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Where to Celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter in NY

For those of you who don’t know it, I liked with Greeks for over 15 years. My mom married a Greek gentleman (didn’t end so well), but we ate incredibly well during that time. Easter was one of my favorite … Continue reading

The 8 Best New Restaurants In Las Vegas

As part of the Taste Tour of Las Vegas hosted by the Harrah’s group of resorts, a few years back, FriendsEAT co-founders Antonio Evans and Blanca Valbuena dined at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Blanca characterized Margaritaville as more of a throwback … Continue reading

Chef’s Recipes: Kevin Thiele’s Award-Winning Chili Recipe

Chef Kevin Thiele is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. He started working as a line cook at Hotel Viking’s One Bellevue in 2004. His talent, hard work, and passion for cooking moved him up the kitchen ladder in … Continue reading

Chef’s Recipes: Paul Simon’s Spring Salad with Bacon-Cheddar Dressing

Chef Paul Simon is New York Beer Company’s Executive Chef, where he’s responsible for supervising and leading the operations of the busy kitchen. As a boy growing up in Florida, he didn’t have much appreciation of the changing seasons. But … Continue reading

Chef’s Spring Recipes: Peter Loria’s Vanilla Maple Glazed Tofu

Chef Peter Loria remembers watching and helping his Sicilian father and grandfather prepare a wide variety of delicious cuisines, as well as his maternal grandmother, a Czech native who was an amazing baker. These influences in his early childhood provided … Continue reading

Chef’s Spring Recipes: Julio Taveras’ PB & J Flauta with Ice Cream

Chef Julio Taveras is originally from Santiago in Dominican Republic. He began working in NYC restaurants as early as 1984, and over the next eight years, Julio moved up the kitchen hierarchy from prep chef to line cook, and finally … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Daniel Kenney’s Cape Cod Local Chowder

Chef Daniel Kenney is executive chef of at Cape Cod’s beloved Sea Crest Beach Hotel. Before cooking his creative takes on classic American Cape cuisine at this prestigious hotel, Chef Kenney built an impressive resume at some of the world’s … Continue reading

The Top 38 Pizza Parlors In New York City

To suggest Scott Wiener is obsessed with pizza is an understatement. He maintains the world’s largest archive of unique pizza boxes, and his writing appears online at Serious Eats and on his blog, Scott’s Pizza Journal. He holds the Guinness … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Robert Daugherty’s Rosemary and Chipotle Roasted Nuts

Chef Robert Daugherty, at the tender age of 11, already knew he wanted to be a chef someday. He used to hide in his father’s car to work with him at David Copperfield’s, best known for their Monte Cristo. He … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Andrea Correale’s St. Patrick’s Day Mojito

Andrea Correale is one of the finest caterers in New York. The Elegant Affairs empire she has established had a very humble beginning right in her childhood home, where her mother, Marie Correale, taught her how to design a table … Continue reading

How Smartphones Will Revolutionize The Future of Local Food

In this wonderfully cogent article, Steve Holt argues that technology — specifically mobile technology — is key to the future of the local food movement and food justice in general. (source) In support of his claim, Holt explains how Mark … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Kelly Armetta’s Braised Pork and Mushroom Pasta

Chef Kelly Armetta is the Executive Chef of Hyatt Regency Boston. He boasts an impressive resume with over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry. His love for food started at the tender age of 14 when he opened … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Patrizio d’Andrea’s Brodetto di Pesce

Chef Patrizio d’Andrea’s passion for cooking can be traced back to his mother’s farm kitchen in Italy. He graduated with honors from the prestigious Aurelio Saffi Culinary School in Firenze, Italy. He has an impressive work experience, with stints in … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Julio Taveras’ Peanut Butter and Fig Ravioli

Chef Julio Taveras is originally from Santiago in Dominican Republic. He began working in NYC restaurants as early as 1984, and over the next eight years, Julio moved up the kitchen hierarchy from prep chef to line cook, and finally … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Jason Brumm’s Grassfed Meatloaf Sandwich

Winning the “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrel” cooking show on Food Network sky-rocketed Chef Jason Brumm’s name into the culinary industry. The show taped in August, and by September he was already working for Second Home Kitchen + Bar when the show … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Steve DiFillippo’s Angel Hair Pomodoro

Steve DiFillippo is the perfect restaurateur, with his award-winning Davio’s brand spread throughout the country, like New York, Atlanta, Boston, and Philadelphia. He has recently published his first book, “It’s All About the Guest: Exceeding Expectations in Business and in … Continue reading

Lively Cookie Sales For Shrewd Girl Scout Outside Pot Clinic

After Danielle Lei, an imaginative 13-year-old Girl Scout, set up a table offering Girl Scout cookies outside a San Francisco marijuana dispensary, Danielle sold 117 boxes of cookies in only two hours. (source) Danielle, accompanied by her mother Carol, offered … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Kellie Rowland’s Creamy Chai Tea Cocktail

With over 9 years of shaking up and serving drinks, with four of it spent at JW Marriott Grand Rapids, Kellie Rowland boasts of her unparalleled experience and uncanny palate for amazing flavors. She has won the 2012 Wave award … Continue reading

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has finally announced the semifinalists for their 2014 Restaurant and Chef Awards at a formal event in Orlando, Florida. The 2014 James Beard Awards ceremony will take place in New York City on May 2 and … Continue reading

Top 10 Culinary Schools In North America

Let’s begin with a brief word on culinary schools. By some estimates, roughly 12 percent of students attend private, for-profit culinary schools which have been criticized for making inflated career promises to potential students. Also bear in mind that tuition … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Borgata Hotel’s Beast Mode Cocktail

Located at the heart of Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa offers an incomparable hotel experience to travelers in the East Coast. This casino-hotel boasts of its premium 2,000 rooms that rival those found in New York and Las … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Project 1919′s The Hymie Weiss

Project 1919 is the newest venture by owner of Mulberry Project Nick Boccio, together with star mixologists Sam Ziar and Jasper Soffer. Project 1919 is a three-month pop-up speakeasy located behind a secret (not for long), slotted door within Mulberry … Continue reading

6 Tips on Being A Vegas VIP on a Poor Man’s Budget

According to the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, casino revenues on the Vegas strip dropped for 22 straight months during the last recession, and the city became the unofficial foreclosure capital of the U.S. (source) In … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Project 1919′s The George “Bugs” Moran

The dining and cocktail lounge Mulberry Project will make you warmer this winter, as they have opened a pop up bar called Project 1919, which will offer cocktail aficionados a chance to enjoy barrel-aged spirits in a secret (until now) … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Mulberry Project’s Alpine Sailor Hot Cocoa Drink

Industry leaders with unparalleled experience developed Mulberry Project, a dining spot offering unique cocktails and delicious Mexican fare. With a strong emphasis on quality service and hospitality, Mulberry Project is a premiere neighborhood destination. Mulberry Project is Nolita’s cocktail and dining hotspot … Continue reading

Pot and Hashish-Infused Foods Remain Unregulated in Colorado

Last year, Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana sales. Adult Colorado residents are now allowed to buy up to an ounce of marijuana per transaction. (source) A sushi mini-chain with locations in Denver and Boulder has introduced pot pairing menus … Continue reading

Recipe for Weekend Hercules Punch

A few weeks ago, a very bad storm hit New Jersey. It was a pretty bad storm, and I was stuck working from home all day. Luckily, by the time 5-o-clock came around, it was safe enough for me to … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Helen and Lisa Tse’s Chicken Fried Rice

Sweet Mandarin won Gordon Ramsay’s Best Local Chinese restaurant on Channel 4′s The F Word, beating 10,000 other restaurants. Now the entrepreneurial sisters behind Sweet Mandarin, Helen and Lisa Tse are stepping up the game by publishing their fist cookbook … Continue reading

10 Restaurants Inspired from Books And Movies

Wouldn’t it be fun to dine at a totally fictitious restaurant you saw in a movie or read about in a book? I’m not referring to existing restaurants such as The Whistle Stop Cafe featured in the film, “Fried Green … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Andrea Correale’s Dark Icy Heart Cocktail

Andrea Correale, one of the finest New York caterers, found inspiration from her mom, who taught her how a table can be beautifully prepared with creativity on any budget. This has inspired her, even at a tender age of 16, … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Dakota Weiss’ Celery Root Risotto

Born and raised in Lancaster, California, Chef Dakota Weiss has also lived all across the United States including Arizona, Texas and Florida. At 12 years old, they moved to Santa Fe, Mexico. She may not have had a constant home, … Continue reading

Top 20 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants

While there’s no doubt a number of reasons why celebrities decide to own a restaurant, only a few restaurants are fortunate enough to have both good food and celebrity-backing. Some celebrities may have an obsessive interest and deep love for … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Andrea Correale’s Devil’s Spiked Tea

Learning from her mom that a table can be beautifully set with creativity on any budget was the humble beginnings of Andrea Correale’s entrepreneurial career. She has opened her own “event staff for hire” company at age 16 in Long … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Borgata Hotel’s Orange Crush

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City offers an unparalleled hotel experience on the East Coast. The casino-hotel’s 2,000 rooms rival those once found in cities like New York and Las Vegas. Since they opened in 2003, Borgata has … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Borgata Hotel’s Manning Margarita

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City offers an unparalleled travel experience on the East Coast. The casino hotel has 2,000 rooms that rival those found only in cities like New York and Las Vegas. Borgata has been basking … Continue reading

New York City’s Water Tanks Contaminated With E. Coli

Americans have been warned for years not to drink the water when traveling to Mexico for fear of contracting “Montezuma’s Revenge,” or what’s known as “traveler’s diarrhea.” (source) According to the CDC, an estimated 10 million people, or roughly 20% … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Burger DeLuxe’s French Onion Burger

Just 20 miles west of Manhattan, you can find Burger Deluxe, a New Jersey family-friendly restaurant with an interior that joyously shouts with retro flair. They first opened their doors in 2008, and since then, they have been serving premium … Continue reading

BarBacon In Hell’s Kitchen Features Addictive Bacon-Centric Menu

Chef Peter Sherman, who has formerly worked with Joel Robuchon, David Bouley and April Bloomfield, proves no one can get enough bacon with his new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant BarBacon. (source) After five years and endless bacon permutations, Sherman opened BarBacon … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Eleazar Nun’s Meatball Ciabatta

The Royal is an upscale restaurant and lounge situated directly below Union Square at the heart of New York City. 43 LED screens line up their walls with cushioned bar stools that gives off a vibe of a high-class hotel … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Burger DeLuxe’s Bloody Mary Burger

Situated just 20 miles west of Manhattan, Burger Deluxe in New Jersey is a family-friendly restaurant with a retro flair. Since opening in 2008, this lively eatery has served up premium half-pound burgers and nostalgic desserts like milkshakes, floats, and … Continue reading