ...

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Aldine’s Got Black Friday Deals

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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If you’re taking to Center City to do your Black Friday shopping, you’re going to need a bite (and drink) to recover. Aldine, at 19th and Chestnut, will be open early, at 3 p.m., to accommodate anyone who’s looking for a shopping respite.

But it gets better, George Sabatino’s new restaurant will be offering half off draft beer, $5 house red and white wines, $2 oysters, $3 popcorn, and $5 rabbit rillettes crostini.

Get a drink and have a snack at Aldine. That way, you won’t feel badly about spending a ton of money on food after spending so much all ...

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