Category: LIFESTYLE

SOHO TIFFIN JUNCTION

Located at 42 East 8th Street, on the same block as Cantor Film Center, Soho Tiffin Junction [www.sohotiffin.com] is something truly new in the constellation of restaurants proximal to NYU – and seems poised to appeal to the sort of international students and faculty who comprise a growing segment of the NYU community. When I observed to proprietor Jawahar Chirimar that the menu options seem similar to Chipotle (a branch of which is just down the street), yet with a fundamentally different emphasis on cuisine, ingredients and seasonings, he conceded that is no accident – and it’s that very simple and healthful presentation of options with regards to placing your order that make Soho Tiffin Junction seem at once familiar while somewhat exotic.

FOOD OF QUEBEC AT MORTON WILLIAMS

For most people living in New York City and its environs, the most regular exposure they get to products of the nearby Canadian Province of Quebec is the annual December display of fir trees for sale on city sidewalks – most of which end up as Christmas trees in peoples’ apartments (and then typically are returned to the sidewalks once people discard of them after the holidays). A few years ago there was a sort of boomlet in poutine-themed restaurants – not surprisingly some were located in the Lower East Side area that’s become overrun with bars and bistros serving a youthful clientele both residing in the neighborhood and not; poutine is after all an ideal postprandial feast – but that trend seems not to have taken hold, lacking here the deep cultural roots which make poutine an essential element of dining options in any Quebec town large or small. However, there will now be a more sustained opportunity for New Yorkers to enjoy products of Quebec, as the year-long “Foods of Quebec” promotion will bring to the eleven Morton Williams stores of the Metropolitan area a number of fine brands produced in the Province.

HOT SAUCE & BEER HEAVEN

What can be better than hot sauce and beer? I went down to Jimmy’s #43 at 43 E. 7th St. [http://jimmysno43.com/] for the press preview of the 2nd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Now my limit is two of anything but unfortunately I had five at Jimmy’s. Maybe six.

FOOD FETE – FEBRUARY 2014

Several times a year a group of food purveyors gather under the Food Fete banner to present their newest products to assembled journalists. Here is a round-up of notable products I was able to sample at the most recent edition.

BENVENUTO BRUNELLO 2014

Mount Amiata, at 1,740 meters high, stands to the south of the Brunello region in Tuscany like a climatic guardian, shielding the territory from weather conditions such as cloudbursts and hailstorms – and thus yielding the mild, sunny, typically Mediterranean climate ideal for producing the light, appealing wines the area is known for. One would hardly suspect, then, that the region was the setting of fierce military battles throughout the 12th to 16th centuries, when the municipality of Montalcino first fought Siena, and then with Siena against Florence, to maintain control of its territory. Despite the city walls and great fortress protecting Montalcino as a man-made Amiata, when in 1559 the inhabitants handed over the keys of the city to representatives of Cosmo de’ Medici, it became the last town to survive as an independent municipality in Italy.

50 GREAT PORTUGUESE WINES

Could anyone have been surprised that after the landmark New York Public Library main branch building on Fifth Avenue acquired the official moniker of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building that it would be simply a matter of time before its inexorable transition from a legendary public space into just one more piece of very deluxe Manhattan Real Estate, a metamorphosis ongoing as the facility is emptied out of much of its vast research collections in order to satisfy the NYPL high command’s objective of maximizing what they characterize as an ‘underutilized’ (read: under monetized) institution?

2013 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that will hopefully inspire.

FOOD FETE – NOVEMBER 2013

With Autumn well under way, a number of food purveyors gathered under the Food Fete banner on November 7th to present their latest products to assembled journalists in New York. Here’s an account of noteworthy items I was able to sample.

DORM LIFE/BACHELOR PAD 101 (FALL SHOPPING GUIDE)

Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: CHARLESTON, SC

Charleston was a battleground during both the American Revolution and the Civil War. 1779’s Battle of Charleston was one of the last British victories over the American colonists. South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union when state officials, unhappy with the election of President Abraham Lincoln, met in Charleston on December 20, 1860 and voted to cede.