Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Look at the size of this ice cream sundae. The catch? It isn’t edible! No, not because you would get the world’s most painful stomach ache, but because it is actually sculpted of items such as wood, plaster, acrylic, and clay. Those things have never looked so great before.
Artist Peter Anton has done the unthinkable. He has created larger than life sculptures of everyone’s favorite deserts- such as a box of donuts, an ice cream sundae, and my personal favorite- the classic, but ever so good ice cream bar. Although the exhibit currently on display at the Allan Stone Gallery on East 90th is rather small, the works of art to be seen are anything but.
The exhibit is on display now until June 19th, and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With the ever growing success of the foodie charity event Taste of Tribeca comes another event known as TASTES. TASTES is a culinary festival that benefits the NYC Lab School’s arts and enrichment programs. Being that the event is planned by the same committee of advisors as the Taste of Tribeca event that occurred last weekend, we all know the level of culinary expertise (aka great tasting food!) that we can expect from this event.
TASTES from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea is set to go off this Saturday, May 30th , from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, on the pathways of Gansevoort Street. Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event. The price of one ticket will give you a chance to sample the great food from well known restaurants such as Buddakan, 5 Ninth, Cookshop, Spice Market, Matsuri, and Trestle on Tenth.
You can view the entire list of restaurants participating in the event, as well as purchase tickets at www.tastesnyc.org .
With just about a different Thai restaurant on every corner, how does a Thai food aficionado find the best of the best? Now Thai obsessed New Yorkers can add the Bodhi Tree to their list of favorites. Recently opened this past April in the East Village, Bodhi Tree is the slightly swankier version of your favorite neighborhood Thai spot. Do not fear; the glitz is not overly done. Turquoise walls with infused flecks of gold and amber wood accents create a calming effect while an elevated Buddha statue hangs from above.
The fare is traditional Thai, but with a slightly modern twist. The shrimp dumplings in pumpkin sauce are a different variation to the normal Thai dumpling, as well as the sautéed garlic and Asian chives wrapped in a steamed-rice-noodle skin. If you have a hankering for a more traditional dish, opt for the shrimp pad see ew, or the beef panang curry. Both are perfect examples of Thai food at its best; flavors that are so spot on that you dream of them for days to come.
Aspiring photographers often envision themselves bounding across the hills of Africa in a rugged jeep as they take breathtaking photos of a pride of lions, or standing inches away from Hollywood stars as they snap away on the red carpet…
San Antonio-based photographer Mark Menjivar, on the other hand, focuses his lens on the inside of other people’s refrigerators. His piece, entitled “You Are What You Eat” shows the contents of twenty different American’s refrigerators. At first glance, this may sound like somewhat of a dull subject to focus on, but Menjivar reveals the intrigue that creeps just below the surface: “A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, ‘May I photograph the interior of your fridge?’ to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed ‘as is,’ nothing added, nothing taken away.’” (This may sound like the naïve ranting of a sheltered, small-town peasant but I would venture to say that the majority of Americans would still feel more comfortable allowing their refrigerator to be photographed than taking part in a nude photo shoot.)
With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, summer is finally a reachable reality rather than a distant pipedream. For the next dozen or so Fridays, when five o’clock rolls around, countless Manhattanites will hustle out of their offices to get the first possible train out of town, heading for sandier pastures such as The Hamptons.
Following these New Yorkers on their eastward sprint will be Phillipe Chow, the skilled chef behind chic Chinese restaurant Phillipe, located on 60th Street in Manhattan. He will be setting up another gourmet Chinese restaurant on the site of the former Kobe Club in East Hampton. It should be open some time before the end of the month.
Members of the Animal Protection & Rescue League gathered outside of Momofuku Ko on Saturday evening to protest the restaurant’s foie gras-serving ways. The East Village restaurant, where your chances of getting a reservation are about as good as those of winning the lottery (twice in a row, on Mars), was an obvious target for the APRL, since David Chang is one of the hottest chefs working in NYC at the moment. Although Chang came out to appease the chanting goose-lovers, it is unlikely that the APRL will be leaving him alone anytime soon, since the group’s policy is all about “sustained presence.”
I know caffeine isn’t good for me, but I also know the headache I get from going without my morning cup (or two) of java doesn’t feel very good either. Is it possible that there are actually some health benefits of my addiction?
According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Heath, drinking up to six cups of coffee a day is not associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease or cancer, or any other cause. Additionally, coffee may actually have health benefits relating to Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and other illnesses.
The study does suggest that some people may still want to switch to decaf or stop drinking coffee altogether if they are pregnant or have blood pressure problems. Oh, and if you’re frequently getting the shakes, or having trouble sleeping from ingesting too much caffeine, you should also cut back—duh!
I’m definitely guilty of buying more groceries than I can even carry home, only to run out of the main things three days later and have to return for another trip. Meanwhile, I end up tossing out about a quarter of my groceries. Dropping $50+ per (frequent) trip makes me question if I’m even saving money by making my own meals.
I will anxiously be tuning in for Sandra Lee’s new TV show, in which she promises to teach America a lesson in grocery shopping on a budget. After predicting that the economy was going south over 17 months ago, Sandra Lee figured working people were going to need help feeding their families for less. The cookbook author and star of “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee” came up with an idea for a series about cooking on a budget and pitched it to the Food Network. They said no.
Starting this Monday, it’s Riesling Week! Wines of Germany and the European Union present the fifth annual Riesling Week, May 18-24th. Restaurants and wine shops from coast to coast will be celebrating “the ultimate food-friendly white wine” from Germany, (the birthplace of Riesling,) Austria, and Alsace during this week. Restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami will offer Euro Riesling specials, (like food-pairing menus and by-the-glass selections) and wine retailers will be hosting Riesling tastings. Check out destinationriseling.com for more info on these promotions.
It’s a textbook example of killing two birds with one stone: In an effort to combat obesity while simultaneously reducing the city’s carbon footprint, the Belgian city of Ghent has collectively announced that it is going vegetarian, once a week at least.
The BBC’s Chris Mason reports that, “Starting this week, there will be a regular weekly meatless day, in which civil servants and elected councilors will opt for veggie meals.” Then, when classes resume in September, the small nation’s schoolchildren will follow suit with their own weekly ‘veggiedag.’ The United Nations posits that the livestock industry is responsible for almost twenty per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, so this is Ghent’s attempt to curtail some of that.