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Monthly Archives: January 2012

My Favorite Wine Shop In NYC

I have been going to Spirits of Carmine for years. Their prices are fair, the staff (and owner) is friendly and knowledgeable. They even deliver to my place…which is not exactly close. I highly recommend this as a location to … Continue reading

Superbowl 2012 NY

The New York Giants are bound for the big game! New Yorkers (and New Jerseyans) will be supporting Big Blue this year (and hopefully celebrating at the end of the evening). If you need a place (or ideas) to celebrate, … Continue reading

Interview with Clay and Zach of The Bitten Word

When I was younger, my mom had piles and piles of Food and Wine all over our house. I think this had an impact on my love for food. You can imagine my delight when I learned about Clay and … Continue reading

The Mayor of Las Vegas Is Living On Food Stamps

According to ABCNews, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman took part in a local food bank’s challenge to live on $4.06 per day — the amount a single person who qualifies for food stamps receives. “I would get down to the … Continue reading

Sancocho de Cola De Res (Ox Tail Stew)

This is another of my grandmothers/mother’s recipes. Colombians use pretty much every part of the cow. When you go to the galeria (the farmer’s market) you will find all yummy parts that are unusual to people in the US: brain, … Continue reading

US Bound Canadian Orange Juice Tests Positive For Banned Pesticide

The Food and Drug Administration has detained orange juice shipments from Canada after the shipments tested positive for carbendazim, a banned and toxic pesticide just recently found in Brazilian juice. The FDA announced earlier this month that it would begin … Continue reading

Quebec Ban on Fast-Food Ads Effective – But Will Ban Work in US?

According to research by University of Illinois economist Kathy Baylis, an outright ban on junk food advertising aimed at children would be more effective than the current industry-led ban. Based on the economist’s published research, a ban covering the entire … Continue reading

Review Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter

I received an invite from Organic Works to drop by Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter. Was I glad I accepted. Bobwhite is a brand new Southern restaurant on the  Lower East Side of Manhattan headed by owner Keedick Coulter and … Continue reading


Yup. You heard right, Beefalo. Today I learned that such a thing exists. I’m a little freaked, it’s kinda like a mule. But hey, maybe it’s tasty? What is Beefalo? Basically, you cross bison with bovine and BAM! You have … Continue reading

Drone Photos Reveal Meat Packing Plant Illegally Dumping Pig Blood

A website dedicated to news interests involving small, unmanned aviation systems (sUAS), or drones, reports on an interesting development in Dallas, Texas, related to a meat packing plant. A Dallas (sUAS) enthusiast testing his camera equipped drone noticed something odd … Continue reading

Freshman Senator Drafts Bill Banning Aborted Fetuses in Food

In what is most assuredly nothing but a twisted publicity stunt, Republican Freshman Senator Ralph Shortey from Oklahoma City has introduced a bill that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite fully acknowledging that he himself … Continue reading


Herbs and spices are great ways to add flavor and aromatics to your dishes. Herbs are those aromatic plants that give their leaves, stems and flowers to make our dishes delectable. Whether you like to use them fresh or dried … Continue reading

NY Chocolate Week 2012

Didn’t know this existed until today. A friend emailed me the link and I will admit. I am stoked. The event goes on from February 13-19 (perfect timing for Valentine’s Day). Participating restaurants will offer different chocolate themed menus and … Continue reading

US Regulating Agencies Bogged Down by Barrage of Food Imports

Food in America such as beef, bread and vegetables are grown or raised within the U.S, but an increasing amount of our food is imported in a highly interconnected and complex global food chain. According to the USDA, almost 17 … Continue reading

McDonald’s & Weight Watchers Team Up – Rebrand McNuggets, Fillet-O-Fish “Healthy Options”

McDonald’s has signed a deal with Weight Watchers to rebrand some of its FRIED meals as “healthy options”. Three McDonald’s meals including Chicken McNuggets, the Fillet-O-Fish sandwich, and their Sweet Chilli Seared Chicken Wrap, have been approved by Weight Watchers, … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day 2012 NYC

This is the third in our series on restaurants to visit on Valentine’s day in New York (part 1 & part 2). Rosa Mexicano:  All three locations are offering a special Tequila Valentín cocktail. For $13, the sweet, refreshing and … Continue reading

Tiger Beer and Chinese New Year NYC 2012

It’s not the year of the Tiger, but he’s certainly giving the Dragon a run for his money. From January 23-February 6, with every Tiger Beer you purchase at participating restaurants, you will be given a red envelope. Lucky envelope holders will  for win … Continue reading

Industrial Pig Farms Threaten Destruction Of Pristine Northern Germany

Many longtime German residents complain that the rapid growth of huge industrial pig breeding farms has — along with the tourism trade — destroyed the rural charms of northern Germany. Other area residents insist factory farming may be the region’s … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day NYC 2012

You’ve probably already gotten a few ideas from our last piece on Valentine’s Day 2012. Maybe those were not up your alley? We’ve got plenty more for you. Spina Restaurant: It’s become an LES institution in just a few years. … Continue reading

Farm Responsible For Deadly Listeria Outbreak Fined For Unsafe Migrant Housing

Jensen Farms, the Colorado cantaloupe grower responsible for a listeria outbreak that killed 30 people last year, has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor for failing to provide safe migrant worker housing. According to the Department of Labor, … Continue reading

USDA Approves Monsanto’s GE Corn – The Latest in a String of GE Approvals

The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit advocate for the family-scale farming community, claims the USDA has approved Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn — Monsanto’s first commercial genetically altered and consumer-oriented vegetable product. The new GE sweet corn will be sold on the … Continue reading

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dragon

Christmas and Hanukkah have past, but there is still another reason to rejoice. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon (along with 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000) and it starts on January 23.  It is said that … Continue reading

Knife Safety and Tips

This may seem like common sense stuff to most people, but for newbies getting in the kitchen, these are essential pieces of knowledge. If there’s something I have missed; or tips you have learned throughout the years, please add them … Continue reading

Anthony Bourdain: “The Worst, Most Dangerous Person To America is Paula Deen”

No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain characterizes Paula Deen as “The worst, most dangerous person to America who should think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.” That Paula Deen is … Continue reading

New York City Launches New Ad Campaign – “Cut Your Portions, Cut Your Risk”

The New York City Health Department has launched a new ad campaign — at taxpayer expense — spotlighting the ever growing increase in portion sizes and the consequences everyone is surly already painfully aware of. The ads, which began appearing … Continue reading

Burger King Tests Delivery Service in Virginia and Maryland

Bloomberg news service reports Burger King is trying out delivery service at some stores in Virginia and Maryland in an attempt to boost lagging sales. According to Burger King’s website, deliveries will be available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., … Continue reading

Response from Land O’ Lakes on Reports of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Contamination

Late last year Spence Cooper reported on findings by the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas that there were high levels of one type of PBDE flame-retardant in a pooled sample of 10 kinds of butter. This included Land … Continue reading

Twitter Responds to Paula Deen’s Diabetes

It’s no surprise to anyone that Paula Deen has diabetes. Her cooking style spelled this out for us. Rumors started popping up early last year. I’m pretty disgusted with her irresponsible promotion of an unhealthy cooking style while being aware … Continue reading

Shocking CDC Study: Senior Citizens Most Frequent Binge Drinkers

According to a recent CDC report, more than 38 million US adults binge drink about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8. But the shocker is the age group that binge … Continue reading

Profile: Do Hwa Korean Restaurant NYC

New York is an amazing food city. In this city, one of my favorite streets for eating has become Carmine Street. It is home to Fatty Cue, Sweet Revenge and Do Hwa. I’ve been to these restaurants many (many) times … Continue reading

Food Safety Gap From Unreported Food Poisoning At Restaurants

Scott James, a columnist for the local San Francisco publication The Bay Citizen, comments on a gap in the food supply safety net. To date, there are no requirements for restaurants to report when diners are affected by food-borne illnesses … Continue reading

Chinese New Year Celebrations in NYC

Maybe you don’t feel like going to your staple Chinese restaurant to celebrate the New Year. That’s ok. We’ve got some amazing suggestions on starting the Year of the Dragon on a good note: R Lounge in the Renaissance New York Times … Continue reading

Dan Evins, Founder of Cracker Barrel dies at age 76

I don’t really eat at chain restaurants too often. But I will admit to sneaking into the Cracker Barrel once a year for their delicious biscuits and gravy. They are simply scrumptious. The man responsible for this bite of sin, … Continue reading

SOMM: Four Sommeliers and the Master Sommelier Exam

I was out at one of my favorite wine restaurants, Spina on the Lower East Side this weekend. I’m friends with the somm there and he got together a few friends to conduct a blind tasting. We each brought in … Continue reading

6th Annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience

The  Sixth Annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience will take place at Pier 60/Chelsea Piers on Monday, February 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will showcase more than 200 wines from 40 wine producers as well as an … Continue reading

B-Grade Cuisine: Japan’s Version of Comfort Food or Country Cooking

CNN International writer Yumiko Watanabe explores B-grade cuisine: Japan’s version of what America calls comfort food, country cooking, soul food, haute burgers, gourmet hotdogs, or gastropub. Watanabe explains that B-grade cuisine is not the “mainstream ‘quality’ stuff that’s simpered over … Continue reading

Wi-Fi Now Mandatory in Malaysian Restaurants

In Kuala Lumpur, the largest city in Malaysia, Wi-Fi is now a mandatory prerequisite for food operators when they apply for their license to open a new restaurant, or when existing operators renew their license. The Wi-Fi requirement will also … Continue reading

FriendsEAT Meetup at the Fat Goose

If you have not joined our NY dining Meetup group; you should. Our team would love to break bread with you. We’ve held two events so far. This month, we’ll be dining at The Fat Goose in Williamsburg. Chef Jennifer … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day NYC 2012

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…don’t wait until the last minute to make reservations. If you need some recommendations, look no further. Bite Club: For those of you not familiar with Bite Club, I highly recommend them. They are … Continue reading

Baconfest Chicago 2012

How did I not know about this event? I thought after working on the 25 Facts About Bacon infographic I had learned everything there was to know. I was wrong. Today I learned that Baconfest will take place on April … Continue reading