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Monthly Archives: November 2011


The rumor mill is buzzing about Zac, Isaac and Taylor. Sure, they grew up to be quite handsome Hansons, but that’s not it. Word is that now that they are old enough to drink, they’re launching Hanson Beer aptly named … Continue reading


I have a thing for eggs. For me they are pretty much the perfect food. They are packed full of protein, only have 70-80 calories per and are cheap. I make them all the time in all sorts of ways. … Continue reading

10 Most Expensive Restaurants in Philadelphia

A list of the ten most expensive restaurants in Philadelphia, PA Continue reading

WTO Prohibits Country-Of-Origin Food Labeling in U.S.

Diligently reporting on issues surrounding food safety, Food Safety News reports that the World Trade Organization has struck down country-of-origin labeling (also known as COOL) for world food products in the U.S. In November, the World Trade Organization ruled that … Continue reading

The Most Expensive Restaurants in San Antonio

San Antonio’s culinary scene has blossomed into more than just simple Tex-Mex. Restaurants have re-branded themselves as haute cuisine. These places can be a little pricey, but at quite a few of them, the food is worth the money. Swooping … Continue reading

DNA Barcoding to Certify Seafood in Fight Against Labeling Fraud

In October, the Food and Drug Administration officially approved DNA barcoding that can identify a fish species to prevent the mislabeling of local and imported seafood in the United States. An expert in genetic identification claims restaurants around the world … Continue reading

One in Four Mississippians on Food Stamps

According to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a new all time record number of Americans, close to 46 million, or 15 percent of the population relies on food stamps to survive. NPR notes that Mississippi leads the U.S. in … Continue reading

New Study: Drug-Resistant MRSA Found Again in U.S. Meat

The antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA — methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — kills more Americans than AIDS, and is widespread in the U.S. pig herd. According to veteran food writer Tom Philpott, until the 1980s, MRSA infections were mainly limited … Continue reading

Best Foodie Gifts Under $25

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Tasty and Cheap Vietnamese in NY

Imagine having a date with some of the most delicious food in the world. This date would take place in NYC and consist of you, your mouth and a Bahn mi (or maybe some Pho). What’s a Bánh mì ? A Vietnamese … Continue reading

Local Farmers Forfeit “Organic” Certification Due To Over Regulation

According to USAToday’s Natalie Ermann Russell, farmers involved in the Farm-to-Table or locavore movement — eating food that is locally produced — are progressively less inclined to become certified as “organic” growers because of over regulation by the US GOVT, … Continue reading

A Revamp on Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you are like me, you thought you had your fill of turkey yesterday. Then you awoke to remember that you still have leftovers to deal with. Sure; you can make turkey tacos, turkey salad and turkey sandwiches; but there’s … Continue reading

Best Foodie Gifts – Books

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Review The Lincoln New York City

I made a return visit to the Lincoln this week. I was thoroughly impressed on my first visit and left feeling the same way the second time. This restaurant is a pleasure and I expect to see a Michelin star … Continue reading

Tasty and Cheap French Eateries in NY

French cuisine is often associated with expensive restaurants, especially in New York. While some enjoy the pleasures of putting out hundreds of dollars for an amazing meal, most of us have to dine on a budget. No need to fret, … Continue reading

Tips for The Perfect Turkey for Thanksgiving

Working on a beautiful Thanksgiving turkey can be quite tricky even for experts in the kitchen. More so, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time. It is the most significant dish on the table this holiday, and making sure … Continue reading

Pita Bread

If you’re a Middle Eastern food lover like me, you’re probably familiar with pita bread.  It is a simple leavened bread dough, rolled thin and baked in a brick oven (this adds unique characteristics). Pita became popular in the 80′s, … Continue reading

Congress Blocks Healthier School Lunches; Pizza Remains a Vegetable

Congressional legislators recently blocked a proposal by the USDA to improve the nutritional quality of the nation’s school lunches. The proposed changes included more fruits and vegetables, limiting sodium and starchy foods like potatoes, and an end to allowing tomato … Continue reading

Retail Turkey Cost Far Below Costs of Raising

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently determined the cost for a Thanksgiving dinner this year, including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings, will increase by 13 percent. But New York Times writer Paul Sullivan claims that … Continue reading

Eggs Sous Vide

Most of you already know that I am completely in love with my Sous Vide Supreme. My love for the “Sous Vide” method started with my first meal at Per Se. I’ve become mildly obsessed with the technique. This past … Continue reading

FriendsEAT Launches Business

We’re looking for Local Businesses who are interested in claiming their business to give us some feedback on our new business claim system.  We are now offering a better way for restaurants to connect with the FriendsEAT community and we want all restaurants out … Continue reading

Starbucks’ Rest Room Rumors

Rumor has it that the world’s most popular coffee chain is now closing its rest rooms to the customers and the public in NYC. No need to fret Starbucks fans because this claim appears to be just a silly joke running … Continue reading

Undercover Investigation Exposes Egregious Violations by McDonald’s Egg Supplier

McDonald’s egg supplier, Sparboe Farms, the country’s fifth largest egg producer, was the subject of an ABC News investigation that was broadcast last Friday on “20/20″. As a result, McDonald’s claims it will no longer accept eggs from Sparboe Farms. … Continue reading

Review ChaPa’s Noodle & Grill Midtown NY

Last Friday, I found myself hungry and without a reservation in Midtown. It seemed that every restaurant on 52nd Street had a line (is this street the new culinary Mecca?). The only place without a wait was ChaPa’s. It became … Continue reading

Interview with Stephanie Stiavetti of Wasabimon a.k.a The Culinary Life

Wasabimon (a.k.a The Culinary Life) came in as one of the Top 50 Food Blogs of 2011. If you’ve ever perused this blog, you were probably not surprised. Stephanie Stiavetti, the mastermind behind Wasabimon, puts a lot of love into the … Continue reading

EU Directive Bans Any Claim Water Can Prevent Dehydration

When bottled water manufactures sought approval from the UK government to claim regular consumption of water can reduce the risk of dehydration as part of their advertising slogan, the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) refused to approve the statement. The … Continue reading

Tasty and Cheap Spanish in NYC

Today we are talking Spanish as in the country in Europe. Not the colloquial use of Spanish to refer to all things Latin. To be more precise, we’ll be chatting about Spanish food in the US. There is no need … Continue reading

Study: BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food

A new report, “BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food,” released by the Breast Cancer Fund documents the presence of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods used to prepare a typical Thanksgiving meal. BPA is used to make the … Continue reading

Starbucks Scams 75,000 Customers With Hidden Fee

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation claims Starbucks has been secretly charging a $1.50 fee on bagged coffee nationwide when consumers purchased less than one pound. The state agency determined that when consumers bought a one-pound bag … Continue reading

Review Pampano NYC

It is so exciting for me when I am invited to a press dinner and the food is outstanding. This is what happened last week when I was invited by GailPR to dine at Richard Sandoval’s Pampano on the Upper East … Continue reading

Denny’s Newest Holiday Monsters

Watch out America, Denny’s made plans for Christmas. They’ve created a menu called “Taste of the Holidays”, I think their goal is to make you fat AND unhealthy. America does not need another excuse to eat and eat, and eat, … Continue reading

Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Rarely do we find young red wines being honored with a celebration upon their release. This makes Beaujolais Nouveau a special wine in the roster of French wines. Beujolais Nouveau is made of Gamay grapes, grown in the Beaujolais region of … Continue reading

JD’s Bacon “Lotion”

This time it’s no joke. What started off as an April Fool’s joke resulted in such demand that JD’s, the company whose motto is “Everything Should Taste Like Bacon”, decided to go into production. I am a little (very) disturbed … Continue reading

USDA: “Locally Grown Food Sales $7 Billion Business This Year”

The Farm-to-Table and locavore movements have rapidly gained momentum and popularity in recent years, as more American families strive to purchase all or most of their food locally from small local growers and Farmers’ Markets. In 2007, the word “locavore” … Continue reading

Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in NYC 2011 – Part 2

We already published part one, but if you’re still looking for an amazing place to celebrate Thanksgiving (a.k.a. you don’t feel like cooking/cleaning/doing dishes), we think these restaurants would fit the bill. I suggest you make reservations asap. Palo Santo … Continue reading

Interview with Malina Janakat

I have been friends with Malina Janakat since my sophomore year in high school. We met in art class and I immediately loved her. A smart, bubbly and funny woman (and when I say smart, I mean smart – as … Continue reading

The Cost For Thanksgiving Dinner Up 13% This Year

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), an independent, grassroots organization representing farm and ranch families, the cost for a Thanksgiving dinner this year, including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings, will increase by 13 … Continue reading

Beaujolais Nouveau in NYC 2011

November 17 is the day to celebrate the release of the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. While this may not be my all time favorite wine, I never pass off an opportunity (or an excuse) to enjoy wine. If you … Continue reading