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Oct

The Chop Stix Restaurant of NYC booth at the Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City

The Chop Stix Restaurant of NYC booth at the Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City

by Michelle Kwan  


Attendees raised their glasses, not to mention their forks, spoons and chopsticks, in support of healthcare and social services to the Asian community at the Project By Project annual Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit held October 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The Tasting Benefit featured over 40 participants from some of New York City’s finest restaurants and bakeries coming together to showcase their culinary skills with samplings of their signature creations, along with a host of wine and spirit purveyors, brewers, tea and coffee companies, all ready to do their part to keep the evening festive for the approximately 650 guests in attendance.
  

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The Tissue Issue

on October 06th, 2010
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06

Oct

The echinacea flower, one of our Top 10 Immune Boosters

The echinacea flower, one of our Top 10 Immune Boosters

by Jeff Hoyt


Working in an office, I always worry about people coming to work ill. I appreciate their dedication to the job, but don’t want them getting me sick. I’d hate to bring a cold or flu home to my kids.


Although there’s no cure for the common cold, there are proven things you can take to build up your defenses. Check out our top 10 immune system boosters and see which ones are right for you. Personally, I take Vitamin C every day, and zinc lozenges when I feel a cold coming on.

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05

Oct

Liba, one of our Top 10 Food Trucks in San Francisco

Liba, one of our Top 10 Food Trucks in San Francisco

by Jeff Hoyt


As food trucks proliferate from coast to coast (and even on Hawaii), municipalities are struggling to regulate them. In Los Angeles, there’s a movement to have inspectors give food trucks letter grades like they do to restaurants. There have also been parking struggles, as a time limit on how long they can park in one place was overturned in court. A food truck lot was opened in the beach community of Santa Monica, and then shut down by zoning enforcement the very next day. It has recently reopened on private property, complete with permits.

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Let’s Do Brunch

on October 01st, 2010
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Oct

Check out GAYOT.com's list of the best brunch restaurants near you

Check out GAYOT.com's list of the best brunch restaurants near you

by Jeff Hoyt


Brunch: the very word conjures up images of mornings slept in, leisurely quality time with the Sunday paper, perhaps a workout on an empty stomach before meeting friends to share the week’s highlights, with good feelings accented by a Bloody Mary or glass or two of Champagne. This blend of breakfast and lunch, with the corresponding choice of entrees ranging from yogurt to steak, is denoted by the marriage of the two words themselves. The hybrid result is what etymologists call a portmanteau word, like ‘smog’ combining ‘smoke’ and ‘fog,’ but a lot tastier.


We’ve scouted the U.S. for the best brunch spots from the Hawaiian Islands to Manhattan Island, so you can enjoy this most versatile and decadent meal. So check out our selections of the best brunch restaurants near you this weekend. We’ve even got wine suggestions for proper pairing. Cheers!



Eataly Food Hall in the Flatiron District of NYC

Eataly Food Hall in the Flatiron District of NYC

by Meryl Pearlstein
 
Yesterday we profiled The Plaza Food Hall in NYC. Another food hall, Eataly (get it?), opened last month in the Flatiron District, offering culinary classes and fine foods and drinks from throughout Italy all under one enormous roof. Owned by Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti, Eataly adheres to a philosophy of creating a bona fide Italian experience for each guest, whether they consume the food presented by the resident chefs or buy the ingredients to create a feast themselves.


Introducing Food Halls

on September 27th, 2010
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Sep

The expansive bakery at the Plaza Food Hall

The expansive bakery at the Plaza Food Hall

by Meryl Pearlstein


While food trucks continue to proliferate across the country, New Yorkers are already enjoying the latest culinary trend: food halls. At these new culinary destinations, foodies can eat, buy ingredients, and learn how to prepare and cook them all in one place.


Conceived by Todd English, The Plaza Food Hall features a European-style market inside The Plaza Hotel offering an extensive array of dishes. The 5,400 square-foot, 80-seat space offers dine-in and take-away options from more than eight culinary stations, as well as fresh flowers, a range of international specialty foods, cookware and home goods like coffee, tea, jams, spices and sauces. The open kitchens throughout the space allow for interactive events including cooking demonstrations with the star of PBS’s Food Trip with Todd English and other visiting chefs as well as wine tastings.

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14

Sep

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's memoirs, A Journey: My Political Life

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s memoirs, A Journey: My Political Life

by André Gayot


On this proposition, scientists are, at least, unanimous: “We are what we eat.” Fine, but even if I trust the verdict, I am not sure of what it means and entails exactly.


For example, in what capacity could we, with the content of our plates, supersede or contradict the Darwinian theory of evolution? Would it be possible via eating to transform ourselves into creatures different than the ones pre-determined by our genes? Without digging too deeply into this philosophical comestible matter, one sure thing is that eating is the most common and frequent act of our lives. We all — including the Pope, the Kings and the Presidents — do eat, but some of us do it better than others. As to ourselves, if we are smart enough in that endeavor, the Presidency of the United States could very well be in our lunch box. Continue reading “And One Burger for the President” »



Mister Softee Ice Cream

Mister Softee Ice Cream

by Jeff Hoyt


While some kids marked the start of summer by the last day of school, my friends and I knew the season was here when we heard the familiar jingle-jangle of the ice cream truck as it started winding its way through our neighborhood. In suburban New York, we actually enjoyed two trucks: the Good Humor man made his rounds during the day, while my favorite, Mister Softee, showed up at dusk to provide a sweet end to our dinnertime. I’ll never forget when my older brother got his own ice cream truck route as a summer job, and I was the envy of the neighborhood as I rode shotgun.


Today, dessert food trucks offer a lot more varied fare, but Mister Softee still peddles his soft serve sweets. Good Humor sold off their truck fleet in 1976, but the 90-year-old company continues to sell their Chocolate Éclair Crunch and Toasted Almond bars at grocery stores and snack shacks. Continue reading “Ice Cream Memories Not Melting Away” »



04

Aug

Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon

Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon

 by Jeff Hoyt 


A chocolate shake makes a wonderful complement to a fast-food burger, but I’m really enjoying this Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon with my In-N-Out burger. “Wine doesn’t need to be reserved for fine dining,” says Turning Leaf winemaker Nicole Hitchcock, who also suggests pairing the Cab with pizza and a meatball hero. She hopes that more people will pair her very inexpensive line of wines with takeout food, and has even conducted a survey of America’s takeout habits, with some surprising results.
 


Have you ever pretended that takeout food was something you actually made? 34%, more than 1 in 3, pled guilty. I’ve never done that, but I do admit sneaking a bite of food before bringing it home, along with 61% of the respondents. Continue reading “In-N-Out and Cabernet Sauvignon?” »



Ladies Who Lunch

on August 02nd, 2010
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Aug

Author Mireille Guiliano with Sophie Gayot

Author Mireille Guiliano with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 
What happens when ladies go to lunch together, especially if some of them are French? Chances are they will be talking about food, and how to stay thin.

 

This is what happened to me when Mireille Guiliano, the author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” was in Los Angeles to present her new book, “The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.” The book is, of course, a logical sequel to the first one. Guiliano tested all the recipes: 150 new ones and eight classics from the first book.
 

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