A Little Mexico in America, and a Drunken Chicken

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I grew up loving Mexican food. I mean, who didn't, really? I have a vivid memory of one particular trip to Taco Bell in which the employees neglected to put my order of two hardshell tacos in the bag. When we discovered this, we took another spin through the drive-thru in a hungered fury. Out of the kindness of their teenage hearts, the employees dumped not two, but FOUR hardshell tacos in my bag. It was a blissful afternoon. It took years for my perception of ...

Pastrami-Smoked Salmon at my Doorstep!

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As a snail mail enthusiast and a self-proclaimed specialty foods professional, I couldn't turn down the opportunity to try out FoodyDirect's gourmet food mail-order service last week. Growing up, my family would occasionally receive packages of mail-order specialty food from friends and family around a holiday or another special occasion. It was a rare but very exciting occurrence--a basket of fruit or assortment of chocolate was always much more magical when it came out of box from a far away state. I became a big fan of ...

In Which I Ate a Cronut

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Hundreds of new recipes are added to restaurant menus every day across New York City. But every once in a while, THE recipe is added to a menu--a dish or an item that hits the city's hungry clientele in the just the right way, and becomes the next high-demand food item. Dominique Ansel hit gold with their cronut, a donut/croissant phenomenon that's been around for almost a year and still sells out within an hour of the bakery opening every morning. My partner-in-crime Maia and I ...

“What Potent Blood Hath Modest May!”

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It's that awkward in-between stretch that really leaves one helpless. It's knowing that something drastic is about to change, and that you cannot do anything about it until the day comes when it actually changes. In example: moving away from New York City. My one-way ticket to Wisconsin reads May 31, 2014. When I glanced at the date in the upper-right hand corner of my computer screen just now, my stomach churned a little at reading May 1. One month. A month to slowly pack my too-small ...

Fratelli’s: The Other NYC Pizza

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When I think of pizza and New York City in the same sentence, I think of dollar slices in Chelsea, too-long lines at Grimaldi's, and pure bliss at Artichoke. The common denominator here is affordable, relatively fast, and thin crust (well, unless it's Artichoke). That's a New York slice, right? But then there are places like Fratelli Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar on the City's Upper East Side, a classy-casual respite from the goings-on of First Avenue. It's a joint that could pass as any other ...

I Think I’m Ready

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I think I'm ready. I'm ready for these dragging winter days to morph into puddle-filled, no-jacket afternoons. I'm ready to taste the crunch of the my first spring radish. I'm ready for flowers to bloom, to feel grass beneath my feet. I'm ready to be on the water, in the water, near the water. I'm ready to eat endless ice cream. I'm ready to feel the wind in my face during a long springtime bikeride. I'm ready to feel the sun on my back, to wear shades, and sandals. These sentiments are not ...

Katz’s Deli, At Last

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I had quite the lineup of recipe-filled posts ready to go up on the tasty tRuth this week. But then! Then I ate at Katz's Deli--New York City's restaurant institution if ever there was one--and I knew that post needed to go up first. Katz's is important. For one, it makes the top five of just about every tourist's must-visit list. Most New Yorkers have eaten there at least once, and if they haven't, they have a good reason for it. And lastly, it's been around since ...