Chef’s Night Off – Sardines?

When I was a kid, the older grown-ups (the ones that still spoke Italian at home) considered sardines a special treat that they would relish when we kids weren’t around to make faces and sounds of disgust for the oily, strong smelling delicacies. Now, sardines, like so many of the treats the older generation heldContinue reading “Chef’s Night Off – Sardines?”

Where Chefs Eat – Fatty Crab

I can’t believe what I’ve been missing all this time! If I had only known the wonders that are Fatty Crab… but now I know and I’m so much happier for it. Four of us (mostly chefs) descended on the comfy neighborhood joint, hungry, hot and thirsty. First of all, the place is not whatContinue reading “Where Chefs Eat – Fatty Crab”

Tuesday’s Top 5 – More NY Restaurants I Really Need To Go To

The list never ends! In a previous postI mentioned a group of restaurants (Quality Meat, Park Avenue Summer, Dressler, Public, and Oceana) that are run by chefs I work with frequently but don’t visit nearly enough. So far, I’ve only made it to Quality Meats since that post, but I will continue to make myContinue reading “Tuesday’s Top 5 – More NY Restaurants I Really Need To Go To”

Day One: Lunch at Kokkari

I arrived in San Francisco today and didn’t waste a moment! I appologize for the lack if finesse in this (and some future) posts – I’m writing from my iphone… Functional but not easy! Lunch at Kokkari: Shaya Verdejo from Ruida (lush, stone fruits, refreshing) GrilledOctopus Salad Lamb Riblets Taromisalata with housemade pita Karpouzi (Watermelon),Continue reading “Day One: Lunch at Kokkari”

What’s Up with Pizza These Days?

Today’s media review is in response to the amount of press pizza has been getting lately. I love pizza. I’ve always loved pizza, of all kinds.  But still… I don’t get it. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of pizza. I couldn’t have been much older than 3 when my father would take me with himContinue reading “What’s Up with Pizza These Days?”

Tuesday’s Top Five – A Day Late

Yesterday (Tuesday) was another final exam day at FCI… the  jury was, as always, quite impressive. Angela Dimino is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to getting the best group of jurors possible for our students. The presence of Craig Koketsu from Park Avenue Summer (and Quality Meats) was a reminder – again –Continue reading “Tuesday’s Top Five – A Day Late”