Sicilian Caponata, a Fall Favorite

Sicilian Caponata, a Fall Favorite

With farmer’s markets and summer gardens overflowing with eggplant and zucchini, fall is a perfect time to make a Sicilian favorite: Caponata. Caponata is an eggplant stew that is chock full of assorted vegetables and condiments. Nutritionists tell us that we should eat seven different colors of foods every day to get the maximum nutritional […]

| October 1, 2014
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Classic Provence arrives in NYC at Le Midi

Classic Provence arrives in NYC at Le Midi

In the south of France, food is a religion and the Midi region is one of the country’s best culinary centers. In every village and town around the region, country restaurants and lively bistros serve delicious traditional French food. Now you can enjoy the charm and culinary classics of the Midi right in New York […]

| August 29, 2014
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Vinus and Marc, a Hidden Treasure on the Upper East Side

Vinus and Marc, a Hidden Treasure on the Upper East Side

It is always special to find a “foodie” hideaway in an unexpected place, so I was delighted to be treated to an extraordinary food and wine tasting at Vinus and Marc on NYC’s Upper East Side. A narrow door located between neighborhood retailers invites you into a seductive speakeasy atmosphere that draws you in with […]

| August 19, 2014
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Astoria’s New Republic

Astoria’s New Republic

Open for just one month, Astoria’s Republic restaurant/nightclub is already burning up the local dining and nightlife scene. Conveniently situated right next to the N/Q train stop, this is a great, multi-faceted establishment for both authentic and fresh Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and a sizzling nighttime hangout. The décor features an eclectic blend of beautiful reclaimed barn-siding, […]

| August 6, 2014
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HOT DOG…ITS FINALLY SUMMER!

HOT DOG…ITS FINALLY SUMMER!

Since July is officially “Hotdog” month, here are some interesting facts about national hotdog consumption: Americans eat 7 billion franks from Memorial Day until Labor Day.  Midwesterners prefer the pork and beef variety, while Westerners take the lead in chicken and turkey hotdog consumption along with Southerners. Easterners prefer and eat the most all beef […]

| July 12, 2014
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Hendrick’s Dominates

Hendrick’s Dominates

  Infused with both rose and cucumber, Hendrick’s Gin has virtually taken over the mainstream gin market. This is a significantly high-quality product that is made in extremely small batches. “Small batch” typically means 1,000 liters or fewer. Hendrick's distills their batches 450 liters at a time, which gives their master distiller even greater control […]

| July 7, 2014
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Panini Cosmopolitan Café Opens in Westwood

Panini Cosmopolitan Café Opens in Westwood

This new Mediterranean style café that also specializes in Tequila has recently opened up in Westwood—not in the village but lower down Westwood Boulevard. Yes, parking can be a hassle, but at $3.50 it is manageable. The restaurant can loosely be described as a Mexican Mediterranean inspired café/bistro with several signature items on a very […]

| June 28, 2014
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When Life Gives You Limoncello, Make Dessert

When Life Gives You Limoncello, Make Dessert

Limoncello (lee-mohn-CHEH-loh) is an italian lemon liquor produced in the southern part of Italy near the Amalfi Coast, Naples, the isle of Capri and the Sorrentine peninsula. Although over a hundred years old, it’s origin remains a mystery. It is made from the zest of Sorrento lemons. The zest, or peels without the pith, is steeped […]

| June 23, 2014
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Where to Celebrate Father’s Day 2014

Where to Celebrate Father’s Day 2014

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and we know dad’s love steak. Here are five great steak restaurants that offer fabulous steaks and deals in New York City for this Father’s Day, June 15, 2014.

| June 13, 2014
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Georgia Rules

Georgia Rules

Located in a renovated brownstone in New York’s Murray Hill neighborhood, Pepela is a modern European restaurant serving up authentic Georgian cuisine. As the first Georgian restaurant in the city, Pepela offers a new take on old world recipes and something off the beaten path for the well traveled epicurean. Serving dignitaries such as former […]

| April 20, 2014
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