La Camelia for Great Chile Rellenos in NYC

La Camelia for Great Chile Rellenos in NYC

  Foodies come in many styles. There are the omnivorous, curious types who will eat anything from anchovies to beetles — plus the rest of the alphabet. There are discriminating types, ones who have favorite cuisines and rarely stray. Say, someone devoted to...
Tanoreen: Magnificent Middle Eastern Food

Tanoreen: Magnificent Middle Eastern Food

“We need to do it,” I said. “Leave Manhattan?” Suzen was concerned. “Yes,” I said and waved the car keys. Like many New Yorkers, we tend to stay far too close to our local neighborhood and miss the treasures in other parts of the...

A Very Disappointing Bakery Experience

“You are just negative about everything.” Suzen was vehement and her hands were on her hips, a bad sign. “I am not, Suzen,” I responded. “I simply report on the world as it is.” “And for you it always half empty.”...

A Tale of Two Restaurants: Austin, Texas

How do you know if a restaurant is great even if you can’t eat there? Last weekend in Austin we went to Barley Swine, where Chef Bryce Gilmore has created an astonishing food palace. We met him a few weeks ago in New York City when Food and Wine had him shooting a...

Mercato: Perfection in Red Hook, New York

Beyond Brooklyn, there is another Red Hook. Red Hook Village is nestled in Dutches country among berries and apple trees. East of the Hudson, you can see the Catskills a dozen miles away, without being buried by the snow. There is only one stoplight in Red Hook. And...
Fort Definance in Red Hook

Fort Definance in Red Hook

  This is not a trick question: where is Red Hook? Oh, and, part two, where would you eat in Red Hook? If you are in Manhattan, you might, just might, get an answer about “in Brooklyn.” If you are in Brooklyn, they’ll point and say “over there.” Kinda. There is a Red...