April Love With Food Box

April Love With Food box

I’m always excited to get my Love With Food box.  The April Love With Food box has some delicious goodies.  I already love Sahale snacks and the almonds with cranberries, honey and sea salt are my favorite.  The organic energy bar by BumbleBar is almond flavored but high on the sesame, so if you like sesame you will like it, as it’s healthy and yummy.  I didn’t like the green chile flavor of the popcorn by Crave Canyon.  I would prefer if it were just white cheddar, as that’s one of my favorite flavors.  However, the popcorn is high quality with nice fat kernels.  I’ve already had the dried fruits from Sensible Foods, and these are one of my favorite snacks.  I look forward to trying everything else.

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Weekend Whets 4/11

A Persian Feast, April 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan: Group discussion of Middle Eastern art and culinary history followed by a hands-on cooking class. $150.

Cambalache: One Night in Argentina, Wednesday April 16 & Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., BKB Night Bazaar, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn: Celebrate Argentina with its wine, food and arts. $80.

 

Taste of the Lower East Side, April 24, 2014, Lower East Side, Manhattan: A tasting of restaurants in the area.

Food Book Fair, April 25 through 27, 2014, Brooklyn: Event showcasing books by those in the food world.

Taste of the Nation, April 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho, Manhattan: Tastings from notable NYC chefs and Alex Guarnaschelli booksigning. $225+.

Queens Taste 2014, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens: Tasting and networking event celebrating the borough. $100.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, 452 Union Street at Bond Street, Brooklyn: Tastings from Brooklyn’s best restaurants. $55+.

May

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown®, Thursday, May 1, 2014 Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan: Tastings from area restaurants.

NY Burger Week, May 1 through 7, 2014: Seven days of burger-related events.

James Beard Awards, May 5, 2014, Lincoln Center, Manhattan

Sustainable Seafood Shindig, May 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio Restaurant, Kips Bay, Manhattan: A tasting including chefs David Chang, April Bloomfield, Anita Lo and more showcasing sustainable seafood preparations. $225.

Taste of Tribeca, May 17, 2014, Tribeca, Manhattan: Enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants to benefit PS 150 and PS 234.

Ice Cream Social with Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Noon, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side, Manhattan: Join the owners of Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery. $21.

Food Photography and Blogging Workshop, May & June, 2014, Private Dining Room (PDR) @ Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn: Four classes with Karen Wise on camera fundamentals, shooting in restaurants and editing images. $175 per class or $675 for all four.

June

Big Apple Barbecue, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan: Sample barbecue from around the country.

Weekend Whets 4/4

Just Food Conference, April 5 through 6, 2014, Teachers College, Columbia University, Manhattan:  Conference on making locally grown food available to New Yorkers.

Homemade Pizza with Roberta’s, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2 p.m., Brooklyn: Learn how to make your own pizza.

Malaysian Cooking Class, April 5, 2014, 2 p.m., Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen Brooklyn: A hands-on cooking class celebrating Malaysian cuisine. $65.

Westeros Feast – Dinner with Release of Fire & Blood, April 6, 2014, 7 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village, Manhattan:  A Westeros-inspired feast. $55.

Butts, Legs & Sides, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m., City Grit, Nolita, Manhattan:  Bo Ssäm Feast & Fried Chicken Fest. $55 for one; $195 for four.

Taste Talks, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor, Manhattan:  Speakers and panels with Food Network, Thrillist, Goldbely, Tasting Table, Runa Tea, Plated, Grub Street and Num Pang, networking, snacks and drinks.

A Taste of Fifth Avenue, April 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn: Sample tastings from local restaurants.

A Persian Feast, April 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan: Group discussion of Middle Eastern art and culinary history followed by a hands-on cooking class. $150.

Cambalache: One Night in Argentina, Wednesday April 16 & Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., BKB Night Bazaar, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn: Celebrate Argentina with its wine, food and arts. $80.

Taste of the Lower East Side, April 24, 2014, Lower East Side, Manhattan: A tasting of restaurants in the area.

Food Book Fair, April 25 through 27, 2014, Brooklyn: Event showcasing books by those in the food world.

Taste of the Nation, April 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho, Manhattan: Tastings from notable NYC chefs and Alex Guarnaschelli booksigning. $225+.

Queens Taste 2014, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens: Tasting and networking event celebrating the borough. $100.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, 452 Union Street at Bond Street, Brooklyn: Tastings from Brooklyn’s best restaurants. $55+.

May

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown®, Thursday, May 1, 2014 Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan: Tastings from area restaurants.

NY Burger Week, May 1 through 7, 2014: Seven days of burger-related events.

James Beard Awards, May 5, 2014, Lincoln Center, Manhattan

Sustainable Seafood Shindig, May 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio Restaurant, Kips Bay, Manhattan: A tasting including chefs David Chang, April Bloomfield, Anita Lo and more showcasing sustainable seafood preparations. $225.

Taste of Tribeca, May 17, 2014, Tribeca, Manhattan: Enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants to benefit PS 150 and PS 234.

Ice Cream Social with Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Noon, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side, Manhattan: Join the owners of Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery. $21.

Food Photography and Blogging Workshop, May & June, 2014, Private Dining Room (PDR) @ Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn: Four classes with Karen Wise on camera fundamentals, shooting in restaurants and editing images. $175 per class or $675 for all four.

June

Big Apple Barbecue, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan: Sample barbecue from around the country.

Little Italy on Its Way Out

Today, there was an article in the New York Post on Little Italy’s becoming extinct.  Of course, this saddens me.  The first stop in America for both sides of my family was Mulberry Street.  But this brings up a larger issue for me–the gentrification of New York City.  I do not like it.  The great thing about NYC is that it used to be the place to find everything, but as a friend of mine said, who is a published, well-respected economist from the Greatest Generation, NYC has lost its relevancy.  I don’t think it is lost yet, but I do think it is happening.  As New York becomes a homogenized city of the young and wealthy from around the country, it will lose its character.  NYC is a mecca for many–in acting, theater, music, writing, finance, etc, but it’s also a home to the many people who lived there and whose families have lived there for generations.  And it will lose its essence if it becomes generic.  Of course, this is happening in a lot of cities in the United States–not just NYC–but NYC is known for having a certain character–and its tourism depends on it.  If NYC becomes generic, why would anyone pay the incredible hotel bills to visit?

Weekend Whets 3/28

Chinatown Restaurant Week, through March 30, 2013, Chinatown, Manhattan: Showcases restaurants in Chinatown.

Hot Sauce Expo, March 29 & 30, 2014, Penn Plaza Pavilion, Midtown West, Manhattan: Hot sauce vendors, eating contests and more.

Time Out for Hunger, March 30, 2014, NYC:  Participating restaurants in the five boroughs will be donating 10% of their daily proceeds to Food Bank For New York City.

April

Meatball Slapdown VIP, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6 p.m., Brooklyn, $120.

Just Food Conference, April 5 through 6, 2014, Teachers College, Columbia University, Manhattan:  Conference on making locally grown food available to New Yorkers.

Homemade Pizza with Roberta’s, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2 p.m., Brooklyn:  Learn how to make your own pizza.

Malaysian Cooking Class, April 5, 2014, 2 p.m., Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen Brooklyn: A hands-on cooking class celebrating Malaysian cuisine. $65.

Westeros Feast – Dinner with Release of Fire & Blood, April 6, 2014, 7 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village, Manhattan:  A Westeros-inspired feast. $55.

Butts, Legs & Sides, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m., City Grit, Nolita, Manhattan:  Bo Ssäm Feast & Fried Chicken Fest. $55 for one; $195 for four.

A Taste of Fifth Avenue, April 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn: Sample tastings from local restaurants.

A Persian Feast, April 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan: Group discussion of Middle Eastern art and culinary history followed by a hands-on cooking class. $150.

Cambalache: One Night in Argentina, Wednesday April 16 & Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., BKB Night Bazaar, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn:  Celebrate Argentina with its wine, food and arts.  $80.

Taste of the Lower East Side, April 24, 2014, Lower East Side, Manhattan: A tasting of restaurants in the area.

Food Book Fair, April 25 through 27, 2014, Brooklyn: Event showcasing books by those in the food world.

Taste of the Nation, April 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho, Manhattan: Tastings from notable NYC chefs and Alex Guarnaschelli booksigning. $225+.

Queens Taste 2014, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens: Tasting and networking event celebrating the borough. $100.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, 452 Union Street at Bond Street, Brooklyn: Tastings from Brooklyn’s best restaurants. $55+.

May

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown®, Thursday, May 1, 2014 Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan: Tastings from area restaurants.

NY Burger Week, May 1 through 7, 2014: Seven days of burger-related events.

James Beard Awards, May 5, 2014, Lincoln Center, Manhattan

Sustainable Seafood Shindig, May 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio Restaurant, Kips Bay, Manhattan:  A tasting including chefs David Chang, April Bloomfield, Anita Lo and more showcasing sustainable seafood preparations.  $225.

Taste of Tribeca, May 17, 2014, Tribeca, Manhattan:  Enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants to benefit PS 150 and PS 234.

Ice Cream Social with Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Noon, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side, Manhattan:  Join the owners of Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery.  $21.

Food Photography and Blogging Workshop, May & June, 2014, Private Dining Room (PDR) @ Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn:  Four classes with Karen Wise on camera fundamentals, shooting in restaurants and editing images.  $175 per class or $675 for all four.

June

Big Apple Barbecue, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan: Sample barbecue from around the country.

Sardinian Fregola

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Fregola is a Sardinian cross between pasta and couscous.  I’ve been seeing it in shops lately and bought some.  There are a few recipes for it and for other Sardinian delights in The Sardinian Cookbook:  The Cooking and Culture of a Mediterranean Island by Viktorija Todorovska.  I enjoyed learning more about Sardinia from this cookbook.  The island has Spanish, French, Italian and Moorish influences.  An interesting bit of history remains there in the more than 7,000 stone towers, or nuraghi, built in the Bronze Age by the Nuraghic people.  Shepherding was and still is a popular way of life on Sardinia, and so are sheep’s milk cheeses like pecorino.  You may have heard of the delicacy bottarga (fish roe that is salted and dried) that is found here.  Sardinia has a unique bread, a thin crisp bread known as pane carasau.  I’ve seen a lot of Sardinian wine as of late, and I think it’s very good.  The national drink of Sardinia is a liqueur called mirto made from myrtle berries.

From the cookbook, I made the baked fregola with pecorino, a perfect dish for Lent or for cold weather.  It’s warm, filling comfort food.  Be sure to have some Italian bread to sop up the sauce.  I followed the recipe in the book but used water instead of vegetable stock.  It calls for young and aged pecorino so I used Toscano pecorino for the young and Locatelli for the old.  This dish will be among my rotation of pasta dishes.

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New Taste of the Upper West Side

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New Taste of the Upper West Side is coming up in May.  I’ve been to this event, and it is a great way to try food from the area’s top restaurants.  The 7th annual event runs from May 27th through May 31st.  It includes A-list talent such as Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli, who will host Comfort Classics on Friday, May 30th, and TODAY show contributor and New York Knicks broadcaster Jill Martin, who will host Best of the West on Saturday, May 31st, with honoree Daniel Boulud.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

Participating chefs include Jacques Torres, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Christina Tosi and many more.  Some of my favorite places will be represented, such as Gazala’s, Big Daddy’s, Treat House, Sugar and Plumm, The Meatball Shop, Bar Boulud, Blue Ribbon, Porter House NY and Rosa Mexicano.  I have yet to try Red Farm, The Smith, The Lincoln, THE LEOPARD at des Artistes and Parm, so it will be an opportunity to try them.  The event is presented by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, the area from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street, including the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society.  New Taste of the Upper West Side celebrates chefs in the area, and all net proceeds from the event go toward neighborhood projects.

Theodore Roosevelt Park photo used with permission

Theodore Roosevelt Park photo used with permission