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Weekend Whets 7/26

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, Thursday, July 25, 2013 through Sunday, July 28, 2013, Atlantic City:  Food and wine event featuring Robert Irvine, Rocco Dispirito and The Neelys.  Tickets $40-$150 depending on event.

Ben & Jerry’s City Churned NYC Flavor, Friday, July 26, 2013, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pier 57, Hudson River Park, 11th Avenue between 14th and 16th Streets, Manhattan:  Reveal and tastings of the flavor NYC created.

St. Ann’s Italian Festival, Friday, July 26, 2013 through Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., 7th and Jefferson Streets at St. Ann’s Square, Hoboken, NJ:  Try the St. Ann’s Famous Zeppole and other Italian foods along with live music, rides, games and raffles.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, July 29, 2013 through August 9, 2013, participating restaurants in Hudson County, NJ:  Celebrate Hudson County restaurants with discounted prix fixe menus.

Food Truck Mash-Up, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ:  Taste the offerings of specialty food trucks along with live music, yoga and a drum circle.

Weekend Whets 7/19

Danish Day at Dassara, Sunday, July 21, 2013, 1 p.m. to close, 271 Smith Street, Brooklyn:  Celebrate Danish cuisine with frikadeller (meatballs) and Copenhagen street food pølser (sausages).

Belgian Restaurant Week, Sunday, July 21, 2013 through Sunday, July 28, 2013:  Celebrate Belgian cuisine with a trip to one of NYC’s Belgian restaurants.

New York City Restaurant Week 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013 to Friday, August 16, 2013:  Celebrate NYC restaurants with $25 lunch and $38 dinner menus.

‘Cue Up Summer Party, Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Elizabeth Street Garden, 209 Elizabeth Street, between Prince & Spring Streets, New York:   From Tasting Table, Delaney Barbecue’s beef brisket, sweet-and-smoky pork ribs, giant beef ribs and house-made pickles; bites from TABASCO® Buffalo Style Hot Sauce; Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery chocolate chip cookies, Melt Bakery ice cream sandwiches and Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls; unlimited cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin and Monkey Shoulder, Santa Margherita wines, and Goose Island beers; live bluegrass music by The Defibulators and summer yard games.  Tickets $75.

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, Thursday, July 25, 2013 through Sunday, July 28, 2013, Atlantic City:  Food and wine event featuring Robert Irvine, Rocco Dispirito and The Neelys.  Tickets $40-$150 depending on event.

Weekend Whets 3/15

Japan Week, Tuesday, March 19 through Thursday, March 21, 2013, Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall:  Learn mochitsuki, the pounding of mochi (rice cakes).  Try ekiben, bento box meals specifically sold at railway stations throughout Japan.  There are other cultural events scheduled as well.

The New Little Germany:  New York Revisits the German Table, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Manhattan:  Former NY Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton, Schaller & Weber charcuterie master Jeremy Schaller and chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of The Standard Biergarten discuss the new German cuisine.  Tickets are $30.

Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, Manhattan:  Author Mark Russ Federman discusses his book on the famous family who turned a family business into a food institution.

Sausage Slam, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York:  Family-style dinner featuring house-made signature sausages and craft beers from Bronx Brewery.  $95 plus tax and tip.

Just Food Conference, Friday, March 29, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Food and Finance High School, 525 West 50th Street, Manhattan: A conference with workshops on cooking and food preparation, CSA trends, local and national food and farm issues for the general public, food professionals, entrepreneurs, job seekers, CSA members, community organizers and farmers. Friday will include a job networking event. Saturday includes a food EXPO.

Game of Thrones Dinner, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, Louro, 142 West 10th Street, New York:  Menu includes salmon rillete, dragon eggs, pigeon pie, whole roasted suckling pig and ice cream cake.  Tickets are $103.

The Best of 2012

As 2012 ends, it’s a time to reflect on all the delicious meals and treats I had this year.  It was a year of firsts for me:  my first empanadas, my first ramen, my first soup dumplings.  I tried bottarga (an Italian delicacy–dried caviar from tuna or gray mullet eggs).

Here are lists of my favorites for the year.

Dina’s top 5 brunches of 2012:

1.  Barbounia‘s shakshouka

Moroccan eggs

2.  West End Grill‘s omelets with sweet potato chipotle short rib hash

sweet potato chipotle short rib hash

sweet potato chipotle short rib hash

3.  Robert‘s ricotta pancakes

ricotta pancakes

4.  Popover Cafe‘s Carolina Dinah with cheddar cheese grits

carolina dinah

5.  Market Diner‘s breakfast

Dina’s top 6 frozen treats of 2012:

1.  Grom‘s candied chestnut gelato

Grom's chestnut

Grom’s chestnut

2.  Itizy‘s vanilla ice cream


3.  Yogorino‘s plain frozen yogurt



4.  Yo Art‘s Greek lemon frozen yogurt

Greek lemon

5.  Sundaes and Cones‘s Thai tea and corn ice creams

ginger, corn and Thai tea ice cream

ginger, corn and Thai tea ice cream

6.  Mo’s cherry and mascarpone gelato

mascarpone and cherry gelato

mascarpone and cherry gelato

Dina’s top 6 desserts of 2012:

1.  Smyrna‘s rice pudding

Smyrna rice pudding

2.  Epicerie Boulud‘s brandied cherry beignets

brandied cherry beignets

brandied cherry beignets

3.  Benoit‘s tarte tropezienne

vanilla cream cake

vanilla cream cake

4.  La Silhouette‘s honey mascarpone mille feuille with toasted oats and cherry curd

honey mascarpone mille feuille with toasted oats and cherry curd

honey mascarpone mille feuille with toasted oats and cherry curd

5. Pie Face‘s lamington



6.  Minamoto Kitchoan‘s fukuwatashi

Kitchoan goodies

Kitchoan goodies

Dina’s top 14 dishes of 2012:

1.  Braai‘s chicken bobotie

chicken bobotie

chicken bobotie

2.  Braai‘s portobello mushroom with goat cheese

portobello mushroom with goat cheese

portobello mushroom with goat cheese

3.  Caffe Falai‘s gnudi



4.  Lillie‘s lobster mac and cheese

lobster mac and cheese

5.  Xai Xai‘s eggplant rolled and stuffed with goat cheese


6.  The Palm‘s crab cake appetizer


7.  David Burke Kitchen‘s crab and tomato gazpacho


8.  Porter House‘s organic Scottish salmon

Scottish salmon

Scottish salmon

9.  Almayass‘s shrimp provencal


10.  Totto Ramen‘s char siu bun

char siu bun

char siu bun

11.  Swizz‘s raclette


12.  Joe’s Shanghai‘s soup dumplings

Joe's Shanghai soup dumplings

Joe’s Shanghai soup dumplings

13.  Empanada Mama‘s corn flour cheese empanadas


14.  Num Pang‘s pulled duroc pork sandwich

duroc pork

Fulton Stall Market

Another reason to visit South Street Seaport–the Fulton Stall Market.  Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the area of South Street Seaport around the Fulton Fish Market houses the outdoor Fulton Stall Market with local food purveyors.  It’s a lot of fun to leisurely stroll through and try free samples, especially on a gorgeous sunny day like today.

I bought an energy tonic and some alfajores at Mami Tere.

I got some fabulous tea at Teaves Tea, cucumber mojito.  I wish there was a closer location to me to get more of this stuff!

I sampled some delicious chocolate from Taza Chocolate. The Mexicano collection has flavors like cinnamon, chipotle chili, orange and ginger. The chocolate has a crumbly texture and the hint of flavor hits your tongue toward the end. The dark chocolate has a wonderful, almost citrusy flavor to it. I’d love to bake with it.


Almayass is a restaurant specializing in Armenian-Lebanese dishes.  The flagship restaurant is in Beirut, and the New York City location opened in April 2012.   The atmosphere is quiet and romantic with a modern feel.  Colorful glass artwork, such as a centerpiece of blue flowers, adorn the lobby and dining area.  The friendly staff are more than happy to recommend dishes and explain items on the menu.  All menu items, not just the mezze, but the entrees and salads too, are meant to be shared.  Each table gets a basket of pita bread with a sesame seed dip.

We ordered fattoush, a bread salad with mint,  sumac and a lemon dressing.  This refreshing version had fried pita pieces that gave a nice crunch.

With the thin pita bread, we scooped labneh with dried mint and extra virgin olive oil.

Subereg, a layered pastry with cheese, recommended by our waiter:

Chicken wings provencal in a cilantro and garlic sauce:

I couldn’t get enough of shrimp provencal, shrimp sautéed in a very pleasant lemon juice, cilantro and garlic sauce:

We didn’t leave anything on our plates! All of the garlic dishes were well seasoned, with just a hint of garlic to make the dish sparkle.

Weekend Whets

International Food Truck and Beer Festival, Sunday, August 12, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at South Street Seaport.  Tickets are $40 (which includes six food vouchers), but you can get a discount ticket for $17 through Time Out New York.  Food trucks like Schnitzel & Things, Kimchi Taco and Mexico Blvd will be there.