Every Saturday morning, my roommate is subjected to my bad impression of Donkey from Shrek as I wake her up, exclaiming, "I'm makin' WAFFLES!" without fail each week.
She'll be happy to learn that it has recently come to my attention that I will no longer have to slave over the waffle iron, quoting an animated children's film, because there's a restaurant here in Vegas called Waffles Café. You can guess what they specialize in.
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, Queens' premier seafood restaurant, London Lennie's, is also celebrating Lobsterfest 2010 until Sunday, March 7th. On top of their regular menu, London Lennie's is offering a Lobsterfest menu, which, of course, has nothing but lobster on it. London Lennie's has compiled a menu of innovative lobster dishes, along with a wine pairing for each dish.
On a cold winter day, nothing sounds more appetizing than a warm and hearty dish of Lobster Pot Pie. Baked with fresh lobster and garden vegetables in a rich and creamy béchamel sauce, the lobster pot pie is topped with a buttery flaky pie crust, which is paired with a glass of Catena Chardonnay 2007. One bite of their Down East Lobster Roll, served on a toasted tops split roll and sided with French fries and cole slaw, will bring you right to the gorgeous Hampton beaches, and cleverly paired with a glass of Italian Vernaccia.
What is the unifying concept that ties all humanity together? Some call it love. Others call it karma. Those in the know simply call it beer. If you are a member of that special 3rd group, then this next week is bound to fill you with absolute bliss.
First off, tonight at the excellent excuse to play 20+ year old arcade games and drink beer known as Barcade, come try beers from the exotic section of our great nation known as the Midwest. I know what you're saying, "Isn't there enough Midwestern influence in Williamsburg already?" Probably so. But this is beer we're talking about - beer that you can't normally find anywhere in New York. Look forward to sampling award winning brews such as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Kuhnhenn Fifth Dementia Very Old Ale, and whatever the geniuses at Founders brewery have been cooking through the long Michigan winter. Special beer prices will range from $5 to $7.
The rains of 2010 had finally stopped and the sun was out and I was ready to scavenge at Los Angeles's First Annual (implying, hoping that there will be more) Street Food Festival. Twenty-five street food vendors were scheduled to serve their finest car cooked food, and I was ready to taste my first car made food.
I had decided to get there before 11 a.m. hoping to get in and out with relatively minimal exposure to a crowd. The vendors were housed one block north of Wilshire and just east of the 110 freeway. When I drove up to the corner of the event, the line was already longer than a John Mayer apology. I believed that it was long merely because the doors hadn't opened and everyone was simply waiting and once said doors opened there wouldn't be a line. Parking wasn't bad and we got there early enough that the lot we parked in hadn't started to up their rates based on space and "event parking." My friend and I got in line. The sheer number of hipsters already in line was deafening and claustrophobic. I didn't think they got up this early on a Saturday. Nevertheless, the lines snaked through parking lots and down sidewalks for blocks and blocks. No staffer was around to dispense information to those waiting in line, there wasn't even a rope, people just kind of got in place behind the person in front of them and the line got charted organically. With gorilla marketing on Facebook and Twitter, the organizers were able to capture the hipsters, and like sheep if one shall go so shall the rest of the pack. Above all, the selling out of the VIP tickets should have been enough of an indication for the organizers to be more prepared and accommodating to and for a larger crowd.
Winner of the eastern division of "America's Best Pizza", Motorino has opened a second location in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, the first is in the East Village. Fortunately for Brooklyn inhabitants, Motorino's Brooklyn location is the better of the two. Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Palombino has had another culinary success, in bringing us the city's best pizza.
With a crispy, but soft and sweet crust, Motorino's wood fire cooked pizza is another tough competition to those already infamous pizzerias of New York. Both the Margherita pizza, made with their tangy tomato sauce, cow's milk cheese, and basil, and the Margherita DOC pizza, buffalo mozzarella is substituted for the cow's milk cheese, are equally exceptional. The Stracciatella pizza, which can be made with or without sauce, is topped with melted cheese, garlic, raw basil, sea salt, and drizzled with olive oil. Before the winter is over, try to make it for their seasonal Filetti pizza; the perfectly baked crust crowned with melted cow's milk cheese, garlic, red cherry tomatoes, and thyme. Brussel sprout pizza with smoked pancetta, covered with cow's milk cheese, garlic, and parmigiano reggiano, is unforgettable and should be ordered if your stomach is still pulled by hunger.
What better way to unwind after a long, cold week of work and stress than with a crispy, succulent piece of fried chicken? Every Friday, join the fried chicken fanatics at Aretsky's Patroon for Fried Chicken Fridays hosted by Chef Charles Gabriel. Soul-food chef Gabriel brings his fried chicken recipe from his restaurant Charles Pan Fried Chicken in Harlem.
Hosted on the 2nd floor of Aretsky's Patroon in the Gibson Room, the Fried Chicken Friday menu is only $25, which buys you 3 pieces of Gabriel's pan fried chicken, 2 sides, cornbread, and a dessert of banana pudding. Choice of sides include black eyed peas, collard greens, potato salad, candied yams, macaroni & cheese, and a trio of okra, tomatoes and corn. Piano player Benjamin Healy brings spirit to the night with honky-tonk music.
One piece of the crispy, tender pan fried chicken and a little time spent with friends and some lively honky-tonk music is bound to melt away any stress carried over from a busy week of work.
As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week comes to an end, designers, models, and celebs are getting ready to head back home. I am pretty confident that most of you were not able to get yourselves within those white tents of Fashion Week, mecca to any fashionista walking the streets of New York City. But although you may never get inside the star-studded shows, there is a chance of spotting designers, models, editors, and even celebrities at restaurants and clubs around the city.
Located in the West Village, 10 Downing Food & Wine is a constant dining destination for visiting and native New York models, celebrities, and designers. With a cozy atmosphere, the floor-to-ceiling windows, friendly service, and eclectic pictures that fill the walls give way to a laid back dining experience every time. Designers Erin Fetherston and Cynthia Rowley have been spotted there more than once. If you are going there for the celebrity-spotting and not the food, I suggest ordering the Herb Roasted Bobo Lemon Chicken, served up with quince, currants, almonds, and fingerling potato salad, and a side order of their brussel sprouts, marinated and sautéed in anchovies, garlic, and olive oil.
Diagnosed as gluten-intolerant and thought your life was over? Tried some of those gluten-free products and cried over it because you knew no matter what you did to it or how many different products you tried, it would never taste like real pasta or real bread? Do you miss sinking your teeth into one of those big, gluten-filled cupcakes with the rich, creamy frosting? Well, dry your eyes and stop the search. Finally, someone has mastered gluten-free recipes that actually taste like the real thing.
Tully's Gluten-Free Bakery, owned and operated by a gluten-intolerant baker, opened its doors this week in the East Village. With a 100% of its facilities dedicated to gluten-free baking, Tully's has tested their recipes until perfection. They have developed gluten-free desserts that even gluten-tolerant people can enjoy.
Lined with some highly noted restaurants and bars, Vanderbilt Avenue has become the premier dining and nightlife mecca to those living in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Michelin-starred chef Saul Bolton has opened The Vanderbilt, a thriving addition to Bolton's list of successful restaurants.
The Vanderbilt is equally known for the innovatively created cocktails as they are for their delicious food. A wood-filled dining room-adorned with wood-paneled walls, hardwood floors, and wooden tables-is home to a restaurant spanning marble-topped bar and an open kitchen.
In theory, Valentine's Day is a day to spoil the one you love with flowers and chocolates, and perhaps even a sexy night on the town. Sadly, experience has taught us that said sexy date usually means begging an exasperated maitre d' for a 5:30 dinner reservation just to be handed a decidedly disappointing prix fixe menu, followed by an exorbitant bill for a lackluster evening.
If your Valentine's Day left you feeling less than thrilled fear not: the romance of the season can easily be recaptured in your own home. Why not prepare a romantic dinner for two? Try these top 5 shops to put out a spread that is as good (or better) than any night out.