Friday, September 25, 2009

Trouble "Brews" In The Pairing Of Wine and Cheese

Posted by PicasaPictured above: A recent beer-and-cheese pairing class at the
Slow Food association's Cheese 2009 festival in Bra, Italy.

The combination has long been a staple in Belgian cuisine, but in recent years, the pairing of beer and cheese has gained legitimacy even in wine-obsessed Italy -- where beer is hardly the default drink to accompany fine dining.

And here in New York, at gourmet beer spots such as the Beer Table, serving cheese with a $10 brew -- no longer raises an eyebrow. According to sources: "People are struck by how easily the two go together."

Read more about what the Wall Street Journal had to say about this new pairing here
(Hmmm... An actual "class" over in Italy on this? When I'm sure some of the good folks in my favorite watering hole in beautiful, downtown NYC, could probably have…oh, well, never mind.)

Friday, September 18, 2009

But Is It Really?

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Ever wonder if that cup of decaf you just ordered at your local diner -- was really decaf? Or, just the same old cup of over-caffeinated java they serve everybody?

Well, no matter what some of us may think, you can’t tell by looking, or even tasting. And studies have shown that up to 30% of decaf coffees ordered at coffee houses and restaurants contain unacceptably high levels of caffeine, or aren't really decaf at all.

But now the good folks over at Spoon Sisters have stepped in with these nifty little tester strips, that will help you determine whether your coffee or tea is really decaf.

Just drop in a strip, and find out whether you've been truly decaffed -- or totally put on caffeine overload.

And only $9.95 for a pack of 20 strips. Love it!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Caught, Bare-handed

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Over at the Food Section blog, is a post about the irony of the new cookbook from "Top Chef" alum Fabio Viviani, and the likeness of the book's images to a photo from another chef cookbook.

The above image of Ludovic Lefebvre (left) from his cookbook Crave is strikingly similar to that of Viviani (right) in his new book: hunky bad boy chef dude trampling through the waters with rock-solid abs and rolled up jeans -- seemingly snatching two giant fish from the water with nothing but bare hands.

But back in 2005, staff writer, Leslie Brenner, went fairly giddy and ga-ga over the photo of Lefebvre on the pages of the Los Angeles Times: "Look at him, emerging from the surf like a chef-Adonis, kelp fairly dangling from his biceps. He caught those big fish with his bare hands!"

(But honest, folks...she really did hold on to that edition of the LA Times Food Section all these years for the recipes. Honest, she really, really did.)

In any case, hot bods, badassed tattoos, and bare-handed fishing...oh, my!

Which truly begs the question: At this rate, who needs fishing poles?

Who, indeed.

Friday, September 04, 2009

A Meal Fit For A Critic

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Finally out this week, is the trailer for Bitter Feast, an upcoming low-budget horror film about a chef who takes revenge on a food critic, already being tagged as a horror flick for the "latent" foodie in all of us. Mario Batali (not featured in the trailer) plays the owner of the restaurant.

Merciless editors and book critics -- please also feel free to take note. Bwahahahaahaa!

Catch a glimpse here