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No Photos at Restaurants?

How would you feel if you couldn’t photograph your food at a restaurant?  Would you still want to eat there?  I was disappointed not to photograph my food at Per Se, but then it was Per Se, so it was an exception.  I would think twice about eating somewhere if I couldn’t take photos.  I’m not obnoxious about it though.  I just use my phone to take photos and if I can get a decent picture without flash, I don’t use it.  I can see how it would get annoying to other customers if one is there with a tripod and huge lens, etc.  But is it any more annoying than customers having phone conversations?  I think it should be up to the restaurant, whatever its culture/policy is, but I do think that a lot of people want to blog today and that restaurant may miss out on potential diners if they do prohibit photography.

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Cool Food Blog

Sweet Explorations is a very cool food blog by Francois, a baker who inspires with his creative cookie artistry.  What initially caught my eye were his tricolor autumn leaves cookies.  Aren’t they lovely and so creative?

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

Everything on his site is so enticing, but I particularly love the skill involved in his pie cookies. These apple pie cookies look delicious as well as adorable.

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

These pumpkin pie cookies look like real miniature pumpkin pies. If you think that’s cute, check out the lattice pie cookies.

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

You have to check out his site and see for yourself. He makes cookies that look like old-fashioned 3D glasses, movie popcorn, melting popsicles, citrus slices and balloon animals.  Check out his Christmas cookies, including gift tags and gingerbread in the shape of San Francisco houses.  I can’t wait to see what he bakes next!

Cool Food Blog

Global Table Adventure is a very cool food blog about a family’s journey toward global peace and understanding through learning about each other’s foodways.  The family intends to highlight every country’s culture and food and focuses on one country each week, and they are almost done.  Recent countries include Uganda and Tuvalu.  The site features a cool interactive map to see what countries they have featured with a  photo of a recipe.  What a cool project and a great site for learning more about the world.

Cool Food Blog

Life, Love … and Sugar is a very cool food blog of a woman who loves sugar.  Today is the last day of National Ice Cream Month, and what attracted me to her site was this page of ice cream cakes.  How cool is the rainbow ice cream cake with fresh fruit?

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

I love the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream pie.  It looks delicious!  Every now and again, I enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream, and her mint Oreo brownie ice cream cake looks sinful.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

Yes, the ice cream cakes are appealing, but so are the other treats she has.  I love the chocolate chip cookie cake, the Neapolitan cake and the red velvet cheesecake cake pops.

Cool Food Blog

Manu’s Menu is a very cool food blog of a native Italian of Sicilian descent living in Australia.  Her husband is Indian, so her multicultural blog reflects Italian, Australian and Indian cuisine.  It is largely Italian, however, and the recipes are divided by regions of Italy.  It’s on point.  My family’s from Campania, and we traditionally make casatiello, the pastiera (but we call it pizza grano or wheat pie), pizza and rum baba.  There is a large section of Sicilian recipes.  Look at her amazingly gorgeous cassata cake.  I love cassatina, and hers look adorable.  Her St. Joseph’s Day sfinge look perfect.  A recent recipe is purple gnocchi on a parmigiano reggiano fondue, and it looks amazing!  I want to try the Australian damper bread too.

Sweets Week: Day 3: Yogorino

Today is Hunting for the Very Best’s 4th anniversary.  Yes, I started this blog back on July 3, 2009.

July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

The staff at Yogorino say a lot of people come just to take a picture of their mural, that famous one of men eating lunch on a steel beam high in the air of the NYC skyline.  Only in this photo, the men are eating something else.

Yogorino mural

You guessed it, frozen yogurt.  Yogorino is a bit different from other frozen yogurt places.  The Italian company’s philosophy is one of health, in the form of probiotics and their benefits.  I can get on board with that.  It’s also not self serve, and there is only one flavor of yogurt.  But at Yogorino, that’s all you need.

Yogorino

Verdict:  This yogurt has a unique flavor, a creamy tart flavor unlike any other in the city.  And of course, there are toppings, such as fresh berries, which I have gotten before.  However, the yogurt itself is so good here that I eat it plain.

Cool Food Blog

Aeri’s Kitchen is a very cool food blog of Korean recipes and culture by a South Korean-born woman who now lives in the U.S.  Not only does her blog contain Korean and American recipes, it also has Korean language lessons and step-by-step recipe photos and YouTube videos.  Since I’ve recently discovered the delights of Koreatown in Manhattan, I’ve been interested in learning more about Korean food.  I’ve heard about shaved ice but have never had it.  I’ve seen it in the shops in Koreatown.  A yummy-looking summer dessert is PotBingSu or red bean crushed ice made with condensed milk, fruit, corn flakes and sticky rice cakes.  Looks like a sweet and refreshing treat!  This colorful steamed bread recipe sounds good too.  The recipe for the Korean street-food egg bbang, or egg muffins, looks yummy.  Her savory beef, pork and seafood dishes sound delish too.  These crabstick cakes sound like a nice summer snack or appetizer.