Have you ever run out to grab lunch alone, only to realize you didn’t bring your phone or a book or a magazine or anything to read while you eat? It’s super awkward and boring, right? Author Jonathan Safran Foer thought so too, while eating a burrito at Chipotle one day. “I really just wanted to die with frustration,” he told Vanity Fair of his solo lunch experience, which might sound a tad dramatic, but hey, he’s a writer, give him a break. Anyway, Foer decided to do something to ensure no one else ever had to suffer through a burrito bowl without some good reading material, so he emailed the CEO of Chipotle, Steve Ells. Keep reading »
Apparently, I have been living under a rock for the past 28 years of my life. This weekend, I tried ramps for the first time and I am smitten. At our Mother’s Day dinner at X20, I ordered risotto with mushrooms and ramps. I love mushroom risotto, but the leafy ramps stole the show. These flavorful vegetables are a cross between garlic, scallions, and chives. The bad news: these tiny morsels are seasonal. The good news: they’re in season right now! Run to your local farmer’s market before they disappear.
French fries are my happy food. I have never met a French fry I didn’t like. Sometimes I order an entree simply because it comes with fries, like, if it’s between a premium cut of steak with greens or a burger with fries … you get the idea. In high school I worked at a luncheonette where the staff became obsessed with “Frank Fries.” We perfected these French fries by tossing them in Frank’s hot sauce and roasting them in a convection oven. I’ve tried quite a selection of French fries in my day, but even I was shocked to find some of these fabulous French fry recipes!
What’s the best thing in the world? Wine. And what’s the next best thing to wine? Nutella, obviously. So when Mario Batali’s massive NYC-based Italian marketplace, Eataly, was forced to close its wine shop due to a technicality in New York State Liquor Authority laws, he decided to dedicate the space to the next best thing: nutella. A nutella bar, to be exact, where customers can choose from a wide variety of breads, crepes, and pastries, slathered with Nutella to order. Plus, if you stop in on Monday, May 12th, between 5PM and 9PM, you can score a free slice of pane con Nutella, aka a hunk of rustic bread slathered with the magical spread. Go get your free Nutella, New Yorkers, you totally deserve it! The rest of us can drool over the full menu here, and plan our trips accordingly. [Gothamist]
I have never been a huge hot dog fan. Years of seeing boiled hot dogs served up by lunch ladies left me with a sad impression of the traditional wiener. In recent years, the hot dog food trucks of New York City have opened my eyes to the possibilities. I may not jump at the chance to eat a hot dog, but when topped with some of these savory combinations even I can’t resist.
For years, I have dreamed of making homemade ice cream, but I have never risen to the challenge. Apparently you need a machine?!? A friend suggested I try ice cream’s simpler cousin sorbet. No equipment required! Try one of these surprisingly easy and refreshing summer treats…
My favorite thing about traveling is eating, and my favorite thing to eat is cheese. If I won the lottery tomorrow, my next big trip would be a cheese-themed world tour, stopping off in every country to sample their best fromage, sip expertly paired wines, and go to bed every night bloated and blissfully happy. Care to join me? To get started, let’s drool over six of the finest cheese shops in the U.S. and Europe, shall we?
This morning my father-in-laws baked me gluten-free blueberry muffins made with their garden grown blueberries! I forgot how much I enjoy a homemade muffin warm from the oven. Classic blue berry muffins are just the beginning. There are so many creative combinations to try. Check out these 10 muffing recipes.
How cute are CafeCats, a line of kitty-themed marshmallows? Made by Japanese confectioner Yawahada, the cats float to the top of your hot beverage to peek out as you sip. Yawahada also makes marshmallows that melt in your mug to reveal a little pink cat paw floating in your drink. Too cute! As of right now, the marshmallows are only available in Japan, though the company hopes to sell to international customers in the future. If you don’t live in Japan but plan to visit in the future, you can preorder the treats to be delivered when you’re in town. I feel these could make a great gift for those awkward social gatherings where you only sort of know the host – everyone loves cute desserts! [Laughing Squid, Catsparella] [Image via Yawahada]
My boyfriend and I decided to give up eating meat about a year ago, shortly after we moved to Nashville. We’re pescetarians, so we’re not completely vegetarian, but I’d say we eat a completely meat-free diet about 90 percent of the time. From an outsider’s perspective, our choice makes very little sense. While we lived in Portland, which is a veritable wonderland for vegetarian and vegans (there were three vegan grocery stores, two raw vegan restaurants, and five vegetarian restaurants within walking distance of my house), we happily feasted on brisket, carne asada, pulled pork, chicken, and turkey fairly often. Then, upon moving to the southern U.S., a region known for its mastery of meats, we decided to give it up.
Even living in Tennessee, switching over to a vegetarian diet hasn’t been that difficult. It’s actually been really fun hunting down meatless options at country diners and trendy new restaurants. The hardest thing about this lifestyle change hasn’t been food-related at all, it’s been explaining it to people, and figuring out how to deal with their reactions. Keep reading »