I’m allergic to shrimp, so I rarely partake in paella at restaurants; however, a few weeks ago I had a vegetarian paella that was orgasmic. Gato, a restaurant here in NYC, serves a kale, wild mushroom, and crispy artichoke paella topped with a sunny side up egg. The runny yoke was the perfect compliment to the crispy texture of the rice and artichokes. Even without seafood or sausage, this dish delivered complex smoky flavors. I woke up the next morning craving another bite! It has inspired me to master my own paella for my next dinner party. Here are some recipes to try!
The good ol’ US of A has finally achieved the most lofty of honors: we have the largest wine market on the globe. And we even beat out France — yes, France — for the very first time this year.
According to the International Organization of Wine and Vine (OIV), Americans bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine last year, which is a small but significant .5 percent rise from last year’s numbers. On the other hand, the French bought seven percent less wine than they did the previous year. Keep reading »
Here at The Frisky, we spend a lot of time talking about wine – our favorite kinds, the crafts we can make with all the leftover corks, etc, etc — but that doesn’t mean we don’t love us some beer too! And beer, like wine, is a surprisingly versatile ingredient in the kitchen. You can use it to add rich, full flavor from everything to soups to seafood. Crack open a cold one and click through for some beer-based recipes, from the classics (beer cheese fondue!) to the novel (pale ale pasta sauce!) to the OH MY GOD GET IN MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW (beer-candied bacon!!!)…
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?