I’ve always been a big fan of April Bloomfield and all her restaurants (Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory), so when this opportunity came along to do a giveaway for her new cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories, I knew I had to jump on it. The cookbook/memoir is beautifully illustrated and features many recipes for the offal-lover like Sweetbreads with Braised Baby Artichokes and Tongue Sandwiches, but surprisingly, also a number of vegetarian-friendly recipes like Lentil and Chickpea Salad and Seven-Vegetable Soup as well. MORE »
A month ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Jung Sik Dang (정식당), the Korean fine dining restaurant opened by ex-Bouley alum Jung Sik Yim. Located in the old Chanterelle spot, previously one of my favorite French restaurants, the restaurant must have inherited some good food karma (but hopefully not business karma), because it was one of the best meals I’ve had this year. I was surprised it was so good, because prior to going, I’d read several negative reviews online. The crux of the negativity was that it wasn’t Korean enough, which after eating at Jung Sik, I’m baffled. Sure, the food doesn’t resemble anything from 32nd Street, Flushing, or my mom’s kitchen, but this isn’t your typical Korean restaurant. It’s elevated, modern Korean with a European finesse, but Korean nonetheless. MORE »
I’ve always been a fan of Ben & Jerry’s. When I was little girl growing up in Queens, I remember thinking my great-aunt was so cool because she lived in the city and took me and my brother to a Ben & Jerry’s shop for sundaes. It was pretty much the ultimate for a kid. Later in college, my roommates and I would eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every night. Chubby Hubby (peanut butter filled, fudge covered pretzel nuggets in vanilla malt ice cream swirled with fudge and peanut butter) was my favorite. So this week when I got invited to a Ben & Jerry’s launch for their new Greek Frozen Yogurt line, I was pretty excited, even more so when they agreed to participate in a giveaway for my readers. MORE »
I do a lot of crazy things, and waking up at seven in the morning on a Saturday to go shopping is probably one of them. Crazier was convincing ten friends to come with me. Luckily, my friends are just as crazy as I am. This past Saturday was the private HomeGoods shopping event at the new store on the Upper West Side, and my guests and I had to get there early because the event was being held before the store opened. The nice people at BlogHer and Homegoods, however, provided a nice breakfast spread from WholeFoods, and after a coffee and a bagel, we were ready to shop. Full disclosure: my friends received $50 gift cards, and I received a $100 gift card to spend at the event.