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Saturday Supper: Herb-Roasted Pork, Parmesan Polenta and Wild Arugula with Lemon Dressing

Suzanne Goin to the rescue again. We spent a quiet March night at the farm making her herb-roasted pork recipe. We served it with wintered-over arugula from the garden and a nice helping of Parmsean polenta. Mmm.

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12:08:00 on 03/21/09 by liz - Cooking -

Saying Goodbye at 'inoteca

All packed and ready to go, we eeked one more meal and a couple glasses of wine out of the deal before heading home on the train. Just down the street from Boo’s is the newest branch of ’inoteca, a cute little Italian wine bar and trattoria. We got one of each:

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18:15:00 on 03/15/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Shopping in Little Italy and NoHo

After brekky, we went on a guided tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. No photos were allowed, but you can click there and see a virtual tour. Afterwards, he headed north and hit Little Italy and NoHo, along the way visiting an old favorite shop and discovering a new one.

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12:42:00 on 03/15/09 by liz - General -

Brunch at Alias

For Sunday brunch, we headed to Alias on the Lower East Side. It’s a great neighborhood place with simple food made with good ingredients. And there’s a little Southern and midwestern thrown in there for good measure. Like with my heuvos rancheros.

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10:15:00 on 03/15/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Nightcaps at Les Halles

No. We didn’t need another drink after dinner. But we got back to the neighborhood and figured why not. Les Halles is right around the corner.

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23:52:00 on 03/14/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Perbacco. It Should Have Stayed a Trattoria

I had been wanting to try Perbacco for several years because I’d heard it was a great little trattoria. Then a new, avant garde chef took over the kitchen, and Frank Bruni reviewed it. So I wanted to try it even more. I guess my expectations were a little high because, unfortunately, the food was disappointing. Too bad, because the service was seriously four-star. Well, at least we liked the pasta. Maybe they should have stuck with trattoria?

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23:42:00 on 03/14/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Cocktails at the Double Crown

Cocktail hour was spent at the Double Crown. The cocktails were inventive. The scene cool. The menu appealed. We’ll be back.

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11:22:00 on 03/14/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

After the Grand Army Plaza, we headed over to Brooklyn Heights to take a walking tour. It had been years since we’d been to the neighborhood, so we were happy to get to know it a little more. We had a blast using the Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour from Galt.

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Here's the link to a Google Map to aid us along:


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10:31:00 on 03/14/09 by liz - General -

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

After Franny’s, we wanted to show Karen the Grand Army Plaza we had so much enjoyed. We also stumbled on the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. Hello spring!

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09:58:00 on 03/14/09 by liz - Cooking -

Back to Brooklyn: Lunch at Franny's

One of the best meals of the week was at Franny’s in Brooklyn. It is for food like this that I would move to Brooklyn. Simple. Fresh. Delicious. For example, the blood oranges with olives, parsley and extra virgin olive oil:

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09:43:00 on 03/14/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Supper at Suenos

For supper, we wanted to do Mexican. In Australia, that’s hard to come by. We decided on Suenos in Chelsea. Sure wish we hadn’t. Well, the tortilla soup was good.

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23:34:00 on 03/13/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Cocktails at the Flatiron Lounge

After a quick rest, we promptly headed out for cocktails. We hadn’t been to the Flatiron Lounge in a long time.

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18:14:00 on 03/13/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Brooklyn Escapdes, Continued: Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

We came out of the cheese shop and Greg proposed a crazy idea. “I have a crazy idea,” Greg said. Then he told me about it.

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17:40:00 on 03/13/09 by liz - General -

Brooklyn Escapdes, Continued: Stinky Bklyn

Of course the best cheese shop would be called Stinky Bklyn! Lots of great cheese. Lots of great hams. Lots of great foods. Come on in.

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15:23:00 on 03/13/09 by liz - General -

Brooklyn Escapdes, Continued: Carroll Gardens

We decided to explore Carroll Gardens and Boerum HIll, two other Brooklyn neighborhoods we’d heard so much about but had never visited. We only spent an afternoon there, but we like both so much because there are beautiful brownstones, good restaurants and cool shops, but it’s not lily white. There’s all kinds of diversity: racial, social and economic. I’d say these were our favorite neighborhoods we visited. You could very much feel the community there.

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14:12:00 on 03/13/09 by liz - General -

Coney Island Boardwalk

After our delicious pizza, we took a walk down to the Coney Island boardwalk to catch our first glimspe of the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. We also one of the country’s oldest and most famous roller coasters. The Cyclone. It closed last year.

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13:48:00 on 03/13/09 by liz - General -

Before the Fire at Totonno's

On Friday we decided to continue our pizza quest and headed for Coney Island to go to Totonno’s. And how lucky indeed. As Small Bites fans might already know, we got there just one day before a fire shut the place down. They plan on reopening, but we just don’t know when that’s going to be.

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12:00:00 on 03/13/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Thin Crust Pizza at Vezzo

We went to work on Wednesday and Thursday, but immediately returned to the city Thursday evening and headed across the street for pizza at Vezzo.

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21:06:00 on 03/12/09 by liz - Restaurants -

SHANGHAI

dumplings

Am in Shanghai for work for a few days, and managed to squeeze in some of the local cuisine. These plump, delicious fried pork dumplings are a local specialty - in addition to the meat there is broth inside - which makes eating a little messy. The outer dough is kind of bready, not soft/doughy like other types of dumplings. And along with our dumplings we had some soup...

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03:48:00 on 03/11/09 by janine - J in Beijng -

Supper at Falai

For supper, we stayed on the Lower East Side and went to Falai, which I’ve been wanting to go to since it opened several years ago. Owner Iacopo Falai came from the pastry department at Le Cirque, and he also has a bakery across the street. The food is modern and creative Italian. You’ll find some foams. Some dishes, like my mushroom parpardelle with fig puree, were very very good. Others were not as special. But everything was gorgeoulsy presented.

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23:49:00 on 03/10/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Exploring the Lower East Side, Part II

Rejuvenated by coffee, wine and crostini, we headed back out for more exploring. Walking past this place, I gotta give a shout-out to the other Johnson sister:

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16:25:00 on 03/10/09 by liz - General -

Coffee and Wine Breat at Frankie's 17 Sputino

For our wine and coffee break, we ducked into Frankie 17 Sputino, a casual and tiny and very cute Italian place on Clinton Street. I had a lovely glass of Austrian red.

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15:54:00 on 03/10/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Exploring the Lower East Side

We’d been for dinner to a couple of the restaurants on the Lower East Side, but never really took the time to explore the neighborhood. It was a lot of fun. “God I love this town!”

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13:35:00 on 03/10/09 by liz - General -

Lunch at a Crappy Vietnamese Restaurant

One of the first places Greg had amazing Vietnamese food was in this little restaurant on Doyers street called The Viet Nam. It was so good he returned again and again. He even took his mother, visiting from Minnesota, to the restaurant. So on Tuesday, when we had plans to visit the Lower East Side, we decided to try it again for lunch. Big mistake.

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12:21:00 on 03/10/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Morning Routine at the Pied a Tierre

Boo was so kind to give us her keys for the week she was gone, and we just loved staying at the apartment. Every morning, we made coffee with her little French press pot, and puttered around on the computer planning our day as Manhattanites. A farmer can dream, can’t she?

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09:09:00 on 03/10/09 by liz - General -

A Simple Supper at Cosette

For supper Monday we decided to stick close to home. We went to Cosette, a cute French bistro around the corner from Boo’s apartment. It’s the kind of place everyone wants to discover: a relatively unknown, cute little bistro where the food is classic and the service is friendly. It’s not the sort of place you’re going to travel all over town for, but it’s exactly the kind of place you want in your own neighborhood.

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23:51:00 on 03/09/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Art and Cocktails at MoMA

Next stop: the Martin Kippenberger exhibition at MoMa. Join me for art and cocktails.

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15:59:00 on 03/09/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Salads at Chopt

After an amazing tasting menu at Gramercy Tavern the evening before, we had one thing on our mind Monday morning: salad. We found it at Chopt.

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11:08:00 on 03/09/09 by liz - Restaurants -

A Dining Extravagaza at Gramercy Tavern

We had our biggest plans of the week on Sunday night: dinner at Gramercy Tavern. We’ve been to the Tavern room at the restaurant before, but never in the dining room proper. We were presented with an amazing feast by chef Michael Anthony, whom we’ve known since before his days as a sous chef at March. The food was gorgeous to look at, and the dishes were elegant, earthy and delicate, with little pops and zings of flavor and texture. It was an outstanding evening.

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21:31:00 on 03/08/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Downtown: Wall Street, Churches and Ground Zero

After lunchy lunch, we headed downtown. We were planning on some light shopping at Century 21. We walked around Ground Zero and Wall Street first.

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16:31:00 on 03/08/09 by liz - General -

Lunch at Eisenberg Sandwich Shop

The plan on Sunday was to not have much of a daytime plan. Mainly because we already had a huge nighttime plan. (Patience, friends!) So we decided to have a simple and very typical New York lunch at Eisenberg, a sandwich shop in the Flatiron district that hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1929. I had the pastrami, and it was completely amazing.

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13:06:00 on 03/08/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Supper at Resto in Murray Hill

SCF fans already know that SCF is a fan of Resto. We decided after a very long walk (and very full stomachs from pizza at DiFara) that we’d stick around close to (our temporary) home for dinner on Saturday night. We sat at the bar at Resto and had a jolly old time.

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22:29:00 on 03/07/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Saturday in Brooklyn, Part III: Grand Army Plaza

Continuing on our Saturday Brooklyn tour, we walked over to Grand Army Plaza, admiring many cute shops and beautiful brownstones along the way. Hey, look! Another sign of spring!

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14:16:00 on 03/07/09 by liz - General -

Saturday in Brooklyn, Part II: Cocoa Bar

I think it’s a good thing that someone opened a couple of places that serve coffee, chocolate and wine. Those are, after all, three very delicious things. Cocoa Bar:

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13:42:00 on 03/07/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Saturday in Brooklyn, Part 1: Prospect Park

[SCF editors are awaiting a contribution from Gregory on the farm's trip to DiFara, which happened before this. In the meantime, we'll continue our trip to NYC.]
After our amazing experience at DiFara, we figured out the bus route and hopped on one up heading north so we could poke around Prospect Park. I like to think of this visit as one where we really discovered Brooklyn. But this was our first venture there, and we were a little unsure of ourselves. Like, when you keep looking out the bus window, wondering if you’re quite at your stop yet?

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12:00:00 on 03/07/09 by liz - General -

Heading Out of Town: SCF Does NYC

Hold on to your hats, folks. We’re off on a journey like we’ve never had. We’re doing vacation, SCF-style, in our own back yard. Boo left for LA and handed us her keys. Except for 2 workdays and one night — Wednesday — we lived in the city for 10 days. You can imagine the fun.

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10:16:00 on 03/07/09 by liz - General -

Where in the World?

I felt like doing this:



Looks like we better get busy with South American and Africa!

23:28:00 on 03/06/09 by liz - General -

Frisee Salad with Duck Breast, Lardon and Poached Egg

I'm not sure one could actually call this a "salad." But you must give that there is lettuce here. Otherwise, the dish is mostly heart-attack inducing stuff. But god was it good.

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22:09:00 on 03/06/09 by liz - Cooking -

Bear with Me, It's Restaurant Week

SCF fans, please excuse my lack of posting. I'm really busy over on Small BItes with Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. But please check in over there. I'm doing lots of fun videos, and on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday April 2, you can watch me LIVE from two of the restaurants! We're doing a web cast straight from the dining room. So please tune in and give me lots of clicks and long minutes viewing!

21:14:00 on 03/04/09 by liz - General -

On a Cold Winter’s Night, French Onion Soup

We had a hankering. And what better to warm the house than a nice beef broth bubbling on the burner all day long. We topped it with cheese and were very satisfied indeed.

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11:35:00 on 03/01/09 by liz - Cooking -
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