Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, October 1 | 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fire breathing. Scorching hot sauce. Chocolate debauchery.New York’s hottest fall tradition, featuring eight bands from chile-loving regions around the world. Sample goodies from today’s hottest chocolatiers and cast your vote at the Chile-Chocolate Takedown. Pick a pepper at our local farm stand and delight in sizzling salsas, pickles, kimchee, and other red-hot specialties. Don’t miss your chance to savor the fiery flavor...Brooklyn style.
Lost Bayou Ramblers with Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano ★ The Defibulators ★ Chico Mann ★ Dominic James & The Rhythm Machine ★ Mariachi Tapatio ★ Terry Dame & Electric Junkyard Gamelan ★ Dogcat ★ Tom Swafford
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Travel + Leisure Magazine celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Global Bazaar at the Park Avenue Armory last weekend. Tourist Boards, world-class chocolates, airlines and famous chefs - all participated in this global feast.
Me, as a food writer, journalist and blogger, I focused as always on food: I tasted street food from Singapore, the coconut cream and peanut butter grilled sandwich, the hand-sucked oysters from the Prince Edward island, fish fry from Barbados, the confit duck hors d'oeuvre from Canada and the cheese bread from Brazil. But I stayed active on the "booze" front: I couldn't resist the rum shuck, ice wine from Canada, and also a very unique cocktail from the island of Fiji. Because tasting amazing food while sipping on refreshing cocktails is a hard task, I made a stop at the relaxation center of the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, then experienced Boeing’s Dreamliner and had a final taste of my favorite speculoos cookies at Delta's Global Sky Lounge. Finally, and as a former Belgium resident, I greeted the Belgian Tourism Office with a glass of Belgian beer which has always been my favorite.
I often call myself a citizen of the world due to my travel adventures and years of living in numerous countries. Spending nearly three hours at T+L's Global Bazaar, I felt like being home.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The Singapore Take Out is parked in the Meatpacking District. As a guest at the VIP cocktail event, I had the chance to sample tasty food inspired from Singapore flavors made with the hand of chefs Malcolm Lee (Candlenut Kitchen) and Anthony Ricco (Spice Market). Here is the gastronomic "summary" in pictures:
|Laska, the soup from Singapore|
|Tea and Orange Juice Cocktail|
Friday, September 16, 2011
Taka Taka opened last night to the media for a "sneak" preview of what will be serving. The Mexican Sushi meets Japanese Tacos restaurant is small but was buzzy with excited for new flavors food writers and bloggers. I started the evening by sitting in front of the kitchen's counter and closer to the hi-fi conveyor belt with full view of what was cooking. The cocktails offered were authentic, inspiring and easy to drink: Jalapeno Margaritas, Peach Mezcal and a beer cocktail that seemed too large. Sushi rolls were passing in green, orange and blue plates indicating different prices and combinations. I believe I tasted the rolls number 05, 13 and 19 from the menu that including the Sushi Caliente (spicy sushi) along with the Tempura Shrimp Tacos.
The idea is simple: make a sushi roll with a Mexican spicy sauce and a taco with some Japanese elements. Food was fresh, simple and tasty. Occasionally those rolls were too spicy and together with the Jalapeno margarita could put you on fire but that who says that Uniqueness comes without some pain?
Food writers and bloggers seemed happy with the plates of sushi and even happier with the "impressive" as mentioned cocktails so expect some coverage today and the following weeks!
Taka Taka is located at 330, West Broadway at Grand. Visit the website here: http://www.takataka.mx/
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
By Guest Blogger Marios G.
In a recent trip to Thailand, I stayed out from spicy food but this didn't stop me from taking some pictures to showcase the colorful Thai dishes to the entire world! The pictures talk on their own so there is no space for comments....
|Time for some Thai Dessert...|
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Although I am not a great sandwich fan, I would never say "no" to a tasting of a Cuban sandwich. When this Cuban sandwich is offered at Paseo's in Seattle, the tasting task becomes more of a pleasing experience (I still don't like white bread). Paseo is a tiny snack place in trendy Fremont area, selling mainly Caribbean food. You will recognize it by the long lines as there is nowhere a name sign. During my last trip in Seattle, I gave in and I asked my partner in culinary adventures to drive me there. We decided to split the Cuban Roast, stated as the most popular on the menu.
Inside of a lightly toasted baguette, there were generous portions of pork shoulder coated in Paseo marinade, aioli (seasoned mayo), fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, crisp romaine lettuce and caramelized onions. The $8 price tag is well justified for what you get. With my limited Cuban sandwich experience, I openly admit that Paseo's was one of the best, scoring even higher than those famous Cuban sandwiches in Miami.
If you visit Seattle, make a stop at Paseo. There is also a Ballard location. The long line is worth it!