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”

California Here I Come, Part II

Ever since I bought the tickets I’ve been thinking more and more about California. It’s still 4 weeks away and I’m not one for planning too much in advance, so I’m sure it will sneak up on me soon enough. I’m looking forward to seeing my family (especially my one year old nephew) and my friends,Continue reading “California Here I Come, Part II”

Tuesday’s Top Five – Where Chefs Eat in NYC

It seems that a lot of people are interested in what chefs do on their day off. Most of my chef friends would respond “What day off?” Maybe because even if they have a day off, they often spend it cooking. Days off allow for enough time to visit the farmers’ markets, try new ingredients, andContinue reading “Tuesday’s Top Five – Where Chefs Eat in NYC”

Live From Paris

My sister Maria is in Paris for business and has generously volunteered to be my foreign correspondent today (ie: letting me live vicariously through her!). She just sent me these photos and a text description of her lunch in Paris just a little while ago. Live from L’As du Falafel on Rue du Rosiers aka “Falafel Row” inContinue reading “Live From Paris”

Chef’s Night Off – Moroccan in Bay Ridge

Over the wet weekend I had dinner with my friend Hayley at la Maison du Couscous, a tiny out of the way Moroccan place in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. When I lived in Bay Ridge, I never ate here but always wanted to try it… so with cabin fever from all the rain, I decided toContinue reading “Chef’s Night Off – Moroccan in Bay Ridge”

Tuesday’s Top 5 – One Day in the Napa Valley

The other day a former student (knowing I lived in Napa for many years) asked me for suggestions for a quick one-day detour to the Napa Valley while in San Francisco for business. It’s had me thinking, once again, about planning a trip of my own. I’ll definitely go for longer than a day though!Continue reading “Tuesday’s Top 5 – One Day in the Napa Valley”

In Real Time – Sunday in the Parks

My original plan for today was to hit several local food festivals today then go to a friend’s new house for a barbecue. However, between feeling under the weather and a dog-sitting commitment, I found that maybe I bit off more than I could chew (not literally, for once!). If you were in NYC today, IContinue reading “In Real Time – Sunday in the Parks”