Monthly Archives: February 2016

Baltimore liquor board appointees endure tough questions, left in limbo

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

After extensive questioning from Senate Executive Nominations Committee members, the fates of three Baltimore liquor board commissioners were left in limbo Monday night.

The committee held off on a vote to confirm the appointments of Chairman Benjamin Neil and commissioners Douglas Trotter and…

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Baltimore liquor board appointees endure tough questions, left in limbo

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

After extensive questioning from Senate Executive Nominations Committee members, the fates of three Baltimore liquor board commissioners were left in limbo Monday night.

The committee held off on a vote to confirm the appointments of Chairman Benjamin Neil and commissioners Douglas Trotter and…


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Rainbow Doughnuts Will Temporarily Distract You From the Ennui of Modern Life in the Big City

Source: Eater NY

No word yet on whether the bakery is also offering rainbow doughnut holes.

People lined up for rainbow bagels, and so Moe’s Doughs in Greenpoint decided to start making and selling rainbow doughnuts. Food Baby approves of these colorful cake doughnuts. It looks like a chocolate-covered variety is available in addition to the plain version — you might call that one a surprise-inside rainbow doughnut. People have not started lining up for these suckers yet, but that could change at any minute. Moe’s sold out of them on the first day.  New York hasn’t reached its ...

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Boston Chef Busted With a Ton of Drugs at Canadian Border

Source: Grub Street NY

Maslow, when he’s just high on life.

Tim Maslow, a Momofuku Ssäm Bar alum currently up for a James Beard award, may unfortunately have to add convicted felon to that list. The Boston-based chef was in Canada this weekend for a Montreal cooking festival, but on his way back Friday night, he got busted by Vermont border patrol for carrying 22.5 pounds of marijuana edibles, plus some other “controlled substances.” There were four other people in the car with him, but police tell the Boston Globe that Maslow immediately claimed the drugs all belonged to him and was “very cooperative” ...

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Appeals Court Puts Temporary Hold on NYC Salt Labels

Source: Grub Street NY

Not so fast.

The debate over whether adding salt warnings to restaurant menus has been nothing if not interesting. Health officials, you’ll recall, want warnings next to chain-restaurant menu items that contain at least a day’s worth of sodium, which the FDA defines as 2,300 milligrams. The National Restaurant Association, the main industry-trade group, says the warnings will be bad for business and will lead to warning fatigue among diners. But five days ago, a state judge denied the National Restaurant Association’s lawsuit to block the warnings, meaning things would proceed accordingly and the warnings would go into effect tomorrow. ...

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Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail’s John Fraser

Source: Eater NY

Greenwich Village has a new vegetable option

Here is a look around chef John Fraser’s Nix, which opens opens tonight in Greenwich Village. Fraser has teamed up with former Conde Nast editorial director James Truman to open this casual vegetarian restaurant. Chipotle founder/co-CEO Steve Ells is also a partner.  Fraser is tinkering with the menu up until the very last minute, but expect dishes like shitake mushrooms “cacio e pepe,” house-made naan with dips, wood-roasted broccoli rabe, and carrots cooked in a style that’s reminiscent of cashew chicken. If you stop by do let us know what you think.

Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser
Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser
Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser
Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser


Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser


Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser


Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser


Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser


Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser


Inside Nix, a New Downtown Vegetarian Restaurant from Dovetail's John Fraser

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Philly Chef Conference Coming Right Up

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

The third annual Philly Chef Conference hosted by Drexel University is set for this Sunday and Monday, March 6th and 7th. Sundays sessions run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and are open to the general public for a modest $20. Sundays sessions include:

  • Six Mega Food Trends That Leading Chefs Need to Know
    Featuring Solomon Katz, Ph.D.,  professor emeritus and director of the Krogman Center for Research in Child Growth at the University of Pennsylvania and leading expert on the anthropology of food
  • Sharing Food and Fellowship: A Meaningful Solution to Hunger in our Neighborhoods
    Mariana Chilton, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor of health ...

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Starbucks’ First Italian Stores Will Open in 2017

Source: Grub Street NY

Like this, just with green aprons and a mermaid.

Starbucks has finally announced a solid timetable for its first Italian location: Sometime in early 2017, “Italian Roast” will be a phrase that likely describes not only a coffee sold by the chain, but also the act of a person in Milan talking about the new store. CEO Howard Schultz has been fantasizing about opening in Italy ever since 1983, when he had an experience in a Milan coffeehouse so amazing, it left him “shaking.” He’s always said Starbucks happened because of that trip, and now as a thank-you, Italians ...

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Seamstress Team Debuts Belle Shoals, a Southern Comfort Food Bar in Williamsburg

The menu includes biscuits and chicken-fried skate wing on a biscuit.

The team from the Upper East Side’s Seamstress is bringing Southern cocktails and comfort food to Williamsburg at Belle Shoals, a new bar and restaurant opening at 10 Hope St. on Monday night. Former Dead Rabbit bartender and Seamstress founding member Pamela Wiznitzer is in charge of the drink menu, while chef Aaron LaMonica, a San Diego implant who’s executive sous chef at Chelsea Market’s Cull and Pistol, is taking care of the biscuits and fried foods.

According to the proprietors, the food and drink menu is based around the idea that Belle Shoals is a fictional town with a love for blues. Cocktails include Southern themed options like the Lil’ Slice of Heaven, which has mellow corn, blackstrap molasses, dry curacao, benedictine, pecan orgeat, and lemon; and the Boss Peaches’ Sunday Tea, with sweet tea syrup, peach moonshine, cinnamon, and lemon. For food, LaMonica offers a small menu including chicken-fried skate wing, fried duck leg, and a fried oyster po’ boy. Take a look at the full menu below, and let us know if you stop by tonight.

The High Life: Edibles, melancholy, and Kurt Vile

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

The edibles—chocolate chip cookies with Girl Scout Cookies weed masterfully baked into them—were hand delivered to my door by a trustworthy dealer. They were not Girl Scout cookies proper, such as, say, Thin Mints or Samoas containing Girl Scout Cookies weed—a missed opportunity—but weed is getting…

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The High Life: Edibles, melancholy, and Kurt Vile

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

The edibles—chocolate chip cookies with Girl Scout Cookies weed masterfully baked into them—were hand delivered to my door by a trustworthy dealer. They were not Girl Scout cookies proper, such as, say, Thin Mints or Samoas containing Girl Scout Cookies weed—a missed opportunity—but weed is getting…

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This Week in Food Events: Leap Day Specials, Whiskey Tastings

Source: Washingtonian Food

Leap Day deals: To celebrate the extra February day, restaurants are offering extra specials. At Poste, near Gallery Place, try frog’s legs ($2.90) with 1-ounce pours of PBR (29 cents) from 8 to 10 PM. Or head to Firefly to toast the bonus day with select $29 wines during dinner service, which runs from 5:30 to 10 PM. And if you’re a neglected leap day baby, you get dinner for free at Urbana with a valid photo ID. Other deals include a beer-and-shot combo for $10 at Petworth’s Twisted Horn and extended happy hours at Hank’s Oyster Bar and Hank’s Pasta Bar, ...

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Chocolate Rain: Pure Chocolate by Jinji tells stories through raw cacao

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

Guy Fraser always has chocolate in his system.

“I’m on a drip,” he says from behind the counter at Pure Chocolate by Jinji in Belvedere Square Market. In front of him is a glass-covered case displaying gianduja and dipped salty caramel fudge triangles, peanut butter-stuffed Turkish figs, date poppers,…

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Chocolate Rain: Pure Chocolate by Jinji tells stories through raw cacao

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

Guy Fraser always has chocolate in his system.

“I’m on a drip,” he says from behind the counter at Pure Chocolate by Jinji in Belvedere Square Market. In front of him is a glass-covered case displaying gianduja and dipped salty caramel fudge triangles, peanut butter-stuffed Turkish figs, date poppers,…

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Peeps Milk is a Real Thing and It’s Available Now

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

This is not the Onion, this is real life.

Yes, you read that right. For the second year now, Peeps— the cute, sugary, beloved springtime treats from Bethlehem, PA —have milk flavors devoted to them, and they’re now available nationally.

Last year, Prairie Farms in Carlinville, Illinois created two milk flavors in honor of Peeps: Chocolate Marshmallow and Egg Nog. Those two were so popular that Prairie Farms added two more flavors this year—Strawberry Creme and Orange Creme.

As a person who can easily pop a whole five-pack of Peeps into my mouth in one sitting, I’m not sure how I feel about ...

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Sushi Zen to Close After More Than 30 Years in Midtown

It was a pioneer in serving sushi in New York.

Sushi Zen is closing after more than 30 years in business, the restaurant confirmed Monday. The restaurant, which was a pioneer in serving raw fish to New Yorkers, is serving its last meal tonight, Grub Street first reported. A manager at the restaurant tells Eater that their lease near Times Square at 108 West 44th St. is expiring, and they weren’t renewing. The Japanese food pillar was previously reported to move to a new space on 47th Street that would triple the size of the restaurant, but it never happened.

Owner and sushi chef Toshio Suzuki opened the first version of Sushi Zen in 1984, according to his website, and moved it to the current location in 2001 after the first building was demolished. Since coming onto the scene, Suzuki has trained acclaimed chefs like Masharu Morimoto and been one of the few people in New York to offer “fugu,” or the deadly pufferfish. Eater has reached out to Suzuki for more information on his future plans and will update if we hear back.

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Inside the Collapse of Fairway, New York’s Favorite, Failing Grocery Store

Source: Grub Street NY

The chain was poised for blockbuster growth. Now it’s millions of dollars in debt.

In July of 2011, Fairway Markets held the grand opening of its Upper East Side store, the eighth location of the beloved, New York-based grocery chain. The occasion was marked with lines of customers stretching down East 86th Street, waiting hours to buy some olive oil, or maybe some fresh-roasted coffee beans — even though the original location, which sold the same products, was just across Central Park. By the time Fairway’s 15th outpost opened in Lake Grove, Long Island, in 2014, the growing empire ...

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Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman

Colleen and Josh Lawler are closing their BYOB | Photo by Jason Varney

Eater’s Alex Tewfik has the scoop on Josh Lawler’s plans to close his the Farm and Fisherman BYOB on Pine Street. Lawler is closing his vastly popular 30-seat walk-in freezer free restaurant after five-years in order to work on other projects including a second version of his The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market plus a bigger place in the city.

No details on when and where the other projects will appear. The Farm and Fisherman will be open till the end of May.

The Farm and Fisherman Closing With Big Plans for the Future [Eater]
The Farm and Fisherman [Foobooz]

The post Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman

Colleen and Josh Lawler are closing their BYOB | Photo by Jason Varney

Eater’s Alex Tewfik has the scoop on Josh Lawler’s plans to close his the Farm and Fisherman BYOB on Pine Street. Lawler is closing his vastly popular 30-seat walk-in freezer free restaurant after five-years in order to work on other projects including a second version of his The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market plus a bigger place in the city.

No details on when and where the other projects will appear. The Farm and Fisherman will be open till the end of May.

The Farm and Fisherman Closing With Big Plans for the Future [Eater]
The Farm and Fisherman [Foobooz]

The post Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman

Colleen and Josh Lawler are closing their BYOB | Photo by Jason Varney

Eater’s Alex Tewfik has the scoop on Josh Lawler’s plans to close his the Farm and Fisherman BYOB on Pine Street. Lawler is closing his vastly popular 30-seat walk-in freezer free restaurant after five-years in order to work on other projects including a second version of his The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market plus a bigger place in the city.

No details on when and where the other projects will appear. The Farm and Fisherman will be open till the end of May.

The Farm and Fisherman Closing With Big Plans for the Future [Eater]
The Farm and Fisherman [Foobooz]

The post Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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McDonald’s Clarifies It’s Not Selling Horse Burgers in Kazakhstan

Source: Grub Street NY

The Golden Arches are getting planted in new turf, and this time it’s off in faraway Kazakhstan. After “years of debate,” the chain finally expects to open 15 locations in the coming months, the first of which is a state-of-the-art behemoth that seats 200 in Astana, the nation’s capital:

The chain’s Kazakh franchisee, Kairat Boranbayev, told a Russian news channel that people can expect locations to have the standard stuff — Big Macs, McNuggets, and whatnot — but ...

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Senate committee to vote on Baltimore liquor board appointees

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

The three members of the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners and one alternate will go before a state Senate committee that will consider their appointments today.

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed the board members — Chairman Benjamin Neil, Commissioner Douglas Trotter and Commissioner…

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Senate committee to vote on Baltimore liquor board appointees

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

The three members of the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners and one alternate will go before a state Senate committee that will consider their appointments today.

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed the board members — Chairman Benjamin Neil, Commissioner Douglas Trotter and Commissioner…

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