On November 18th, 2013, guests were invited to meet Andaz 5th Avenue's new executive chef, the charming and tattooed Chad Minton. The mellow and intimate event was held at Apartment 2E of the swanky midtown Manhattan Hotel where guests sipped on drinks at the open bar while tasting Minton's new Fall/Winter menu.
Canadian-American trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak is a master of all things diet, exercise, weight maintenance, and diabetes. He rattles off statistics and facts about the above subjects with the authoritiy of a drill seargant and the expertise of a college professor. He informed us that both of his brothers were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during his childhood, prompting an interest in health-- particularly nuturtion. He got his degree in nutrition, and master's degrees in kinethesiology and nutrition. His professional gig was a nutrition and exercise scientist at the Department of National Defense, and from there carved out a niche for himself by getting Hollywood actors in shape when they came to Canada to shoot films. Harely's big break came when he got Halle Berry in tip-top form for the film Gothika. She was so pleased with the results that she asked him to work with her on her next project, Catwoman. Four books, one Oprah appearance, and dozens of star clients later, Harley is one of the industry's leading authorities on what it takes to stay in shape.
Brooklyn Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Coney Island to Brooklyn Heights is the new book from Author and Brooklyn native Sarah Zorn. Sarah is also the food editor for Brooklyn Magazine and The L Magazine, the associate editor of RestaurantGirl.com, and a food critic for Brooklyn Industry magazine.
Her new book celebrates the cultural phenomenon that is Brooklyn and showcases the diverse and loved food scene that is part of Brooklyn's DNA. With 50 recipes from 50 of Brooklyn's best eatery, this book is a must have for any foodie.
Getting a kid to eat his vegetables has been parents' battle cry for generations. It's a war where one would think the parents have the tactical advantage (like size, the ability to manipulate sliverware, bribing, punishing), but infants and toddlers have proven valiant in resisting their opponents' efforts. There may be a new development that could bring both sides together on this issue: Patatina and her citrus friends. The brainchild of Sabine Cassel, the mother of French actor Vincent Cassel and the former food editor of Elle, Cassel has written an e-book for children about called "Patatina and the Citrus". Patatina, a potato, learns more about a family of citrus neighbors. The e-book includes healthy recipes that are easy to understand and follow, and document the many fine qualities of Patatina's citrus gang which correlate with the benefits of healthy foods. With interactive features, bright colors, and a pleasing storyline, kids will learn about fruits and veggies in a way that doesn't force them to bend to anyone's will.
Here at Joonbug, we pride ourselves on our adventurous spirit, our thirst for the unknown or the unfamiliar, and our celebration of all things American. The dinner we attended recently, hosted by the Richmond Region Tourism group, represents all three of these pillars of culinary exploration.
With cuisine featured by three prominent chefs from Richmond, and beer pairings from Richmond’s local Hardywood Brewery, we were delighted to be part of such a wonderful evening dedicated to showcasing food from a region that is often overlooked in the scope of the national culinary scene.
“Gnudi means naked in Italian. When the gnudi is cooked, the flour evaporates, leaving a very thin sheen of flour over what is inside, which in this case is ricotta. It’s almost naked cheese!”
Our server, slightly rumpled, slightly smirking, but extremely knowledgeable about all things menu related, which often felt like a culinary pop quiz, was helpful and attentive in the dimly lit, pub-like setting of The Spotted Pig. (He also informed us that marjoram is an herb that looks like arugula and tastes like oregano. Two points for food nerds!)
But the first known appearance of the doughnut in the states came around the early 19th century, when they were referred to as “oily cakes” by Dutch settlers. Elizabeth Gregory, a New England ship captain’s mother, has become well known in history for her delicious deep fried dough which she flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon rind. But although delicious, her round fried dough balls did not cook all the way through so she would often stuff them with walnuts or hazelnuts- hence the name “doughnut” was born.
But Elizabeth Gregory’s son, however, is credited for putting the hole through the doughnut and making the shape we have come to know and love today. It is said that while sailing his boat, his crew hit a storm so he needed to keep both hands on the wheel. So he took his mother’s tasty fried dough ball, stuck it through one of the wooden spokes of the wheel, and created the first doughnut hole ever seen by mortal eyes.
Mortar and pestle? We never thought we would be inspired to buy one, but it’s all we can think about after watching Chef Andy Ricker and J.J. Goode speak about the process of putting together their cookbook about Pok Pok, Mr. Ricker’s wildly popular bicoastal restaurant.
One of the most interesting aspects of the conversation between Chef Andy Ricker and J.J. Goode was the amount of research and exploration into Thai culture, and the breadth of information present in the smallest detail of this book.
Korean tacos with Short Rib? Spicy Pork? Tofu? Sign us up.
Some background on Mr. Choi straight from the horse’s mouth:
Roy Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and went on to cook at the internationally acclaimed Le Bernadin. He was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine in 2010 and he and his Kogi BBQ team are the recipients of a 2009 Bon Appetit award for excellence in culinary innovation. Choi is the co-owner, co-founder, and chef of Kogi BBQ, as well as the restaurants A-Frame, Chego, Sunny Spot and upcoming POT. He lives in Los Angeles, California.